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Access to the venue will commence at 2.00pm. Patrons can enter the park via entrances on Middleton Road and Bury Old Road. There are no parking facilities available as the park is within a residential area with parking restrictions.
We therefore advise that you either plan your route using public transport or use the Park and Ride facility.
The venue will be a fenced off area within the park. There is no cover for the audience, so please take appropriate clothing for the expected weather conditions. The concert will be cancelled in the event of extreme inclement weather. Please note that there will be no cloakroom facilities. You should also be aware that these are 3 separate concerts and not a Festival, there is no camping available and it is strictly prohibited to camp anywhere within Heaton Park, campers will be removed. We would also like to point out that the park is used by families and would therefore ask that you do not take your own alcohol into the park, you should also be aware that Glass is not permitted in the park for this event.
A range of catering facilities offering a variety of food and drink (both alcoholic and soft drinks) will be available in the arena when the ates open. Please note that credit cards will not be accepted. You are not permitted to take in your own food & beverage into the arena other than 500ml sealed plastic bottles of water. Please note that C allenge 21 will be strictly enforced at all bars. The following forms of ID will be accepted as proof of a e; Passport, Driving Licence or PASS accredited proof of a e card.
Greater Manchester Police would like you to enjoy your visit to Heaton park and would therefore recommend that you plan your journey to arrive in plenty of time. T e Police ave also advised patrons to drink sensibly and warned that the arena is a licensed premise and anybody who appears to be drunk will be refused entry. They ave also warned t at searches will take place on all patrons before they enter and illegal substances are strictly prohibited.
Close to the M60 motorway, served by Metrolink which links to the national rail network and with Manchester Airport only 40 minutes away, Heaton Park is easily accessible. For further information on travel and parking read on.
Click the map above to download a printable PDF version.
You can take the number 135 from Manchester City Centre, which stops at the tram station on Bury Old Road. Many buses travel to Heaton Park, including 56, 59, 64, 64A, 135, 137, 138, 150, 151, 484, 495. Please check with GMPTE for the latest travel information and an interactive journey planner.
By Metrolink Tram
The nearest metrolink tram station is Heaton Park. Trams run regularly from the City Centre and other destinations. There is a gate into the park directly opposite the station, and once in the park you should keep walking straight ahead ignoring the paths going off to the left and right. At the ‘T-junction' turn left and walk up the hill. You will eventually see the hall to your right and the Farm Centre buildings -with the clock tower to your left. It takes 10 - 15 minutes to walk from the Station Gate into the historic core of the park.
Please contact Metrolink for tram times and service information.
Parking charges are made at weekends and during large events. The three main vehicular entrances are St Margaret's Rd, Smithy Lodge and Sheepfoot Lane entrances. To select the best entrance to use for your visit and to find out how to get around the park, see interactive map of the park.
Disabled Car Parking
There are disabled parking bays in the Hall and Lake car parks. Parking is free for holders of disabled parking scheme permits provided these are displayed in the car.
Please use the Hall car park, accessing the park through the St Margaret's Road entrance.
LIAM GALLAGHER's hatred for all things BLUR is still alive and well - years after their bitter Britpop battle.
In a classic rant the OASIS frontman offered his thoughts on the reunion of his old nemesis.
And you might be surprised to hear he's given the big comeback the thumbs up...sort of.
The singer blasted: "I'm right into the Blur reunion, 'cos it'll finish off the KAISER CHIEFS and put them to bed.
"There's nothing worse than a s*** Blur. And at least the original s*** Blur are back to finish off all these other s*** Blurs.
That's almost a compliment by Liam's standards.
He continued: "I'll tell you what, though, all these band reunions recently, it just goes to show who's the real deal.
"Oasis have never split up. Now all these bands have come back, just as the recession is kicking in.
"They've all been found out.
"SPANDAU BALLET? I've seen TONY HADLEY, and it's more like Spandau Belly."
The Manc motormouth is preparing to launch his new clothes range, Pretty Green, next week.
And his new status as a fashion guru has given him a good excuse to have a pop at another band he loves to hate - COLDPLAY, he told CityLife: "They have got to be the worst dressed band.
"What are those uniforms about? My kids have got play outfits that are better than Coldplay's.
"I mean, if you're gonna win a Grammy Award, don't turn up looking like binmen!
"Disgraceful. Make a bit of effort, I say."
And brother NOEL didn't escape a Liam tongue-lashing, as the singer escalated their sibling rivalry.
Responding to the guitarist's recent comments that Oasis were going to take a "very long break", Liam said: "If someone is gonna stop me making music and stop me playing live for five years, then I'm gonna go do something else creative aren't I?
"If this person is gonna put me on the shelf for five years, then I'm gonna find something else to do.
"So Pretty Green is what I'm doing while someone tries to pull the plug on other things.
"I've heard him say: 'Our kid needs to be in the papers all the time.'
"That's rubbish - I don't wanna be in the papers at all. It's him that wants to be in the papers.
"He's loving his new-found fame, hanging out in the Groucho Club with s*** comedians like Russell Bland.
"I don't need to be in the public eye at all."
Liam might be good at dishing out fashion advice but he has no plans to become the blokes' answer to GOK WAN. However, he does admit to being mates with the camp TV stylist.
He said: "With Pretty Green, it's all about my personal tastes. I'm not trying to make a massive statement about men's fashion.
"I'm definitely not going to appear on TV with Gok Wan. I know Gok Wan pretty well, he's alright. I know him through the missus. But I won't be appearing on his show. Or LORRAINE KELLY's. No chance."
No Room For Bands Like Oasis in Today's Computer Age?
Oasis will be replaced by the internet, claim Kasabian.
Guitarist Serge Pizzorno insists modern technology is preventing musicians from becoming popular because the public are saturated with too much information and choice.
Serge said: 'I don't think there's room for a band like Oasis anymore, you'll never get a phenomenon like that again. The internet dilutes everything. You can't just see a band on the TV once a week and then have to invest in buying the single.
