Oasis Announces Knebworth Concert Documentary

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Oasis at Knebworth in 1996

Oasis has announced that their August 1996 performances at Knebworth will be made into a feature length documentary film to mark 25 years since the events. Jake Scott, who has directed videos for the band, as well as the Rolling Stones, R.E.M, U2, The Verve, and many more, will direct the film. The May 11, 2021 announcement indicated that the still-untitled film will be released “later this year.”

It’s easy to forget just how big Oasis was. Here’s a wild fact: the group released seven studio albums. Each hit #1 in the U.K. (as did a 2008 compilation album). They also scored eight #1 U.K. singles and a remarkable 23 Top 10 hits. Two songs were U.S. hits: 1995’s “Wonderwall” (#8) and 1996’s “Champagne Supernova” (#20 on the airplay chart, since it didn’t have an American physical release). Both are from (What’s the Story) Morning Glory which has sold a reported 22 million copies worldwide.

Watch Oasis perform “Champagne Supernova” at Knebworth in 1996

From the announcement: In 1996, Britain was in the midst of a cultural explosion. Set against a backdrop of the rise of New Labour, Euro ‘96, Mandela’s visit to Britain, and the height of Britpop, the film will be a crucial document of the moment that defined an era and cultural revolution. In just over two years, Oasis had ridden to the top and Knebworth was the jewel in the crown. Nearly a quarter of a century later, that weekend lives on as a milestone in rock ‘n’ roll history.

It’s estimated that 250,000 people attended the two performances in August 1996.

Watch Oasis perform at Knebworth

Speaking of the film, Scott said: “It’s a story driven entirely by the music, a rock and roll experience, told in the moment, like a visual stream of consciousness that is built around the extensive archive footage from the event. No on-camera interviews or unnecessary celebrity recollections.”

Liam Gallagher singing “Champagne Supernova” at Knebworth

The film will be produced by RSA Films and brothers Noel Gallagher and Liam Gallagher will serve as executive producers. It will be financed and distributed by Sony Music Entertainment and released theatrically by event cinema specialist Trafalgar Releasing.

The Knebworth concert film will be released later this year.

Related: When Oasis’ Noel Gallagher played at a fan’s home

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