Rare Oasis gig contract requesting ‘quality lager, sober helpers and no fast food’ - could whip up a frenzy in Derbyshire auction

A rare early Oasis gig contract specifying exactly what the band needed in terms of ‘sober’ helpers, beer, tea, coffee and grub – not fast food – could smash its estimate at auction.

Thursday, 11th March 2021, 2:07 pm

In classic rock star-style, the original 1994 gig contract stipulates the need for ‘24 large cans of quality lager’ for band and crew.

But performing is clearly thirsty work because it also requests four litres of still mineral water, 10 cans of soft drinks, fruit juices teas and coffees.

And though a note about crisps, nuts, biscuits and fruit has been scribbled out Oasis also requested a good quality two-course meal – ‘not fast-food type’ – or £6 per head to purchase one.

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The early Oasis gig contract.

In addition, the contract asked for ‘at least two able-bodied, sober-speaking persons’ to assist road crew in moving equipment and setting up the stage.

The fascinating item, due to be sold in Hansons Auctioneers’ on March 23, provides an insight into life on the road for one of Britain’s most successful bands nearly 20 years ago – and it’s expected to spark strong bidding.

The Primary Talent International contract relates to an Oasis gig at The Old Trout in Windsor, Berkshire, on May 7, 1994.

Contracts typically document items such as cost of venue hire, billing, staff, sound check, dressing room, stage arrangements and catering needs.

Oasis in 2005

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. She is now looking to sell some specialist pieces ahead of retirement.

“Memorabilia linked to Britpop bands from the 1990s is gaining in value and UK groups don’t come much bigger than Oasis. The Gallagher brothers, Liam and Noel, have had an enormous impact on the music scene and Oasis songs still resonate with fans today.

Hansons’ music memorabilia consultant Claire Howell with the contract and a Sex Pistols video tape in the same auction.

“Rumours are rife Oasis may reunite in 2021 and this 27-year-old find has certainly brought memories of the band’s early days flooding back.”