'We used to go out and find a new song on a Monday morning, then you'd open the cover and read everything about it. That just doesn't exist anymore. It's a shame. If you never had it, you'll never miss it but when you've got the last of it you go, 'That was good, wasn't it?' '
Singer Tom Meighan believes people are transforming into humanoid robots that will need computers to help them reproduce.
He said: 'We're turning into cyborgs, can you imagine in another 20 years plugged into that f**king thing on the screen? Can you imagine another 50 years? No one will give a f**k anymore. People will make children on the internet. They'll pick the colour of their eyes. It's going to happen, I'm telling you.'
Oasis Fanzine A Special Treat For Concert Goers This Summer
Oasis fans are in for a treat with the launch of a fanzine dedicated to the Mancunian rockers ahead of their Sunderland gig.
A Love Supreme workers have taken a break in between writing about football to produce a magazine with all things Oasis inside.
Martyn McFadden, A Love Supreme boss, said: "There are a lot of people who work on the fanzine who are big music fans, so we thought why not do an Oasis fanzine?
"Oasis coming is something big that's happening in the city and it's good for Sunderland, so we felt we had to do something.
"It's been really refreshing and we've had a lot of help from fans across the world who have travelled far and wide to see them."
Super-fans from across the globe were happy to help with the magazine, Some Might Say, and people from as far afield as Australia wrote in with their memories of Liam, Noel and Co.
And so far the fanzine has proved so popular they have been snapped up to sell at Oasis's other gigs, including in Manchester and Edinburgh.
The magazine contains a review from a devout fan who went to a gig at Manchester University before they made it big back in 1994, an interview with Noel Gallagher, a four-page feature on the history of the band, a Noel versus Liam face-off and the top 10 Oasis tunes.
Radio Newcastle presenter Anthony Simpson talks about how, when he heard them on the radio when they first stormed the music scene, he decided to pack in his job working in a warehouse to pursue a career in music.
Martyn said: "Oasis are quite like Sunderland AFC in that people are so passionate about them.
"The more we got working on it the more we found that out. "Making the magazine has been a nice diversion from writing about the second half of the season, which has been horrible.
"It's been cheering us up in the office in between Sunderland losing games."
OASIS frontman LIAM GALLAGHER has lashed out at fellow British rocker CHRIS MARTIN for collecting a Grammy Award while dressed like a garbage man.
The singer has accused Martin, who is married to style icon Gwyneth Paltrow, and his bandmates of being too scruffy, and insists they shouldn't attend prestigious awards ceremonies in the same tatty military clothes they wear onstage.
Gallagher - who is launching his own fashion line, called Pretty Green - says, "They have got to be the worst dressed band. What are those uniforms about? My kids have got play outfits that are better than Coldplay's.
"I mean, if you're gonna win a Grammy Award, don't turn up looking like binmen! Disgraceful. Make a bit of effort, I say."
Kasabian have had chart success with singles such as Club Foot, LSF, Processed Beats, Empire, Shoot The Runner and on June 1 they are releasing Fire, which is already getting huge airplay on BBC Radio 1.
“It is not your average pop single,” said Serge. It is different, a beautiful thing.”
For the guitarist it is inspiring the next generation that gives him the biggest buzz.
“If they watch the show and want to start a band that’s great. These talent shows are fair enough, but we come from a stable of incredible rock music and we need more of it,” he said The musician was inspired himself at 14 by Noel Gallagher from Oasis, and this summer Kasabian are touring with their rock heroes.
“When I was 14 Brit Pop was the centre of the world, and Noel was my music hero initially. He inspired me more than any teacher or historical figure.” Noel jumped up on stage with Kasabian and played three songs with them at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay street party in 2007.
“It will be a wicked line-up on the Oasis tour including us and The Enemy,” said Serge.
Here is Oasis singer Liam Gallagher as you have never heard him before, digging out his soul and discussing fashion, Coldplay, Susan Boyle and the joys of Twitter in a startling face-to-face interview with CityLife journalist David Sue.
Liam Gallagher is up on his feet, arms outstretched and gently arching his body forward, as if he were some land-based, Mancunian breed of the albatross.
This show of theatrics, we soon realise, is very typical of the Liam Gallagher experience; the Oasis frontman often physicalising every last drop of enthusiasm and excitement when mere words won't suffice.
And when it comes to the subject of this coming week's trio of big gigs at Heaton Park, Liam is very enthusiastic. And animated.
"I'm totally buzzin' about these gigs," he enthuses, in the way only Liam can enthuse. "In total seriousness, I reckon these gigs have the potential to be even better than the Knebworth shows. It's been a top year for the band, and we're approaching these gigs at the top of our game. My mind is totally on it. With those Knebworth gigs, we were off our heads and we totally sped into it. With these Heaton Park gigs, we're more ..."
Liam jumps to his feet, before adopting his albatross pose: ".... we're more breezing into these gigs. It's not so chaotic. We're a miles better band than we were at Knebworth and Maine Road, and we'll show it. People will have their heads blown off."
An upbeat, cordial, and most of all, forward-thinking Liam - well, what did anyone expect? In fairness, CityLife wasn't really banking on anything.
After all, for much of Oasis' lifespan, Noel Gallagher has done most of the talking for everyone; the older brother, main songwriter and band chief winning a reputation for his raconteur-like interview skills and droll Mancunian put-downs.
Younger brother Liam meanwhile - so often demonised by the tabloid press - has viewed the whole `media game' as pure anathema; happy to let his older brother sell the `Oasis brand' and provide priceless soundbites to headline-hungry journalists.
But not from this day forward. On a beautiful, sun-kissed May afternoon, CityLife has been invited to a swish London hotel for an exclusive one-to-one with the newly independent Liam - independent of his brother, and most crucially, independent in his own business affairs.
For we are here not to discuss the Oasis brand, but rather (most controversially), his non-music brand; and that's Pretty Green, Liam's first venture into the fashion world. You heard it right; Liam the fashion mogul.
But how seriously is he taking this fashion lark? Does he have ambitions to be the next Jean-Paul Gaultier?
