Here in the States, despite being the best-known act to emerge from the Britpop explosion of the mid-90s, Oasis never quite caught on in America. Yet in their native UK, they were more than huge, as evidenced by their two-night adventure in August 1996 at Knebworth in England.
The documentary “Oasis Knebworth 1996” will be released in theaters on September 23 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of this momentous event. Regionally, it will be featured at Regal UA King of Prussia and Regal Brandywine Town Center on Thursday and Friday, downtown at Landmark Ritz Five, Regal Downingtown and Regal Warrington Crossing, the final three Thursdays only. A full list of theaters is available at oasisknebworth1996.com. A full live album and DVD/Blu-ray, also titled Oasis Knebworth 1996, is due out November 19.
Directed by Grammy Award-winning Jake Scott, “Oasis Knebworth 1996” is a joyful and poignant celebration of one of the most iconic live concert events of the past 25 years, driven entirely by music and one’s own experiences. fans of this historic weekend. . Specifically, it tells the story of the special relationship between Oasis and their fans that made the greatest gig of the 90s possible. It’s told entirely in the moment through the eyes of the fans who were there, built around extensive, never-before-seen archival concert and behind-the-scenes footage from the event, with additional interviews with the band and concert organizers.
Oasis’ two record-breaking nights at Knebworth took place on August 10 and 11, 1996, with over a quarter of a million music fans from around the world converging on Knebworth Park, Hertfordshire to see the legendary sets. Tickets went on sale May 11 that year, with queues outside local record stores and box offices overnight as fans around the world spent the day on their landlines trying contact the ticket agents. The shows sold out in less than 24 hours, breaking all UK box office records. Organizers estimated the band could have sold two or three times as many tickets, with more than 2% of the UK population trying to buy tickets.
The concerts took place against a backdrop of the UK slowly recovering from a decade of recession. Coming out of the 1980s, the nation’s mood was changing. A cultural resurgence in arts and culture gave rise to ‘Cool Britannia’ and, in their meteoric rise, Oasis embodied that newfound optimism and swagger, epitomized by the brashness and arrogance of singer Liam Gallagher and his brother eldest – and chief songwriter – Noël.
Two short years had taken the band from their working-class hometown of Manchester to become one of the biggest bands in the world. For the masses, seeing themselves in the five men on stage in front of them, anything seemed possible.
‘Oasis Knebworth 1996’ sees a setlist absolutely packed with classics from start to finish, from the opening salvo of ‘Columbia’ and ‘Acquiesce’, to ‘Champagne Supernova’, ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’ , “Live Forever,” and a triumphant, orchestral-backed cover of The Beatles’ “I Am the Walrus.” Knebworth’s concerts were both the pinnacle of the band’s success and the historic reunion of a generation.
VINYL OF THE WEEK
Keep an eye on this place as each week we’ll be reviewing new or upcoming vinyl from a variety of artists. It can be a reprint of a historical recording, a special edition or a new collection of a legendary act. This week, it’s a tribute record to an influential dance punk band.
VARIOUS ARTISTS: ‘THE LEISURE PROBLEM: A CELEBRATION OF ANDY GILL & GANG OF FOUR’
Two years before his death in February 2020, iconic guitarist, producer and founder of Gang of Four Andy Gill embarked on a project close to his heart. The result is “The Problem of Leisure”, a double album of tracks written by Andy Gill and Gang of Four, all newly reinterpreted and recorded by artists whose unique contributions to music have been enriched by listening to the band. The album contains songs from over 40 years of Gang of Four career, each individually chosen by the artists who covered them.
Originally conceived by Gill to mark the 40th anniversary of Gang of Four’s 1979 debut and dance punk classic Entertainment!, “The Problem of Leisure” quickly expanded beyond the confines of this LP when several Participating artists chose tracks from different albums and time periods. Each musician who signed on to the project was given the freedom to create new versions of any Gang of Four songs they wished to cover, with Gill overseeing some of the previous production but largely leaving it to the artists to create their own. interpretations. After his death, his widow, Catherine Mayer, was determined to complete the project.
The latest 20-track double album showcases an extraordinary call for global talent, with artists from seven different countries and four continents demonstrating the breadth and depth of Gang of Four’s influence. Highlights include “Natural’s Not in It” by Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and Serj Tankian of System of a Down, Warpaint taking on “Paralysed”, Helmet covering “In the Ditch” and IDLES doing a version of “Damaged Goods” .
“The Problem of Leisure” is available in three double-vinyl gatefold formats. The “dogluxe” edition is only available from the official Gang of Four store (gangoffour.uk) and comes in thick red vinyl with a red sleeve and contains a six-sheet poster and special googly eye on the front. A yellow vinyl and matching sleeve version is only available from independent music retailers worldwide, while the black vinyl with the green sleeve can be found online and in the stores of all respectable retailers that sell vinyl.
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