In 1996, there was no bigger band in the world than Oasis. Certainly, there was no bigger band in England: on the heels of their second album (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?, the boys from Manchester began filling up stadiums to bring their laddish take on rock and roll to the largest number of people possible. Soon, the band were running out of places that could contain them, so they set up two nights at the spacious Knebworth House in what would retroactively be seen as the band’s peak of superstardom.
Now, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of those two legendary nights at Knebworth, the shows are coming to the big screen. Oasis Knebworth 1996, a documentary/concert film chronicling the performances, will be released in cinemas worldwide on September 23.
Described as “the story of the special relationship between Oasis and their fans that made the largest concert of the ‘90’s possible,” the concert film will be the first official release of the Knebworth gigs from the band. Previously footage from the concerts was included in the documentary Oasis: Supersonic.
The hype and demand for the Knebworth shows were mythical even as they were happening: most famously, over 2% of the entire UK population applied for tickets. In an age before the mass proliferation of the internet, tickets for the concerts sold out in less than 24 hours. Over 250,000 people packed into the grounds, and it’s estimated that the band could have played sold out shows for nearly three weeks had they wanted to. In Oasis: Supersonic, Liam Gallagher joked that the band should still be playing at Knebworth right now due to the insane clamour from the public at large. The concerts are now seen as the peak of Britpop, and for Oasis as the leading band of the movement.
Tickets for Oasis Knebworth 1996 will go on sale on Tuesday 10th August. Further information can be found here.