"Pretty Green started 'cos I wasn't finding the clothes I liked anywhere in the shops," explains Liam. "So Pretty Green is just my personal taste. I'm not trying to force my fashion opinions on anyone. I'm just not into all these new rock 'n' roll fashions.
``These days, all the geezers in bands wanna look like women. Like, why's everyone in bands wearing braces? If you're gonna wear braces, try buying a pair of jeans that fit. The worst dressed band have got to be Coldplay. What are those uniforms about? My kids have got play outfits that are better than Coldplay's. I mean, if you're gonna win a Grammy Award, don't turn up looking like binmen! Disgraceful. Make a bit of effort, I say."
To illustrate this point, Liam has turned up for today's meeting looking like a walking billboard for his Pretty Green label; dressed head-to-toe in rakish mod attire (green parka, floral neckerchief, Sta-Prest trousers and blue desert boots) which he himself had a hand in designing.
Yet, the image of Liam Gallagher - the nocturnal rock'n'roll renegade - hunched over a sketchpad drawing designs for trousers is all rather hard to compute.
"For me, music and fashion have always come together," insists Liam. "It was the Roses and the Mondays that first brought those things together for me. Before they came along, bands all looked like sweaty rockers, like Guns N' Roses, it was all very gloomy. But then The Stone Roses came along and brought this big splash of colour. It was the music and the fashion, it came as a package.
``With Pretty Green, it's all about my personal tastes. I'm not trying to make a massive statement about men's fashion and I'm definitely not gonna appear on TV with Gok Wan. I know Gok Wan pretty well, he's alright. I know him through the missus. But I won't be appearing on his show. Or Lorraine Kelly's. No chance."
Will you get Noel to model for you? Will there ever be a time when all Oasis members play gigs in regulation Pretty Green uniforms?
"Our kid will have to buy his own Pretty Green gear. He's getting no freebies!," exclaims Liam. "I can't see all of Oasis going on-stage dressed head-to-toe in Pretty Green outfits. We're not Showaddywaddy."
Independence, then, seems to be the operative word in the Oasis camp these days. But while Liam's fashion enterprise might be best seen as rock star folly (The Beatles did also open their own clothing boutique, after all), then more ominous signs are emerging from his brother's camp. Recent revelations that Noel is planning to go solo after these up-coming UK stadium dates have clearly got Oasis fans in a worry. In one of Noel's most recent blog posts, he stated that `Oasis were currently a rudderless ship' and that the band `needed to take a very long break, possibly for five years' after this current tour wraps up. Liam, meanwhile, writing on his Twitter page, snapped back: `It won't be a five year break if I've got anything to do with it', before dismissing Noel and Russell Brand as a pair of `old housewives'.
So, what's the truth behind this bickering: are Oasis really going through such stormy waters?
Liam doesn't mention his brother by name, but we all know who he's referring to.
"If someone is gonna stop me making music and stop me playing live for five years, then I'm gonna go do something else creative aren't I?" protests Liam, his tone a mix of defiance and anger. "If this person is gonna put me on the shelf for five years, then I'm gonna find something else to do. So Pretty Green is what I'm doing while someone tries to pull the plug on other things. "I've heard him say, `Our kid needs to be in the papers all the time'. That's rubbish - I don't wanna be in the papers at all. It's him that wants to be in the papers. He's loving his new- found fame, hanging out in the Groucho Club with **** comedians like Russell Bland (sic). I don't need to be in the public eye at all. It's him. I'd rather be doing cool and exciting things like a clothing label."
What's with all this cyberspace bickering - aren't Oasis supposed to be totally anti-internet?
"Twitter is like a necessary evil to me," says Liam with a mischievous grin. "I'm only using it for Pretty Green stuff, but I'm sort of enjoying it now. I can answer back and set things straight. No, actually, I take that back - I despise Twitter, I despise Facebook, I ****ing hate the internet, I hate it all. But most of all I despise the fact that I'm starting to like it."
Sibling rivalry indeed. But for now at least, and in the words of their finest B-side Acquiesce, the Gallagher brothers really do need each other.
And that's because Oasis are due over the next week to play their biggest Manchester dates - three shows at Heaton Park, with an estimated 200,000 turn-out, plus a star support line-up (Kasabian, The Enemy and CityLife faves Twisted Wheel) that effectively turns the dates into a fully-fledged ladrock festival.
"These gigs are gonna be proper events," declares Liam. "We had the offer of playing City of Manchester Stadium again, but I wasn't into it. It just feels too safe playing in a stadium, y'know? I want these gigs to be a mega day out for everyone, the same as it was for me on Spike Island. A real celebration of beautiful mad heads in the north."
Yet for all Liam's obvious affection for his home town and its people, these days he might need an A-Z to find his way around this city.
"Manchester is pretty unrecognisable to me," says a slightly rueful Liam. "I went out there last year, after we played a gig in Sheffield. But I need a map to find my way around these days. I had a top time, though. I went on the big wheel and then had a few pints in a pub in Castlefield.
"I'll tell you what, though, I was the only Mancunian in the pub! I was like, `Where you from?'. And people were like: `Burnley', `Bolton'. I was like, `Where have all the real Mancs gone?'. I've got a lot of mates in Manchester, and me mam is up there. But I've got my own life and my family in London, so I don't really visit much. Anyway, all my mates from Manchester just end up coming to our gigs and drinking all my free beer backstage. They do my head in."
Liam's angst has no doubt been assuaged by Oasis' incredible (give or take a few cyberspace squabbles) past 12 months. Indeed, with the band's most recent album Dig Out Your Soul being widely heralded as a `return to form', and their critical and commercial stock higher than ever (even in America, where the album charted at number five), Oasis are experiencing a sort of second Britpop love-in.
You could say it makes a rather neat synchronicity how Oasis' greatest Britpop rivals, Blur, have recently re-formed to play some big summer gigs. It's Blur vs Oasis all over again, and one must wonder whether Liam plans to pop along and watch Damon Albarn and co.
