Marking the 25th anniversary of the first night of Oasis’ record-breaking gigs at Knebworth in 1996, a trailer for a much-anticipated documentary about the shows has been released.
More than 250,000 people descended on Knebworth Park in Hertfordshire to watch the gigs, which took place 10 months after the release of the band’s second album (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? as they were at the height of their fame.
Just two years on from putting out their debut record, Definitely Maybe, brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher had taken Oasis from a council estate in Manchester to becoming one of the biggest bands in the world.
The documentary, set for release in cinemas in September, features fan accounts of what it was like to be in the audience for their most famous shows, as well as unseen archive footage from the gigs and backstage.
“This is history. This is history, right here, right now,” Noel can be heard telling the crowd at the start of the trailer.
The setlist for the shows featured the band’s best-loved hits, including Champagne Supernova, Don’t Look Back In Anger, Live Forever, Roll With It, Acquiesce, Some Might Say and Wonderwall.
“It was like a calling to us as Oasis fans,” says one fan. “It was that sort of moment in history where you had to be there. The biggest gig that’s ever been seen in the UK.”
“The energy pulsating through the crowd was unbelievable,” says another, while a third reflects on how different gigs were at that time: “It takes you back to a period, there was no one holding a phone or an iPad in front of me.”
Directed by Grammy winner Jake Scott, both Liam and Noel serve as executive producers of the documentary.
“The film celebrates the story of the special relationship between Oasis and their fans that made the largest concert of the ’90s possible,” says a synopsis for the documentary.
“It is told entirely in the moment through the eyes of the fans who were there, built around extensive and never-before-seen archive concert and backstage footage from the event, with additional interviews with the band and concert organisers.”
Oasis Knebworth 1996 will be out in cinemas from 23 September