A RARE early Oasis gig contract demanding "24 cans of quality lager, no fast food and sober staff" is set to fetch thousands of pounds at auction.

Noel and Liam Gallagher gave the precise instructions while the band toured months before the release of their debut album Definitely Maybe in 1994.

The group, formed in Manchester three years earlier, also requested four litres of still mineral water, 10 cans of soft drinks, fruit juices, teas and coffees.

In an agreement before they performed at The Old Trout in Windsor, Berkshire, on May 7, 1994, the words "crisps, nuts, biscuits and fruit" were crossed out.

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Instead the rockstars demanded a "good quality, two-course hot meal (not fast food type)" or £6 per head dinner allowance.

Despite ordering 24 large cans of lager themselves, the Gallagher brothers and bandmates wanted clear-headed helpers.

The contract states: "The management agrees to provide and pay for at least two able-bodied sober-speaking persons to assist the road crew".

The Primary Talent International contract was drawn up on April 18, 1994 and is valued at £1,000-£1,500.

It will go under the hammer at Hansons Music Memorabilia Auction on March 23.

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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.

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"She confirmed the contract was purchased directly from a man who organised gigs at The Trout 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.

"The Gallagher brothers, Liam and Noel, have had an enormous impact on the music scene and Oasis songs still resonate with fans today, even though the group split up more than 10 years ago.

"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."
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