Knebworth House and its grounds have hosted some famous bands from all over the world.
The first festival was back in 1974, The Bucolic Frolic, when The Allman Brothers Band attracted 60,000.
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), Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Elton John & Dire Straits (1990), Oasis (1996), Robbie Williams (2003) Sonisphere Festival (2009/2010/2011), Red Hot Chili Peppers (2012).
Living in Knebworth and having a liking for most types of Rock music, it seems a shame not to attend the concerts. Locals need to show their support for the events.
I've been to the Sonisphere in 2011 and you can read my travelogue and more recently went to the Red Hot Chili Peppers in June 2012.
I didn't buy a ticket for the RHCP until the evening of the event. Things worked out well at home, chores were done and I had some free time and so I just popped along on the off chance of picking up a ticket. Not a problem to pick one up at the box offfice. I missed Reverend and The Makers and also the Wombats but did catch the main support act, Dizzee Rascal. He wasn't really my cup of tea. It's a case of if there isn't at least one guitarist on stage then something is amiss. Two guys rapping just doesn't do anything for me.
RHCP came on at around 21:00 and did a rip roaring two hour set of all their hits, intertwined with some decent tracks from their most recent album, "I'm With You". The guitar solo's, which seemed to start every new song, between Josh Klinghoffer and Flea on bass were fabulous. Flea also managed to get across the lenght of the stage by handstand. No mean feat for a 49 year old.
The rain started in earnest about 45 minutes into thier set but you didn't seem to notice until is was all over. As there was no camping for this one day event, it meant that everybody was leaving the site at the same time. Traffic chaos ensued. I left on foot from the exit behind St Mary's church and walked home in about 40 min, Some peole took 2 hours or more to get out of the car parks. Best described as "like Mad Max" at times.
Let's hope Sonisphere 2013 sorts itself out with some decent bands.
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There aren't many pubs in Knebworth and it's a shame that this one, which is my local, is not really that nice.
I've tried a few times over the years and still can't quite pin down why I don't feel relaxed in theis spot. They only time I pop in now is whilst waiting for my takeaway curry to be cooked by the local Raja Tandoori.
You'd be far better off going to the Lytton Arms.
Dress Code: Always casual
This is the decent pub in Knebworth.
The real ales are excellent and there is a yearly beer festival, usually running for a few days around Easter.
The food here is also excellent but can very busy, especially for lunch over the weekend.
Dress Code: Always casual