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The grounds of Knebworth House near the village of Knebworth 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, it has been the scene of outdoor extravaganzas featuring Pink Floyd (1975, 1990), The Rolling Stones (1976), Lynyrd Skynyrd (1976), Genesis (1978, 1990, 1992), Frank Zappa (1978), Led Zeppelin (1979), Mike Oldfield (1980), The Beach Boys (1980), Cliff Richard (1983, 1990), Deep Purple (1985), Queen (1986), Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Genesis and Dire Straits (1990), Oasis (1996), Robbie Williams (2003), Metallica (2009) and Linkin Park (2009).

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Major concerts

Poster for the Knebworth Festival, August 1979
  • In 1979, Led Zeppelin performed at Knebworth for two gigs, their first concerts in the United Kingdom since 1975. The band played to record crowds in excess of 200,000 people.
  • The 1985 event was the first UK gig by the re-formed Deep Purple.
  • In 2003, Robbie Williams performed at Knebworth over a three day period, drawing crowds of over 300,000, and a further 3.5 million who watched live on television and online. This was reputedly the biggest UK pop concert ever and caused a huge traffic jam on the A1(M) as an estimated 130,000 cars[1] tried to reach the venue. A subsequent album, entitled "Robbie Williams – Live At Knebworth", was released, and reached number two in the UK charts. A DVD release followed.

Concert history

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Knebworth House Rock Concerts: The Seventies". http://www.knebworthhouse.com/rock/the70s.htm. Retrieved 2006-05-28.  
  2. ^ "1974 Knebworth Festival, The Bucolic Frolic @ www.ukrockfestivals.com". http://www.ukrockfestivals.com/kneb74menu.html. Retrieved 2006-06-13.  
  3. ^ "The 1975 Knebworth Concert @ www.ukrockfestivals.com". http://www.ukrockfestivals.com/75-Knebworth-festival.html. Retrieved 2006-06-13.  
  4. ^ "The 1976 Knebworth Concert @ www.ukrockfestivals.com". http://www.ukrockfestivals.com/76-Knebworth-festival.html. Retrieved 2006-06-13.  
  5. ^ "The 1978 Knebworth Concert @ www.ukrockfestivals.com". http://www.ukrockfestivals.com/knebworth-festival1978.html. Retrieved 2006-06-13.  
  6. ^ a b "The 1979 Knebworth Concerts @ www.ukrockfestivals.com". http://www.ukrockfestivals.com/79-Knebworth-festival.html. Retrieved 2006-06-13.  
  7. ^ a b c d e f g "Knebworth House Rock Concerts: The Eighties". http://www.knebworthhouse.com/rock/the80s.htm. Retrieved 2006-05-28.  
  8. ^ "www.deep-purple.net". http://www.deep-purple.net/gallery/knebworth/knebworth-1985.htm.  
  9. ^ "www.geocities.com". http://www.geocities.com/ledzeppeliner2003/k86.html.  
  10. ^ a b c d "Knebworth House Rock Concerts: The Nineties". http://www.knebworthhouse.com/rock/the90s.htm. Retrieved 2006-05-28.  
  11. ^ "Genesis". http://www.genesis-music.com/. Retrieved 2006-05-28.  
  12. ^ "Virtual Festivals: Ministry @ Knebworth 2001". http://www.virtual-festivals.com/festivals/festival.cfm?eventid=138&dbtable=eventgroup§ion=eventhome. Retrieved 2006-05-28.  
  13. ^ "eFestivals: Knebworth '01". http://www.efestivals.co.uk/festivals/ministry/2001/. Retrieved 2006-05-29.  
  14. ^ a b c "Knebworth House Rock Concerts: Robbie Williams Live at Knebworth". http://www.knebworthhouse.com/rock/robbiewilliams/page1.htm. Retrieved 2006-05-28.  
  15. ^ a b c "Virtual Festivals: Robbie Williams @ Knebworth 2003". http://www.virtual-festivals.com/festivals/festival.cfm?eventid=505&dbtable=eventgroup§ion=lineup&day=0. Retrieved 2006-05-28.  
  16. ^ a b c "Sonisphere Festival". http://uk.sonispherefestival.net/line-up/.  