"I'm right into the Blur reunion," says Liam, rather surprisingly. Yet, thankfully, this response is laced with trademark sarcasm. "Cos it'll finish off the Kaiser Chiefs and put them to bed. There's nothing worse than a **** Blur. And at least the original **** Blur are back to finish off all these other **** Blurs. I'm bang into the Blur reunion."
"I'll tell you what, though, all these band reunions recently, it just goes to show who's the real deal. Oasis have never split up. Now all these bands have come back, just as the recession is kicking in. They've all been found out. Spandau Ballet? I've seen Tony Hadley, and it's more like Spandau Belly."
Our time is coming to an end, and we're left in no doubt that Liam is relishing having the interview spotlight to himself.
Indeed, what began as a simple interview has now developed into an extended session of Liam setting the world to rights - from the ongoing MPs' expenses scandal ("I'd send them all to Iraq, that'd teach them a lesson") to Manchester City's woeful season ("Mark Hughes should stay put. Let's give someone a chance. We've got rid of too many managers") and even, most bizarrely, the Britain's Got Talent final ("Susan Boyle, I'm bang into it man. But she's had it all sewn up from the first audition, hasn't she?").
But love or loathe him, that's just the wonder and enigma of the rock'n'roll cartoon that is William Gallagher, the greatest vocalist of his generation, rabid Manc motormouth, occasional bird impersonator, and now, most improbably, a bona fide fashion guru. Truly, a most dedicated follower of passion.
Oasis play Heaton Park on June 4, 6 and 7. Pretty Green: prettygreen.com.
Stadium Of Light Undergoes Rigorous Testing for Oasis Show
Thousands of pounds has been spent and almost 1,500 staff have been hired to prepare for Wearside's biggest ever concerts.
Sunderland AFC is expecting more than 160,000 fans at the Stadium of Light for the Take That and Oasis gigs in June.
The stadium has undergone rigorous testing, costing £50,000, to ensure it can withstand the rhythmic jumping and swaying of thousands of music fans.
The courtyard area, in the car park in front of Black Cats House, will be fitted out to host bars and refreshment stalls for up to 10,000 people.
The stage for Take That, on June 5 and June 6, will be set up in the South Stand, but will be replaced by a different stage for Oasis, on June 10.
The rest of the pitch will be covered by a special Supertrack surface.
Peter Weymes, facilities manager at the stadium, said: "Everyone is looking forward to it. They are two great bands and there's a feeling that there could not be a better debut for the Stadium of Light as a concert venue.''
There are still a limited number of hospitality packages available from £63.61 for all concerts.
For more information visit www.safcconcerts.com or call 0871 911 1500.
Oasis begin their largest ever UK Stadium Tour, together with a whole host of headline slots at European Festivals next week! Don't forget to check www.seetickets.com/oasisf/ if you don't have your ticket yet!
STV is giving you and a friend the chance to attend the exclusive Oasis soundcheck! It's your chance to get up close to the legendary band before anyone else at their highly anticipated gig at Murrayfield Stadium!
Not only that, you'll be there to watch the band blast out their hits to a massive crowd at the gig later that night on Wednesday 17th June. Are you mad for it?!
Competition closes at 9am on Monday 8th June - 5 x winners only - Tickets are non refundable or exchangeable - Cameras, mobile phones and any other recording equipment are not permitted during the soundcheck
Despite having sold nearly two million records and been invited to tour with good friends Oasis, the band who play the Millennium Stadium next month say they have only just realised they’re huge.
“It’s weird, man,” begins front man Tom Meighan, with puppy-dog enthusiasm.
“We were doing Jools Holland the other week and we were the biggest band on it.
“Before, we’ve been on with big names, Smokey Robinson, Jarvis Cocker and people. We were looking at the list for this one, and those names aren’t there - we’re the biggest band. It’s funny...” he says, chuckling, pleased with himself. “About time..............”
When the name Oasis is mentioned, Tom has nothing but praise for the band most see as Kasabian’s spiritual predecessors. He’s quick to scotch musical comparisons, saying any similarities are more down to shared values and beliefs than any influences or sound. “We believe in realism, like they do, but we’re from the other side of the rainbow to them, musically, and Noel would be the first person to say that as well.”
Like the Gallagher brothers’ relationship being central to Oasis’ story, the brotherly bond between Tom and Serge, who first met in Leysland High School when they were 12 or 13, is equally important to Kasabian’s success, if less fractious.
“We met years ago and were in the same class in school, but I properly got to know him when we were 17. We’re pretty close, man, and we fall out a bit now and again, a few scrapes here and there, but it’s all good,” explains Tom.
“I think I annoy him a lot more than he annoys me. Us lead singers are a rare bunch, but that’s how it is, and I love it.”
First Thursdays at the Kowalsky Gallery - 1984 - Celebrating 25 Years of DACS
Thursday 4 June, 6-9pm
Join for a glass of wine with music from 1984 plus artist talk.
7pm, Artist Talk: Paul Slattery
A professional photographer for more than 30 years, Paul Slattery is internationally known for his work with U2, The Clash, The Smiths and Oasis. Manchester bands played a huge part in the renaissance of rock music from the late seventies and Paul was at the heart of the scene. In early 1994 he was introduced to a young Oasis and their first world tour was the critical moment in the band’s rise to rock stardom. Paul was there to capture the excitement and drama of this crucial period.
Paul Slattery will give an illustrated talk about his book Oasis: A Year on the Road (2008) and signing copies afterwards.
Paul’s photograph ‘The Smiths in Montmartre, Paris 1984’ also features in the show. Limited Edition copies are available for sale.
This event is FREE but booking essential: firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7336 8811
Word reaches us from sunny Ravello Italy that Noel Gallagher and companion Sarah McDonald chose the quiet resort for a weekend get away. The couple stayed at hotel Caruso and enjoyed the beautiful sights and sounds of the seaside vacation town on the coast of Amalfi.
Oasis Sweeps Top 3 Spots in Best British Song Poll
On Bank Holiday Monday, Xfm threw caution to the wind and decided to name the Top 100 Best British Songs Of All Time. Taking in votes from you, the listeners and Xfm DJs, they compiled what they think it the definitive list of the greatest songs from Blighty.
