Thu 4 Jun – Oasis, Kasabian, The Enemy, Twisted Wheel
Growing up in Greater Manchester there is one band who everybody relates to, a band that at one point or another everybody who's passionate about music will go and see, the band of course is Oasis. Now over the years my brother, my friends, class mates, etc. have all gone to see Oasis and I had to admit I was rather envious, so when I found out Oasis were doing 3 gigs in Manchester's Heaton Park, I knew I had to go. Luckily i managed to get tickets for the first of the 3 dates, June 4th 2009, the start of what would be Oasis summer tour, I was set to rock and roll.
The gates opened at 2pm, with the first support act set to start at 4pm...or so I was told. I was running late getting to the gig and ended up only getting there abut 4, when I got into Heaton Park we could hear music being played so we hurriedly made our way towards the stage, where as we got closer we could see there was no band on stage, but just preliminary music being played out through the speakers. After about a 2+ hour wait, we finally got the first act of the day on, Twisted Wheel
Twisted Wheel, or Wheel as the crowd affectionately chanted towards them in support where a band i hadn't heard before, so I was anxious to hear what they were like. Wheel, played through a selection of their songs, which were quite good, the crowd were getting in the mood and giving the show a bit of an atmosphere. The highlight of the set, was a the song You Stole The Sun
which was a simple song that enabled the crowd to latch onto the chorus and sing-along. Wheel's latest single We Are Us
was also played to a decent reception. All in all, Twisted Wheel gave a good performance which perhaps was only hindered by lack of crowd participation due to the band being largely unknown to the crowd. There was then about a 10minute break before The Enemy
were set to come on stage, however they were apparently ill, so Reverend and the Makers
took their place.
Reverend and the Makers took the stage with Jon McClure aka the Reverend taking the mic and saying "come on this is Oasis not Coldplay
, let's fucking have it!". This being the second time in a month that I had seen the Jon McClure live took the edge of a bit as I was expecting the Enemy, but it didn't matter as R&TM played through their set-list that got a slightly better crowd reaction from the crowd, yet still didn't have it's full attention. R&TM played a set of songs mainly from their debut album The State Of Things
,with the highlight of the set being the modern day love story, He Said He Loved Me
which was carried by beautiful Laura Manuel, who was the only female to appear on stage all day which made her stand-out even more. R&TM also treated the crowd to 2 songs from their forthcoming album, which included political song There's No Soap In A Dirty War
. This was a decent performance from Reverend and the Makers, but it was again lessened by the lack of participation from sections of the crowd.
Next up after a 30min break where Kasabian
They got the crowd going, with large cheers for the band as they made their way onto the stage [at this point I'd like to give an honourable mention to Kasabian drummer Ash Hannis who played the some sort of injury making his way onto the stage via quite a slick walking cane]. As Kasabian started their set, it was easy to see that this was going to be hectic, with everybody jumping around to the music, which was harmless at first until people started pushing, knocking people down, scuffles broke out in the crowd but it was largely peaceful. Kasabian's set had the crowd in a fluster with numerous people feeling faint and being carried off to the first aid tent. Numerous highlights in this set, with too many to list, with a repetitious of hits like Kasabian it was easy to get the crowd 'up for it', a great set from the lads and they got a great ovation when they left the stage.
Then finally after about a 20minute wait, here comes the band that everyone had been waiting for, Oasis
They came out to rapturous applause with all 70,000 people eagerly anticipating these Manc lions. Oasis started the set with the classic Rock 'N' Roll Star
, with the crowd in a frenzy jumping up and down to the beat, young children, grown adults all as one, when the music cut out and the Gallagher's storm off stage, the crowd starts to get riled, but knowing the Gallagher's reputation for having short-fuses, it was accepted as everybody expected them back on in due course. In the mean time the crowd began an ironic chant of "shall we sing a song for you?".
10 minutes go by and Oasis stroll back onto the stage and begin Lyla
, when a minute into the song the sound cuts out again, with the Gallagher's storming off yet again. This led to about a hour an hour break with the fans deciding to entertain themselves with chants of
, Blur, Blur!"
"Are you Winehoue in disguise?" as in Amy Winehouse
, Ian Brown, Ian Brown"
Unrest started to grow in the crowd, with the fans beginning to lose patience, cursing out the Gallaghers. In the interim boredom, fans were openly urinating in the crowd, doing drugs and having scuffles to appease their own boredom.
However Oasis finally returned to the stage, for the 3rd time and Liam took the mic and told the crowd "from now on, this is a free gig, you're all gunna get your money back!", much to the delight of the crowd, then Oasis got back into it with The Shock of the Lightning
which got the crowd back up again, the good spirits continued throughout the set, with the lads powering through a 23 song set which ended on a cover of The Beatles
song I Am the Walrus
. A world class performance from the Oasis lads, showing that they do still have it and that they are indeed the biggest band in the world.