Join Festivalphoto at Faceboook
Follow Festivalphoto at Twitter
Watch our festival videos at Youtube
Follow Festivalphoto at Instagram


 

  Sonisphere (UK)

The Sonisphere Festival is a touring music festival which takes place across Europe between June and August. The festival is owned by John Jackson and Kilimanjaro Live. It is jointly-promoted by K2 and Kilimanjaro Live. It has hosted heavy metal bands such as Iron Maiden, Metallica, Mötley Crüe, and Slayer.

http://uk.sonispherefestivals.com/


Covered festivals:

    Sonisphere (Uk) 2014

Name* Comment*
Email  
     

Festival news Festival news Written 2014-06-21 12:26:31
LATE NIGHT ENTERTAINMENT AT SONISPHERE ANNOUNCED

PARTY ON - ULTIMATE POWER TO HOST SONISPHERE FINALE IN BOHEMIA

KERRANG! & VOODOO ROCKS PARTIES

LATE NIGHT LIVE PERFORMANCES FROM
THE SISTERS OF MERCY, 65daysofstatic & NIRVANA DEFILED

SETS FROM INFAMY & MIXHELL

SILENT ARENA, ALTERNATIVE KARAOKE, WRESTLING & MORE


With just two weekends separating tens of thousands of rock fans from SONISPHERE festival, organisers have outlined the late night entertainment on offer after the headline acts have finished their sets.

Kicking things off on the Thursday night, club gurus VOODOO ROCK will take over BOHEMIA to host the first party of the weekend. Usually resident in London, they will be bringing their team of DJs and party hosts for a huge punk/grunge/ska/emo/rock/metal party to the big blue tent for one night only.

Following the VOODOO ROCK party, and now a mainstay at SONISPHERE, the unmissable ALTERNATIVE KARAOKE gives people the chance to sing the songs they want to sing. Maiden? Pantera? Slayer? Rammstein? Yes to all of these, and and many, many, many more. Start warming up now…

Thursday also sees the first ever KERRANG! Party held at SONISPHERE. James McMahon and Alex Baker from KERRANG! will be taking to the decks and playing the greatest rock and roll party tunes in the world right now. So excited about having the legendary rock champions throw a party, they’ve been invited back to do the same again at BOHEMIA on the Saturday night too.

There’s also some fantastic live acts booked for late night performances. On the Friday, catch Sheffield’s 65daysofstatic with their mindblowing instrumental set of electronic math proggery, followed by MIXHELL. Boasting live percussion from ex Sepultura sticksman Iggor Cavalera, MIXHELL will do whatever it takes to make you dance, combining elements of dance, electronica, electroclash, hip hop and rock’n’roll, and mixing a live drum and bass section with samples and loops to unique effect.

Last up on the Friday comes INFAMY. Last seen at SONISPHERE roadblocking BOHEMIA (then going under the name of A1bassline), INFAMY will treat the late night revellers to a tear out Drum & Bass set into the early hours.

In 2011 THE SISTERS OF MERCY made a late night appearance at BOHEMIA for their first festival performance in 20 years. Captivating and magical, the prospect of inviting them back for another late night set was irresistible, and so they return to treat BOHEMIA to another unforgettable performance on the Saturday night.

Commemorating 20 years since the passing of Kurt Cobain and following the footsteps of Bat Sabbath, NIRVANA DEFILED make their first ever performance anywhere in tribute to the Seattle grunge legends. The last live performance of the weekend, Stitch D, Vincent Hyde and Needles of THE DEFILED will take to BOHEMIA to honour their fallen hero for a late night Sunday set.

Following NIRAVANA DEFILED, SONISPHERE welcomes ULTIMATE POWER to close proceedings in BOHEMIA. ULTIMATE POWER is, quite simply, an evening of the greatest songs ever written. A communal appreciation of colossal musical compositions from the titans of Power Ballads; messrs Collins, Loaf, Tyler and Jovi and many, many more besides.

Bring your Air instruments and throat sweets. Leave your inhibitions at the bar and come follow us to the promised land where pure balladic power will move you to your very core – there is no better finale!

Across the weekend, in honour of this year’s fancy dress theme, there will be powerslamming, piledriving, facebusting entertainment courtesy of PROGRESS WRESTLING. With champions such as Jimmy Havoc and Rampage Brown competing in breathtaking exhibition bouts, the SATELLITE stage will swap the rock for blood, sweat and tears.

