Sonisphere 2014 line-up: 16 more added to Knebworth festival

Anthrax on stage at Knebworth during the 2011 Sonisphere Festival [Picture: PG Brunelli] Anthrax on stage at Knebworth during the 2011 Sonisphere Festival [Picture: PG Brunelli]

Monday, May 12, 2014
5:16 PM

The Sonisphere 2014 line-up just gets bigger and bigger, with another 16 acts announced for the Knebworth rock festival – plus a special treat from an already confirmed band.

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Anthrax's Scott Ian being interviewed by the Welwyn Hatfield Times at the 2010 Sonisphere Festival at KnebworthAnthrax's Scott Ian being interviewed by the Welwyn Hatfield Times at the 2010 Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth

The three-day rock and metal extravaganza returns to the grounds of Knebworth House from Friday, July 4 to Sunday, July 6.

And organisers announced a further 16 acts to the line-up today (Monday), including an exclusive one-off performance from Finnish love metallers HIM.

Flying in from Helsinki, they will make their debut at Knebworth this summer on the Friday night, performing their only UK show of 2014 alongside Limp Bizkit and headliners The Prodigy on the main Apollo stage.

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.

Anthrax at Sonisphere FestivalAnthrax at Sonisphere Festival

Scott Ian and Co will be stomping their way through their classic Among The Living album in full, in a sweaty, heaving tent. Metal fans will be able to enjoy the band playing Among The Living, Caught In A Mosh, I Am The Law, NFL and Indians.

Guitarist Scott Ian said: “We love to play these songs and people love to hear them, so we’re really 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.”

Also added to the Knebworth festival bill are Comeback Kid in Bohemia, and Belfast’s NWOBHM band Sweet Savage, who join the line-up at the request of Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich.

Formed in 1979, the group had called it a day by 1985, but reformed after a new surge of interest in the band off the back of Metallica’s cover of their song Killing Time.

Finnish metallers HIM will play Sonisphere 2014 at KnebworthFinnish metallers HIM will play Sonisphere 2014 at Knebworth

Having played at last year’s Sonisphere 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.

Other additions include Eureka Machines, duo The Bots, Pontypridd’s Straight Lines, London rockers Zico Chain, metallers Black Dogs and California quartet Love Zombies.

Flying the flag for traditional metal, Stormzone will also play Knebworth, having recently supported Saxon.

Anthrax - Joey Belladonna, Rob Caggiano, Scott Ian, Charlie Benante and Frank Bello [Picture: Matthew Rodgers]Anthrax - Joey Belladonna, Rob Caggiano, Scott Ian, Charlie Benante and Frank Bello [Picture: Matthew Rodgers]

“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,” said the band.

Rounding off the latest line-up additions are math rockers Shrine, Rival State, The Wild Lies, London melodic metalheads The Raven Age and Empire Kill.

Sonisphere’s UK leg at Knebworth will be headlined by The Prodigy, Iron Maiden and Metallica.

The latest Sonisphere Festival 2014 line-up poster for KnebworthThe latest Sonisphere Festival 2014 line-up poster for Knebworth

THE 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

* 65DAYSOFSTATIC

* ATARI TEENAGE RIOT

* BAM MARGERA’S

* 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

* 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? (

* 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

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