We were at the World Premiere of Oasis Knebworth 1996 a documentary about the iconic concert on 10th and 11th August 1996 where 250,000 young music fans converged on Knebworth Park to see Oasis play two record breaking, era defining shows. The landmark concerts sold out in under a day with over 2% of the UK population attempting to buy tickets. This was a time when the UK was slowly recovering from a decade of recession. A surging confidence in arts and culture ushered in Cool Britannia and Oasis meteoric rise reflected the country’s new-found conviction and swagger.
Oasis Knebworth 1996 is the story of that weekend and the special relationship between Oasis and their fans that made it possible. It is told through the eyes of the fans who were there, with additional interviews with the band and concert organisers. Directed by Jake Scott from extensive concert and exclusive never-before seen footage, this is a joyful and at times poignant cinematic celebration of one of the most important concert events of the last 25 years. Read our review HERE
Noel Gallagher and director Jake Scott were there to talk about the documentary and Noel was characteristically frank about the gigs and what went on each day. He talks about Liam (obviously) and the mix of fans and the songs themselves notably Live Forever and why he thinks Champagne Supernova is nonsense. He also tells us why SKY TV was so important backstage, how he felt at the time performing the gig and also about the 10,000 hours theory in terms of how they ended up playing to such an enormous number of fans.
We also apologise for the popcorn muncher – we had a fat bloke sitting next to us who could not stop shovelling it into his mouth whilst Noel was talking!!
Watch here as Noel Gallagher talks Oasis Knebworth 1996…….