After the live performances have finished over at the JAGERMEISTER tent, it will transform into the SILENT ARENA – a cheeky way of evading the noise curfews, the SILENT ARENA’s disco is powered by wireless headphones, and even allows you to choose between DJs.

In addition to the entertainment on offer at the BOHEMIA, JAGERMEISTER and SATELLITE stages, SONISPHERE’s information tent has been taken over by the CULT OF LOVE & GRATITUDE. A mecca for Luchador fanatics over the world, the CULT OF LOVE & GRATITUDE believe in 5 basic principles.

• Seriously good sound systems
• Wrestling Aerobics
• Luchador Twister
• Lucha Jenga
• Hard Partying & Secret Sects.

A regular information tent by day, by night the walls come in and an intimate party starts powered by the latest Cerwin Vega P Series PA. In their own words, “We don’t stop partying until we are being carted off by the boss. Your last bastion of hope in a world that has forgotten the old gods.”

For those feeling all partied out, there’s also the option to take a seat in front of the SATURN stage for a metal history lesson. As part of the THRASHBACK campaign, the ultimate thrash metal documentary GET THRASHED will be played out on the giant screens either side of the SATURN stage after the bands have finished on the Saturday. Featuring headliners METALLICA alongside Megadeth, Slayer, Pantera, Anthrax, Slipknot, Exodus and many other hugely influential names, the award winning film is a must-see for any self-respecting metalhead.

Individual day and weekend tickets for SONISPHERE 2014 are on sale now at www.sonisphere.co.uk. Check the Sonisphere website for further details.

All Campsites open Thursday.

LINE UP SO FAR:

Friday

APOLLO STAGE:

THE PRODIGY
LIMP BIZKIT
HIM
BAND OF SKULLS
GARY NUMAN
ANTI-FLAG
THE DEFILED

BOHEMIA
ELECTRIC WIZARD
ANTHRAX (PERFORMING AMONG THE LIVING)
65DAYSOFSTATIC
ATARI TEENAGE RIOT
BAM MARGERA'S FUCKFACE UNSTOPPABLE
DEVIL YOU KNOW
COMEBACK KID
MIXHELL
YASHIN
CANTERBURY
LOSTALONE
HOUNDS
INFAMY


JAGERMEISTER & SATELLITE STAGE
CARNIFEX
BRUTALITY WILL PREVAIL
MESSENGER
TRC
LITTLE MATADOR
MAX RAPTOR
MALEFICE
STRAIGHT LINES
EMP!RE
BLACK DOGS
PROTAFIELD
LOVE ZOMBIES
SHRINE
GLASS CITY VICE

Saturday

APOLLO STAGE:
IRON MAIDEN
DEFTONES
FRANK TURNER & THE SLEEPING SOULS
ANTHRAX
GHOST
BABYMETAL
TESSERACT


SATURN STAGE:
SLAYER
HUNDRED REASONS (PERFORMING IDEAS ABOVE OUR STATION)
CARCASS
THE WINERY DOGS
CHAS & DAVE
ALESTORM

BOHEMIA
THE SISTERS OF MERCY
NEW MODEL ARMY
DOG EAT DOG PLAYING ALL BORO KINGS
SEBASTIAN BACH
NIRVANA DEFILED
THE VIRGINMARYS
RECKLESS LOVE
BLITZ KIDS
VOODOO SIX
CALLING ALL CARS
HANG THE BASTARD

JAGERMEISTER & SATELLITE STAGE
BLEED FROM WITHIN
THE SAFETY FIRE
THE YOYOS
STAMPIN GROUND
EUREKA MACHINES
GLAMOUR OF THE KILL
THE HELL
BROKEN HANDS
THE LOUNGE KITTENS
ZICO CHAIN
FORT HOPE
RIVAL STATE
COLLIBUS
STORMZONE
THE RAVEN AGE
THE WILD LIES
EMPIRE KILL

Sunday

APOLLO STAGE:
METALLICA
ALICE IN CHAINS
MASTODON
AIRBOURNE
DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT
GOJIRA

