Concerts at Knebworth House

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Knebworth Festival
Pink Floyd in 1975
Rolling Stones in 1976

The grounds of Knebworth House near the village of Knebworth in Hertfordshire, England has become a major venue for open air rock and pop concerts since 1974 when The Allman Brothers Band attracted 60,000 at the first large concert held at the venue.

Since then, the Knebworth Festival, has been the scene of outdoor extravaganzas, featuring Pink Floyd (1975; 1990), The Rolling Stones and Lynyrd Skynyrd (1976), Genesis (1978; 1990; 1992), Frank Zappa (1978), Led Zeppelin (1979), Mike Oldfield and The Beach Boys (1980), Cliff Richard (1983; 1990), Deep Purple (1985), Queen (1986), Status Quo (1986; 1990), Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Phil Collins and Dire Straits (1990), Oasis (1996), Robbie Williams (2003), Sonisphere Festival (2009; 2010; 2011; 2014), Red Hot Chili Peppers (2012).

Major concerts[edit]

Poster for the Knebworth Festival, August 1979
Poster for the Oasis concert, 1996

Concert history[edit]

Date Name Artists Attendance (approx.) Ref.
20 July 1974 The Bucolic Frolic The Allman Brothers Band, The Doobie Brothers, Mahavishnu Orchestra, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Van Morrison, Tim Buckley 60,000 [3][4]
5 July 1975 Knebworth Festival Pink Floyd, Captain Beefheart, Linda Lewis, Monty Python, Steve Miller Band, Roy Harper 100,000 [3][5]
21 August 1976 Knebworth Fair 10cc, Hot Tuna, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Don Harrison Band, Rolling Stones, Todd Rundgren 120,000 [3][6]
24 June 1978 A Midsummer Night's Dream Atlanta Rhythm Section, Brand X, Devo, Genesis, Jefferson Starship, Tom Petty, Roy Harper 60,000 [3][7]
9 September 1978 Oh God Not Another Boring Old Knebworth! Dave Edmunds, Frank Zappa, Nick Lowe, Peter Gabriel, The Boomtown Rats, The Tubes, Wilko Johnson's Solid Senders 45,000 [3]
4 August 1979 Knebworth Festival Chas & Dave, Commander Cody, Fairport Convention, Led Zeppelin, Marshall Tucker, Southside Johnny, Todd Rundgren 109,000 [3][8]
11 August 1979 Knebworth Festival Chas & Dave, Commander Cody, Led Zeppelin, The New Barbarians, Marshall Tucker, Southside Johnny, Todd Rundgren 60,000 [3][8]
21 June 1980 Knebworth Festival Elkie Brooks, Lindisfarne, Mike Oldfield, The Beach Boys, The Blues Band, Santana 45,000 [3][9]
1981 The Jazz Years BB King, Benny Goodman, Chuck Berry, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Jimmy Cliff, Lionel Hampton, Muddy Waters, Sarah Vaughan 50,000 [9]
1982 The Jazz Years BB King, Benny Goodman, Chuck Berry, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Jimmy Cliff, Lionel Hampton, Muddy Waters, Sarah Vaughan 50,000 [9]
August 1982 Greenbelt Festival Adrian Snell, Andy Pratt, Positive Earth, Bryn Haworth, Calvin Seerveld, Jim Wallis, Noel Paul Stookey, Paradise, Patrick Sookhdeo, Maxine and the Majestics, Rez Band, Roger Forster, Servant, Talking Drums, The Barratt Band [9]
August 1983 Greenbelt Festival 100% Proof, Cliff Richard, Jessy Dixon, Mighty Clouds of Joy, Sheila Walsh [9]
22 June 1985 The Return of the Knebworth Fayre Alaska, Blackfoot, Deep Purple, Mama's Boys, Meat Loaf, Mountain, Scorpions, UFO 80,000 [9][10]
9 August 1986 A Night of Summer Magic Queen, Status Quo, Big Country, Belouis Some 120,000 [9][11]
30 June 1990 The Silver Clef Award Winners Concert Cliff Richard & The Shadows, Dire Straits, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins with Genesis, Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, Robert Plant & Jimmy Page, Status Quo, Tears for Fears 120,000 [12]
2 August 1992 Genesis at Knebworth Genesis, Lisa Stansfield, The Saw Doctors 90,000 [12][13]