And for the record, here's what the final line-up was...
01. Oasis - Live Forever 02. Oasis - Don't Look Back In Anger 03. Oasis - Wonderwall 04. The Stone Roses - I Am The Resurrection 05. Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart 06. The Verve - Bitter Sweet Symphony 07. The Who - My Generation 08. Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor 09. The Clash - London Calling 10. Oasis - Champagne Supernova 11. The Smiths - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out 12. Muse - Knights Of Cydonia 13. Pulp - Common People 14. The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter 15. Blur - Song 2 16. The Kinks - Waterloo Sunset 17. The Jam - A Town Called Malice 18. The Beatles - Hey Jude 19. The Rolling Stones - Sympathy For The Devil 20. The Stone Roses - Fool's Gold
Noel Gallagher will have been a happy man having opined in the build up to 'Doom Sunday': "I hope Newcastle go down. There's no better sight than seeing fat topless Geordies crying." I'm sure they'd like a half decent Oasis album one of these days, Noel - but I'll tell them not to hold their breath, eh?
Legions of proud Newcastle fans (fat, half naked and otherwise) will be following their side in the Championship next season.
Noel got his wish after the Toon demonstrated exactly why they deserve relegation and the financial meltdown that comes with it. If their players deserve to become Championship fodder the board deserve to be parachute-paymented straight down to the Conference. Where to start with those clowns? Shunning Kevin Keegan in favour of Dennis Wise? Employing Joe Kinnear? Leaving Chris Hughton in charge for five games before appointing Shearer? Appointing Shearer?
The pie-guzzling cry babies in the away end managed to splutter their way through a final burst of ''Shearer! Shearer!'' at Villa Park despite just one win in his eight games in charge, while most of the players at least had the good grace to look a bit dejected. But like actors dredging up painful childhood memories in order to cry for a role, they were probably just mourning the fact that their freeloading days on monster wages are well and truly over.
Oasis, Kasabian and Snow Patrol are set for ITV2 this summer, with commissioners ordering a second dose of the iTunes Live: London Festival.
Produced by Endemol-owned Initial, the 8 x 60-minute series will be produced from the Camden Roundhouse throughout the festival, which will be broadcast throughout July on Thursday and Friday evenings.
As well as Oasis, the programmes will feature performances from The Saturdays, Paolo Nutini and Flo Rida as well as comedy performances and celebrity interviews.
On top of this, 2 x 60-minute round-up programmes will be produced for ITV1 and the live gigs from the festival will be recorded and sold on iTunes.
The iTunes Live:London Festival 09 was ordered by entertainment commissioning editor Claire Zolkwer and director of ITV digital channels and acquisitions Zai Bennett.
Bennett said: "iTunes have pulled out all the stops in getting a fantastic line up of acts across the month including Oasis, Snow Patrol and Flo Rida and the legendary Roundhouse should be a fitting venue for the calibre of music on offer."
Head of music at Initial Phil Mount said: "The festival is the kind of multi-genre, digitally connected event that will excite music fans everywhere. Through ITV2 viewers will get front row seats to the hottest bands the festival has to offer."
US HDNet Debuts Oasis' "Standing On the Edge of Noise" Gig
The HDNet Concert series is proud to debut this special concert, played before only a handful of lucky fans, as Oasis finished preparations for their world tour back in August of last year. "Oasis - Standing on the Edge of the Noise" premieres on the HDNet Concert Series, Sunday, May 24 at 8:00 p.m. ET.
In the concert, Oasis plays songs from all their albums - spanning a nearly twenty year career - but the songs from their new album, "Dig Out Your Soul," are featured heavily on the set list.
But Oasis is just the beginning! On the following Monday, May 25, beginning at noon ET, HDNet will run a Memorial Day Music Marathon featuring the best outdoor performances in our library, like "Goo Goo Dolls Live at Red Rocks," "Poison - Live, Raw and Uncut," "Doobie Brothers Live at Wolf Trap," and "Farm AID 2007 - A HOMEGROWN Festival."
To get a full list of concerts and air times please check out www.hd.net/music
The iTunes Festival is a new type of music festival. Free to attend. Running for the entire month of July and to be enjoyed from anywhere in the world via the web.
This year we are celebrating our 3rd anniversary in style. Taking to the stage at Camden's Roundhouse will be Oasis, Snow Patrol, Kasabian, The Saturdays, Flo Rida, Paolo Nutini and more than 50 artists yet to be announced.
Each performance will be recorded and available to download on iTunes.
You can keep up to date with the latest line-up announcements, free ticket competitions, news, video highlights and live audio broadcasts by becoming a fan of the iTunes profile on Facebook.
Gig tickets are NOT available to buy. For the chance to see your favourite artists up-close and for free, click here to visit the festival profile and follow the ticket application instructions.
We're giving away hundreds of gig tickets on Facebook, but if you do not have a Facebook account you could win a limited number of tickets here.
Oasis announce intimate free London show
Benicassim looks set to be (even more) overrun with Mancunians this year as Oasis have been booked to play. Oasis last played the event in 2005. To get tickets head over to NME.COM/GIGS now.
Benicassim looks set to be (even more) overrun with Mancunians this year as Oasis have been booked to play. Oasis...
Oasis have announced that they will play live at the London Roundhouse in July.
The Manchester legends played at the venue last October as part of the BBC Electric Proms gig series. This time they will be playing, on July 21, as part of the iTunes Live gig series, which sees a show a night take place at the venue throughout the month.
Snow Patrol, Kasabian, , The Saturdays and Flo Rida have also been announced as set to play iTunes Live gigs.
The dates confirmed so far are:
Flo Rida (July 4) Snow Patrol (5) Paolo Nutini (10) Oasis (21) Kasabian (22) The Saturdays (27)
Entry will be free to competition winners who win tickets through Ituneslive.co.uk.
The band also play three dates at the city's Wembley Stadium on July 9, 10 and 12 as part of their summer UK stadium tour.
