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New Oasis film will document the iconic 1996 Knebworth gigs


Despite their warring relationship, estranged Gallagher brothers Noel and Liam have signed on to executive produce a new Oasis film set up to document their now-iconic Knebworth gigs.

The shows, which took place in 1996, captured Oasis at the peak of their powers. The Manchester Britpop band performed two nights at Knebworth, rolling through their extensive back catalogue to more than 250,000 fans who were in attendance.

In a set up that seems a million miles away given the socially distanced state of the live music circuit, the likes of the Charlatans, The Prodigy, the Chemical Brothers, Manic Street Preachers and more also performed the mind-1990s shows.

Jake Scott, the director of the planned movie, has described the project as “a story driven entirely by the music, a rock ‘n’ roll experience, told in the moment, like a visual stream-of-consciousness that is built around the extensive archive footage from the event”.

Detailing further in statements issued to The Guardian, he said there would be “no on-camera interviews or unnecessary celebrity recollections”.

Last week, when detailing the plans, Noel Gallagher told Zoe Ball on BBC Radio 2: “There’s a lot of stories in the press about it being a film company for a biopic, which of course it’s not,” Noel said.

“The gig Oasis did at Knebworth is 25 in August and back in 1996 we’d filmed it all really professionally with loads of cameras, we had cameras on the trains with fans. But for one reason or another, the film never came out but as it’s the anniversary coming up, we’re going to be releasing it now.

“I’ve seen a tiny trailer of it and it’s a fantastic snapshot of a bygone era before the internet. It’s great, really great.”

No release date has been confirmed as of yet.

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