Labelled as the only glastonbury alternative', Knowsley Hall Music Festival is the largest festival to hit the North West. It's set in 2500 acres of stunning, landscaped parkland, with two stages hosting some of the biggest names in music as well as new up and coming acts.
James Barton of Cream wanted to create a rock music festival in the North West to rival that of the other great festivals across Britain after the success of his Creamfields dance music festival. The event was co-produced by Cream and festival management firm Loud Sound, which already organises Creamfields, the Isle of Wight’s Bestival and RockNess in Scotland. Barton approached Lord Derby to use the grounds of Knowsley Hall as it was an ideal venue for an atmospheric festival he said. Lord Derby was more than happy to take part in the organising of the first ever KHMF, after the success of a Status Quo concert there the previous year. With Barton's contacts and experience and with Lord Derby's estate, the north west was set to have the biggest festival ever to take place there. The Who, The Coral, The View, and Keane were the first acts to be signed up, The Zutons then followed. Many more acts followed, with Joss Stone and special guests: Madness, being added to the Sunday event due to minor complaints of not enough acts being announced for the Sunday early on. The many other acts were announced various weeks later during the build-up to the festival.