For all iTunes Live updates you can join the Facebook community Here Become a friend and you'll be able to download the music video for 'The Shock Of The Lightning' until June 1st from iTunes for free.
Tom Clarke Misquoted in Sun Interview Regarding Oasis
Response from Tom Clarke regarding media reports over comments concerning Oasis
The Enemy’s frontman Tom Clarke has responded to media stories suggesting that he criticised Oasis in an interview with The Sun.
Talking to The Sun’s Gordon Smart and John Gaunt about the upcoming Oasis stadium tour on which The Enemy are confirmed as support, Clarke said, “I don’t think Noel needs to do it anymore [for the money]. He is doing it for the love of it. That’s the dream. That’s when you can say you’ve made it.”
Clarke’s comment was intended to be a compliment for Oasis and Noel Gallagher’s continuing success, but has instead been misinterpreted as criticism. Emphasising his respect for Oasis as both individuals and as band, Clarke responded by commenting: “That’s complete and utter bollocks! Oasis have been and still are one of my favourite bands ever. It’s an absolute honour for them to invite us onto their tour, I can’t wait! Oasis passed it? Not a fuckin’ chance!”
Spandau Ballet want to challenge Oasis to a drinking contest.
The recently reformed band love partying on the road and believe they could easily beat Noel and Liam Gallagher - who are also famed for their wild behaviour - in any alcohol-fuelled challenge.
Drummer John Keeble said: "We can take on Oasis. They are nice boys, pussycats. We're real rock 'n' roll."
Bassist Martin Kemp added: "The longest stretch I've had is four days of no sleep, just being on the road partying. It goes with being in a great band and I've told my wife that. Let's be real, it'll be like we're 18 again."
The 'Gold' hitmakers have also revealed they insist on travelling with tequila on their tour bus.
Singer Tony Hadley said: "Everywhere we go we take a massive case of tequila we've called Slammer 1. It's been with Spandau since day one."
Guitarist Gary Kemp added to Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper: "We were in Montreal with the Beastie Boys. They heard we were hardcore so invited us for a drinking session on Jack Daniels. We kept going until one of them puked up, screaming for his mother.
"Another time, the night before we recorded for Band Aid, we had a drink-off with Duran Duran. Steve Norman was so plastered he had to be carried off in a stretcher."
Meanwhile, Tony has revealed he has been checking the band's lyrics on the internet ahead of their comeback shows in October.
He said: "I'm OK with classics like 'Gold' but for some songs I ask my wife to Google the lyrics. If I forget some on our new tour, I'll point the mic at the audience for our fans to sing. I'm sure they'll give me a ticking off if I forget though."
Liam Gallagher Has Some Choice Words For The Enemy
Some of the headlines circulating in yesterday's newspapers regarding The Enemy's front man Tom Clarke's thoughts on Oasis apparently did not go over too well with the younger Gallagher brother. Liam used his newly found cyber weapon of choice to hit back at the rock n roll rookie.
Gallagher wrote on his twitter :"Having read an interview with Tom Clarke from The Enemy apparently Oasis are past it? Do you want to go on 1st or what you little fucker? LG" after Tom told the Sun that Noel Gallagher was past his prime and that The Enemy had better work ethics than Oasis.
The Enemy are set to support the Brit Rock legends on their UK stadium tour starting in June. One can only hope the two can hug it out over some Stellas in the green room come time to share the stage.....
Zak Starkey on Oasis "I spent every day crying with laughter"
Zak Starkey, self-proclaimed son of "the greatest drummer in the world" (The Beatles' Ringo Starr, of course), former stand-in for Oasis and occasional The Who sticksman, took time out from the aforementioned schedule to talk 'Uncle' Keith Moon and Brit infamy.
Before quitting Oasis over 'commitment issues', Starkey recorded 2008's Dig Out Your Soul. Our friends over at Rhythm magazine took the opportunity to talk about lead single Shock Of The Lightning's "hurtling Krautrock beat, dusted with eight bar sprinkle fills"…
"I did that as a joke! And no one in the band thought those crazy fills were going to make it on the record. I couldn't fucking believe it when I heard it on the radio! It was a lightning shock!"
The Who vs Oasis
When asked to compare playing with Oasis to playing with The Who to fill those enormous shoes left by Keith Moon, Starkey's second answer might also surprise: "It was just as difficult playing in Oasis as it is with The Who."
"It's irrelevant that there are more fills to play in The Who. I'd get all these wanker drummers saying, 'Oh man, I could do the Oasis gig with one hand tied behind my back'. Well, you may be able to but it will fucking sound shit mate! If my drumming was slightly slow or fast, everybody in that band knew it."
"Liam, Noel, Gem and Andy are some of the smartest musicians I've ever met," he continued. "In fact, they're the most inspiring band I've ever worked with. I played with Oasis for four years and literally spent every day crying with laughter. Those lads are on it and that's why they're fucking massive."
You can read the full interview with Zak Starkey, plus exclusives with Doves' Andy Williams and Gallows' Lee Barratt in the current issue of Rhythm magazine, available now.
Liam Gallagher's Pretty Green Fashion Line Gears Up For Launch
Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher is due to launch his new fashion range Pretty Green soon, and the singer has teased fans with a series of images from a recent photo shoot.
Liam Gallagher has long been known as a fashion lover. Whether it's a pure white fur jacket and some classic desert boots the singer has been there and more than likely bought the t-shirt.
Earlier this year the singer announced he was to launch his own fashion range Pretty Green. Named after a song by Mod icons The Jam, the new range was to exemplify Gallagher's own taste in clothes.
Treading the line between 80s casual and 60s Mod, Liam Gallagher is also a noted fan of designer labels. Not for him some run of the mill schmutter - for the past fifteen years the singer has stepped out in nothing but the best.
A recent web video made his point quite clear, lambasting the modern skinny jeans and plimsoles look. Little has been seen of the new range, which has apparently been designed with a number of top figures from the fashion world.
The new photos show Liam Gallagher posing on a moped at Beachy Head. Wearing a parka it recalls a scene from Quadrophenia, and is a nice primer for the full range.