SATURN STAGE:
DREAM THEATER
DROPKICK MURPHYS
REEL BIG FISH
KARNIVOOL
PROTEST THE HERO
BLACK SPIDERS


BOHEMIA
THERAPY? (Performing Infernal Love)
GALLOWS
THE BRONX
CHIODOS
TRUCKFIGHTERS
KERBDOG
BO NINGEN
THE CADILLAC THREE

JAGERMEISTER & SATELLITE STAGE
RAGING SPEEDHORN
TRASH TALK
SILVERSTEIN
ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE
BEASTMILK
DREGEN
SWEET SAVAGE
ONLY CRIME
THE BOTS
ITCH
PALM READER
THE HYPE THEORY
KROKODIL
DRIPBACK
THE ONE HUNDRED
OCTOBER FILE

BLASS OF GLORY play anywhere and everywhere

Comedy Line Up:
MAT REED - FIN TAYLOR - ALFIE BROWN - NOISE NEXT DOOR
JOHN HASTINGS - JOHN ROBERTSON - ANDREW O’NEILL - MATT REES PAT CAHILL - ALFIE BROWN - MAT EWINS - ROB DEERING
JIM SMALLMAN

Plus Wrestling, Silent Disco, Alternative Karaoke, Parties by Ultimate Power, Kerrang!, Voodoo Rocks and more

For further information please visit www.sonisphere.co.uk
Festival news Festival news Written 2014-06-11 07:52:11
With just four weeks to go, SONISPHERE announced some further additions to the July 4-6 weekender at Knebworth.

Originally booked to perform for the 2012 event, HUNDRED REASONS reformed in November that year to celebrate the decade anniversary of their 2002 “Ideas Above Our Station” album. Such was the demand that a second show had to be added in London, Manchester was upgraded, and every ticket was snapped up.

Roll on two years, to a chance meeting between Team Sonisphere’s Alan Day and HR guitarist Larry Hibbitt in a bar, who politely enquired why they weren’t on the 2014 Sonisphere line up after the cancellation two years previously. With no valid answer to provide, Alan offered them the final slot on the Saturn stage, where they will finally perform “Ideas Above Our Station” in full on the Saturday. Larry explains:

"We said we'd never do it again, but the cancelled Sonisphere of 2012 left a big hole in that summer for us. So when our shorts-wearing, crowd-surfing, festival-promoting comrade Alan Day came up with a slot for us this year we just couldn't say no. And we didn't. Don't get used to this. We say no A LOT so this is not going to happen often, if ever. But when it makes sense it makes sense and we're there. Like we will be on 5th July. See you at the front".

Featuring chart topping singles including “If I Could”, Silver” and “Falter”, HUNDRED REASONS date with destiny at SONISPHERE will be truly unmissable.

Ex-The Wildhearts bassist Danny McCormack brings his rock’n’roll band THE YOYOS to SONISPHERE for a very special one-off appearance. “Cant wait to catch up with some old friends and see some new faces.” Says the four-stringer. “It’s a great line up this year and I’m counting the days. It’s an honour to be a part of it all. See you down the front”

Taking over BOHEMIA late on the Friday night will be Rocktronica trio MIXHELL. Boasting live percussion from ex Sepultura sticksman Iggor Cavalera, MIXHELL will do whatever it takes to make you dance, combining elements of dance, electronica, electroclash, hip hop and rock’n’roll, and mixing a live drum and bass section with samples and loops to unique effect.

Recently seen out on the road with Katatonia, London’s own MESSENGER join the SONISPHERE 2014 line up to mesmerize and captivate the uninitiated. Dwelling equally in the earthy realm of folk music and the celestial void of progressive psychedelia, the five piece never fail to drop jaws – expect many wide open mouths at the Satellite stage on Friday.

"We're extremely excited to have the opportunity to perform at this amazing festival.” States drummer Jaime Gomez. “We look forward to playing to some new people and hopefully seeing some familiar faces there as well."

London loud-louts DRIPBACK make their SONISPHERE debut, with their only UK festival appearance this summer. Recently seen touring with Crowbar, DRIPBACK specialise in loud, aggressive noise and highly energetic live shows.

“This is gonna be immense, we can’t wait.” says bassist Adam Da Rat. “Metallica and Maiden together for the first time, dozens of the most awesome bands ever, Chas & Dave, a World War 1 Dog Fight… I was wondering how this could get any better, and now we get to play too. Safe!”

Melbourne rock trio CALLING ALL CARS join the festivities hot off the back of some recent UK shows including Camden Rocks. Enjoying regular rotation on huge Aussie radio station Triple J, the band have recently relocated to the UK, and are gearing up for the release of their new album “Raise The People” via Cooking Vinyl on July 28th.

