10 ViacomCBS today announced the highly anticipated concert Oasis Knebworth 1996 will air on MTV and Paramount+ later this month.
Directed by GRAMMY®-Award winner Jake Scott, Oasis Knebworth 1996 celebrates one of the most iconic live concerts of the last 25 years and the special relationship between Oasis and their fans. The story is told through the eyes of the concertgoers and features extensive and never-before-seen archival concert and backstage footage, plus interviews with the band and event organizers.
Liam Gallagher said, “Knebworth for me was the Woodstock of the ‘90s. It was all about the music and the people. I can’t remember much about it, but I’ll never forget it. It was biblical.”
Noel Gallagher said, “I can’t believe we never played ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Star!’”
“ViacomCBS has a long and storied history with Oasis dating back to their infamous performance on MTV Unplugged and unforgettable appearances on MTV’s The Jon Stewart Show and 120 Minutes,” said Bruce Gillmer, President of Music, Music Talent, Programming and Events, ViacomCBS and Chief Content Officer, Music, Paramount+. “This film will give audiences an all-access pass into these iconic concerts that defined an era and catapulted Oasis to legendary status.”
Oasis’ two record-breaking nights at Knebworth took place on August 10 and 11 in 1996, with over a quarter of a million young music fans from all over the world converging on Knebworth Park, Hertfordshire in England to see the legendary sets. All tickets sold out in less than 24 hours, breaking every U.K. box office record in the process.
The monumental shows were set against a backdrop of the U.K. slowly recovering from a decade of recession. A cultural resurgence in arts and culture was giving rise to “Cool Britannia,” and in their meteoric rise to becoming one of the biggest bands in the world, Oasis embodied that newfound optimism and swagger. Featuring a setlist packed with classics, from the opening salvo of “Columbia” and “Acquiesce,” to “Champagne Supernova,” “Don’t Look Back In Anger,”’ “Live Forever,” a triumphant, orchestra-backed “I Am The Walrus,” and the chart-topping hit “Wonderwall,” the Knebworth concerts were both the pinnacle of the band’s success and the landmark gathering for a generation.
Oasis Knebworth 1996 will premiere on MTV across its worldwide network in 180 countries on Friday, 19 November at 8pm. Fans will also be able to watch the film on its streaming service Paramount+ from Thursday, 25 November.