On Thursday, Liam Gallagher caused quite the ruckus when he tweeted “OASIS”, prompting rumors that the band would be reuniting for Glastonbury this summer. In fact, speculation was so rampant that UK bookmakers went as far to suspend betting on the band headlining the festival.
But now, it appears all for nought, as Glastonbury head Emily Eavis has publicly denied that Liam and Noel Gallagher will reunite for the festival. “Oasis aren’t playing this year,” she wrote in response to a fan on Twitter.
It remains unclear what Gallagher meant by his cryptic tweet. Former Oasis guitarist Paul “Bonehead” Arthurs theorized to NME that Gallagher could have simply been referencing their recent outing together, explaining, “Probably the fact that I texted him going, ‘Meet me in the beer garden’. That probably rattled his cage. Maybe that. I don’t know though, because I meet him every fucking month. Maybe he’s just reminiscing.”
It’s worth noting that Liam owns the name “Oasis” and could reunite the band without the participation of his brother. As Stereogum points out, Liam doesn’t appear to be uncomfortable by the idea, as he considered using it for his solo project before going with Beady Eye. “We’re not using [the Oasis name] at the moment,” said Liam, “but if we don’t come up with something else by the time we’re ready to release the album it’ll be Oasis. I’m not going to call myself something ridiculous just for the sake of it.”
Below, watch video of Oasis performing in Argentina in 2009.