Brother Noel Gallagher is a famous fashion fan, with an enormous collection of vintage trainers. The two probably won't be collaborating on the collection, though, with the pair at loggerheads following a comment made by Noel Gallagher.
The guitarist claimed Oasis was like a rudderless ship, warning of problems ahead. However Liam Gallagher took exception to this, insisting there was nothing wrong with the band.
Oasis are set to play a massive UK tour over the summer. Taking in some of their biggest venues in a decade the band will take Kasabian and The Enemy on the road with them for one of the year's most anticipated live music events.
The Pretty Green collection is due to be available to view online from next week (May 25th).
The Gallaghers turned the '90s into barren retro-rock desert, argues Mark Beaumont
Britpop. It’s become such a dirty word I’m amazed my laptop doesn’t automatically asterisk the vowels. Think ‘punk’ and you instantly picture John Lydon snarling like a Pekingese with piles, think ‘grunge’ and you see a kohl-eyed Cobain, think ‘new rave’ and you envisage a clearly ‘refreshed’ Klaxons waving the Mercury Prize.
But think ‘Britpop’ and the Union Jack guitars, Blur/Oasis feuds and Jarvis arse-waggles are obscured by the detritus. You think of Sleeperblokes and lad mags, the Good Mixer and Chris Evans, Geri’s dress and The Girlie Show. Think ‘Britpop’ and, to the shame of an entire decade, you think “Menswe@r”.
I’m an unrepentant child of Britpop. I was in it from Blur’s ‘British Image No 1’, from ‘Popscene’ and ‘For Tomorrow’, from Suede’s ‘The Drowners’ and The Auteurs’ ‘Showgirl’:
I wore the Jarvo corduroy blazers and the Brett fringe-flop, did the slapping-your-arse-with-a-microphone shimmy across the dancefloors of Camden. In the Blur/Oasis war I was a frontline general for the Albarn Army. I revelled in the fact that, after so much ’80s miserablism, grunge, shoegazing and crusty anarchists bleating on about Thatcher (boo!) and Sainsbury’s (BOOO!), the underground was finally agreeing to enjoy some shameless, tuneful jubilance and feel awwwwwlright for a bit.
Sadly, it was just that brassy polish, brazen breeziness, lack of ‘loner’ angst and assimilation of chart-friendly ‘pop’ into guitar music that made it easy to mock in its wake. For the last decade I’ve had to endure my musical mum being called a slag. I’ve become a son of the disowned generation.
Then, just as the first clutch of Britpop club nights speckle London with their posters of a V-flicking Jarvis, this week saw the announcement of the first major three-CD Britpop compilation album, entitled ‘Common People’ (out June 8).
At last! A full and proper re-evaluation of one of the greatest scenes in pop history! Then I saw the tracklisting and my heart sank faster than the second Echobelly album. Totally eschewing the talents of the two true Britpop titans, Blur and Oasis, CD1 hints at the problem by including Britpop precursors that had little to do with the movement besides a timely overlap – Black Grape, The Stone Roses, James. By CD2 a rot is beginning to set in; between true Britpop classics such as ‘Common People’, ‘Alright’ and ‘Chasing Rainbows’, creep an army of Britpop pretenders. Northern Uproar? Kula Shaker? Ocean sodding Colour Scene?
Already the gleaming face of Britpop is being smeared in its own fetid effluence, and by CD3 it’s like Karl Marx being shown around Stalin’s Gulag or that bit in Alien: Resurrection where the perfectly cloned Sigourney Weaver alien finds all of the deformed experimental clone Sigourney/aliens in a lab begging “Please kill me…”. Gomez, The Seahorses, Hurricane #1, Stereophonics: all of the worst post-Oasis plodders are lasso’d into the Britpop corral, tainting the ’90s gene pool, feeding Britpop with its own sewage like a kind of musical French cattle farm.
Any hope I had that new listeners might too appreciate the wild pop thrill I once felt for ‘Wake Up Boo!’, ‘Slight Return’, ‘Inbetweener’ or ‘Female Of The Species’ is dashed, since there, fused like a malignant growth on the cheek of a supermodel, sit the godawful monstrosities that sprang from the loins of Noel Gallagher’s guitar and turned the end of the decade into a barren and boring retro-rock desert. Even this supposed celebration and re-evaluation of the era is ruined by the presence of its bastard offspring, dribbling and leering from the attic of the 1990s.
Britpop’s downfall was that its most successful band wasn’t also its epitome. Where Nirvana fairly defined grunge or the Pistols accurately captured punk spirit, the easily imitated rock chug of Oasis never took in the synthetic sexuality of Pulp and Suede, the jaunty jollities of Blur or Supergrass, the flagrant pop hooks of Dodgy or Space.
So Britpop: The Phenomenon must always be associated with the lobbed pint at Knebworth, the thundery stomp of a Gary Glitter steal and the dreary wailing of ‘The Riverboat Song’. None of which, as a true and pure child of Britpop, ever said anything to me about my life. It became a disgraced scene: ‘guitar pop’ a term of abuse, indie good spirits a cause for mockery, ‘Britpop’ a dirty word. So please, I entreat you to give ‘Common People’ a thorough iPod pruning of the effluvium and let Britpop die with dignity.
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The Enemy want Oasis to support them on their next tour.
Frontman Tom Clarke - whose band will open for the 'Wonderwall' rockers when they tour the UK this summer - thinks his group should be headlining because Noel Gallagher is past his prime.
Tom told Britain's The Sun newspaper: "I don't think Noel needs to do it any more. He's doing it for the love of it. That's the dream. That's when you can say you've made it."
Tom Clark Covers Half The World Away by Oasis
Tom also claims he and his bandmates Liam Watts and Andy Hopkins - whose latest album 'Music For The People' reached number two on the British charts - have a better work ethic than Oasis stars Noel and Liam Gallagher.
He added: "I've always wanted to work hard at everything in every job I've had. I used to do gardening in the summer and sell washing machines and TVs.
