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  SONISPHERE 2014 ANNOUNCE WILKO JOHNSON, ELECTRIC WIZARD, ANTI-FLAG AND MORE
25 February 2014

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With The Prodigy, Iron Maiden and Metallica headlining the festival, plus exclusive appearances from Deftones and Limp Bizkit,Sonisphere is proud to reveal the next wave of bands joining the superb 2014 line up. Also, the festival will now feature a total of over 100 bands across the weekend.

Sonisphere Festival is hugely excited to be welcoming back guitar legend Wilko Johnson. Credited as a major influence for the English punk movement, this musical heavyweight last played Knebworth in 1978 with Frank Zappa, The Tubes, Peter Gabriel and more, with his band Wilko Johnson's Solid Senders.

His outstanding contribution to music was recognized when Jimmy Page presented Johnson with The Innovator Award at the Classic Rock Magazine Roll of Honour in November last year, in front of an audience including Black Sabbath, Ray Davies and Manic Street Preachers. Since being diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer, the former Dr Feelgood guitarist refused chemotherapy treatment so that he could keep on playing live and record a final album with Roger Daltrey. Johnson's ongoing commitment to his fans and his music will resonate with the passion surrounding Knebworth for a bold, beautiful and unforgettable performance.

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Commonly referred to as 'the heaviest band in the world' with at least three of their seven albums widely recognized as genre benchmarks and heavy metal classics, Dorset's Electric Wizard will be stopping off at Sonisphere for the first time to headline the Bohemia stage on Friday Night. The band's unique blend of stoner, sludge and doom together with their stylistic obsessions, ranging from the occult to psychedelic art, have made Electric Wizard one of the UK's most influential and consistently interesting bands. With a new album in the works in 2014, Sonisphere Festival might be a rare chance to catch these grand masters of doom.

When an unknown band from New Jersey released their debut album called 'All Boro Kings' in May 1994, no one could have predicted they would make history. With the combination of hardcore riffs, rap and rock vocals coupled with the emergence of the ever-popular skate & snowboard style, Dog Eat Dog became a defining band of the nineties. Landmark album 'All Boro Kings' went on to sell 600 000 records worldwide, with single 'No Fronts' being featured on an episode of MTV's Beavis and Butthead. As the summer 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of 'All Boro Kings', Dog Eat Dog will be performing a special anniversary set of the legendary album in its entirety for Sonisphere FESTIVAL.

Says the band: "Dog Eat Dog are very excited to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 'All Boro Kings' album at Sonisphere. We look forward to partying with everyone like it was 1994!"

Joining them are Pittsburg punk rockers Anti-Flag, who will also be celebrating their 20th anniversary with Sonisphere this summer. The band have been spreading their political punk message to the masses for two decades focusing on human rights, equality and peace, environmentalism and more. Through the years, they've gone from non-stop tours criss-crossing North America in a dilapidated van to world tours travelling as far as Australia. Anti- Flag's performance at Knebworth will be a unique opportunity to hear the band playing their signature anthems, as well as reaching deep into the catalogue and playing rare material. Their set promises to be a highlight of the weekend.

Says the band: "Anti-Flag is always searching out new places to play. Especially now, at 20 years of being a band. Knebworth is historic and an honour and a privilege for our band to perform at. Sonisphere is a new forum for us to discuss that we are a band that stands against racism, sexism, homophobia and cynicism. It is an opportunity we do not tread lightly upon."

Sometimes, you can't get enough of a good thing, which is why Sonisphere is proud to welcome Black Spiders back. A name synonymous with highly charged rock'n'roll tunes made in England, as showcased on their latest album 'This Savage Land', Black Spiders say you will like them if you "like the first three Black Sabbath albums...or masturbating in church", which sounds extremely promising.

Says the band: "We're majestically elated that we have been invited to the Sonisphere knights table yet again. After our last performance there, headlining the Jäger stage in 2011, it seems only fitting that we come back and wail our merry song once more to a happy throng of waifs, larks and gadabouts. With such a great line up already, we feel adding the Spiders lament will make this the festival of the year. We've had an amazing reaction to our last opus and will rain down some heavy metal rock 'n' roll into every brain and beating heart. The gauntlet is down and the challenge is accepted, so it's 'Balls to the Wall!!"

