Concerts at Knebworth House

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Knebworth Festival
Pink Floyd in 1975
The Rolling Stones in 1976

The Knebworth Festival is a recurring open air rock and pop concert held on the grounds of the Knebworth House in Knebworth, England. The festival first occurred in 1974 when The Allman Brothers Band, The Doobie Brothers and other artists attracted 60,000 people.

Since then the venue has hosted numerous outdoor concerts, featuring artists including Pink Floyd, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Rolling Stones, Genesis, Frank Zappa, Led Zeppelin, The Beach Boys, Deep Purple, Queen, Status Quo, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Robert Plant, Dire Straits, Oasis, Robbie Williams, Europe and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Major concerts[edit]

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 [4][5]
5 July 1975 Knebworth Festival Pink Floyd, Captain Beefheart, Linda Lewis, Graham Chapman, Steve Miller Band, Roy Harper 100,000 [4][6]
21 August 1976 Knebworth Fair 10cc, Hot Tuna, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Don Harrison Band, The Rolling Stones, Todd Rundgren 120,000 [4][7]
24 June 1978 A Midsummer Night's Dream Atlanta Rhythm Section, Brand X, Devo, Genesis, Jefferson Starship, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Roy Harper 60,000 [4][8]
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 [4]
4 August 1979 Knebworth Festival Chas & Dave, Commander Cody, Fairport Convention, Led Zeppelin, The Marshall Tucker Band, Southside Johnny, Todd Rundgren 109,000 [4][9]
11 August 1979 Knebworth Festival Chas & Dave, Commander Cody, Led Zeppelin, The New Barbarians, The Marshall Tucker Band, Southside Johnny, Todd Rundgren 60,000 [4][9]
21 June 1980 Knebworth Festival Elkie Brooks, Lindisfarne, Mike Oldfield, The Beach Boys, The Blues Band, Santana 45,000 [4][10]
15 June 1981 Capital Jazz Festival 1981 Benny Goodman; Chuck Berry; Ella Fitzgerald; Lionel Hampton's Big Band (without Hampton, who was ill); Muddy Waters; Sarah Vaughan; Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia; Arnett Cobb, Wallace Davenport and Ricky Ford; Illinois Jacquet; Art Pepper; Eddie Vinson; Buddy DeFranco and Terry Gibbs; Dexter Gordon 50,000 [10][11][12]
July 1982 Capital Jazz Festival 1982 Pizza Express All Stars, NYJO, Zoot Money, Bobby LambRay Premru Band, the Ronnie Scott Quintet, Nucleus, Shakatak, Morrissey–Mullen, the Breakfast Band, Carmen McRae [11]
17 July 1982 Capital Jazz Festival 1982 B.B. King, Jimmy Cliff, The Jazztet, Jay McShann, Tal Farlow [11]
18 July 1982 Capital Jazz Festival 1982 The Crusaders, Spyro Gyra, Chico Freeman, Dick Hyman, Dizzy Gillespie [11]
24 July 1982 Capital Jazz Festival 1982 Ray Charles, Gerry Mulligan's Big Band, Clark Terry, Freddie HubbardRon Carter, Modern Jazz Quartet [11]
25 July 1982 Capital Jazz Festival 1982 Wynton Marsalis, Lionel Hampton's Big Band, Steps Ahead, Dave Brubeck (with Chris Brubeck and Jerry Bergonzi); Great Guitars [11]
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 [10]
August 1983 Greenbelt Festival 100% Proof, Cliff Richard, Jessy Dixon, Mighty Clouds of Joy, Sheila Walsh [10]
22 June 1985 The Return of the Knebworth Fayre Alaska, Blackfoot, Deep Purple, Mama's Boys, Meat Loaf, Mountain, Scorpions, UFO 80,000 [10][13]
