Iron Maiden, Rammstein, Alice Cooper and Slayer for Sonisphere 2010

After bagging ‘Best New Festival’ at the annual festival awards, Sonisphere have announced that the festival will be returning for 2010, extending to a three day event and boasting a mighty impressive line up.

Iron Maiden and Rammstein are confirmed as headliners for the Knebworth festival, with Alice Cooper, Slayer, Anthrax, Iggy and The Stooges, The Cult and Motley Crue also on the bill. With Metallica announcing a headline slot for Sonisphere in Poland, the thrash legends are heavily rumoured to be the third headliner for the UK dates.

The full statement from the festival organisers is as follows:

“Alice Cooper, Anthrax, The Cult, Iggy & The Stooges and Slayer will be making their only UK festival appearances at Sonisphere whilst Motley Crue will perform their only UK show of 2010.Tickets are currently on sale. Other bands heavily rumoured have ranged from Heaven and Hell to Foo Fighters, keep up to date with all your festivals here at FANCORE. Will you be buying tickets?

Slayer will make their welcome return to a festival stage in the UK after a three year absence at Knebworth with fellow ‘big four’ thrash kings Anthrax returning with John Bush back in the fold.

Guitarist Scott Ian says: “God-damn we couldn’t be more thrilled about being a part of Sonisphere 2010!!!! We are still buzzing from our insane show at Knebworth last summer and are drooling over the fact that we are a part of this history making festival!! What an amazing Xmas present for Anthrax and our fans. See you all very soon!!”

Flying in from LA for their only UK show of 2010, Motley Crue will be bringing with them their sleaze-drenched rock with The Cult also making an exclusive UK festival appearance and having marked England’s place on the global rock map, they remain one of the few UK hard-rock bands to have truly broken in the US. Talking of legends, Iggy & The Stooges are also sure to make their presence felt at Knebworth this summer!

Sonisphere is set to be an even bigger monster in 2010, with the extra day of music added. Friday 30th July will see the festivities getting started with a Rocky Horror Show theme, and Alice Cooper – the godfather of theatrical rock – suitably closing the evening on the Saturn stage at his only UK festival performance of 2010.

Fancy dress is expected and encouraged. In addition to the acts on Saturn, there will be bands performing on two tented stages from 6pm until 11pm.

Regular campers will have access to the campsite from 12pm on the Friday, but for a mere £5, the festival campsite will open for early campers at 3pm on Thursday 29th July, with Bohemia village open from 6pm Thursday right through until 3am Sunday morning, for non-stop fun with white knuckle rides, dodgems, arcades, comedy, massage, bars, market stalls, and cafes to chill out in.

There is much more to come with dozens more bands to be announced in the new year – metal, rock, hardcore, thrash, classic, indie, punk, you name it, Sonisphere will have it. From well-established rock icons to the hottest new names, if they rock and are worth seeing, they will be playing at Knebworth.”

Sonisphere 2010 Dates Announced
October 15, 2009, 1:51 pm
Filed under: Iron Maiden, Metal, Music, Music News, Rock and/or Roll, Sonisphere Festival, Tour, Tour News

Sonisphere bosses have given UK metallers the news we were waiting for: the newbie travelling-festival will be hitting the UK for it’s second year next Summer. The Soni team released the following:

“It’s official! Sonisphere 2010 will take place on July 31 and August 01.
Thank you again everyone for coming to the first Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth Park in August 2009. We are really excited to announce that the first steps are being made to map out our 2010 tour across Europe and with that we are pleased to confirm our UK dates. This time the party hits Knebworth on Saturday July 31 and Sunday August 01.”

All that is left to be seen is who is going to headline the two-day event. After a blistering weekend with Linkin Park and Metallica, rumours are flying that Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Muse and even Aerosmith will take to the stages this year- whatever happens we’ll see you at the front!

Who wants their Fancore back?

‘Ello stranger! No we aren’t dead, yes we still like music and okay, fine we’ll keep writing about it for your pleasure. Where have we been? Well myself and Harley nodded off in a drunken stupor after Sonisphere and have woke up to find the site hasn’t been updated.

So screw it, we’re back and over the coming weeks and months we will be bringing hot shit such as a review of the new KISS album: Sonic Boom, an on-the-scene report from Enter Shikari levelling the Birmingham Academy and in November, a full 3-day rundown of the Hellfire Festival. We’ll also be the first and only place you need to be for the best rock, metal and punk news. Wanna read about AC/DC without skimming through the Kings of Leon articles? Then step through the doors my friends.

Fancore is back, and the revolution won’t be televised, but it will be blogged about.

All the best

Mr J.

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.

The Used Announce UK Tour


Utah’s very own The Used have announced a host of UK dates this Autumn, in support of the band’s new album, Artwork which is released September 1st.

You can catch Bert McCraken and co at the dates below, aswell as at Sonisphere Festival on August 1st where The Used will play Saturday’s mainstage with Linkin Park, Heaven and Hell and Taking Back Sunday.

15th Cardiff Solus
16th Newcastle University
19th Leeds Metropolitan University
21st Manchester Academy 2
22nd Birmingham O2 Academy 2
23rd London Electric Ballroom

Tickets go on sale 8th July at 9am and as usual if you are fortunate enough to be an o2 customer, you can snag your tickets a few days earlier by visiting the O2 BlueRoom where tickets are already on sale.

John Sykes leaves Thin Lizzy and the band cancel Sonisphere appearance


Frontman John Sykes has parted ways with classic Rockers Thin Lizzy. The band’s management confirmed the split to Blabbermouth. This leaves long-serving guitarist Scott Gorham as the only member to have featured in the band during Lizzy’s original tenure fronted by Phil Lynott, as Sykes played guitar on the band’s final studio album and two live albums during their “classic” era.

Gorham has made a statement on the matter:

It’s been a very tough time of late for myself and the band, firstly with drummer Tommy Aldridge‘s injury and now the subsequent decision for John and the rest of the group to go their separate ways. I can only apologize to everyone who has supported us over the years, but we will be back up to full speed soon.”

Gorham intends to outline the group’s future plans soon. Thin Lizzy have postponed all future live dates, and will be unable to play the Sonisphere Festival in the UK in August.

Taking Back Sunday Add Leeds Date To UK Tour



Taking Back Sunday have boosted their July/August residency in the UK by adding an extra date at Leeds Met University for August 2nd.

The Long Islanders will be playing on the mainstage of Sonisphere Festival the day before with Linkin Park, Heaven and Hell and Coheed and Cambria before heading off to Europe for a host of other festival performances in support of their arguably career-best album ‘New Again’. Tickets are now on sale for all of their UK shows, with full dates on TBSOfficial Website. The band have also added a number of US shows for everyone in the States, with full pre-sale info and dates also being found on the link above.

The UK tour is currently as follows:

26th July: Dublin Academy, Dubin, United Kingdom

27th July: Spring & Airbrake, Belfast, United Kingdom

29th July: Glasgow ABC 1, Glasgow United Kingdom

30th July: Liverpool Academy, Liverpool United Kingdom

31st July: Cardiff University, Cardiff  United Kingdom


1st August: Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth United Kingdom


2nd August: Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, United Kingdom

With a full week before they hit Germany we’re hoping that TBS will be able to squeeze in a few more dates in the UK aswell as doing the usual sightseeing. Where are you seeing them? Sonisphere or somewhere else?