Also joining the festival's superb line-up are Brutality Will Prevail. Drawing influence from Metal, doom, sludge and Metallic hardcore, the hotly-tipped UK Metallers' assault is like no other. Armed with heavy hitting numbers that blend snarling riffs, devastating grooves and unique but distinctly memorable vocal hooks from forthcoming album 'Suspension of Consciousness' out later this year, their set is bound to please their dedicated fan base and casual observers alike.

Says the band: "Well, with that lineup we were going anyway... Now we just need to bring our gear - stoked to be playing this year's Sonisphere!"

Also appearing will be Emp!Re. Hailing from the South West of England, the band are carving out a name for themselves with their frontman's impressive vocal range on mini album 'Where The World Begins'.

Says the band: "We are so happy to be given the opportunity to play such an awesome festival like Sonisphere with some incredible bands and in front of some amazing people. We will be bringing the show like never before for this one, excited doesn't even begin to cover it; we look forward to seeing you all there for the party!"

Sonisphere is the event of the summer to see the best in new music, which is why the festival is excited to announce the addition of the supergroup Krokodil. Featuring members of Gallows, Cry For Silence, sikTh and current Radio1 Rock Show main man Dan P Carter (ex A/ Hexes), Krokodil promises to be as deadly as the drug it is named after.

Says guitarist Lags: "Finally the summer of beers, friends and riffs is nearly upon us. Can't wait to bring the thunder but let's keep the rain out of the tents. This will be our first time at Sonisphere. Get down early to insure the perfect spot to bang your head!"

Another special appearance will be the recently reformed Raging Speedhorn. Corby's finest are reuniting with the two original vocalists, Frank Regan and John Loughlin, and will give festival-goers a treat performing tracks from their first two albums: 2000's 'Raging Speedhorn' and 2002's 'We Will Be Dead Tomorrow'. Formed in 1998, the band quickly established itself as a major presence within the UK metal scene, supporting acts such as Slipknot, Rammstein and more, but sadly parted ways in 2008. Now they are back to blow your mind! Raging Speedhorn's performance at Sonisphere is sure to be an incredible one.

Knebworth welcomes Reckless Love with open arms and feet ready for a set full of infectious anthems. Following the band's recent headline tour in October 2013 and the release of new album 'Spirit', the UK cannot seem to get enough of the Finnish glam Metallers whose performance promises to be the perfect way to party.

Says the band: "Where do you see yourself in ten years' time? A classic question somebody asked me years ago in an interview for a local paper in my small little hometown in eastern Finland. I remember I answered, 'performing at Knebworth Park with Reckless Love'. The journalist gave me little smile and must have thought I was crazy because Reckless Love wasn't even signed at this point. I admit, I was crazy and still am; just like our live set at Sonisphere 2014 Knebworth Park will be. We toured the UK last autumn and we're so excited to come over again. UK audiences are the best and craziest we've seen. By the way, that interview was not ten years ago!! more like five or six."

In addition, there will be an unmissable set from Stampin' Ground as their Sonisphere performance will be their first show since 2006. Kings of the UK hardcore scene in the early 2000s, the band toured with the likes of Anthrax,Chimaira, The Haunted, Agnostic Front, Sick of it All, Soulfly, Arch Enemy and more. The promise of Adam Frakes-Sime, Scot Atkins, Ben Frost, Paul Fletcher and Neil Hutton taking the stage for a Stampin' Ground show will undoubtedly satisfy not only the festival ticket holders, but a good many of their peers on the bill too.?

Says the band: "We're more excited than Kriss Akabusi on a waterslide to resurrect our fortified blend of hardcore/thrash and play our first show in eight years alongside the likes of Slayer, Gojira, Metallica and Iron Maiden at Sonisphere. Many thanks to Sonisphere for giving us the opportunity to reinforce our legacy at such an awesome event. Bring it on!"

