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Oasis announce documentary marking 25 years since Knebworth

Both Liam and Noel Gallagher will be executive producers for the new documentary, which will show never before seen footage of the gigs.

25 years since their iconic Knebworth gigs in 1996, Oasis is planning to release a documentary on the shows later this year. The details were released exactly a quarter-century to the day later after tickets for the shows went on sale. The film will be directed by Jake Scott, produced by RSA Films, with both Liam Gallagher and Noel Gallagher as executive producers.

The film, financed by Sony Music Entertainment, also marks the first collaboration between the two Gallagher brothers since their falling out in 2009. Since then, as far as the public is concerned, the two have remained apart and not properly communicated since. Liam Gallagher since then has called for the reunion of the band but has been ignored by his older brother.

Liam and Noel Gallagher
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Jake Scott talks about the significance of the film for not only the band but the entire music scene both in Manchester and all around the world:

“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.”

Earlier in the year, fans had speculated on the Gallagher brothers working together on a biopic, after a film company called Kosmic Kyte Motion Pictures was started by the two brothers. The speculation was quickly dismissed by Noel, as he then hinted at the Knebworth film:

“There’s a lot of stories in the press about it being a film company for a biopic, which of course it’s not,” he says. “The gig Oasis did at Knebworth is 25 in August and back in 1997 we’d filmed it all really professionally with loads of cameras, we had cameras on the trains with fans. But for one reason or another, the film never came out but as it’s the anniversary coming up, we’re going to be releasing it now.”

Knebworth Oasis Crowd
The massive crowd assembled for Oasis at Knebworth, 1996
Photo: Oasis

A press release for the film has since been released, describing the context of the film and what fans should look to expect once it’s released:

“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.”

The film is due to be released later this year, but a specific date is yet to be announced. Check out Oasis performing Morning Glory live from the second of the two Knebworth shows below.