March 11 2014 Latest news:
By Alan Davies
Friday, February 7, 2014
Organisers of Knebworth rock festival Sonisphere are set to announce another wave of bands for the 2014 line-up next week.
ALICE IN CHAINS
CHAS & DAVE
DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT
THE SISTERS OF MERCY
The three-day rock and metal bonanza returns to the grounds of Knebworth House from Friday, July 4 to Sunday, July 6.
The fourth UK edition of Sonisphere will be headlined by The Prodigy, Iron Maiden and Metallica, with the festival celebrating 40 years of rock concerts at the Hertfordshire stately home.
And organisers will confirm more of the festival’s bill next week on Wednesday, February 12 at 10am.
The festival’s official Twitter handle, @Sonisphere, tweeted today (Friday): “Next Sonisphere Knebworth announcement Wednesday next week, early risers can get it early by picking up a copy of @KerrangMagazine.”
KiliLive promoter and Team Sonisphere member Alan Day (@alandayrocks) also took to Twitter to reveal more about next week’s announcement.
He tweeted: “just confirmed one of my fave bands to play @Sonisphere UK. very exciting! will reveal along with a bunch of other acts middle of next week”
Alan Day also tweeted: “the next bunch of @sonisphere acts will be revealed by @KerrangMagazine, exactly how i always used to find out the rock news!”
Comedy will also return to the festival this summer, with the details still to be announced.
The festival’s Twitter account tweeted: “We have comedy. We are currently deciding whether it gets its own tent or not. Was a “Hot topic” In this weeks team meeting”
As previously announced by the Welwyn Hatfield Times, Iron Maiden and Metallica will exclusively headline Sonisphere’s Hertfordshire leg, playing their only UK shows of 2014 at Knebworth.
Also on the bill are nu-metal legends Limp Bizkit as special guests on the main Apollo stage before The Prodigy on the opening Friday night.
British heavy metal legends Iron Maiden will round off their Maiden England World Tour at Knebworth on the Saturday, playing some songs live for the last time ever.
At present, there is still a space on the Sonisphere 2014 line-up poster for “special guests” below Iron Maiden on the Apollo stage on the Saturday night.
The remaining special guest will be confirmed next week.
Thrash metal titans Metallica will perform their interactive ‘By Request’ set on the Sunday night, with ticket holders able to vote online for any tracks from the band’s 140-song catalogue.
Seattle rock legends Alice in Chains will play the Apollo stage before Metallica on the closing day.
Sonisphere’s two main stages alternate, giving festival-goers the opportunity to watch everyone playing both the Apollo and Saturn arenas.
A big name act, as yet unconfirmed, will top the Saturn bill on the Sunday, taking the stage between Apollo special guests Alice in Chains and headliners Metallica.
To see pictures of previous Sonisphere Festivals at Knebworth Park click here.
Check the Sonisphere Festival website for further details.
* Keep checking back at the Welwyn Hatfield Times website for the latest line-up rumours, news, interviews and ticket information.