Masters of modern progressive heaviness, Tesseract will bring back their familiar blend polyrhythmic riffs and odd time signatures this year. Since the release of the critically acclaimed album 'Altered State' and recent support slots with Karnivool and Protest The Hero, the band have gone from strength to strength, winning the support of the likes of Radio1 Rock Show and their performance is not to be missed.

Says guitarist James Monteith: "Words cannot express how excited we are to be playing Sonisphere and be a part of its triumphant return this year. Sonisphere 2011 was probably one of the most memorable gigs we have ever played, so to be asked back is not just a huge honour, it's one of the shows we're most excited about playing this year. And then there are the other bands on the bill: We're of course very proud to be on a bill with the likes of Maiden and The Prodigy, and hanging out with our touring buddies Karnivool and Devin Townsend Project will be a lot of fun, but knowing that we'll be in the presence of Chas and Dave is just mind blowing. CAN'T WAIT!!! "

Also joining the festival's superb line-up are UK metal powerhouse The Defiled who are no stranger to Sonisphere, having played every single edition of the festival. Hot off their recent headline UK tour, The Defiled have established a reputation as one of the most exhilarating live bands as they toured relentlessly throughout 2013 to promote their incredible album 'Daggers', including the Jägermeister Music tour with Ghost & Gojira, a support slot for Motionless In White and Warped Tour UK, not to mention picking up a Metal Hammer 'Golden God' Award for 'Best New Band' and being featured on ITV2's 'The Exclusives'. This is a band primed and ready to dominate the metal world and the main stage of the Sonisphere Festival.

Says The AvD: "Now that's what I'm taaaaaaalllllllking abouuuuuuuuttttt!!!! We've played at Knebworth every year that there's been a Sonisphere in the various tents but this - THIS IS THE SHIT! To be invited to be the first band of the festival to play on the main stage is a huge honour and we can't wait. We've always had big plans and big ideas about what we want to do on stage, but have often been restricted by the size of the venues we're in. Well it don't get bigger than this, and we are going to give Sonisphere one hell of a show to remember. This is the stage that Rammstein did their first outdoor show in the UK, so hopefully I will finally be allowed to set my keyboard on fire!"

Since releasing their first song at the start of July 2013 followed by an album that they released for free only a week later 'You're listening to the Hell', The Hell have been causing quite a stir. Putting the fun back in metalcore, offensive and hilarious at every turn, The Hell remains shrouded in mystery whilst winning over influential ears such as those of Radio1's Zane Lowe. Their Sonisphere performance is sure to be incredible one.

Over the last 2 years, Essex's The Hype Theory, have swept across the nation with their infectious brand of melodic pop rock and have recently been handpicked by Kerrang as one of the top five bands for 2014. The band are absolutely thrilled to be invited to perform:

"We are so excited to be playing Sonisphere 2014. The line up is incredible and we are so honoured to be a part of it!"

Fans of technical progressive metal will be delighted to see The Safety Fire returning to Sonisphere this year. The band first made a name for themselves in the UK scene with the release of their critically acclaimed EP "Sections" in 2009 and their reputation as a powerfully energetic live band. They have toured extensively across the UK with bands such as Malefice, Periphery, Monuments and most recently, with Protest The Hero in support of their new album 'Mouth Of Oceans'.

Early Bird Weekend tickets for Sonisphere 2014 are on sale now priced at £170 (limited availability). The highly popular deposit scheme will also be running from now until April, meaning fans will be able to reserve their tickets for an initial payment of just £50. Check the Sonisphere website for further details.

All Campsites open Thursday.

