Sonisphere 2014 line-up: Dozen more bands added for Knebworth
Another dozen bands have been added to the Sonisphere 2014 line-up for Knebworth Park this summer, including one of the Bohemia tent’s co-headliners.
The three-day rock and metal event will take place in the grounds of Knebworth House from Friday, July 4 to Sunday, July 6.
The fourth UK edition of the international touring festival will be headlined by The Prodigy, Iron Maiden and Metallica, and will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the venue.
And with just three months to go until the festival returns to the Hertfordshire stately home, a further 12 acts have been added to the 2014 line-up, including Therapy? playing their Infernal Love album in full. They will co-headline the Bohemia stage on the Sunday night.
Also added this evening (Wednesday) are Atari Teenage Riot, Bo Ningen, Trash Talk, Canterbury, LostAlone, Bleed From Within, Dregen, TRC, Beastmilk, Malefice and Glass City Vice.
After their late-night trip down memory lane in 2010 when they performed Troublegum, million-selling Northern Irish power trio Therapy? return to Bohemia, this time to perform their 1995 album Infernal Love.
Guitarist–vocalist Andy Cairns said: “Delighted to have been asked back to Sonisphere UK to perform Infernal Love in its entirety.
“Our ‘Troublegum’ show there back in 2010 was a special night indeed and we are very much looking forward to playing our 1995 fan favourite at the UK’s premier rock festival. See you all July 6th on the Bohemia stage!”
Atari Teenage Riot will make their first UK festival appearance since 2010. True pioneers, Alec Empire and crew have been spreading their message of political radicalism with mind-blowing musical hybrids since 1992, blending everything from speed metal, acid and jungle with their techno base.
So eclectic is their output, they have toured alongside Wu-Tang Clan, RATM, NIN, Ministry, Moby and Beck, to name but a few.
Following Tuesday’s addition ofJapanese trio Babymetal, London-based Japanese four-piece Bo Ningen will also perform in Bohemia.
Thrash-punk juggernaut Trash Talk will also bring their highly energetic show to Knebworth.
Farnham four-piece Canterbury make their Sonisphere debut this year, having toured with the likes of The Automatic, Enter Shikari, Against Me, Twin Atlantic and You Me At Six.
After playing The Horn pub in St Albans earlier this month, rock-pop trio LostAlone will return to Hertfordshire in July.
“To be able to say that we’re playing Sonisphere festival is one of the most perfectly beautiful sentences I’ll ever speak,” said frontman Steven Battelle.
“Knebworth being the scene of Freddie Mercury’s last ever performance with Queen is a spiritual home for true rock fans. To join a bill with Metallica, The Prodigy and Iron Maiden is a privilege. “We intend to construct our own little piece of history.”
Glasgow metal band Bleed from Within will also play Knebworth, while Hellacopters and Backyard Babies co-founder Dregen brings his solo project to Sonisphere this year.
The Swedish star said: “I’m really excited to play Sonisphere as this will be my first UK festival as a solo artist.
“The UK tour I did in December was a lot of fun, so I can’t wait to get back to wake the Brits up, Swedish style, on the very last day of the festival, Sunday July 6th.”
Blending hardcore, metal and UK grime, TRC are another addition to the Sonisphere line-up.
Frontman Chris Robson said: “Absolutely honoured to be playing Sonisphere. It’s the first time we’re getting a chance to play tracks off of Nation to such a large audience, and they were written for this kind of environment.
“I am well up for causing some havoc on the day and hopefully winning over some new fans. I’m also up for a bit of Slayer.”
Apocalyptic post-punks Beastmilk join the Soni party, having been described as “a gloomier Joy Division, an angrier Echo & The Bunnymen, a medicated Killing Joke”.
Metal five-piece Malefice are another addition to this year’s line-up. Frontman Dale Butler said: “With a new record out this year you can guarantee we’ll be showcasing new material, so be sure you come and party with us.”
Last up is unsigned Brighton alt-rockers Glass City Vice, making the step up for their first major festival performance.
Individual day and weekend tickets, as well as special VIP packages for Sonisphere 2014, are on sale now at www.sonisphere.co.uk
The line-up and day splits so far are listed below.
* THE PRODIGY
* LIMP BIZKIT
* BAND OF SKULLS
* GARY NUMAN
* THE DEFILED
BOHEMIA & OTHER STAGES:
* ELECTRIC WIZARD
* ATARI TEENAGE RIOT
* DEVIL YOU KNOW
* BAM MARGERA’S
* BRUTALITY WILL PREVAIL
* LITTLE MATADOR
* GLASS CITY VICE
* IRON MAIDEN
* FRANK TURNER & THE SLEEPING SOULS
* THE WINERY DOGS
* CHAS & DAVE
BOHEMIA & OTHER STAGES:
* THE SISTERS OF MERCY
* NEW MODEL ARMY
* DOG EAT DOG
* SEBASTIAN BACH
* WILKO JOHNSON
* THE VIRGINMARYS
* RECKLESS LOVE
* BLITZ KIDS
* BLEED FROM WITHIN
* STAMPIN GROUND
* VOODOO SIX
* THE HELL
* ALICE IN CHAINS
* DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT
* DREAM THEATER
* DROPKICK MURPHYS
* REEL BIG FISH
* PROTEST THE HERO
BOHEMIA & OTHER STAGES:
* THERAPY? (Performing Infernal Love)
* THE BRONX
* BO NINGEN
* TRASH TALK
* THE CADILLAC THREE
* ONLY CRIME
* ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE
ALSO PLAYING ACROSS THE WEEKEND:
* BLACK SPIDERS
* BROKEN HANDS
* FORT HOPE
* GLAMOUR OF THE KILL
* THE HYPE THEORY
* THE LOUNGE KITTENS
* MAX RAPTOR
* THE ONE HUNDRED
* PALM READER
* RAGING SPEEDHORN
* THE SAFETY FIRE