Sonisphere 2014 line-up: More added to Knebworth festival

Sonisphere Festival 2014 opens at Knebworth with The Prodigy on the main stage [Picture: PG Brunelli] Sonisphere Festival 2014 opens at Knebworth with The Prodigy on the main stage [Picture: PG Brunelli]

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
9:07 PM

With just four week to go until Sonisphere 2014 rolls into Knebworth, festival organisers have announced some further additions to the July 4-6 weekend’s line-up.

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Sonisphere 2014 line-up

* Friday, July 4

The Prodigy

Limp Bizkit

HIM

* Saturday, July 5

Iron Maiden

Slayer

Deftones

* Sunday, July 6

Metallica

Dream Theater

Alice in Chains

Hundred Reasons, The YoYos, Mixhell, Messenger, Dripback, Calling All Cars, Protafield and Blaas of Glory all join the festival line-up for Knebworth House next month.

They join already confirmed Apollo stage headliners The Prodigy, Iron Maiden and Metallica at the UK leg of the European touring rock festival.

Slayer, Frank Turner, Dream Theater, Deftones, Anthrax, Gary Numan, Limp Bizkit and The Sisters of Mercy are also playing across the weekend.

Originally booked to perform for the cancelled 2012 festival, Hundred Reasons reformed in November that year to celebrate the decade anniversary of their 2002 Ideas Above Our Station album.

Sonisphere 2014 line-upSonisphere 2014 line-up

Such was the demand, 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.

The Hundred Reasons star politely enquired why they weren’t on the 2014 Sonisphere line-up after the cancellation two years previously.

With no valid answer, Kili Live booker Day offered them the final slot on the Saturn stage, where they will finally perform Ideas Above Our Station in full on Saturday, July 5.

Larry explained: “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.”

Ex-The Wildhearts bassist Danny McCormack brings his rock‘n’roll band The YoYos to Knebworth for a very special one-off appearance.

“Can’t wait to catch up with some old friends and see some new faces,” said 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.”

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 five-piece Messenger join the Satellite stage on Friday.

“We’re extremely excited to have the opportunity to perform at this amazing festival,” said drummer Jaime Gomez.

“We look forward to playing to some new people and hopefully seeing some familiar faces there as well.”

Recently seen touring with Crowbar, Dripback make their Sonisphere debut, with their only UK festival appearance this summer.

“This is gonna be immense, we can’t wait,” said bassist Adam Da Rat.

“Metallica and Maiden together for the first time, dozens of the most awesome bands ever, Chas & Dave, a World War One dogfight... I was wondering how this could get any better, and now we get to play, too.”

Melbourne rock trio Calling All Cars join the festivities hot off the back of some recent UK shows, including last weekend’s Camden Rocks.

Industrial punks Protafield will work up the crowd on the Jagermeister stage, with their new album out next week boasting guest appearances from Queen’s Roger Taylor and fellow Sonisphere artist Gary Numan.

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

All campsites open on Thursday.

SONISPHERE 2014 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

* 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

* 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

* 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 & 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

* DRIPBACK

* THE ONE HUNDRED

* OCTOBER FILE

* BLAAS OF GLORY – playing anywhere and everywhere across the weekend.

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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