"Holy fuck we are playing Sonisphere” they exclaim. “Before we were booked to play we were so stoked on the line up. It's a real honour to be included in that company."

Industrial punks PROTAFIELD come to work up the crowd on the Jagermeister stage. With an album out next week via Caroline/Universal that boasts guest appearances from Queen’s Roger Taylor and fellow Sonisphere artist Gary Numan, this new band are clearly already moving in high circles. Singer Jayce Lewis states:

“Sonisphere being back with a line up like this is testament to its quality, We are so excited to be a part of it this year. Gonna be LOUD!”

Heavy Metal marching band BLAAS OF GLORY will also be doing the rounds at Knebworth this July. A regular fixture on the international festival scene, this hilarious mobile act surprise unsuspecting metalheads with classic hits such as Running With The Devil, The Final Countdown and Highway To Hell, armed with sousaphone, saxophone, flute, glockenspiel, banjo, accordion, acoustic guitars, snare and bass drums.

Individual day and weekend tickets for SONISPHERE 2014 are on sale now at www.sonisphere.co.uk. Check the Sonisphere website for further details.

All Campsites open Thursday.

LINE UP SO FAR:

Friday

APOLLO STAGE:

THE PRODIGY
LIMP BIZKIT
HIM
BAND OF SKULLS
GARY NUMAN
ANTI-FLAG
THE DEFILED

BOHEMIA
ELECTRIC WIZARD
ANTHRAX (PERFORMING AMONG THE LIVING)
65DAYSOFSTATIC
ATARI TEENAGE RIOT
BAM MARGERA'S FUCKFACE UNSTOPPABLE
DEVIL YOU KNOW
COMEBACK KID
MIXHELL
YASHIN
CANTERBURY
LOSTALONE
HOUNDS

JAGERMEISTER & SATELLITE STAGE
CARNIFEX
BRUTALITY WILL PREVAIL
MESSENGER
TRC
LITTLE MATADOR
MAX RAPTOR
MALEFICE
STRAIGHT LINES
EMP!RE
BLACK DOGS
PROTAFIELD
LOVE ZOMBIES
SHRINE
GLASS CITY VICE

Saturday

APOLLO STAGE:
IRON MAIDEN
DEFTONES
FRANK TURNER & THE SLEEPING SOULS
ANTHRAX
GHOST
BABYMETAL
TESSERACT


SATURN STAGE:
SLAYER
HUNDRED REASONS (PERFORMING IDEAS ABOVE OUR STATION)
CARCASS
THE WINERY DOGS
CHAS & DAVE
ALESTORM

BOHEMIA
THE SISTERS OF MERCY
NEW MODEL ARMY
DOG EAT DOG PLAYING ALL BORO KINGS
SEBASTIAN BACH
THE VIRGINMARYS
RECKLESS LOVE
BLITZ KIDS
VOODOO SIX
CALLING ALL CARS

JAGERMEISTER & SATELLITE STAGE
BLEED FROM WITHIN
THE SAFETY FIRE
THE YOYOS
STAMPIN GROUND
EUREKA MACHINES
GLAMOUR OF THE KILL
THE HELL
BROKEN HANDS
THE LOUNGE KITTENS
ZICO CHAIN
FORT HOPE
RIVAL STATE
COLLIBUS
STORMZONE
THE RAVEN AGE
THE WILD LIES
EMPIRE KILL

Sunday

APOLLO STAGE:
METALLICA
ALICE IN CHAINS
MASTODON
AIRBOURNE
DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT
GOJIRA

SATURN STAGE:
DREAM THEATER
DROPKICK MURPHYS
REEL BIG FISH
KARNIVOOL
PROTEST THE HERO
BLACK SPIDERS


BOHEMIA
THERAPY? (Performing Infernal Love)
GALLOWS
THE BRONX
CHIODOS
TRUCKFIGHTERS
KERBDOG
BO NINGEN
THE CADILLAC THREE

JAGERMEISTER & SATELLITE STAGE
RAGING SPEEDHORN
TRASH TALK
SILVERSTEIN
ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE
BEASTMILK
DREGEN
SWEET SAVAGE
ONLY CRIME
THE BOTS
ITCH
PALM READER
THE HYPE THEORY
KROKODIL
DRIPBACK
THE ONE HUNDRED
OCTOBER FILE

