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 Festival Day Tickets Now On Sale

For those non-campers among us, you can now select a single day of the Sonisphere Fest to call your own. As of this morning, day tickets are £67.50 a piece, with no booking fees!

Saturday has the choice of Linkin Park, Heaven and Hell, Anthrax, Taking Back Sunday and Bullet For My Valentine to name just a few, whilst Sunday has the almighty Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, Avenged Sevenfold and Lamb of God.

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Sonisphere Announce Weekend Ticket Giveaway


Sonisphere have announced plans to give away three pairs of weekend camping tickets to the UK festival.

In an unusual twist, the competition will be a game of finders keepers, with three USBs (or Stickets) being planted at three London gigs this weekend. Clues to where the Stickets will be planted can be found on Sonisphere‘s  Twitter account, where clues will be posted about 24 hours before the gigs start.

The Sonisphere team had this to say: “Make sure your phone is Twitter enabled and take your rock lovin’ sonofabitch self out on the town and you might just get to see the hardest face-to-the-gravel guitar shredding line-up this summer has to offer for free”.

Whoever wins the tickets will gain entry to the Metallica and Linkin Park headlined event. The festival, which takes place in Knebworth on the 1st and 2nd August, boasts names such as Nine Inch Nails, Machine Head and Bullet For My Valentine, with more special guests still to be announced.

We like this Charlie and The Chocolate Factory/Easter Egg hunt style game, kudos to whoever wins- and if you do, please let us know where you found them!
Check the Sonisphere Website for full details of the festival and competition.