We’re dipping into the Far Out Magazine vault to take a look back at Oasis in their Britpop pomp. It was during 1996 that the Manchester band, led by Liam and Noel Gallagher, asserted themselves as the ultimate British rock act and they did so with a series of mammoth gigs.
Bookended by a huge homecoming show at Maine Road and the now-legendary shows at Knebworth House on August 10th, Oasis travelled north of the border to give a sensational performance for all those in attendance at Balloch Castle in Loch Lomond in Scotland.
Scotland has always been a happy hunting ground for Oasis. Not only were the group discovered in Glasgow’s iconic venue King Tut’s but the band have always professed undying love for the Scottish audience. Notoriously ready for a good time, the Gallagher brothers must have been salivating at the prospect of such a huge show.
Now fewer than 80,000 people arrived at the stunning setting each night of the band’s two-night residency as they welcomed a host of celebrities to the performance. As captured in a news report from the time below, everybody was utterly enamoured with the Gallaghers and Oasis.
(What’s The Story) Morning Glory had shot the band into superstardom and while 1995 had been spent battling Blur for the Britpop crown, 1996 certainly belonged to Oasis. As Alan McGee notes in the clip, “it just never stops.” While sadly there’s no final footage of the band’s performance floating around there is a small snippet of the group performing ‘Some Might Say‘ during the new report below.
During that report, we also get a taste of what Oasis meant to the average punter. While some talk about the validity of the music, others showcase Oasis as the “Only band in Britain,” claiming the “music scene was crying out for them.” It is this insight that we’re most interested in.
Unlike any other band of the modern era (excluding maybe The Strokes), Oasis changed pop culture forever. Almost overnight the band’s attitude, style and sound was being mimicked across the nation. Oasis emboldened their fans as they acted as the elected officials of Britain’s generation X.
As well as the new report we’re also bringing you a bootleg from the show on August 3rd 1996 alongside some fan footage of the band’s performance the following evening. All of which is decidedly ’90s in quality but capture the inner workings of what it was like to watch Oasis in their heyday.