Noel Gallagher, the driving force behind the biggest UK band of the 90s and the Gallagher brother least likely to punch you, is set to open a new free Oasis exhibition at Great Northern this July.
To mark two decades since the release of Supersonic, the debut release from Oasis, and the twentieth anniversary re-release of debut album, Definitely Maybe, Chasing the Sun: Oasis 1993-1997 will open at the former Dwell unit on Deansgate from Friday 18 July to Sunday 17 August.
Following the exhibition’s previous April showcase in Shoreditch, London, Chasing the Sun documents the band’s journey from unsigned Burnage band, through their first three albums: Definitely Maybe (1994), (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? (1995) and Be Here Now (1997).
The exhibit also documents live shows at London’s 100 Club, Glastonbury and their momentous two nights at Knebworth in August 1996, which saw over quarter of a million fans in attendance (2.5 million people applied for tickets – still the largest ever demand for tickets in British history).
Liam Gallagher, the more rambunctious Gallagher brother, recently said of Knebworth: "At Knebworth I thought we were doing one night and we were doing two. I got that mashed on the first I woke up to a knock on the door and thought I was at home. I forgot all about it. But I had to go and do it again. That was heavy."
The exhibition includes rare early footage of the band, previously unseen images from photographers such as Jamie Fry, Paul Slattery, Johnny Hopkins and the show’s curator, Lawrence Watson.
There's rare memorabilia, artefacts and even a selection of the band’s instruments too, including the original Union Jack Epiphone Sheraton guitar and a Gibson Les Paul Sunburst given to Noel by The Smiths’ Johnny Marr.
Fans will also be able to have their photo taken in a recreated scene from the album cover of Definitely Maybe. Fingers crossed that Noel likes the new Oasis exhibition more than he likes bookish types: "I don’t get it. Book sellers, book readers, book writers, book owners – fuck all of them.” Right on brother.
Hold on... Chasing the Sun: Oasis 1993-1997 will launch the opening of the new ‘Home of Future Artists’ at the former Dwell unit at Great Northern, Deansgate.
The event is FREE and tickets can be booked here.
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