Fancy nabbing yourself a pair of tickets to either festival site this August? Read on...
July had everything: a Warped Tour surprise (in the shape of Linkin Park turning up and playing with every band ever), a MONUMENTAL party with Fall Out Boy and Paramore in New York, plus there was the small matter of Sonisphere...
It's Reading & Leeds Festival announcement time!
All the action from the final day of Sonisphere 2014, featuring Metallica, The Bronx, Mastodon, Gallows, Gojira and loads more!
Ahh, Sonisphere 2014. You were a beautiful weekend. These were your best bits, featuring Metallica, Limp Bizkit, Babymetal, Slayer, The Bronx and many more. All photos shot by Ben Gibson and Giles Smith for Rock Sound.
Hello there. Day three of Sonisphere Festival is warming up nicely, and we've got reviews, photos and a whole lot more coming today from the likes of Metallica, The Bronx, Mastodon, Gallows and Gojira. You're going to want to stick around for this one.
Have a look at today's stage times, and we'll see you in the pit.
The Blitz Kids funny man takes the Rock Sound festival challenge. Jono and his mates play Sonisphere tomorrow at 1.45pm on the Bohemia stage.
IT'S SO CLOSE NOW. We can't wait to be back in this field. WIll we make more time-travelling films this year? Will we fuck. This took ages!
Shots from Metallica's headline set at Sonisphere 2011. Lights. Explosions. Metal. Lots of metal.
Sonisphere kicks off tomorrow. Struggling to get in the mood? Here’s some stuff that we’re excited to see this weekend, and some ludicrously wild speculation.
The final day of Sonisphere 2014 will see Metallica close the show with their 'By Request' set. Also appearing: Alice In Chains, Mastodon, Protest The Hero + more.
Always ones to pull a surprise out of the bag, Metallica have announced they're set to release an eight-minute song today called 'Lords Of Summer - First Pass Version'.
It's not enought that Sonisphere's got The Prodigy, Iron Maiden and Metallica, Mastodon, Limp Bizkit, Him and Deftones play this year, is it? How about a load of late night entertainment to fill your hours once the bands have finished playing? Step this way for details...
Sonisphere 2014 is just a week or so away now, and we're itching to get back out in that Knebworth field! You'll want to know how to get around, and this 'ere map is your ticket to an eeeeeeeeasy ride over the Soni weekend.
HUGE FESTIVAL NEWS, Y'ALL.
After weeks of rumours, Sonisphere have just revealed they are coming back to Knebworth for 2014 and they've got two incredible headliners up their sleeves to make it worthwhile.
The event is set to be co-headlined by Iron Maiden (performing their Maiden England World Tour set) and Metallica (performing a 'by request' set). These will be the only UK performances by both bands for 2014.
Commenting on the fest, Bruce Dickinson from Iron Maiden has said:
“We all grew up in England well aware of the importance of the legendary concerts at Knebworth, and scarily it all seems quite recent! Without being clichéd, it really is an honor and privilege to return to play there with the purpose of celebrating some of the finest moments in British rock history from inspirational bands like Pink Floyd, The Who, Zeppelin, The Stones and Genesis.
This will be the last concert of our ‘Maiden England’ Tour and it is very fitting to end a long and hugely enjoyable tour in our own back yard. We have tweaked the ‘Maiden England’ set list a bit to make it more representative of our whole 80s era and to give the fans something a bit different, especially as this will be the last of our three tours with an historical perspective. If you are there on the day it is highly likely that you will hear some of these songs played live for the very last time ever. So on an occasion like this, a celebration and the end of a chapter, you can be sure we will do our utmost to give our fans one hell of a show and go out with all guns blazing.”
...while Metallica's Lars Ulrich has said:
“This just works on all fronts:
Metallica and Knebworth, Metallica by Request, Metallica and Iron Maiden.
To be invited to co-headline the 40th anniversary celebration at the legendary Knebworth House is truly a mindfuck. Considering the iconic bands whose performances at Knebworth are part of rock and roll history, it’s not only a next level honor, but a somewhat humbling undertaking.
And what could be more fitting on our third Knebworth go-around than to play an all-request set, chosen entirely by the fans? We are soooo excited about the limitless possibilities of our friends picking what songs Metallica get to perform on this forthcoming evening from the nearly 140 songs we’ve recorded throughout our ride. Who knows what crazy challenges will be thrown our way? Maybe a song that has never been performed live before? Maybe a few deep cuts that haven’t been aired in ages? Maybe a couple of your toe-tapping favorites? An obscure cover? Whatever happens, it will be unique, it will be special, and it’s all up to you.
Add the cherry on top…co-headlining with Iron Maiden, who are a big reason that Metallica exists in the first place. Although we haven’t played together on the same day since 1988, this is the closest we’ve come for 25 years, and for all our fans who share the same love for Iron Maiden as we, the band members do, this will hopefully amount to what many rock fans would consider a dream bill.
BRING IT ON!!!”
Sonisphere Festival takes place at Knebworth across the weekend of July 04 - 06 2014.
Earlybird tickets for the weekend go on sale TODAY and cost £170. The good news is you won't have to pay it all up front, as they're offering a £50 deposit scheme. For all info on tickets and everything else, head over to www.sonisphere.co.uk
Three incredible live bands confirm for German festivals in June 2014 alongside Kings Of Leon. Yup.
The premise for what you are about to see? Metallica's roadie versus crazy guy on horse while band plays as city burns. In 3-D, obviously.
Theatrical trailer for the band's forthcoming 3D film 'Through the Never' is unleashed! Scheduled US release date for movie theaters is September 27 with a UK date still yet to be announced.
Four pairs of Vans, all designed with the help of Metallica. Want 'em?