Machine Head Pull Out Of Sonisphere Due To Limp Bizkit

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If you’ve been following the fate of the UK leg of Sonisphere Festival, you’ll know that they haven’t had the best luck with bands recently. Adding to the ranks of Thin Lizzy, Fear Factory and Frank Turner, metallers Machine Head are the latest to split from the festival…unbelievably the only reason being citing is Limp Bizkit’s recent addition to the bill.

Machine Head broke the news to fans via their official website, stating: 

“In a turn of events that has left us absolutely baffled, the promoter of the U.K. Sonisphere festival recently placed, unbeknownst to us, Limp Bizkit in our third slot on the festival. Seeing as the running order was a significant part of the negotiation and agreement between us and the promoter, and the fact that we had been advertised in that slot since the festival’s announcement, you can imagine our surprise when we were ‘told’ that we would now be playing in the fourth slot, under Limp Bizkit, and bizarrely, it was actually expected that we would quietly move down the bill without issue. We will not.”

MH also noted that they had turned down an appearance at Download Festival to honour their commitment to Sonisphere, (as well as making it clear that Download had them playing above Limp Bizkit). We’re sure everyone is pretty disappointed as ultimately the only people missing out are the fans. We’ll leave our opinions out of this but needless to say we’re sure everyone would have preferred for both bands to play and let their music prove who should be playing over who…

Sonisphere have also posted a statement, detailing their best efforts to keep Machine Head happy and on the bill:

“We have spent close to two weeks talking to Machine Head to try and keep them on the festival including offering them higher billing on the Saturn Stage, so that they would be performing immediately after Limp Bizkit and before NIN.

They would also get a longer time slot and were offered an increase in fee. Unfortunately the band did not find this agreeable. We have strived to make Sonisphere a great festival in our debut year with one of the strongest line ups out there. Our main priority is to give the fans a great weekend full of awesome bands and it was only recently that Limp Bizkit became available. In the process Machine Head have been upset, and despite our best efforts, they have made the decision to cancel their appearance.”

Machine Head are still set to play the Spanish leg of Sonisphere Festival, where they have been now moved to the main stage. Where you looking forward to seeing them play? We hope Bizkit‘s set more than makes up for the absence and if Download’s performance is anything to go by, they will be one of the best on the bill.


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