BLASS OF GLORY play anywhere and everywhere

Comedy Line Up:
MAT REED - FIN TAYLOR - ALFIE BROWN - NOISE NEXT DOOR
JOHN HASTINGS - JOHN ROBERTSON - ANDREW O’NEILL - MATT REES PAT CAHILL - ALFIE BROWN - MAT EWINS - ROB DEERING
JIM SMALLMAN

Plus Wrestling, Silent Disco and more

For further information please visit www.sonisphere.co.uk
Festival news Festival news Written 2014-06-11 07:51:05
We are thrilled to announce a very special treat for all attending Sonisphere Festival on Saturday July 5th. The Great War Display Team, a group of pilots which includes IRON MAIDEN vocalist Bruce Dickinson among its illustrious members, will stage a spectacular 12 minute air display in the skies above Knebworth at approximately 6pm.

This unique and audacious “dogfight” will commemorate the 100th Anniversary of The Great War; a 21st Century tribute to the daring - and often downright dangerous - exploits of both the English and German pilots who ruled Europe’s skies between 1914-1918. The show features nine aircraft of 5 different types, all exact replicas of the planes used in WW1 combat. Bruce will be flying his very own Fokker Dr1 Triplane, the same model used by infamous German flying ace Manfred von Richthofen aka The Red Baron. Also from the German side there is a Junkers CL1. Of the British planes in the show, there is a Sopwith Triplane, a BE2c and a SE5a. The other members of this elite team alongside Bruce are Alex Truman, Dan Griffith, Dave Linney, Ernie Hoblyn, Gordon Brander, Matthew Boddington, Peter Bond, Richard Piper, Vic Lockwood and Will Greenwood. The Great War Display Team performs re-enactments throughout the UK and Europe and is proudly sponsored by Iron Maiden’s very own TROOPER beer.

Comments Bruce “The air show over Sonisphere is something I’m really excited about and we’re determined to put on an unforgettable display for everyone. We’re planning an extravaganza of derring-do, especially when you consider the manoeuvres we’ll be performing are all based on true-life battles from a hundred years ago! What some of these fighter pilots achieved back then was nothing short of miraculous given the conditions they were working under and the seriousness of what was at stake. We hope to stage a memorable display which is equally entertaining and poignant, celebrating not only the bravery and heroics of all the pilots involved but remembering the sacrifices made on both side. Having been brought up on Biggles to the horror of my English teachers, the chance to fly a Fokker triplane Dr1 was second only to owning a Sopwith Camel. A share in a Bucker Jungmann and a conversation with Great War team manager Gordon Brander led to a chance to buy a superbly constructed full size replica of the iconic German fighter. Built by the late John Day I intend to display the aircraft with the team in commemoration not just of the Great war, but also as a tribute to one of the UK's premier engineer/builders.”

Sonisphere organiser Stuart Galbraith adds, “We all got very excited when Iron Maiden approached us with this idea. It’s going to be a truly unique experience and tribute for everyone at Knebworth. We’ve made sure we were able to squeeze a gap into the outdoor stage programme on July 5th so that it has the impact it deserves.”

After the air show, Bruce will return to solid ground to get ready for Maiden’s headline performance that night, on the final date of their MAIDEN ENGLAND world tour.

For anyone interested in finding out more about The Great War Display Team’s planes, pilots and general activities go to www.greatwardisplayteam.com
Festival news Festival news Written 2014-05-18 12:33:02
HIM ONLY UK SHOW OF 2014

ANTHRAX TO PLAY EXTRA SET IN BOHEMIA - AMONG THE LIVING IN FULL

COMEBACK KID – SWEET SAVAGE
OCTOBER FILE – EUREKA MACHINES
THE BOTS – STRAIGHT LINES – ZICO CHAIN BLACK DOGS - LOVE ZOMBIES - STORMZONE SHRINE - RIVAL STATE - THE WILD LIES
THE RAVEN AGE - EMPIRE KILL

With less than two months to go until SONISPHERE 2014 kicks off on the 4th July, a further sixteen acts have been added to the line up – plus a special treat from an existing member of the SONISPHERE cast.