9 August 1986 A Night of Summer Magic Queen, Status Quo, Big Country, Belouis Some 120,000 [10][14]
30 June 1990 The Silver Clef Award Winners Concert Cliff Richard & The Shadows, Dire Straits, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins w/ Genesis, Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, Robert Plant & Jimmy Page, Status Quo, Tears for Fears 120,000 [15]
2 August 1992 Genesis at Knebworth Genesis, Lisa Stansfield, The Saw Doctors 90,000 [15][16]
10 August 1996 Oasis Oasis, Ocean Colour Scene, Manic Street Preachers, The Bootleg Beatles, The Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy 125,000 [15]
11 August 1996 Oasis Oasis, Cast, Dreadzone, Kula Shaker, Manic Street Preachers, The Charlatans 125,000 [15]
11 August 2001 Ministry @ Knebworth 2001 Bent, Jamiroquai, Lo Fidelity Allstars 35,000[17] [18][19]
1 August 2003 Robbie Williams Live at Knebworth Ash, Kelly Osbourne, Moby, Robbie Williams, The Darkness 125,000 [20][21]
2 August 2003 Robbie Williams Live at Knebworth Ash, Kelly Osbourne, Moby, Robbie Williams, The Darkness 125,000 [20][21]
3 August 2003 Robbie Williams Live at Knebworth Ash, Kelly Osbourne, Moby, Robbie Williams, The Darkness 125,000 [20][21]
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 [22]
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 [22]
30 July 2010 Sonisphere Festival 65daysofstatic, Alice Cooper, Delain, Europe, Gary Numan, Terrorvision, Turisas 55,000 [22]
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 [22]
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 [22]
8 July 2011 Sonisphere Festival Anthrax, Diamond Head, Megadeth, Metallica, Slayer [22]
9 July 2011 Sonisphere Festival Architects, Bad Religion, Biffy Clyro, Cavalera Conspiracy, Sylosis, You Me At Six, Weezer [22]
10 July 2011 Sonisphere Festival Arch Enemy, Limp Bizkit, Mastodon, Motörhead, Parkway Drive, Slipknot, Volbeat [22]
23 June 2012 Red Hot Chili Peppers Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dizzee Rascal, The Wombats, Reverend and the Makers. 80,000
August 2013 (2–4) Eastern Electronics Hot Natured, Moderat, Âme, Anja Schneider, Ata, Ben UFO, Blawan, Catz N Dogz, Chris Liebing, Claude VonStroke, The Climbers, Clockwork, Damian Lazarus, Dave Clarke, Deetron, Dixon, DJ Sneak, DJ Tennis, Droog, Dyed Soundorom, Eats Everything, Ellen Allien, Felix Dickinson, Francesca Lombardo, Futureboogie DJs, Gavin Herlihy, Geddes, Giles Smith, Guy Gerber, Heidi, Huxley, Infinity Ink, James Priestley, Josh Wink, Joy Orbison, Jozif, Justin Martin, DJ Koze, Krankbrother, Laura Jones, Levon Vincent, Luca Pilato, Maceo Plex, Magda, Masters at Work, Matthias Tanzmann, Maurice Fulton, Maxxi Soundsystem, Maya Jane Coles, Michael Mayer, Miguel Campbell, MK, Nick Curly, No Artificial Colours, Pan-Pot, PBR Streetgang, Prosumer, Ralph Lawson, Raresh, Richy Ahmed, Robert James, Roman Flügel, Ryan Crosson, Sasha, Seth Troxler, Shadow Child, Luke Slater, Soul Bros, Subb-an, Tama Sumo, Theo Parrish, Tommy Four Seven, Waifs and Strays 12,000 [23][24]
2014 Sonisphere 2014 Metallica, Iron Maiden, The Prodigy, Dream Theater, Slayer, Alice In Chains, Deftones, Limp Bizkit, Watain, Mastodon, Band of Skulls, Frank Turner, Babymetal, Dropkick Murphys, Chas & Dave, Glass City Vice 50,000 [23]


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Coordinates: 51°52′28″N 0°13′08″W / 51.8744°N 0.2189°W / 51.8744; -0.2189