10 August 1996 Oasis Oasis, Ocean Colour Scene, Manic Street Preachers, The Bootleg Beatles, The Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy 150,000 [12]
11 August 1996 Oasis Oasis, Cast, Dreadzone, Kula Shaker, Manic Street Preachers, The Charlatans 150,000 [12]
11 August 2001 Ministry @ Knebworth 2001 Bent, Jamiroquai, Lo Fidelity Allstars 35,000[14] [15][16]
1 August 2003 Robbie Williams Live at Knebworth Ash, Kelly Osbourne, Moby, Robbie Williams, The Darkness 125,000 [17][18]
2 August 2003 Robbie Williams Live at Knebworth Ash, Kelly Osbourne, Moby, Robbie Williams, The Darkness 125,000 [17][18]
3 August 2003 Robbie Williams Live at Knebworth Ash, Kelly Osbourne, Moby, Robbie Williams, The Darkness 125,000 [17][18]
30 June 2007 Wild In The Country 2007 2ManyDJs, Erol Alkan, Hot Chip, Justice, Sasha & John Digweed, Simian Mobile Disco, Tiga, Underworld
1 August 2009 Sonisphere Festival Airbourne, Alien Ant Farm, Anthrax, Björn Again, Bullet for My Valentine, Heaven & Hell, Linkin Park, Skindred, Soil, Taking Back Sunday, The Used 55,000 [19]
2 August 2009 Sonisphere Festival Alice in Chains, Avenged Sevenfold, Buckcherry, Feeder, Killing Joke, Lamb of God, Limp Bizkit, Machine Head, Mastodon, Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, Paradise Lost, Saxon 55,000 [19]
30 July 2010 Sonisphere Festival 65daysofstatic, Alice Cooper, Delain, Europe, Gary Numan, Terrorvision, Turisas 55,000 [19]
31 July 2010 Sonisphere Festival Anthrax, Apocalyptica, Corey Taylor, Family Force 5, Fear Factory, Gallows, Lacuna Coil, Mötley Crüe, Papa Roach, Placebo, Rammstein, Sabaton, Skunk Anansie, Soulfly, Therapy? 55,000 [19]
1 August 2010 Sonisphere Festival Alice in Chains, Bring Me the Horizon, cKy, The Cult, Dir En Grey, Fightstar, Funeral for a Friend, Henry Rollins, Iggy & The Stooges, Iron Maiden, Madina Lake, Pendulum, Skindred, Slayer 55,000 [19]
8 July 2011 Sonisphere Festival Anthrax, Diamond Head, Megadeth, Metallica, Slayer [19]
9 July 2011 Sonisphere Festival Architects, Bad Religion, Biffy Clyro, Cavalera Conspiracy, Sylosis, You Me At Six, Weezer [19]
10 July 2011 Sonisphere Festival Arch Enemy, Limp Bizkit, Mastodon, Motörhead, Parkway Drive, Slipknot, Volbeat [19]
23 June 2012 Red Hot Chili Peppers Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dizzee Rascal, The Wombats, Reverend and the Makers.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Robbie Williams @ Knebworth". 5 August 2003. 
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  5. ^ "The 1975 Knebworth Concert @ www.ukrockfestivals.com". Retrieved 2006-06-13. 
  6. ^ "The 1976 Knebworth Concert @ www.ukrockfestivals.com". Retrieved 2006-06-13. 
  7. ^ "The 1978 Knebworth Concert @ www.ukrockfestivals.com". Retrieved 2006-06-13. 
  8. ^ a b "The 1979 Knebworth Concerts @ www.ukrockfestivals.com". Retrieved 2006-06-13. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g "Knebworth House Rock Concerts: The Eighties". Archived from the original on 2006-01-03. Retrieved 2006-05-28. 
  10. ^ "www.deep-purple.net". 
  11. ^ "www.geocities.com". Archived from the original on 2009-10-26. 
  12. ^ a b c d "Knebworth House Rock Concerts: The Nineties". Archived from the original on 2006-01-03. Retrieved 2006-05-28. 
  13. ^ "Genesis". Retrieved 2006-05-28. 
  14. ^ Classic Rock Knebworth supplement, circa June 2010
  15. ^ "Virtual Festivals: Ministry @ Knebworth 2001". Retrieved 2006-05-28. 
  16. ^ "eFestivals: Knebworth '01". Retrieved 2006-05-29. 
  17. ^ a b c "Knebworth House Rock Concerts: Robbie Williams Live at Knebworth". Retrieved 2006-05-28. 
  18. ^ a b c "Virtual Festivals: Robbie Williams @ Knebworth 2003". Retrieved 2006-05-28. 
  19. ^ a b c d e f g h "Sonisphere Festival". 

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