For further information please visit www.sonisphere.co.uk

Line Up So Far:

THE PRODIGY - IRON MAIDEN - METALLICA

AIRBOURNE
ALESTORM
ALICE IN CHAINS
ANTHRAX
BLACK SPIDERS
BLITZ KIDS
BRUTALITY WILL PREVAIL
CARNIFEX
CHAS & DAVE
DEFTONES
DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT
DOG EAT DOG PLAYING ALL BORO KINGS
DROPKICK MURPHYS
ELECTRIC WIZARD
EMP!RE
FRANK TURNER & THE SLEEPING SOULS
GHOST
GOJIRA
HOUNDS
ITCH
KARNIVOOL
KROKODIL
KERBDOG
LIMP BIZKIT
MASTODON
MAX RAPTOR
ONLY CRIME
PROTEST THE HERO
RAGING SPEEDHORN
RECKLESS LOVE
REEL BIG FISH
SILVERSTEIN
SLAYER
STAMPIN' GROUND
TESSERACT
THE DEFILED
THE HELL
THE HYPE THEORY
THE SAFETY FIRE
THE SISTERS OF MERCY
TRUCKFIGHTERS
THE VIRGINMARYS
VOODOO SIX
WILKO JOHNSON











 
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"This song is about the chains. The heaviness we carry. The constant struggle we face. It's a song about the enemy we all have inside of us..."

karyn crisis KARYN CRISIS' GOSPEL OF THE WITCHES LAUNCH VIDEO FOR 'THE ALCHEMIST'
The remarkable track is from the upcoming album 'Salem's Wounds'...

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN GIVE BRUCE DICKINSON CANCER UPDATE
Bruce is expected to make a full recovery and Rod expects to be able to provide another update after an MRI scan, probably in late May...

sos festival MORE BANDS ANNOUNCED FOR SOS FESTIVAL
SOS Festival announces more bands, including Triaxis and Furyon who headline the Friday and Sunday respectively...

helloween HELLOWEEN ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM FOR MAY, 'MY GOD-GIVEN RIGHT'
"We tried to built a world of ideas, keeping the 'classical Helloween' elements, like the pumpkins on the one hand and a complete new look on the other..."

thunder THUNDER ANNOUNCE 'RESURRECTION DAY' AS A SINGLE RELEASE
The new single from 'Wonder Days' celebrates the recovery of guitarist Ben Matthews after serious illness...

space elevator Y&T ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR DATES FOR 2015
Still rocking on and as ready as ever, Y&T return to Europe this autumn, with special festival dates in July...

space elevator SPACE ELEVATOR ANNOUNCE SPRING TOUR
Following their strong live debut last year, the band return for a select handful of dates...

the night flight orchestra THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM RELEASE
'Skyline Whispers', the latest from the Swedish rockers, lands in June...

femme metal FEMME METAL FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FULL LINE UP
Lacuna Coil and Therion wil headline the international line-up for the October event in Eindhoven...

dimebag darrell DIMEBAG DARRELL'S GRAVE DESECRATED BY FORMER NUCLEAR HELLFROST VOCALIST REECE EBER
Inevitably, Nuclear Hellfrost's social media pages were bombarded by understandably angry and outraged Pantera fans...

iron maiden NICKO McBRAIN GIVES IRON MAIDEN UPDATE - NEW ALBUM IS READY BUT ON HOLD
"Bruce is in great hands back home in England, not only with his family, but his oncologists and all the people that are working with him..."

battle beast FOUNDING MEMBER ANTON KABANEN FORCED OUT OF BATTLE BEAST
"I did not want to leave. The initiative came from the rest of the band, and I am now forced to leave..."

jethro tull IAN ANDERSON CELEBRATES JETHRO TULL WITH NEW SHOW - UK DATES ANNOUNCED
Ian Anderson has announced six dates of a 2015 UK tour, titled 'Jethro Tull - The Rock Opera'...

fm FM PREMIERE 'DIGGIN' UP THE DIRT' VIDEO
Check out the new single from 'Heroes and Villains' right here. FM will be touring the UK in May with Romeos Daughter as special guests...

hrh 9 UFO AND MORE ACTS CONFIRMED FOR HARD ROCK HELL 9
UFO, Toseland, The Screaming Eagles and Trucker Diablo are just some of the acts in today's announcement, joining Saxon this November in Wales...