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Date Name Artists Attendance (approx.) Ref.
01974-07-20 July 20, 1974 The Bucolic Frolic The Allman Brothers Band, The Doobie Brothers, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, The Van Morrison Show, Tim Buckley 60,000 [1][2]
01975-07-05 July 5, 1975 Knebworth Park Captain Beefheart, Linda Lewis, The Steve Miller Band, Pink Floyd, Roy Harper 100,000 [1][3]
01976-08-21 August 21, 1976 Knebworth Fair 10cc, Hot Tuna, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Don Harrison Band, The Rolling Stones, Todd Rundgren 120,000 [1][4]
01978-06-24 June 24, 1978 A Midsummer Night's Dream Atlanta Rhythm Section, Brand X, Devo, Genesis, Jefferson Starship, Tom Petty, Roy Harper 60,000 [1][5]
01978-09-09 September 9, 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 [1]
01979-08-04 August 4, 1979 Knebworth Festival Chas & Dave, Commander Cody, Fairport Convention, Led Zeppelin, Marshall Tucker, Southside Johnny, Todd Rundgren 200,000 [1][6]
01979-08-11 August 11, 1979 Knebworth Festival Chas & Dave, Commander Cody, Led Zeppelin, The New BarbariansMarshall Tucker, Southside Johnny, Todd Rundgren 200,000 [1][6]
01980-06-21 June 21, 1980 Knebworth '80 Elkie Brooks, Lindisfarne, Mike Oldfield, The Beach Boys, The Blues Band, Santana 45,000 [1][7]
01981 1981 The Jazz Years BB King, Benny Goodman, Chuck Berry, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Jimmy Cliff, Lionel Hampton, Muddy Waters, Sarah Vaughan 50,000 [7]
01982 1982 The Jazz Years BB King, Benny Goodman, Chuck Berry, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Jimmy Cliff, Lionel Hampton, Muddy Waters, Sarah Vaughan 50,000 [7]
01982-08 August 1982 Greenbelt Festival Adrian Snell, Andy Pratt, 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 [7]
01983-08 August 1983 Greenbelt Festival 100% Proof, Cliff Richard, Jessy Dixon, Mighty Clouds of Joy, Sheila Walsh [7]
01985-06-22 June 22, 1985 The Return of the Knebworth Fayre Alaska, Blackfoot, Deep Purple, Mama's Boys, Meat Loaf, Mountain, Scorpions, UFO 80,000 [7][8]
01986-08-09 August 9, 1986 It's a Kind of Magic Belouis Some, Big Country, Queen, Status Quo 120,000 [7][9]
01990-06-30 June 30, 1990 Knebworth '90 Cliff Richard & The Shadows, Dire Straits, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Genesis, Mark Knopfler, Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, Robert Plant & Jimmy Page, Status Quo, Tears for Fears 120,000 [10]
01992-08-02 August 2, 1992 Genesis at Knebworth Genesis, Lisa Stansfield, The Saw Doctors 90,000 [10][11]
01996-08-10 August 10, 1996 Oasis Cast, Dreadzone, Kula Shaker, Oasis, Ocean Colour Scene, Manic Street Preachers, The Charlatans, The Bootleg Beatles, The Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy 165,000 [10]
01996-08-11 August 11, 1996 Oasis Cast, Dreadzone, Kula Shaker, Oasis, Ocean Colour Scene, Manic Street Preachers, The Charlatans, The Bootleg Beatles, The Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy 165,000 [10]
02001-08-11 August 11, 2001 Ministry @ Knebworth 2001 Bent, Jamiroquai, Lo Fidelity Allstars [12][13]
02003-08-01 August 1, 2003 Robbie Williams Live at Knebworth Ash, Kelly Osbourne, Moby, Robbie Williams, The Darkness 125,000 [14][15]
02003-08-02 August 2, 2003 Robbie Williams Live at Knebworth Ash, Kelly Osbourne, Moby, Robbie Williams, The Darkness 125,000 [14][15]
02003-08-03 August 3, 2003 Robbie Williams Live at Knebworth Ash, Kelly Osbourne, Moby, Robbie Williams, The Darkness 125,000 [14][15]
02007-06-30 June 30, 2007 Wild In The Country 2007 2ManyDJs, Erol Alkan, Hot Chip, Justice, Sasha & John Digweed, Simian Mobile Disco, Tiga, Underworld
02009-08-01 August 1, 2009 Sonisphere Festival Airbourne, Alien Ant Farm, Anthrax, Bjorn Again, Bullet for My Valentine, Heaven & Hell, Linkin Park, Skindred, Soil, Taking Back Sunday, The Used [16]
02009-08-02 August 2, 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 145,000 [16]
02010-07-30 July 30, 2010 Sonisphere Festival Alice Cooper, Anthrax, Bring Me The Horizon, The Cult, Fear Factory, Iggy & The Stooges, Iron Maiden, Motley Crue, Papa Roach, Placebo, Rammstein, Henry Rollins, Slayer [16]
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The grounds of Knebworth House near the village of Knebworth 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, it has been the scene of outdoor extravaganzas featuring Pink Floyd (1975 & 1990), The Rolling Stones & Lynyrd Skynyrd (1976), Genesis (1978, 1990 & 1992), Frank Zappa (1978), Led Zeppelin (1979), Mike Oldfield & The Beach Boys (1980), Cliff Richard (1983 & 1990), Deep Purple (1985), Queen (1986), Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Elton John & Dire Straits (1990), Oasis (1996), Robbie Williams (2003) Sonisphere Festival (2009/2010).