Flying in from Helsinki, Finland for an exclusive one-off performance, love-metallers HIM make their debut at Knebworth this summer. Last year’s “Tears On Tape” saw the triumphant return of HIS INFERNAL MAJESTY after a three year gap, with many citing it as their greatest work since 2003’s breakthrough “Love Metal” album. Anyone fortunate enough to catch them on their subsequent tour would have witnessed a band genuinely savouring their every moment on stage, as they showcased their unique fusion of forlorn balladry and heavy, synth laden sounds. Bassplayer Mige checked in to tell us:

“We, the merry men of HIM, will bring our socially dysfunctional selves to Sonisphere UK next summer. We are like a bad tasting but nutritious grandma biscuit you can dip into your inner worlds. It'll be fun and possibly out of control, you'll see. There will be smoke, lights and psychedelia. Sweat and zealotry. Men will cry. It’s going to be a FUCKING EMOTIONADO!”

Possibly the last opportunity to see them in the UK before they start work on their next album, don’t miss the chance to see hits such as “Buried Alive By Love”, “Funeral Of Hearts”, “Wicked Game” and “Wings Of A Butterfly”.

Not content with already performing on the APOLLO stage on the Saturday, thrash legends ANTHRAX are taking advantage of a day off on the Friday to give those in BOHEMIA a special treat they will never forget. Scott Ian and co will be stomping their way through their classic “Among The Living” album in full, in a sweaty, heaving tent. “Among The Living”, “Caught In A Mosh”, “I Am The Law”, “NFL”, “Indians” – the list goes on, the hits don’t stop – this will be simply unmissable. Says Ian:

“We love to play these songs and people love to hear them so we're really fucking excited to be doing this special show the day before our main-stage performance at Sonisphere Knebworth playing (for the first time ever) just the Among The Living record for you, our UK faithful!
It's gonna be sick. See you soon my friends. Cheers, Scott”


With four albums under their belts and a fifth on the way, COMEBACK KID are undeniably a staple of the modern hardcore scene. Having performed on all four corners of the globe, including some of Europe’s premier festivals, this is a well oiled machine to say the least, with a reputation for incredible live shows.

“Can't wait to get back to the UK and be able to play Sonisphere! Last time I had the opportunity to see the Prodigy was at a festival in Serbia but I missed them because I had to spend the night in jail” confesses Andrew Neufeld. “Let’s hope I can make it to see them this time!”

Expect chaos in BOHEMIA as COMEBACK KID belt out anthems such as “Wake The Dead “, “Defeated” and “Should Know Better” at their only UK festival this summer.

One of the pioneers of the NWOBHM, Belfast’s SWEET SAVAGE join the line up at the request of one Mr Lars Ulrich. Formed in 1979, the band had called it a day by 1985, but reformed 90s after a new surge of interest in the band off the back of Metallica’s cover of their song “Killing Time”.

Having played at last year’s SONISPHERE festival in Spain, OCTOBER FILE make their way to Knebworth this year. Blending punk, hardcore and industrial metal and lacing it with a political edge, expect a ferocious set from the Wallingford four-piece. “October File are stoked to playing an awesome festival with some great bands already announced, put on by great people and a great organization” says Bassplayer Steve Beatty. “See you in the pit.“

Brilliantly catchy, EUREKA MACHINES come armed with huge, lavish power-pop perfection. Formed by Chris Catalyst (occasional guitar/bass wrangler for The Sisters Of Mercy, Mariachi El Bronx and Ginger), the four piece feel their most apt description is the promising: ‘Imagine if the Beatles and the Beach Boys met Motorhead, jammed with the Cardiacs and created the best band you’ve never heard. Until now.’

Many teenagers dream of being rockstars when they grow up, but for brothers Mikaiah and Anaiah Lei the dream became a reality before they could even apply for a driving license. Recording their first album aged just 15 and 12 respectively, the duo who make up THE BOTS have taken their garage punk across the world, supporting the likes of Refused, Bad Brains and Tenacious D, as well as at numerous high profile festivals.

After rocking the Strongbow stage at the 2010 SONISPHERE, Pontypridd’s STRAIGHT LINES return this year to rock Knebworth once more. Armed with a new EP, this Welsh Quartet come armed with big riffs, bigger melodies and an exhilarating live show. Says the band: “Straight Lines are very happy to be returning to their favourite UK festival. We've all attended the last 3 Sonispheres and are very much looking forward to playing this year, instead of being the super drunk people on the other side of the barrier.. well, for at least the duration of our set. See you in the pit!”

