Sonisphere 2014 festival return welcomed by Knebworth House

PUBLISHED: 14:41 13 November 2013 | UPDATED: 20:49 23 November 2013

Sonisphere Festival tweet about 2014 on Twitter

Sonisphere Festival tweet about 2014 on Twitter

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KNEBWORTH House’s management has welcomed the return of the Sonisphere rock festival in 2014.

The new Sonisphere Festival website splash page celebrating 40 years of rock at Knebworth House The new Sonisphere Festival website splash page celebrating 40 years of rock at Knebworth House

Organisers of the music extravaganza yesterday (Tuesday) confirmed dates for a rock festival in the grounds of the Hertfordshire stately home next summer.

The festival, promoted by the team behind Sonisphere, will run from Friday, July 4 to Sunday, July 6 and help celebrate 40 years of concerts at legendary rock venue Knebworth.

No line-up details or headliners have been officially announced yet.

Martha Lytton Cobbold, managing director of Lytton Enterprises, which manages the Knebworth estate, told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “We are delighted at the prospect of the return of the award-winning Sonisphere.

Sonisphere's Stuart Galbraith, Martha Lytton Cobbold and Henry Lytton Cobbold at a press conference Sonisphere's Stuart Galbraith, Martha Lytton Cobbold and Henry Lytton Cobbold at a press conference

“It is particularly exciting for it to be in the year which marks 40 years of music events at Knebworth. We too eagerly await further information.”

The Welwyn Hatfield Times reported in the summer that Knebworth House’s Henry Lytton Cobbold was hoping to mark the venue’s 40th anniversary with some sort of celebratory concert.

Read that article here http://www.whtimes.co.uk/what-s-on/knebworth_looking_to_rock_again_for_40th_anniversary_1_2252835
The inaugural Sonisphere took place at Knebworth in August 2009, with Linkin Park and Metallica topping the then two-day event’s bill.

Expanded to three days the following year, shock-rocker Alice Cooper, German industrial metallers Rammstein and British metal giants Iron Maiden were the 2010 headliners, with the closing night selling out.

"We are delighted at the prospect of the return of the award-winning Sonisphere. "

Knebworth House’s Martha Lytton Cobbold

An award-winning 2011 line-up featured thrash metal’s Big 4 of Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax on the same stage for the first time in this country on the opening night.

Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro and Iowa metallers Slipknot headlined the final two days.

The planned 2012 festival was cancelled after Queen featuring Adam Lambert, Kiss and Faith No More had already been confirmed as headliners.

After co-founder Stuart Galbraith indicated there would be a 2013 festival, Team Sonisphere could not secure suitable headliners and opted to “take a year out”.

However, Knebworth Park will rock again in the summer of 2014 to mark the historic music venue’s 40th anniversary.

In Sonisphere’s absence this year, Knebworth hosted an electronic dance music festival, Eastern Electrics, in August.

Sonisphere’s heavy metal rival, Download, has already announced its 2014 headliners, with Linkin Park, Avenged Sevenfold and Aerosmith due to play the main stage at Donington Park next June, with Rob Zombie, Fall Out Boy and Alter Bridge also on the bill.

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