We look back at the memorable occasion when Oasis played to 80,000 fans at Balloch Country Park
It’s been 20 years since the Gallagher brothers set up camp at Loch Lomond and blew the socks off Scottish fans over two glorious days.
Balloch, an archetypal sleepy Scottish town on the ‘bonnie banks’, saw its population of 5,000 increase 17-fold to 80,000 for the Mancunians’ appearance.
Not all of Balloch’s resident were happy however, with one complaining to STV’s Scotland Today:
“It’ll be full of young people, you know what young people are like, full a’ drink and that.”
Tragedy struck in the build up to the mega-gig as stage hand Jim Hunter was crushed to death by a forklift, as the band performed a rehearsal 150 yards away.
The band were devastated, but the shows proceeded as planned.
Despite the furore of locals and the tragedy of losing a crew member, Oasis went on to play an unforgettable show, and they were at the height of their success after two chart-topping albums.
Oasis had also brought in some stellar support for the occasion too, with Manic Street Preachers and Black Grape providing the warm-up.
But it was the headline act that the crowds were there to see, and they reeled off hits ‘Acquiesce’, ‘Supersonic’ and ‘Some Might Say’ as the light began to fade.
‘Wonderwall’, ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’ and ‘Live Forever’ followed, the band dedicating the latter to Jim Hunter.
The band returned to the pitch black stage and performed two more songs for adoring fans, ‘Champagne Supernova’ and their cover of The Beatles’ ‘I am the Walrus’.
Oasis would play to 250,000 fans in Knebworth one week later, the largest outdoor gig in UK history at the time.
But those in attendance at Balloch Country Park would argue that nothing came close to the time that Oasis took over a peaceful corner of Scottish countryside.
Liam Gallagher with his girlfriend Patsy Kensit at Balloch – photo: PA
Oasis setlist at Balloch:
- Some Might Say
- Roll With It
- Slide Away
- Morning Glory
- Round Are Way
- Cigarettes and Alcohol
- Cast No Shadow
- The Masterplan
- Don’t Look Back in Anger
- My Big Mouth
- It’s Getting Better
- Live Forever
- Champagne Supernova
- I Am The Walrus