London rockers ZICO CHAIN join the line up this year. Having held their own supporting giants such as Velvet Revolver, Halestorm and supporting SONISPHERE headliners IRON MAIDEN at the O2 last year, the trio should have no problem dazzling the crowds at Knebworth.

BLACK DOGS are about to take the UK metal scene by force and SONISPHERE is not going to know what hit it. This unstoppable pack of northern bastards deliver a raw and intense live show that’s got the industry taking notice in a big way. With backing from Radio One’s Rock Show and support slots with the likes of Hatebreed, Stray From The Path and Bring Me The Horizon to boast, it’s only a matter of time before the rest of the world sits up and takes notice.


Recently seen supporting Alkaline Trio, and performing at last year’s VANS WARPED TOUR, Transatlantic quartet LOVE ZOMBIES bring their infectious power pop to the SATELLITE stage on the Friday to spread some California sunshine.

Flying the flag for traditional metal, STORMZONE (who you may have seen recently supporting Saxon) come armed with wailing guitars, galloping bass and huge choruses. “We have toured with many great bands over the years and performed at a lot of European festivals, but being given the opportunity to rock the stages at Sonisphere is definitely the highlight of the Stormzone career so far.” They proclaim. “This is what being in a band is all about!!”

Math rockers SHRINE look set to devastate the crowds with their technical, dynamic assault on both mind and ear. Blending the aggression of hardcore, the grandeur of post rock and the synchopated characteristics of math rock, the Brighton four piece are impossible to pigeonhole and are definitely ones to watch. Says SHRINE:“We are so stoked that we will be playing this years Sonisphere Festival along with some of our favourite bands!”

Coming all the way from New Plymouth, New Zealand, RIVAL STATE make their first UK festival appearance at SONISPHERE. Variously labeled rock, punk, grunge and everything in between, these Kiwis specialize in loud, catchy music with a hard edge.

Formed in the home counties, THE WILD LIES peddle in hard rock, fused with intricate, grinding riffage, colliding with stadium rock chorus melodies. If you like stomping riffs, ear melting solos and choruses to make the walls sweat, don’t miss their Saturday set at SONISPHERE.

Also joining the line up are London melodic metalheads THE RAVEN AGE and EMPIRE KILL.


LINE UP SO FAR:

Friday

APOLLO STAGE:

THE PRODIGY
LIMP BIZKIT
HIM
BAND OF SKULLS
GARY NUMAN
ANTI-FLAG
THE DEFILED

BOHEMIA
ELECTRIC WIZARD
ANTHRAX (PERFORMING AMONG THE LIVING)
65DAYSOFSTATIC
ATARI TEENAGE RIOT
BAM MARGERA'S FUCKFACE UNSTOPPABLE
DEVIL YOU KNOW
COMEBACK KID
YASHIN
CANTERBURY
LOSTALONE
HOUNDS

JAGERMEISTER & SATELLITE STAGE
CARNIFEX
BRUTALITY WILL PREVAIL
TRC
LITTLE MATADOR
MAX RAPTOR
MALEFICE
STRAIGHT LINES
EMP!RE
BLACK DOGS
LOVE ZOMBIES
SHRINE
GLASS CITY VICE

Saturday

APOLLO STAGE:
IRON MAIDEN
DEFTONES
FRANK TURNER & THE SLEEPING SOULS
ANTHRAX
GHOST
BABYMETAL
TESSERACT


SATURN STAGE:
SLAYER
CARCASS
THE WINERY DOGS
CHAS & DAVE
ALESTORM

BOHEMIA & OTHER STAGES:
THE SISTERS OF MERCY
NEW MODEL ARMY
DOG EAT DOG PLAYING ALL BORO KINGS
SEBASTIAN BACH
THE VIRGINMARYS
RECKLESS LOVE
BLITZ KIDS
VOODOO SIX
JAGERMEISTER & SATELLITE STAGE
BLEED FROM WITHIN
THE SAFETY FIRE
STAMPIN GROUND
EUREKA MACHINES
GLAMOUR OF THE KILL
THE HELL
BROKEN HANDS
THE LOUNGE KITTENS
ZICO CHAIN
FORT HOPE
RIVAL STATE
COLLIBUS
STORMZONE
THE RAVEN AGE
THE WILD LIES
EMPIRE KILL

