Concerts at Knebworth House

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

Concert history

Date Name Artists Attendance (approx.) Ref.
20 July 1974The Bucolic FrolicThe Allman Brothers Band, The Doobie Brothers, Mahavishnu Orchestra, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Van Morrison, Tim Buckley60,000[4][5]
5 July 1975Knebworth FestivalPink Floyd, Captain Beefheart, Linda Lewis, Graham Chapman, Steve Miller Band, Roy Harper100,000[4][6]
21 August 1976Knebworth Fair10cc, Hot Tuna, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Don Harrison Band, The Rolling Stones, Todd Rundgren120,000[4][7]
24 June 1978A Midsummer Night's DreamAtlanta Rhythm Section, Brand X, Devo, Genesis, Jefferson Starship, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Roy Harper60,000[4][8]
9 September 1978Oh God Not Another Boring Old Knebworth!Dave Edmunds, Frank Zappa, Nick Lowe, Peter Gabriel, The Boomtown Rats, The Tubes, Wilko Johnson's Solid Senders45,000[4]
4 August 1979Knebworth FestivalChas & Dave, Commander Cody, Fairport Convention, Led Zeppelin, The Marshall Tucker Band, Southside Johnny, Todd Rundgren109,000[4][9]
11 August 1979Knebworth FestivalChas & Dave, Commander Cody, Led Zeppelin, The New Barbarians, The Marshall Tucker Band, Southside Johnny, Todd Rundgren60,000[4][9]
21 June 1980Knebworth FestivalElkie Brooks, Lindisfarne, Mike Oldfield, The Beach Boys, The Blues Band, Santana45,000[4][10]
15 June 1981Capital 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 1982Capital Jazz Festival 1982Pizza 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 1982Capital Jazz Festival 1982B.B. King, Jimmy Cliff, The Jazztet, Jay McShann, Tal Farlow[11]
18 July 1982Capital Jazz Festival 1982The Crusaders, Spyro Gyra, Chico Freeman, Dick Hyman, Dizzy Gillespie[11]
24 July 1982Capital Jazz Festival 1982Ray Charles, Gerry Mulligan's Big Band, Clark Terry, Freddie HubbardRon Carter, Modern Jazz Quartet[11]
25 July 1982Capital Jazz Festival 1982Wynton Marsalis, Lionel Hampton's Big Band, Steps Ahead, Dave Brubeck (with Chris Brubeck and Jerry Bergonzi); Great Guitars[11]
August 1982Greenbelt FestivalAdrian 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 1983Greenbelt Festival100% Proof, Cliff Richard, Jessy Dixon, Mighty Clouds of Joy, Sheila Walsh[10]
22 June 1985The Return of the Knebworth FayreAlaska, Blackfoot, Deep Purple, Mama's Boys, Meat Loaf, Mountain, Scorpions, UFO80,000[10][13]
9 August 1986A Night of Summer MagicQueen, Status Quo, Big Country, Belouis Some 120,000[10][14]
30 June 1990The Silver Clef Award Winners ConcertCliff 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 Fears120,000[15]
2 August 1992Genesis at KnebworthGenesis, Lisa Stansfield, The Saw Doctors90,000[15][16]
10 August 1996OasisOasis, Ocean Colour Scene, Manic Street Preachers, The Bootleg Beatles, The Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy125,000[15]
11 August 1996OasisOasis, Cast, Dreadzone, Kula Shaker, Manic Street Preachers, The Charlatans125,000[15]
11 August 2001Ministry @ Knebworth 2001Bent, Jamiroquai, Lo Fidelity Allstars35,000[17][18][19]
1 August 2003Robbie Williams Live at KnebworthAsh, Kelly Osbourne, Moby, Robbie Williams, The Darkness125,000[20][21]
2 August 2003Robbie Williams Live at KnebworthAsh, Kelly Osbourne, Moby, Robbie Williams, The Darkness125,000[20][21]
3 August 2003Robbie Williams Live at KnebworthAsh, Kelly Osbourne, Moby, Robbie Williams, The Darkness125,000[20][21]
30 June 2007Wild In The Country 20072ManyDJs, Erol Alkan, Hot Chip, Justice, Sasha & John Digweed, Simian Mobile Disco, Tiga, Underworld
1 August 2009Sonisphere FestivalAirbourne, Alien Ant Farm, Anthrax, Björn Again, Bullet for My Valentine, Heaven & Hell, Linkin Park, Skindred, Soil, Taking Back Sunday, The Used55,000[22]
2 August 2009Sonisphere FestivalAlice in Chains, Avenged Sevenfold, Buckcherry, Feeder, Killing Joke, Lamb of God, Limp Bizkit, Machine Head, Mastodon, Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, Paradise Lost, Saxon55,000[22]
30 July 2010Sonisphere Festival65daysofstatic, Alice Cooper, Delain, Europe, Gary Numan, Terrorvision, Turisas55,000[22]
31 July 2010Sonisphere FestivalAnthrax, 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 2010Sonisphere FestivalAlice 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, Slayer55,000[22]
8 July 2011Sonisphere FestivalAnthrax, Diamond Head, Megadeth, Metallica, Slayer[22]
9 July 2011Sonisphere FestivalArchitects, Bad Religion, Biffy Clyro, Cavalera Conspiracy, Sylosis, You Me At Six, Weezer[22]
10 July 2011Sonisphere FestivalArch Enemy, Limp Bizkit, Mastodon, Motörhead, Parkway Drive, Slipknot, Volbeat[22]
23 June 2012Red Hot Chili PeppersRed 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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