"And I wanted to be the best at selling washing machines and tellies. If you're going to do a job, you've got to give it your best. You get out what you put into life. When you're given an opportunity and you want it, then work your a**e off for it."
If , as the Sun insists, Kasabian succeed Oasis as the next massive rock band, theirs will be an odd tale of two Noels. The first is big uncle Gallagher, looking to pass his baton to the mouthy Leicester lads who are wilder than Arctic Monkeys, and who, unlike our kid Liam, don't think Spinal Tap were a real band. So in homage, West Ryder's lunatic opener, Underdog, is classic 90s "mad for it" material - a heady bellyful of Happy Mondays that is followed by the glam-rock Where Did All the Love Go? Not unlike their last album Empire, in short.
Kasabian West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum Columbia 2009 Primal Scream and Stone Roses influences also remain, but looming larger is the second Noel. Namely, the Mighty Boosh's Noel Fielding, who plays a daft vampire slayer in the video to Vlad the Impaler. Fielding's presence reveals the band's experimental side, which, thanks to Gorillaz producer Dan the Automator, comes to the fore on West Ryder. So Take Aim has gypsy violins, Secret Alphabets' filmic feel is more Tarkovsky than Tarantino, and Fast Fuse is a fine 60s-style stomp.
All of which leads you to conclude that in their struggle to position themselves, Kasabian are trying too hard to be all things to all men. Adventurous? Definitely. Massive? Perhaps.
Noel and Liam Gallagher have herbal tea on their rider. The Oasis stars - who are currently touring in support of their current album "Dig Out Your Soul" and whose wild lifestyles were infamous during the 90s - ask for a selection of specialty beverages when performing.
A source said: "Liam and Noel have requested that their dressing room be supplied with herbal teas, fresh organic fruit, almonds, pine nuts, Cadbury's chocolate and organic crisps. They also ask for fine china crockery and a linen tablecloth."
Noel has previously admitted he is finding the tour increasingly hard, explaining he misses his home comforts.
He wrote on his blog: "Jet lag will put a downer on the gig tonight. I already can't be a***d. Nevermind. They've got Yorkshire tea bags on the rider which, let's face it, is all that matters to a 40-year-old Northerner [sic]."
This is not the first hint Noel has tamed his wild lifestyle - he recently admitted he loves strolling around supermarkets.
He said: "I'm happiest hanging round the house and I'm forever offering to go to the supermarket. I f**king love supermarkets."
Sarah Tierney has news of a Confidential readers' evening at Richard Goodall gallery where Michael Spencer Jones' iconic images of Oasis are on display.
Wandering around this exhibition of Oasis cover art, you're struck by a strong sense of familiarity. From the shot of Liam lying prostrate on Bonehead's living room floor on the cover of Definitely Maybe, to the semi-submerged Rolls Royce on Be Here Now, Michael Spencer Jones's photographs are a visual shorthand for the mid 1990s. If you had to pick an image that sums up Britpop – that optimistic era when we liked our political leaders as much as we liked our pop stars, chances are, it'd be one of these.
Michael Spencer Jones worked with Oasis from 1993 to 1998 when the band's influence was at its height. He remembers it as an exciting but pressurised time; “Coming up with a great image that the band were happy with and you were happy with was the most challenging thing,” he says. “You're working under pressure to create an image that you know is going to be around for a long time.”
It's difficult to say whether the images on display at the Richard Goodall Gallery have stayed in the collective consciousness because they were so widely seen in the 1990s, or because they have a power in their own right, outside of the music that came with them. It's probably a bit of both. Spencer Jones mixed elements of surrealism with the classic iconography of rock'n'roll: guitars, cars, champagne and girls, to create a style that was distinctly and recognisably 'Oasis'. The ultimate rock band with a bit of humour and cultural referencing thrown in.
He says his favourite image is the cover from Definitely Maybe but he also likes Be Here Now. If there was ever a cover image that asked to be analysed by over-attentive fans, it's this one. It's full of visual symbols: clocks, telescopes, gramophones, telephone boxes...with the band looking equally incongruous amongst it all. When a tabloid journalist smuggled his way onto the photo set and published a picture the next day, the papers pounced on the date on the calendar: 3 September – the day the second world war started.
Says Spencer Jones: “They were saying, what is this? Why are they making reference to the outbreak of the second world war? But that wasn't the case at all, it was just an arbitrary date that just happened to go on the calendar.”
It was actually Spencer Jones' guess at the date the album might be released. Noel had requested they have the release date on the cover, but at the time of the shoot, they weren't sure when it would be.
Other images seem designed to create a feeling rather than invite speculation on their meaning. For example the grainy black and white shot of a suburban house half hidden by overgrown trees on the sleeve of 'Live Forever', and the image of the Arizona desert on 'Whatever'.
It's a diverse collection on display, but what links all the images is their desirability to Oasis fans and music memorabilia collectors. With this in mind, Spellbound Publications have brought them together into a portfolio comprised of 10 original limited edition photographs of Oasis’ sleeve artwork, including Definitely Maybe, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?, Be Here Now and seven of their single covers, plus a 198 page large format book called Out of the Blue – The Oasis Photographs. This includes photographs that Spencer Jones took of the band on tour, in the studio and off duty, and is a definitive pictorial record of the band during this era.
There's no doubt that Oasis fans will want to own this portfolio and book. It will also appeal to those who want to invest in artworks that they feel a particular connection to – after all, the Britpop kids are now all grown-up with money to spend.
Whether you're interested in investing or not, you're invited to come and see the artwork for yourself at a special readers' evening that Confidential is holding at the exhibition next Thursday (21 May). You'll be able to chat to Michael Spencer Jones about his photography and working with Oasis, and peruse the gallery with a complimentary glass of wine or beer. It's free and it'll be held at the Richard Goodall Gallery on High Street, near the Market Restaurant, in the Northern Quarter, from 6.30pm to 8pm.
We've also got five Oasis collages by Michael Spencer Jones to give away, worth £95 each. To be in with a chance of winning, fill out the form by clicking here and scrolling down (UK ONLY).