Rock Concerts

Knebworth – The Stately Home of Rock

 

Robbie at Knebworth

The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Oasis, Robbie Williams… over 100 major artists have played Knebworth festivals since their inception in 1974, in front of over two million fans.

The name Knebworth is now synonymous with live music.

In 2014 Knebworth celebrated 40 years as the home of British rock music.

first Knebworth music Festival - 40 years ago - 20th July 1974

The very first Knebworth Festival – 40 years ago – 20th July 1974.


Knebworth park view

A stunning setting, Knebworth Park boasts a natural bowl shaped arena with the largest single field capacity in the country.

Knebworth house -Led-Zepplin-1979

In August 1979, the biggest band in the world play its last ever U.K. gig with its original line up.

Queen helicopter - Queen play their last gig with Freddie Mercury at Knebworth

In August 1986, Queen play their last gig with Freddie Mercury at Knebworth.

Oasis play Knebworth in August 1996.

The fastest selling ticket in British concert history – the defining weekend of Britpop – Oasis play Knebworth in August 1996.

queen crowd Knebworth audience of 125,000 people.

The ultimate shared live music experience – a Knebworth audience of 125,000 people.

Robbie Williams Knebworth

The biggest music event in British history – Robbie Williams plays to 375,000 people over one historic weekend in August 2003.

In 2009, a new chapter in the Knebworth legend begins – SONISPHERE… and records are being broken again: Sonisphere 2010 – Rammstein – largest live audience in the UK ever for a non-English language music concert; Sonisphere 2011 – Bill Bailey – largest live audience in the UK ever for a live comedy show…

…40 years on KNEBWORTH remains the world home of classic rock.

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40 Years of Knebworth Concerts

 

Knebworth 40 years of Rock

1974
THE BUCOLIC FROLIC

The Allman Brothers Band, The Van Morrison Show, The Doobie Brothers, Mahavishnu Orchestra, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Tim Buckley.

Audience: 60,000

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1975
KNEBWORTH PARK

Pink Floyd, The Steve Miller Band, Captain Beefheart, Roy Harper, Linda Lewis.

Audience: 80,000

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1976
KNEBWORTH FAIR

The Rolling Stones, 10cc, Hot Tuna, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Todd Rundgren’s Utopia, Don Harrison Band.

Audience: 100,000

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1978
A MIDSUMMERS NIGHT’S DREAM

Genesis, Jefferson Starship, Torn Petty and The Heartbreakers, Devo, Brand X, The Atlanta Rhythm Section.

Audience: 60,000

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1978
OH GOD NOT ANOTHER BORING OLD KNEBWORTH

Frank Zappa, The Tubes, Peter Gabriel, Boomtown Rats, Rockpile, Wilko Johnson’s Solid Senders.

Audience: 45,000

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1979
KNEBWORTH FESTIVAL

Led Zeppelin, The New Barbarians [featuring Keith Richards & Ronnie Wood], Todd Rundgren and Utopia, Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes, The New Commander Cody Band, Chas & Dave, Fairport Convention.

Audience: 200,000 over two Saturdays

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1980
KNEBWORTH 80

The Beach Boys, Mike Oldfield, Elkie Brooks, Santana, Lindisfarne, The Blues Band.

Audience: 45,000

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1981/2
THE JAZZ YEARS

Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, Sarah Vaughan, BB King, Jimmy Cliff, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, George Melly, Zoot Money, Humphrey Lyttleton, Barbara Thompson’s Paraphernalia, Art Pepper, Ronnie Scott Quintet, The Crusaders, National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Georgie Fame, Marion Montgomery, Ian Carr’s Nucleus, Shakatak, Dave Brubeck, Charlie Byrd, Art Blakey, Zoot Money, Gerry Mulligan Big Band, Spyro Gyra, MJQ, Carmen MacRae, Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis.

Audience: 50,000 over a few days

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1982/3
THE GREENBELT YEARS

Cliff Richard, etc.

Audience: 65,000

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1985
THE RETURN OF THE KNEBWORTH FAIR

Deep Purple, Scorpions, Meatloaf, UFO, Mountain, Mama’s Boys, Alaska.

Audience: 80,000

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1986
IT’S A KIND OF MAGIC

Queen, Status Quo, Big Country, Belouis Some

Audience: 120,000

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1990
KNEBWORTH 90

Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Phil Collins and Genesis, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, Cliff Richard and The Shadows, Status Quo, Tears for Fears.

Audience: 120,000

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1992
GENESIS AT KNEBWORTH

Genesis, The Saw Doctors, Lisa Stansfield.

Audience: 90,000

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1996
OASIS

Oasis, Prodigy, Manic Street Preachers, Ocean Colour Scene, Charlatans, Cast, Chemical Brothers, Kula Shaker, Bootleg Beatles.

Audience: 250,000 over two consecutive nights

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2001
MINISTRY OF SOUND

Jamiroquai, and nine marquees featuring dance DJs.

Audience: 35,000

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2003
ROBBIE WILLIAMS

Robbie Williams, Moby, Ash, Kelly Osbourne, The Darkness

Audience: 375,000 over three consecutive nights

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2006
HEDGESTOCK

The Who

Audience: 5,000

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2007
RENAISSANCE

“Wild In The Country” dance event

Audience: 7,000

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2009
SONISPHERE FESTIVAL

Metallica, Linkin Park, Nine Inch Nails, Heaven and Hell, Limp Bizkit, Bullet For My Valentine, Avenged Seven Fold, Anthrax, Lamb of God, Airbourne, Alice In Chains, Killing Joke, Feeder, Mastodon…
and many more.

Audience: 50,000

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2010
SONISPHERE FESTIVAL

Iron Maiden, Rammstein, Alice Cooper, Motley Crue, Iggy and the Stooges, Placebo, Pendulum, Good Charlotte, Alice In Chains, Papa Roache, Slayer, Anthrax, Gary Numan, Skunk Anansie. The Cult…
and many more.

Audience: 50,000

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2011
SONISPHERE FESTIVAL

The Big 4: Metallica, Slayer, Megadeath & Anthrax, Slipknot, Biffy Clyro, Limpbizkit, Motorhead, Weezer, Bill Bailey, The Mars Volta, Diamond Head, Opeth, The Sisters of Mercy, Killing joke, You Me at Six…
and many more.

Audience: 50,000

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2012
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dizzie Rascal; The Wombats, Reverend And The Makers.

Audience: 50,000

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2013
EASTERN ELECTRICS FESTIVAL

Hot Natured, Moderat, and over 100 international DJs

Audience: 12,000

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2014
SONISPHERE FESTIVAL

Metallica, Iron Maiden, The Prodigy, Dream Theatre, Slayer, Alice In Chains, Deftones, Limpbizkit, Mastodon, Band of Skulls, Frank Turner, Babymetal, Dropkick Murphys, Chas & Dave, Glass City Vice…

Audience: 50,000

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