An extremely rare Oasis gig contract that requests “sober-speaking” staff members is to be auctioned off this month.
The Primary Talent International contract was drawn up on 18th April 1994.
This was just a few weeks ahead the iconic Manchester band’s show at The Old Trout in Berkshire on 7th May, and three months before they released their debut album Definitely Maybe.
The venue had played host to other Britpop names of the era including Oasis’ chart-rivals Blur, as well as performances from groups such as Everything But The Girl, fellow Manchester band Inspiral Carpets, Spiritualized and Pop Will Eat Itself.
If “sober-speaking” staff wasn’t a bizarre enough request for a contract as it is though, that’s not all it specifies either, as a two-course meal that’s “not fast food”, water, fruit juice and soft drinks are also among the catering requests that feature, as well as a comprehensive snack list of “crisps, nuts, biscuits, fresh fruit (minimum of eight pieces)”, which is seen scribbled out.
And of course, as most Oasis fans would expect, “24 large cans of quality lager” was the main request.
If you’re wondering what the “sober-speaking” staff are for, it was requested that the venue management should provide them to “assist the band’s road crew” in moving equipment and setting up the stage.
The paperwork is expected to sell for up to £1,500 at Hansons Auctioneers in Derbyshire later this month.
Hansons said the seller is a woman who worked in the music industry and bought it directly from a man who organised gigs at The Old Trout at the time, and she is looking to sell the contract, along with a flyer advertising the gig, ahead of her retirement.
A music memorabilia specialist at Hansons said items like this were “extremely rare”.
Claire Howell – Music Memorabilia Specialist at Hansons – said: “Items like this are extremely rare and this lot comes with great provenance. It also includes a flyer advertising the gig.
“It’s valued at £1,000-£1,500 but I wouldn’t be surprised to see it sell for more.
“It could easily whip up a bidding frenzy among fans at auction, such is the enduring popularity and nostalgia for Oasis. The seller is a lady who worked in the music industry and amassed an interesting collection over the years [and] she is now looking to sell some specialist pieces ahead of retirement”.
Claire continued: “The contract was purchased directly from a man who organised gigs at the time.
“Memorabilia linked to Britpop bands from the 1990s is gaining in value and UK groups don’t come much bigger than Oasis.
“This 27-year-old find has certainly brought memories of the band’s early days flooding back.”
The paperwork is set to go for auction at Hansons Auctioneers’ music memorabilia sale on 23rd March, and you can find more information ahead of the sale here.
Hundreds of Ian Brown tickets appear on resale sites as fans slam ‘karaoke gigs’
People are selling off their tickets for Ian Brown’s tour at far less than face value after footage from his gig in Leeds went viral for all the wrong reasons.
Fans have been saying that the former Stone Roses frontman has been ‘butchering his own tunes’ while singing along to a backing track.
His show has been compared to a karaoke due to the lack of live band, and some have said they had to walk out halfway through.
Ian Brown is set to perform a sold-out show at Manchester’s O2 Victoria Warehouse on Friday 30 September as part of his UK tour – his first solo headline tour in more than a decade.
But dozens of people are now listing their tickets for the gig on resale sites for almost half the face value.
There are also tonnes of tickets popping up for his concerts in London, Liverpool, Newcastle, and other dates around the country.
One person joked: “Just seen the Ian Brown footage gig in Leeds. Anyone want to buy 2 tickets for the Liverpool gig this Saturday night haha.”
Another said: “Just the 132 email alerts from @Twickets today for #IanBrown tickets.”
Someone wrote: “Absoloutely brutal reaction to Ian Brown and his karaoke tour. Over 80 tickets up for his London gig already at under face value. It gets to a fiver and I’ll go, failing that, I’ll spend a tenner at the chinese karaoke in town.”
Someone has even compared the resale value of tickets for his shows to the plummeting pound.
One person said: “Absolute sh*t show from Ian Brown, the videos doing the rounds from his karaoke concert are cringe as f*ck, i couldn’t even give away two tickets for tonight’s gig in Glasgow.”
The viral video of Ian singing in Leeds – which has now been viewed more than one million times – was posted by one ‘gutted’ fan who said they had to leave early.
They wrote: “Gutted to see @ianbrown turn up to his £40 a ticket, sold out gig at leeds tonight WITH NO BAND. I’m a life long fan but it was bad. #ianbrown does karaoke and butchers his own tunes. Most were too pissed to care but I had to get out after this one. Longsight M13 was a highlight.”
Another fan wrote: “Ian Brown charging £50 a ticket to only sing his solo tunes, over a backing track, with no band is quite something.”
A third simply called it “the funniest gig I’ve ever been to”.
One fan and his partner said they had seen enough around half an hour in to the gig, before they headed to the door to make their exit.
How to get Arctic Monkeys tickets for their massive Manchester gig next summer
Arctic Monkeys have announced details of their biggest-ever UK and Irish tour – and your best chance at getting tickets ends today.
The Sheffield rockers are set to perform in Manchester next summer, with a massive gig at Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground.
Alex Turner, Jamie Cook, Matt Helders and Nick O’Malley will also play shows in Bristol, Coventry, Middlesbrough, Norwich, Swansea, Southampton, London, Dublin, Glasgow, and two gigs in their hometown at Hillsborough Park.
The tour announcement follows news of a new album, The Car, which is due for release on 21 October.
Arctic Monkeys have already released one single from their seventh studio album – There’d Better Be a Mirrorball dropped last month, to rave reviews.
The group first formed back in 2002 and were one of the first groups to shoot to fame via the internet.
Their 2006 critically-acclaimed debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, became the fastest-selling debut album in UK chart history.
They’ll be supported on their May and June tour dates by fellow indie rockers The Hives and The Mysterines.
The Arctic Monkeys general sale will begin at 9am on Friday 30 September, but there’ll also be a fan pre-sale for an extra chance at grabbing tickets.
To gain access to the pre-sale, fans need to pre-order The Car from the band’s official web store before 3pm today, Wednesday 28 September.
Pre-sale tickets will then go up for grabs at 9am on Thursday 29 September.
Arctic Monkeys 2022 UK and Ireland tour dates
May 29 Bristol – Ashton Gate Stadium 31 Coventry – Building Society Arena
June 2 Manchester – Emirates Old Trafford 5 Middlesbrough – Riverside Stadium 7 Norwich – Carrow Road Stadium 9 Sheffield – Hillsborough Park 10 Sheffield – Hillsborough Park 12 Swansea – Swansea.com Stadium 14 Southampton – The Ageas Bowl 16 London – Emirates Stadium 17 London – Emirates Stadium 20 Dublin – Marlay Park 25 Glasgow – Bellahouston Park