Sonisphere organisers ‘shocked’ by festival attack which left 21-year-old male requiring surgery

Attendees urged to come forward with information on attack on 21-year-old George Cook

The organisers of Sonisphere have urged anybody with relevant information to come forward after a man was attacked at the festival.

George Cook, 21, was attacked at the three-day event on Friday (July 4), the opening day of the festival. Hertfordshire Police have confirmed to local media that the attack took place in the Red 2 Camping Field at the festival site and that three men carried out the assault.

Cook, a builder’s merchant, was left with numerous fractures to his face, a broken jaw and a smashed eye socket in the attack. He underwent a five-hour operation at St George’s Hospital, in Tooting, and required a metal plate fitted to his jaw.


In a statement issued to NME, festival director Zac Fox said: “We were really shocked by what happened to George as the rock and metal audience are by far the best behaved and friendliest that we work with, as demonstrated by all the messages of support that our audience have sent to him. We are doing what we can to help the police with their investigation. We were delighted to hear from his father that he is already making such a good recovery and we look forward to rolling out the red carpet for him if he wants to come along to the next Sonisphere.”

Festival goers are asked to call Herts Police on 101 and quote crime reference G1/14/1678.

Sonisphere took place last weekend (July 4-6) at Knebworth Park. Headliners included Iron Maiden, Metallica and The Prodigy with Deftones, Limp Bizkit and Slayer also performing at the event.

You can see the photos of the music at the event.