September 17 2014 Latest news:
By Alan Davies
Monday, July 7, 2014
Organisers of Knebworth music festival Sonisphere are already working on 2015’s potential line-up.
Following Sonisphere’s triumphant UK return after a two-year hiatus, promoters of the international touring rock and metal event are planning next year’s festival.
The Prodigy, Iron Maiden and Metallica headlined the weekend’s three-day music extravaganza in the grounds of the Hertfordshire stately home.
No dates, or headliners, for 2015 have been confirmed yet.
However, Sonisphere Festival director Stuart Galbraith revealed: “We’re already working hard on lining up headliners for 2015 and will make further announcements in due course.
"We’re already working hard on lining up headliners for 2015 and will make further announcements in due course."
“We want to thank everyone who made Sonisphere 2014 such a special moment and hope that they enjoyed it as much as we did.”
Any festival next year will only go ahead if a strong enough line-up can be booked.
The Sonisphere supremo was delighted to return to Knebworth for the stately home’s 40th anniversary of staging huge rock concerts with big name bands of the calibre of The Prodigy, Iron Maiden and Metallica.
He said: “We’re absolutely thrilled that Sonisphere is back at Knebworth in such an historic year for the house.
"Sonisphere fans are our favourite of all the concerts we stage."
“Only the biggest line-up would have been suitable for this 40th anniversary year and we’re extremely proud with what we have delivered for the fans.
“Having been on site all weekend, we’ve realised what a special place Knebworth is as a backdrop for Sonisphere.”
The festival founder added: “Despite a little bit of rain on Saturday, the weather has been outstanding and the site has worked flawlessly throughout the weekend.
“Our mission has always been to deliver the absolute best experience for the fans that we possibly can and we hope we have more than delivered in 2014.
“The atmosphere across the site has been incredible and there’s a palpable sense of community amongst the crowd, which has been reflected in our extremely low crime figures.
“There have been very few incidents and feedback from bands, management and fans alike has been fantastic all weekend.”
Knebworth House’s Henry Lytton Cobbold was also ecstatic to have the rock festival back – and to see his son, Ed, on the bill.
He said: “We’ve loved all four of the Sonispheres we’ve had to date but 2014 has been particularly special because it’s our 40th year of hosting concerts at Knebworth Park and what a great way to continue that legacy with some truly classic rock echoing all the greats that have been before.
“Sonisphere fans are our favourite of all the concerts we stage.
“They are so passionate about the music and so happy to be at Knebworth that we love to see them coming up the hill each year, it’s a great thrill.
“What’s more, in 2014 a member of the family has finally got on the bill.
“What a great way to kick off our 40th year than to watch our son Ed open the show on Friday with his band Glass City Vice. 2014 has been a classic year and here’s to the next 40 years of Knebworth!”
To see pictures of all three days at Sonisphere 2014, click on the links below.
* For the latest festival news, visit the Welwyn Hatfield Times’ Sonisphere Festival section here.