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Oasis fans will be able to watch the band on stage again – as a documentary about their iconic Knebworth gig will be in cinemas on September 23.
The band announced today the highly anticipated documentary will be released worldwide in cinemas later this Summer, allowing another generation of fans to watch footage and hear songs from the record-breaking concert when the band were at the peak of their success.
Announcing the news, frontman Liam Gallagher said: “Knebworth for me was the Woodstock of the 90’s. It was all about the music and the people. I can’t remember much about it, but I’ll never forget it. It was Biblical.”
And Noel Gallagher said: “I can’t believe we never played Rock ‘n’ Roll Star!”
(Image: James Gourley/REX/Shutterstock)
The film is directed by Grammy Award-winner Jake Scott and told through the eyes of the fans and never before seen archive footage.
The largest concert of the 1990s, over 2% of the entire population of the UK had attempted to buy tickets.
Speaking about it on The Jonathan Ross Show in May, Noel admitted it was "emotional" looking back at Oasis' legendary 1996 Knebworth gigs for the new documentary.
At the time he said: "It's actually quite emotional watching it. That amount of people, pre-internet with no phones, nothing, the fans in the moment with the band.
"I can see what all the fuss was about now. You're so close to it at the time. I couldn't perceive it like other people.
They will reunite on screen as their new documentary is coming out
“But yesterday listening to it – Liam was at his absolute peak and the band was.
"I was like watching it thinking we were amazing, we really were. It's something I don't think of on a day-to-day basis. When I was watching it yesterday I was like, it really is amazing."
Oasis’ two record breaking nights at Knebworth took place on 10th & 11th August 1996, with over a quarter of a million young music fans from all over the world converging on Knebworth Park, Hertfordshire to see the legendary sets. Tickets went on sale on 11th May 1996.
Queues formed outside local record shops and ticket offices overnight, and fans around the world spent the day on their landline phones trying to get through to constantly engaged booking lines.
The brothers are still feuding
(Image: © Jill Furmanovsky)
All tickets sold out in less than 24 hours, breaking every UK box office record in the process. Organisers estimated the band could have sold two or three times as many tickets.
Cinema tickets for the film version of Oasis Knebworth 1996 will go on sale next month on Tuesday 10th August, marking the 25 years to the day since the first night of the concerts.
The band split in 2009
Tom Mackay, President, Premium Content, Sony Music Entertainment said: “We are thrilled to be working with RSA Films and Trafalgar Releasing to bring global audiences an incredible cinematic experience around one of Oasis’s most historic concerts.
"The premiere of Oasis Knebworth 1996 invites generations of fans who weren’t able to attend this iconic show to experience the lasting energy and impact around Oasis’ performance that truly rocked Knebworth 25 years ago.”
After Knebworth, Oasis enjoyed more than a decade of success but tensions between the Gallagher brothers were never too far from the surface.
They split up in August 2009 after a row erupted between the siblings backstage before a Paris festival, resulting in a physical fight. They have never played together since and both now play live and tour with their own bands, performing Oasis songs as part of their set.
*Tickets for Oasis Knebworth 1996 go on Sale From Tuesday, 10th August. You can get sign-up for information at www.oasisknebworth1996.com