hackett stolt STEVE HACKETT REVEALS NEW BASS/12 STRING PLAYER FOR UPCOMING TOURO
Multi-talented guitarist Roine Stolt joins the line-up. "It's marvellous to have both Swedish talents Roine Stolt and Nad Sylvan as part of the band for these Hackett solo/Genesis Revisited shows..."

hammerfall HAMMERFALL ANNOUNCE ONE OFF LONDON SHOW IN MAY
"We're pulling out all the stops to make this a triumphant return to British shores and this time there will be no restrictions on lights, sound or production..."

krokus KROKUS ANNOUNCE FIRST US TOUR IN OVER 25 YEARS
Following the Monsters Of Rock cruise the tour continues through several US cities, ending at the legendary Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles...

wildfire festival WILDFIRE FESTIVAL 2015 ANNOUNCES SUNDAY NIGHT SPECIAL GUESTS, ACOUSTIC LOUNGE AND MORE
For 2015 the Acoustic Lounge is back, bigger and better than ever....

the darkness BREAKING NEWS: THE DARKNESS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM AND UNVEIL NEW VIDEO - WATCH IT HERE
Summer 2015 sees the return of multi-award winning music band The Darkness....

jim cregan JIM CREGAN POSTPONES MARCH CREGAN & CO TOUR FOLLOWING CANCER NEWS
Soon I'll start treatment which I'm hopeful will lead to a full recovery and I'll be back doing what I enjoy most, performing with this great band in May and on tour in October..."

hang the bastard HANG THE BASTARD ANNOUNCE TOUR DATES WITH CORROSION OF CONFORMITY & UK HEADLINE DATES
"It's gonna be heavy and it's gonna be loud!!! Bang your heads, we are coming for you!..."

aaron keylock 17 YEAR OLD GUITAR HERO AARON KEYLOCK SIGNS TO MASCOT LABEL GROUP
One of the most exciting and brightest young talents in the UK, Aaron is a mesmerising live performer with over 200 shows to his name...

bruce dickinson BREAKING NEWS: IRON MAIDEN SINGER BRUCE DICKINSON UNDERGOES CANCER TREATMENT
Sometimes a news item breaks that shakes you to your foundations...

rock goddess ROCK GODDESS ANNOUNCE FIRST LONDON DATE IN OVER THIRTY YEARS
The waiting is over. The reformed South London hard rock trio have announced details of their first London concert in over 30 years...

nigel glockler BREAKING NEWS: SAXON DRUMMER NIGEL GLOCKLER PRONOUNCED 100% RECOVERED WITH ZERO DAMAGE
"This means that I am okay to get back to work, but I am told to ease back into it and on my own timeframe..."

turbowolf TURBOWOLF RELEASE BLISTERING NEW SINGLE 'NINE LIVES'
"Nine Lives is a song about making the most of our limited time; about living with no regrets; about changing our attitudes towards death and about life..."

arch enemy ARCH ENEMY ANNOUNCE NEW LIVE DATES FOR 2015
European fans will see Arch Enemy again in late April. The band are coming back with support from US Metal force Unearth and Drone from Germany...

motley crue EXCLUSIVE: MOTLEY CRUE PAY TRIBUTE TO GARY GLITTER ON THE FINAL TOUR
Debauched rockers Motley Crue are currently in Japan performing their last Asian dates on their much publicised Final Tour...

music for nations LEGENDARY HEAVY METAL LABEL MUSIC FOR NATIONS IS BACK
As well as reissues, the label will be signing new artists for the first time in over a decade...

satyricon SATYRICON SIGNS WITH NAPALM RECORDS FOR RELEASE OF SPECTACULAR LIVE DVD
"It's not a live album. It's a celebration of what Satyricon stands for as a band..."

absolva ABSOLVA RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR 'IN SOME WILD UNIVERSE' PLUS TOUR UPDATE
This video features the touring line-up of the band for 2015...

rival sons RIVAL SONS WITHDRAW FROM SOUNDWAVE 2015
Australia will have to wait a little longer to see Rival Sons in the flesh as family matters take priority...