Sunday

APOLLO STAGE:
METALLICA
ALICE IN CHAINS
MASTODON
AIRBOURNE
DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT
GOJIRA

SATURN STAGE:
DREAM THEATER
DROPKICK MURPHYS
REEL BIG FISH
KARNIVOOL
PROTEST THE HERO
BLACK SPIDERS


BOHEMIA & OTHER STAGES:
THERAPY? (Performing Infernal Love)
GALLOWS
THE BRONX
CHIODOS
TRUCKFIGHTERS
KERBDOG
BO NINGEN
THE CADILLAC THREE

JAGERMEISTER & SATELLITE STAGE
RAGING SPEEDHORN
TRASH TALK
SILVERSTEIN
ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE
BEASTMILK
DREGEN
SWEET SAVAGE
ONLY CRIME
THE BOTS
ITCH
PALM READER
THE HYPE THEORY
KROKODIL
THE ONE HUNDRED
OCTOBER FILE

Comedy Line Up:
MAT REED - FIN TAYLOR - ALFIE BROWN - NOISE NEXT DOOR
JOHN HASTINGS - JOHN ROBERTSON - ANDREW O’NEILL - MATT REES PAT CAHILL - ALFIE BROWN - MAT EWINS - ROB DEERING
JIM SMALLMAN

Plus Wrestling, Silent Disco and more

Individual day and weekend tickets for SONISPHERE 2014 are on sale now at www.sonisphere.co.uk. Check the Sonisphere website for further details.

All Campsites open Thursday.

For further information please visit www.sonisphere.co.uk
Festival news Festival news Written 2014-05-18 12:32:28
We are excited to announce IRON MAIDEN’S TROOPER Premium British beer has just been confirmed as the Official Ale of Sonisphere Festival! The beer is a special batch brewed especially for the festival and as such will be cellar fresh, filtered and served chilled.

Comments Bruce Dickinson, “ Pints of Trooper at Sonisphere will be pretty special because of just how fresh they will be! They will be brewed and transported at the very last minute to ensure that MAIDEN fans get them as close to perfect as they can possibly be. Add in the fact that they will be chilled and this really will be a special festival pint of ale! We’ve also worked on the way it will be served to minimise queues and also give the best pint actually in the glass that we possibly could. We’re really proud to be bringing it to our fans this way and I know we’ll convert some non-ale drinkers too. Ultimately we’re delivering a special beer for the very last show of the MAIDEN ENGLAND Tour. What could be better?”

MAIDEN’s headline show at Sonisphere on Saturday July 5th will be their only UK appearance on the final date of their MAIDEN ENGLAND WORLD TOUR which began in June 2012 and has seen the band play to well over two and a half million fans around the globe. More importantly, MAIDEN ENGLAND is the last of the band’s three retrospective tours covering the 1980’s period and will feature a set list representative of that entire decade. It is therefore very likely that Sonisphere will be the last chance ever to hear some of those early songs performed live so the perfect opportunity to enjoy some TROOPER on this historic occasion!

TROOPER beer celebrates its first anniversary on May 9th 2014 and a staggering five million pints have already been brewed, almost half of which are to fulfil export orders. The beer is a collaboration between IRON MAIDEN and Cheshire family brewer Robinsons and has proved a runaway success from the off. So much so, that Robinsons have just announced a number of new initiatives to cope with the ever-increasing demand, including a ‘TROOPER Tracker’ internet global beer-finder to keep fans updated on where the beer is currently available and a new handy-sized 330ml glass bottle to be sold in pubs, clubs and bars in places where the cask beer isn’t easily accessible. Robinsons have also increased their workforce to ensure the beer gets out as quickly as possible to thirsty TROOPER fans everywhere, something they are able to achieve thanks largely to their brand-new extended capacity brew house which at one point was brewing three batches of TROOPER a day, 6 days a week for the first time ever in the brewery’s 175-year history.

TROOPER is available in the UK as a cask ale and in both a 500ml and 330ml bottle from Robinsons’ award winning Unicorn Brewery in Stockport, Cheshire. There will also be a special, dated & limited IRON MAIDEN Sonisphere plastic bottle available at the festival while stocks last.

TROOPER Premium British beer was personally designed and developed by IRON MAIDEN vocalist Bruce Dickinson alongside Robinsons’ Head Brewer Martyn Weeks.

For more information www.ironmaidenbeer.com
Sonisphere (UK) | FESTIVALPHOTO