Here in the United States, despite being the best-known band to emerge from the Britpop explosion of the mid-90s, Oasis never really conquered America. Yet in their home country, the UK, they were more than gigantic, as evidenced by their two-night adventure in August 1996 in Knebworth, England.
The documentary ‘Oasis Knebworth 1996’ will be released in theaters on September 23 to commemorate 25 years of this momentous event. Regionally, it will be shown at the 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 last three Thursday 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 scheduled for release on 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 concerts of the past 25 years, motivated entirely by the music and the fans’ own experiences. of this historic weekend. . Specifically, it tells the story of the special relationship between Oasis and her fans that made the greatest concert of the 90s possible. It’s all told in the moment through the eyes of the fans who were there, built around complete, never-before-seen archive concerts and behind-the-scenes footage from the event, along with additional interviews with the band and the concert organizers.
Oasis’s record-breaking two nights at Knebworth took place on August 10-11, 1996, with over a quarter of a million music fans from around the world converging on Knebworth Park, Hertfordshire to view the legendary settings. Tickets went on sale on May 11 that same year, with queues forming outside local record stores and ticket offices overnight as fans around the world spent the day on their landlines at try to reach ticket agents. The shows sold out in less than 24 hours, breaking all UK box office records. Organizers estimated the group could have sold two or three times as many tickets, with more than 2% of the UK’s population trying to buy tickets.
The concerts took place against a backdrop of the UK slowly recovering from a decade of recession. As the 1980s emerged, the nation’s mood was changing. A cultural resurgence in arts and culture gave birth to “Cool Britannia” and, in their meteoric rise, Oasis embodied that rediscovered optimism and boastfulness, embodied in the impetuosity and arrogance of singer Liam Gallagher and his older brother – and chief songwriter – Noël.
Two short years had grown the group from their municipal domain in the Manchester working class to one of the largest groups 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 an absolutely packed setlist from start to finish with classics, from the opening salvo of “Columbia” and “Acquiesce”, to “Champagne Supernova”, “Don’t Look Back in Anger “,” Live Forever “and a triumphant orchestral cover of” I Am the Walrus “by The Beatles. The Knebworth concerts were both the pinnacle of the group’s success and the historic gathering of a generation.
VINYL OF THE WEEK
Keep an eye out for this place as every week we’ll be reviewing new or upcoming vinyl records from a variety of artists. It could be a repress 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 group.
VARIOUS ARTISTS: ‘THE LEISURE PROBLEM: A CELEBRATION BY ANDY GILL & GANG OF FOUR’
Two years before his death in February 2020, iconic guitarist, producer and Gang of Four founder 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 were enriched by listening to the band. The album features songs from Gang of Four’s more than 40-year career, each individually chosen by the artists who covered them.
Originally designed by Gill to mark the 40th anniversary of Gang of Four’s first and classic punk dance class in 1979, Entertainment !, “The Problem of Leisure” quickly expanded beyond the confines of this LP when several participating artists chose pieces from different albums and periods. Each musician who got involved in the project was given the freedom to create new versions of the Gang of Four songs he wanted to cover, with Gill overseeing some of the previous productions but leaving much of it to the artists to create their own. interpretations. After his death, his widow, Catherine Mayer, was determined to complete the project.
The final 20-track double album features 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 from Rage Against the Machine and Serj Tankian from System of a Down, Warpaint taking on “Paralyzed”, Helmet covering “In the Ditch” and IDLES making a version of “Damad Goods” .
‘The Problem of Leisure’ is available in three gatefold double vinyl formats. The “dogluxe” edition is only available from the official Gang of Four store (gangofour.uk) and is made of heavyweight red vinyl with a red sleeve and contains a six-sheet poster and a special googly eye on the front. A yellow vinyl version with matching sleeve is only available at independent music retailers around the world, while black vinyl with the green sleeve can be found online and in stores of all respectable retailers that sell vinyl. .
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