the answer THE ANSWER RELEASE BRAND NEW LYRIC VIDEO FOR TRACK 'LONG LIVE THE RENEGADES'
"The song is about just doing what you do best and having a bit of a bunker mentality..."

dead kennedys DEAD KENNEDYS ANNOUNCE UK AND EUROPE HEADLINE TOUR FOR JUNE 2015
US punk pioneers will bring their distincitve sound to four countries over ten dates...

carl sentance BREAKING NEWS: CARL SENTANCE ANNOUNCED AS NEW VOCALIST FOR NAZARETH
Persian Risk vocalist Carl Sentance replaces Linton Osbourne to start the next chapter for the Scottish hard rockers...

rockingham firefest BREAKING NEWS: ROCKINGHAM RELIGHTS THE FIREFEST; GOTTHARD, DAN REED, STAN BUSH AND MORE ANNOUNCED
The AOR flag will be raised high yet again over Nottingham Rock City...

pentagram PENTAGRAM RE-SIGNS WITH PEACEVILLE RECORDS - ALBUM RECORDING UNDERWAY
Through four decades of adversity and triumph, Pentagram have become a legendary international act...

uriah heep URIAH HEEP 2015 UK TOUR ANNOUNCED
This tour follows on from the release of the band's acclaimed album 'Outsider' which enjoyed excellent reviews...

godsmack GODSMACK VOCALIST SULLY ERNA TO MAKE AN ONLINE POKER COMEBACK
For Godsmack fans this could be disheartening as Erna shifts his attention from music to poker...

quo convention FIRST EVER STATUS QUO FAN CLUB CONVENTION ANNOUNCED
There will be live music, very special guests and a packed programme this October for this very special celebration...

queensryche THUNDER CONFIRMED AS VERY SPECIAL GUESTS TO ZZ TOP AT WEMBLEY ARENA PLUS MINI UK TOUR ANNOUNCED
The group's first studio album in six years, 'Wonder Days', reminds us why Thunder are now more revered than ever before...

queensryche QUEENSRŸCHE TO TOUR EUROPE AND RELEASE NEW ALBUM IN 2015
It's a busy year for Queensrÿche with headline shows and festival appearances before the new album release...

dir en grey dir en grey RETURN FOR TWO EXCLUSIVE SHOWS
The Islington O2 Academy will be the scene for Japanese avant-garde Metal in May...

unleashed SWEDISH LEGENDS UNLEASHED REVEAL ALBUM TITLE AND ARTWORK
The founders of the Viking Death Metal movement are back and as brutal as ever...

santa cruz SANTA CRUZ REVEAL LYRIC VIDEO FOR 'MY REMEDY'
Get a taste of the new album with 'My Remedy', the third single to be released...

Shattered sun LEGENDARY BRITISH MELODIC ROCKERS FM RETURN WITH 'HEROES & VILLAINS' ON APRIL 17TH
"We're on a roll! Some of the tracks on this album are better than anything that the band has ever produced, and Steve's voice is as good as ever..."

nightwish NIGHTWISH ANNOUNCE ONLY UK DATE THIS YEAR WITH ARCH ENEMY SUPPORTING
"Who would have thought about headlining at Wembley Arena one day when we were starting our UK touring history..."

quireboys THE QUIREBOYS GO UNPLUGGED AND PERSONAL: ACOUSTIC DATES ANNOUNCED
After last year's highly acclaimed unplugged tour, The Quireboys are pleased to announce a very intimate string of evenings early 2015...

killit KILLIT UNLEASH DEBUT VIDEO AND ANNOUNCE FIRST EVER LIVE SHOW
'Shut It Down' is the first single from the album and is out now and available...

state villains STATE VILLAINS TO RELEASE SECOND EP IN SPRING
State Villains have an honesty that harkens back to an era of integrity and a distinct lack of gimmicks...

chris slade BREAKING NEWS: CHRIS SLADE IS BACK IN AC/DC
Chris will rejoin the legendary hard rockers for their appearance at the 57th annual Grammy Awards as well as the band's upcoming tour...

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