Metallica, Muse and Red Hot Chili Peppers set for Knebworth?

PUBLISHED: 07:06 19 January 2009 | UPDATED: 21:14 26 October 2009

Knebworth House

Knebworth House

PLANS to host a massive summer rock festival at Knebworth remain on track, the WHT has learned. In November, we reported American metal giants Metallica were rumoured to be headlining a new rock festival, to take place at the stately home in July, writes

PLANS to host a massive summer rock festival at Knebworth remain on track, the WHT has learned.

In November, we reported American metal giants Metallica were rumoured to be headlining a new rock festival, to take place at the stately home in July, writes Chris Richards.

And on Thursday, Knebworth House's managing director Martha Lytton-Cobbold said that discussions to secure the band were ongoing.

Speaking exclusively to the WHT, she said: "I have nothing confirmed at this stage," but added: "I would love them [Metallica] to come and I am pushing very hard [to get them]."

Other artists believed to be interested in playing the event include US rock titans Red Hot Chili Peppers and British alt rock darlings Muse.

If confirmed, the event would provide competition to the Download festival, which takes place at Donington from June 12 to 14.

After being formed in Los Angeles in 1981, Metallica have gone on to become one of the biggest heavy metal bands in the world.

The four-piece - James Hetfield (vocals, rhythm guitar), Kirk Hammett (lead guitar), Lars Ulrich (drums) and Robert Trujillo (bass) - are best known for their eponymous 1991 album, which sold a staggering 22m copies worldwide.

The Black Album, as it is otherwise known, also spawned some of the band's best-known hits, including Enter Sandman, The Unforgiven and Nothing Else Matters.

As for Knebworth, the estate has a history of holding successful concerts over the last 40 years.

Among the many rock luminaries to have performed at Knebworth Park are Oasis, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Queen and Pink Floyd.

Robbie Williams was the last big name act to play Knebworth, selling out three nights in 2003.

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