A big hit when it launched in Shoreditch in 2014, the Oasis exhibition Chasing the Sun is a collection of Oasis images and memorabilia covering the early years of the band 1993-1997.
See the Gallagher brothers like you never have before as rare shots of Liam and Noel taken by acclaimed music photographer Lawrence Watson are on display, as well as images of the rest of the band and their time as part of the 90s Britpop movement.
One of the stand-out features is your chance to star in one of the most iconic album covers of all time – the 1994 studio debut Definitely Maybe – thanks to the lifesize replica of Paul ‘Bonehead’ Arthurs’ West Didsbury living room where the original image was taken.
The replica living room matches the album cover so closely it includes details such as the photograph of George Best in the window (one of Noel’s heroes) and the television frozen on a still of Clint Eastwood’s The Good, The Bad & The Ugly.
You can even lie on the floor like Liam did. It’s a great photo opportunity – and possibly the best profile picture you can get.
Chasing the Sun is even bigger and better than the 2014 London show. Features include Noel’s hand-written lyrics for Champagne Supernova and Roll With It amongst others, as well as a number of his guitars and a selection from the group’s many awards.
There is also archive footage and a number of wall displays which take you on a journey through a band who were big hitters on the Manchester music scene.
Oasis may have split in 2009, but their legacy is stronger than ever in Manchester. Earlier this month we went to the screening of new film Supersonic which documents the band from their early days on a Burnage council estate to their historic record-breaking gigs three years later at Knebworth where they were watched by over a third of a million fans.
Chasing the Sun captures all the excitement and is on at Old Granada Studios from 12 noon till 7pm every day (6pm on Sunday) until 25 October. It’s certainly more of a ‘definitely’ than a ‘maybe’ for me.