Sonisphere expands!

SONISPHERE FESTIVAL KNEBWORTH boasts exclusive headline appearances from IRON MAIDEN and RAMMSTEIN, plus a host of incredible talent such as IGGY & THE STOOGES, SLAYER, ANTHRAX, ALICE COOPER, PENDULUM and more - many of whom you will only see at KNEBWORTH this summer.

Flying in from the US for a run of European shows this summer, alternative metallers CKY make their only UK Festival appearance at KNEBWORTH - which frontman DERON MILLER singles out as the show they are most looking forward to:

“We love doing the festivals and we love going to Europe” he says, “so Sonisphere is bound to be the biggest highlight of CKY's summer touring schedule by far."

SABATON will be bringing their powerhouse of epic battle-infused metal to the green hills of KNEBWORTH this year. Between May 2008 and December 2009 Sabaton have managed to perform over 160 shows in more than 20 countries, received honourable citizenships/titles from the Polish government, toured with Hammerfall and Dragonforce, and been honoured with the opportunity to play a headline show in front of 10,000 fans on the battlefield near Wizna where the battle they sing about in the song 40:1 took place exactly 70 years earlier. Bassist Pär Sundström says:
“HELL FUCK YES!!! SABATON is going to play Sonisphere UK this year! This is a great opportunity for us as the UK remained a dark spot on the touring plans in the past - but now everything's gonna be different! We're set to kick ass and conquer!!! Aside from that it's just amazingly insane to share the stage with bands like Iron Maiden, Rammstein and Motley Crüe! Who would have thought of this ten years back?! Don't miss out - it's gonna be an overwhelming experience! For ALL of us!!!"

An extremely exciting addition to this year’s SONISPHERE, the STRONGBOW BOWTIME BAR stage will be showcasing the finest in up and coming talent, giving new bands the chance to play a major festival while providing an alternative from the big names on APOLLO, SATURN and BOHEMIA stages. The first batch of bands confirmed include Surrey Screamo mob ALL FORGOTTEN, Liverpool heavy rockers THE BENDAL INTERLUDE, psychedelic metallers BOW AND ARROW, metalcore merchants BURY TOMORROW, progged up punk-thrashers CHICKENHAWK, Kings Lynn rockers DEAF HAVANA, hard hitting alt-rockers FAILSAFE, psychedelic rockers FIREBUG, Brighton hardcore heroes GHOST OF A THOUSAND, proggy Essex rockers INME, Danish experi-mentalists KELLERMENSCH, power-pop-punkers ME VS HERO, post-hardcore soundscape sculptors RINOA, electronica duo TEK ONE, hardcore metallers WHILE SHE SLEEPS and Harlow alt-rockers THEWORLDONFIRE, with a whole load more still TBA.

To emphasise how important new music is to SONISPHERE, alongside the raft of new bands, SONISPHERE is delighted to announce the addition of the RED BULL BEDROOM JAM STAGE. SONISPHERE is teaming up with RED BULL to create a platform for some of the most exciting emerging bands to play at the legendary KNEBWORTH venue. Eight bands, chosen by the public and a panel of judges through the RED BULL BEDROOM JAM website, will get the chance to play SONISPHERE along with a number of more established acts on the new stage.

SONISPHERE takes place at KNEBWORTH HOUSE July 30th - August 1st 2010

Tickets for SONISPHERE KNEBWORTH are on sale now at - with a full weekend ticket going for just £132.50, no booking fee and a host of exclusive performances there is no better value for UK Festival Fans this summer!

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