Knebworth hopes for 40th anniversary show
The owner of the Knebworth estate is hoping to stage a big-name concert in 2014 to mark the 40th anniversary of the Hertfordshire landmark’s first-ever music event.
And Henry Lytton-Cobbold says he’s also anticipating the return of the Sonisphere festival after a two-year absence.
The opening event in 1974 was billed as The Bucolic Frolic and saw 60,000 people entertained by the Allman Brothers Band, Van Morrison, the Doobie Brothers, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, the Sensational Alex Harvey Band and Tim Buckley.
Pink Floyd played to 80,000 the following year, followed later by world-class acts including the Rolling Stones, Genesis, Frank Zappa, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, and Queen’s last show with Freddie Mercury. The Red Hot Chili Peppers appeared last year.
Lytton-Cobbold tells WHTimes: “I do hope we can pull a big rock show out of the bag for our 40th anniversary.
“KiliLive are talking of bringing Sonisphere back – but it would also be nice to do a headline show.”
But he accepts there are problems: “At the end of the day there are only so many bands that can do Knebworth. Unless you’re going to pull 80,000 you’re better off doing it in a football stadium in London.”
He’s hoping the location’s iconic status will draw the right act: “Most performers and bands with ambition want to play Knebworth. But they need to do it at the right time. Once you’ve played Knebworth, as Robbie Williams said, where do you go from here?”