No-one can believe the Oasis Knebworth gigs were 20 years ago as band release new live recording

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It is 20 years since Oasis' record-breaking Knebworth gigs saw them perform to 250,000 people over two nights.

Over 2.6 million people applied for tickets to the shows, the greatest demand for concert tickets in British history and the crowning glory of the Britpop era.

Liam Gallagher leads the crowds at Knebworth on August 10 1996 (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
Liam Gallagher leads the crowds at Knebworth on August 10, 1996 (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Joined by The Prodigy, Manic Street Preachers and The Charlatans, the gigs have gone down in history.

Liam said he wasn't able to see the back of the crowd that day (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
Liam said he wasn't able to see the back of the Knebworth crowd because it was so big (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Oasis opened with Columbia and almost two hours later closed with a cover of The Beatles' I Am The Walrus and a spectacular fireworks display that lit up the grounds of Knebworth House.

Liam larks around in a gold buggy ahead of the gig (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
Liam larks around in a golf buggy ahead of the gig (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Kate Moss, Chris Evans, Mick Hucknall and Martine McCutcheon were among the crowd, which Liam said he wasn't even able to see the back of because it was so vast.

250,000 saw the band play over 2 nights (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
250,000 saw the band play over two nights (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

If you want to understand the scale of that crowd, watch this never-before-seen aerial footage from the band's helicopter, accompanied by the first ever live performance of My Big Mouth.

And those who were lucky enough to get tickets couldn't believe that 20 years have flown by.

Aside from the music, Knebworth will best be remembered for Liam's hatred of the catering...

...And - like classic Brits - the queues.

My Big Mouth is available as a free download with pre-orders of  Be Here Now: Chasing The Sun Edition, which will be released on October 7.