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Oasis at Knebworth - 20 Years Ago today!

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    It was 20 years ago today... :D


    Seen as the pinnacle of Britpop and 'Cool Britannia' *shudder*, Oasis played to 250,000 people across two days at Knebworth - over 2.6 MILLION people applied for tickets :O

    So...were you there then?


    My memories of the Sunday...

    -being the first coach to arrive at Knebworth

    -staying near the beer tent at the back for the duration of the afternoon :D

    -Cast being 'good'

    -Kula Shaker being 'very good' (gets coat)

    -Starting to make our way closer to the stage during the Manics' set...and ending up still a considerable distance away :D

    -Mexican waves prior to their arrival, followed by people picking up anything off the floor and throwing it (not in a meaning-to-hurt kind of way)

    -Oasis starting with 'Columbia'

    -Giant image of John Lennon on the video screens at the end of 'Live Forever'

    -John Squire coming on for the encore

    -Being the last coach to leave Knebworth :(


    Knebworth gets a lot of mixed opinions from both the public and the press (even those who weren't there) who say that the gig was TOO big, as well as bringing about the death of 'Indie' music. When a band from the indie world become - for that brief spring/summer- bigger than The Beatles, the word 'Indie' cannot exist anymore.

    So what are your memories/opinions!

    Let's talk tonight (sorry).




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  • Saw them play Slane in 95
    don't remember as much as you




  • Saw them in Cork the following weekend. Pre Fat of the Land Prodigy stole the show imo.

    It was my first real gig so I hold fond memories of that show.




  • It was 20 years ago today... :D


    Seen as the pinnacle of Britpop and 'Cool Britannia' *shudder*, Oasis played to 250,000 people across two days at Knebworth - over 2.6 MILLION people applied for tickets :O


    So...were you there then?
    I suppose Knebworth was the zenith of that Britpop movement, one which shifted into overdrive during the previous summers 'Roll With It vs Country House' debacle. It was a poetic ending of an era, the sheer success, the bombast of it all, nothing could continue on at that level...and it didn't. Looking back, WTSMG has not aged that well, and by the latter half of that tour, the standards were slipping. Maybe Earls Court 95 was the musical high water mark, with Knebworth being the popularity high water mark
    -Kula Shaker being 'very good' (gets coat)

    No need. Out of all the ten a penny sound-alike bands that emerged during that era, at least Kula Shaker sounded somewhat different from them, even if they sounded a lot like what came before, which was no bad thing.
    Knebworth gets a lot of mixed opinions from both the public and the press (even those who weren't there) who say that the gig was TOO big, as well as bringing about the death of 'Indie' music. When a band from the indie world become - for that brief spring/summer- bigger than The Beatles, the word 'Indie' cannot exist anymore.

    I think with a lot of gigs of that size, it is more about 'being there' as opposed to the music. Lets face it, at most outdoor shows the bands are usually tiny dots in the distance, at Knebworth doubly so. You have the big screens and all that, but sure, then you might aswell wait for the DVD. So, the intimacy is lost in all that. Outdoor shows are all about making the big bucks! They do have their place though.

    It was a moment in time though. Twenty years, time does fly.


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