There’s a huge new festival heading to Knebworth – and it’s for fans of the ’90s

'Cool Britannia' is coming

A new festival has been announced for the legendary Knebworth Park – with ‘Cool Britannia’ headlining by Happy Mondays and Ocean Colour Scene.

Designed to “feature some of the best of British rock and dance music”, other acts on the line-up include Embrace, The Lightning Seeds, Peter Hook & The Light, Cast, M People‘s Heather Small, Dodgy, Space, Toploader, and The South – with many more to be announced.

Alongside bands, the festival will also see the debut of ‘Britpop Classical’ – using a full orchestra along with a band and special guest vocalists for orchestral renditions of Britpop anthems. Vocalists announced so far include The Farm’s Peter Hooton, Republica’s Saffron and Heaven 17’s Glenn Gregory.


The Ministry Of Sound also have their own stage, promising “some of the best club DJs of the era” with Todd Terry, Brandon Block, Jazzie B, Alfredo, Black Box, N-Trance, Rozalla, Alison Limerick, Angie Brown and Urban Cookie Collective announced so far.

Having previously seen legendary gigs by the likes of Oasis, Queen and The Rolling Stones, Knebworth will host Cool Britannia from August 31 – 2 September. Tickets will be on sale from 9am on Friday February 2 and will be available here.

Last year, reports emerged that Knebworth would be welcoming a new “multi-day extravaganza” – before rumours emerged that this would be for The Rolling Stones return to the UK.

This comes after the rock n’ roll legends announced that their  European ‘No Filter’ Tour would not be visiting the UK in 2017, but were hoping to reveal dates for 2018.

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The Rolling Stones played a packed setlist in Hamburg

“Sorry to our UK fans there are no UK dates on this run, due to lack of available venues because of sporting fixtures,” the band said on Twitter. “Hope to be here in 2018.”

A Rolling Stones spokesperson declined to comment on the Knebworth rumours.

Sonisphere 2014 was the last major music event to take place at Knebworth, after the 2015 edition of the festival was cancelled.