Contents

Major concerts

[[File:|thumb|right|120px|Poster for the Knebworth Festival, August 1979]]

  • In 1979, Led Zeppelin performed at Knebworth for two gigs, their first concerts in the United Kingdom since 1975. The band played to record crowds in excess of 200,000 people.
  • The 1985 event was the first UK gig by the re-formed Deep Purple.
  • In 2003, Robbie Williams performed at Knebworth over a three day period, drawing crowds of over 300,000, and a further 3.5 million who watched live on television and online. This was reputedly the biggest UK pop concert ever and caused a huge traffic jam on the A1(M) as an estimated 130,000 cars[1] tried to reach the venue. A subsequent album, entitled "Robbie Williams – Live At Knebworth", was released, and reached number two in the UK charts. A DVD release followed.

Concert history

Date Name Artists Attendance (approx.) Ref.
01974-07-20 July 20, 1974The Bucolic FrolicThe Allman Brothers Band, The Doobie Brothers, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, The Van Morrison Show, Tim Buckley60,000[1][2]
01975-07-05 July 5, 1975Knebworth ParkCaptain Beefheart, Linda Lewis, The Steve Miller Band, Pink Floyd, Roy Harper100,000[1][3]
01976-08-21 August 21, 1976Knebworth Fair10cc, Hot Tuna, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Don Harrison Band, The Rolling Stones, Todd Rundgren120,000[1][4]
01978-06-24 June 24, 1978A Midsummer Night's DreamAtlanta Rhythm Section, Brand X, Devo, Genesis, Jefferson Starship, Tom Petty, Roy Harper60,000[1][5]
01978-09-09 September 9, 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[1]
01979-08-04 August 4, 1979Knebworth FestivalChas & Dave, Commander Cody, Fairport Convention, Led Zeppelin, Marshall Tucker, Southside Johnny, Todd Rundgren109,000[1][6]
01979-08-11 August 11, 1979Knebworth FestivalChas & Dave, Commander Cody, Led Zeppelin, The New Barbarians, Marshall Tucker, Southside Johnny, Todd Rundgren60,000[1][6]
01980-06-21 June 21, 1980Knebworth '80Elkie Brooks, Lindisfarne, Mike Oldfield, The Beach Boys, The Blues Band, Santana45,000[1][7]
01981 1981The Jazz YearsBB King, Benny Goodman, Chuck Berry, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Jimmy Cliff, Lionel Hampton, Muddy Waters, Sarah Vaughan50,000[7]
01982 1982The Jazz YearsBB King, Benny Goodman, Chuck Berry, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Jimmy Cliff, Lionel Hampton, Muddy Waters, Sarah Vaughan50,000[7]
01982-08 August 1982Greenbelt FestivalAdrian Snell, Andy Pratt, 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[7]
01983-08 August 1983Greenbelt Festival100% Proof, Cliff Richard, Jessy Dixon, Mighty Clouds of Joy, Sheila Walsh[7]
01985-06-22 June 22, 1985The Return of the Knebworth FayreAlaska, Blackfoot, Deep Purple, Mama's Boys, Meat Loaf, Mountain, Scorpions, UFO80,000[7][8]
01986-08-09 August 9, 1986It's a Kind of MagicBelouis Some, Big Country, Queen, Status Quo120,000[7][9]
01990-06-30 June 30, 1990Knebworth '90Cliff Richard & The Shadows, Dire Straits, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Genesis, Mark Knopfler, Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, Robert Plant & Jimmy Page, Status Quo, Tears for Fears120,000[10]
01992-08-02 August 2, 1992Genesis at KnebworthGenesis, Lisa Stansfield, The Saw Doctors200,000[10][11]
01996-08-10 August 10, 1996OasisCast, Dreadzone, Kula Shaker, Oasis, Ocean Colour Scene, Manic Street Preachers, The Charlatans, The Bootleg Beatles, The Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy165,000[10]
01996-08-11 August 11, 1996OasisCast, Dreadzone, Kula Shaker, Oasis, Manic Street Preachers, The Charlatans165,000[10]
02001-08-11 August 11, 2001Ministry @ Knebworth 2001Bent, Jamiroquai, Lo Fidelity Allstars[12][13]
02003-08-01 August 1, 2003Robbie Williams Live at KnebworthAsh, Kelly Osbourne, Moby, Robbie Williams, The Darkness125,000[14][15]
