Sonisphere 2014: Guitarist to play in grounds of Knebworth home he grew up in
17:40 22 April 2014
As a child, Ed Lytton Cobbold sold lemonade to concert-goers who descended on his family home for huge outdoor shows.
But this summer the 21-year-old musician is set to take to the stage himself in front of thousands.
Ed, who grew up at Knebworth House, will perform along with his band, Glass City Vice, at the Sonisphere Festival in July.
It is the first time a Lytton Cobbold has performed on the bill of a major event at the venue, which celebrates 40 years of live music in the summer.
“It’s really cool, it’s been a life ambition of mine to play there,” he told the WHT.
“It’s amazing, with the history of my family being at Knebworth.
“It’s taken 40 years for a Lytton to play at Knebworth.”
As he grew up, he saw parents Henry and Martha organise huge rock shows at Knebworth House.
Ed said: “The first one I went to was Oasis in 1996 when I was four years old.
“I spent the day trying to sell lemonade.
“It was really cool to be involved in all that.”
He said he has been keen to lend a hand over the years, and this has given him the opportunity to meet some of the biggest stars in rock music.
“When the bands are interested, my mum lets me give tours of the house,” he said.
“Slipknot was an interesting one, they were in casual clothes without makeup.
“I also showed the Red Hot Chili Peppers around, it was really cool getting to show them my family history.”