Manchester show could delay polling

Manchester giants Oasis could delay voting in the forthcoming elections to the European parliament.

Oasis have done many things, but the group have rarely stood in the way of democracy. Fighting with casuals on a ferry, the Mafia in Germany, and each other onstage the band have always avoided waging war on the individual's right to self-determination.

However all that could be about to change due to their forthcoming show at Manchester's Heaton Park. Part of the group's biggest UK tour in a decade, the massive homecoming show coincides with the European election in June 4th.

Officials are already warning that the clash could see residents living near the park denied the right to vote. Two roads, Bury Old Road and Sheepfoot Lane, will be closed at 9:30pm (BST) on the day of the gig with local voters being urged to apply for a postal vote to avoid any potential difficulties.

"Elections officers in Bury say that one way to avoid any potential problems would be to use a postal vote," a spokesperson from Bury council told BBC News.

"Alternatively, some people might choose to go the polls a bit earlier."

The show is one of three planned for Heaton Park, with further dates planned for June 6th and 7th. Support on the tour comes from some Britain's biggest groups with The Enemy and Kasabian both set to play alongside Oasis.

However the group have added extra support for the hometown dates with Oldham lads Twisted Wheel due to warm up the crowds at Heaton Park.

The shows come as Noel Gallagher warns that Oasis is "a rudderless ship". The warning came in a blog posting, to which Liam Gallagher responded furiously.

Noel Gallagher is said to be working on a new solo album, with no Oasis material expected for some time.

Oasis are set to open their Manchester residency on June 4th.
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