By Alan Davies
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Another 10 bands have been added to the Sonisphere Festival 2014 line-up for Knebworth Park, including special guests Limp Bizkit.
"I’m so excited for Anthrax to be a part of the biggest and best Sonisphere ever. Can’t wait to destroy Knebworth again!"
Nu-metal legends Limp Bizkit head the latest wave of bands confirmed for Sonisphere’s UK leg.
The international rock and metal extravaganza returns to the grounds of Knebworth House from Friday, July 4 to Sunday, July 6.
The Prodigy, Iron Maiden and Metallica have already been confirmed as main stage headliners over the weekend, with the festival celebrating 40 years of rock concerts at the Hertfordshire stately home.
And joining them will be Fred Durst’s Rollin’ chart-toppers as Friday night’s special guests, playing before The Prodigy.
Gothic rockers The Sisters of Mercy have also been confirmed for Knebworth this summer.
Also announced today (Tuesday) are thrash metallers Anthrax, Macclesfield three-piece The Virginmarys, American deathcore band Carnifex, London classic metallers Voodoo Six, American Celtic punks Dropkick Murphys, Canadian post-hardcore mob Silverstein, Devin Townsend Project and, most bizarrely, ‘rockney’ duo Chas & Dave.
Famous for Mission Impossible II theme song Take A Look Around and hits Rollin’, My Generation, Nookie, Break Stuff and My Way, Jacksonville rap metallers Limp Bizkit played the main Apollo stage at the inaugural Sonisphere in 2009.
Vocalist Fred Durst, guitarist Wes Borland and their bandmates returned to Knebworth two years later.
They will make their third visit to the Hertfordshire countryside in July as the perfect warm-up to Friday night headliners The Prodigy.
This Corrosion and Temple of Love rockers The Sisters of Mercy have also appeared at Sonisphere’s UK leg before, packing the Bohemia tent with a late night slot in 2011 with their first festival performance in 20 years.
Frontman Andrew Eldritch will return to Knebworth this summer for the band’s only UK festival appearance of 2014.
“We had such a good time playing Sonisphere in 2011 that we’re coming back, to celebrate 40 years of gigs at Knebworth,” said the band in a statement.
Sonisphere co-founder Stuart Galbraith told the Welwyn Hatfield Times before the first line-up announcement in December that this summer’s festival would help celebrate 40 years of rock at Knebworth Park.
And this year’s curveball booking is Chas & Dave. The Gertcha double act were on the supporting bill at the Hertfordshire stately home back in 1979 when Led Zeppelin played their seminal Knebworth gigs.
And pianist Chas Hodges and guitarist Dave Peacock, who enjoyed UK top 10 hits with Rabbit and Ain’t No Pleasing You, will bring their unique blend of Cockney rock ‘n’ roll to Knebworth again this summer.
Known for their good time pub tunes, music hall humour and boogie-woogie piano, Hertfordshire-based gardening enthusiast Chas and sidekick Dave notched up further hits with Margate, London Girls and Snooker Loopy.
The duo said: “We went down well at Knebworth in ’79. Not surprised we got a return booking!”
Sonisphere Big 4 thrash metal band Anthrax have played every Knebworth Sonisphere so far – and they will be there once again this summer.
Guitarist Scott Ian said: “I’m so excited for Anthrax to be a part of the biggest and best Sonisphere ever. Can’t wait to destroy Knebworth again!”
Five-piece Voodoo Six will pitch up at Knebworth having played 28 shows in 18 countries to 300,000 people as support for Sonisphere 2014 headliners Iron Maiden on their recent tour.
ALICE IN CHAINS
CHAS & DAVE
DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT
THE SISTERS OF MERCY
Bassist Tony Newton: “We are very proud to be asked to play at Sonisphere UK.
“It is the 40th anniversary of live events at Knebworth, and will be a great celebration of rock music with a fantastic line-up.
“To be included in this event is a huge honour, and we will play our part in making it a memorable weekend.”
Celtic punks Dropkick Murphys will make their way over from Massachusetts for their Sonsiphere debut.
“We are psyched to see the Dropkick Murphys added to the list of amazing bands at this year’s Sonisphere in historic Knebworth,” said bassist Ken Casey.
“We look forward to giving the equally legendary Sonisphere crowd a Dropkick Murphys show for the ages. See you in July.”
The confirmed day splits for Knebworth so far will see The Prodigy play the opening Friday night, with special guest Limp Bizkit on stage before them.
Iron Maiden and Metallica will exclusively headline Sonisphere’s Hertfordshire leg over the following two days, playing their only UK shows of 2014 at Knebworth.
British heavy metal legends Iron Maiden will close their Maiden England World Tour at Knebworth on the Saturday, playing some songs live for the last time ever.
Metallica will perform their interactive ‘By Request’ set on the Sunday, with ticket holders able to vote online for any tracks from the band’s 140-song catalogue.
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 and news, interviews and ticket information.