Oasis live at Heaton Park Manchester (June 4th)



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Crowds gather for the first of Oasis’ three homecoming shows at Manchester’s Heaton Park on Thursday (June 4). Around 70,000 fans turned up to see them with support from Kasabian, Reverend And The Makers and Twisted Wheel. Keep clicking for loads more exclusive pics from the show. Pic: Danny North


Soundchecks take place in the afternoon ahead of the gig. Unfortunately, despite hours of preparation, Oasis suffered technical difficulties during their first two songs (‘Rock 'N' Roll Star’ and ‘Lyla’), and were forced to abort the gig. They returned after 40 minutes, and went on the play the set in full - offering fans a full refund bcause of the delay. Pic: Danny North


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Twisted Wheel – who played two Adidas House Party gigs for NME Radio in the city earlier that week – take to the stage at the first Oasis homecoming gig last Thursday (June 4). Pic: Danny North


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The view from the drum riser as Twisted Wheel kick things off. Around 70,000 packed into Manchester’s Heaton Park last week (June 4) for the first Oasis homecoming gig, and we were down the front. Check out nme.com/blogs for the full report. Pic: Danny North


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Reverend And The Makers were a last minute replacement for The Enemy on the first night after Tom Clarke fell ill. The Coventry rockers managed to make it for the following dates. Pic: Danny North


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Kasabian’s Serge Pizzorno takes to Heaton Park’s stage last Thursday (June 4) for the first Oasis homecoming gig. The venue has played host to a variety of acts over the years, including Travis, Supergrass, the Proms In The Park - and even a visit from Pope John Paul II in 1982. Pic: Danny North


Kasabian warm up the crowd with tracks from new album ‘West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum’ at Manchester’s Heaton Park last Thursday (June 4). Pic: Danny North


Kasabian recently dismissed their “lad-rock” status in an interview for NME, and used their 210,000 strong audience (over three days) to give some of the more psychedelic tracks from new LP ‘West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum’ an airing. Pic: Danny North


Oasis merchandise on sale at Heaton Park. The three dates come at the tail end of their ‘Dig Out your Soul’ world tour, which has taken in South Africa, South America, Asia, Europe and North America already. After the UK and Irish stadium dates, the boys wrap it up at the V Festival in August. Pic: Danny North


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Fans keep hold of their tickets, presumably to ensure they get the refund Liam promised. Later on in the set Noel threw the promise into question by saying: “We're not sure how its gonna work with getting the money back. Be on a website or summat. We're not getting paid for this so buy a T-shirt on the way out. Credit crunch and that, keep my kids in sweets.” Pic: Danny North


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Kasabian play in the afternoon sun ahead of Oasis’ first performance. The band support none other than Bruce Springsteen at Glastonbury in a few weeks time. They play before The Boss on the Pyramid Stage on Saturday June 27. Pic: Danny North


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Fans at the Oasis homecoming show at Manchester’s Heaton Park last Thursday. The ‘Dig Out Your Soul’ tour continues in Sunderland on Wednesday before hitting Cardiff and beyond. Pic: Danny North


Twisted Wheel pose for NME photographer Danny North before the gig. They were reportedly a little “nervous” about playing their biggest shows ever. Pic: Danny North


A naked man bares his fanboy tatts ahead of the gig. For a full report head over to nme.com/blogs now, and grab this week’s NME when it hits newsstands on Wednesday (June 10). Pic: Danny North


Kasabian stare down the NME lens ahead of their support slot last Thursday (June 4). Their new album ‘West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum’ is out today (June 8). Pic: Danny North


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Stand-in for The Enemy, Reverend John McClure, poses for a pic on the first date of the Oasis homecoming shows at Manchester’s Heaton Park. Pic: Danny North


After support slots from Twisted Wheel, Reverend And The Makers and Kasabian – and a false start followed by a 40-minute delay – Oasis finally took to the stage for their full set, which included everything from ‘The Shock Of The Lightning’ right back to ‘Live Forever’ and ‘Slide Away’. Pic: Danny North


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Oasis promised to play their full set, however long it took, after their sound problems. "If you're getting your mum and dad to pick you up outside afterwards, tell them we're not leaving ‘til 2am,” Noel declared. Pic: Danny North


Oasis played a 23-song set last Thursday (June 4) at their first Heaton Park homecoming show, which culminated in their customary cover of The Beatles' ‘I Am The Walrus’. For a full report including video footage from the event, head over to nme.com/blogs. Pic: Danny North


Liam bites his tambourine during their Heaton Park set on Thursday (June 4). The band played to 210,000 people over the course of three days, including Agyness Deyn, Peter Hook and Mani, and Liam even joked about bettering Knebworth, where the band played two huge shows in 1996. Pic: Danny North


‘Wonderwall’, ‘Half The World Away’, ‘Cigarettes And Alcohol’, ‘The Importance Of Being’ Idle’, ‘Champagne Supernova’… Oasis reminded us all once again of their enviable catalogue during a 23-song set, which stayed the same over the three performnces. Pic: Danny North

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