02003-08-02 August 2, 2003Robbie Williams Live at KnebworthAsh, Kelly Osbourne, Moby, Robbie Williams, The Darkness125,000[14][15]
02003-08-03 August 3, 2003Robbie Williams Live at KnebworthAsh, Kelly Osbourne, Moby, Robbie Williams, The Darkness125,000[14][15]
02007-06-30 June 30, 2007Wild In The Country 20072ManyDJs, Erol Alkan, Hot Chip, Justice, Sasha & John Digweed, Simian Mobile Disco, Tiga, Underworld
02009-08-01 August 1, 2009Sonisphere FestivalAirbourne, Alien Ant Farm, Anthrax, Björn Again, Bullet for My Valentine, Heaven & Hell, Linkin Park, Skindred, Soil, Taking Back Sunday, The Used[16]
02009-08-02 August 2, 2009Sonisphere FestivalAlice in Chains, Avenged Sevenfold, Buckcherry, Feeder, Killing Joke, Lamb of God, Limp Bizkit, Machine Head, Mastodon, Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, Paradise Lost, Saxon145,000[16]
02010-07-30 July 30, 2010Sonisphere Festival65daysofstatic, Alice Cooper, Delain, Europe, Gary Numan, Terrorvision, Turisas[16]
02010-07-31 July 31, 2010Sonisphere FestivalAnthrax, Apocalyptica, Corey Taylor, Family Force 5, Fear Factory, Gallows, Lacuna Coil, Motley Crue, Papa Roach, Placebo, Rammstein, Sabaton, Skunk Anansie, Soulfly, Therapy?[16]
02010-08-01 August 1, 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, Slayer[16]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Knebworth House Rock Concerts: The Seventies". Archived from the original on 2006-01-03. http://web.archive.org/web/20060103173042/http://www.knebworthhouse.com/rock/the70s.htm. Retrieved 2006-05-28. 
  2. ^ "1974 Knebworth Festival, The Bucolic Frolic @ www.ukrockfestivals.com". http://www.ukrockfestivals.com/kneb74menu.html. Retrieved 2006-06-13. 
  3. ^ "The 1975 Knebworth Concert @ www.ukrockfestivals.com". http://www.ukrockfestivals.com/75-Knebworth-festival.html. Retrieved 2006-06-13. 
  4. ^ "The 1976 Knebworth Concert @ www.ukrockfestivals.com". http://www.ukrockfestivals.com/76-Knebworth-festival.html. Retrieved 2006-06-13. 
  5. ^ "The 1978 Knebworth Concert @ www.ukrockfestivals.com". http://www.ukrockfestivals.com/knebworth-festival1978.html. Retrieved 2006-06-13. 
  6. ^ a b "The 1979 Knebworth Concerts @ www.ukrockfestivals.com". http://www.ukrockfestivals.com/79-Knebworth-festival.html. Retrieved 2006-06-13. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g "Knebworth House Rock Concerts: The Eighties". Archived from the original on 2006-01-03. http://web.archive.org/web/20060103170525/http://www.knebworthhouse.com/rock/the80s.htm. Retrieved 2006-05-28. 
  8. ^ "www.deep-purple.net". http://www.deep-purple.net/gallery/knebworth/knebworth-1985.htm. 
  9. ^ "www.geocities.com". http://www.geocities.com/ledzeppeliner2003/k86.html. 
  10. ^ a b c d "Knebworth House Rock Concerts: The Nineties". Archived from the original on 2006-01-03. http://web.archive.org/web/20060103175527/http://www.knebworthhouse.com/rock/the90s.htm. Retrieved 2006-05-28. 
  11. ^ "Genesis". http://www.genesis-music.com/. Retrieved 2006-05-28. 
  12. ^ "Virtual Festivals: Ministry @ Knebworth 2001". http://www.virtual-festivals.com/festivals/festival.cfm?eventid=138&dbtable=eventgroup§ion=eventhome. Retrieved 2006-05-28. 
  13. ^ "eFestivals: Knebworth '01". http://www.efestivals.co.uk/festivals/ministry/2001/. Retrieved 2006-05-29. 
  14. ^ a b c "Knebworth House Rock Concerts: Robbie Williams Live at Knebworth". http://www.knebworthhouse.com/rock/robbiewilliams/page1.htm. Retrieved 2006-05-28. 
  15. ^ a b c "Virtual Festivals: Robbie Williams @ Knebworth 2003". http://www.virtual-festivals.com/festivals/festival.cfm?eventid=505&dbtable=eventgroup§ion=lineup&day=0. Retrieved 2006-05-28. 
  16. ^ a b c d e "Sonisphere Festival". http://uk.sonispherefestival.net/line-up/. 

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