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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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ac dc phil rudd UK EXCLUSIVE: AC/DC'S PHIL RUDD SUFFERED A HEART ATTACK BUT IS NOW READY TO ROCK AGAIN. BUT NOT WITH AXL
"I sneaked out to the shop to get some cigarettes, then I realised I had no car, so I walked home to get the Ferrari, and drove back to the hospital..."

bloodstock BLOODSTOCK 2017 IS GO! DISCOUNTED EARLY BIRD TICKETS ON SALE HERE NOW
This price will not be available for long so grab your now before they sell out...

clutch CLUTCH DECEMBER UK HEADLINE DATES ARE HERE
A sure fire way to brighten up your holiday season, Clutch will be bringing the festive cheer to four UK cities...

sos festival SOS FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FIRST NINE BANDS FOR ITS' 10TH EDITION IN 2017
"It's great for us that another Manchester band has the kudos to headline, just as Absolva did us proud on our Friday in 2016..."

tyr TÝR EUROPEAN TOUR UNDER THREAT OVER WHALE CONTROVERSY
Animal rights sympathisers, supporters and activists are in overdrive over this one with some pretty nasty comments being directed towards Heri and the band...

fm FM ANNOUNCE 'INDISCREET 30' NEW ALBUM AND UK TOUR DATES
"We have been asked many times if we would consider re-recording some of these tracks using today's modern technology..."

red hot chili peppers WAS BREAKING NEWS: RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS ANNOUNCE FIRST UK TOUR FOR FIVE YEARS
This exciting run kicks off with two nights at London's O2 on 5th and 6th December and takes in dates in Glasgow, Birmingham and Manchester...

motorhead MOTÖRHEAD IMMORTALISED IN WEST HOLLYWOOD AS THE IRON MAIDENS HEAD STAR-STUDDED ULTIMATE JAM
"I think it looks a lot like him. It's a compelling image. I think it will offer some closure. I think Lemmy is finally home."

korn KORN UNVEIL NEW VIDEO FOR 'INSANE': DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME
'Insane' appears on Korn's latest and twelfth studio album 'The Serenity Of Suffering' which you can pre-order here...

status quo STATUS QUO REVEAL ARTWORK AND TRACKLISTING FOR 'AQUOSTIC II - THAT'S A FACT!'
This is the sound of a band living in the present, embracing the future, whilst cherishing their past...

bruce dickinson EXCLUSIVE: SCREAM FOR ME SARAJEVO FEATURING BRUCE DICKINSON SCOOPS SARAJEVO FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS
The audience surveyed rated the film 4.98 out of a total of 5.00 while Al Jazeera awarded it the Best Documentary out of twenty two entrants...

wakrat WATCH RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE'S TIM COMMERFORD START NEW NATION IN PARLIAMENT SQUARE ON VIDEO HERE
"The current system is oppressive and elitist, promoting racist ideologies in order to push a self-serving agenda..."

led zeppelin LED ZEPPELIN GIVE YOU AN INSIDE LOOK AT 'THE COMPLETE BBC SESSIONS' SUPER DELUXE
Musical highlights on this new collection include the debut of a long-lost radio session that has achieved near-mythic status among fans...

saxon SAXON PRESENT A HOARD OF LIVE GLORY IN A BOX OF VINYL GOLD
"This is not going to be around again and with exclusive art work too. Bring it on - I think we'll play some of these tracks on tour in the Autumn."

journey toto JOURNEY AND TOTO LIVE SPECTACULARS ON THE WAY IN SEPTEMBER
"When I first listened back, the thought omnipresent in my mind was simply, 'That's that raw, sizzling energy we had in high school!'"

titanfest SKYCLAD, OLIVER/DAWSON SAXON AND MORE ANNOUNCED FOR TITANFEST
It's the 30th anniversary of Onslaught's 'The Force' and they requested that Titanfest be scheduled for November so that the album could be celebrated in style.

geoff tate GEOFF TATE'S OPERATION MINDCRIME UNVEIL TWO NEW TRACKS
"With the key finally in his possession, "H" has everything he needs to finally launch his long awaited project called The New Reality. Or does he..."

big country BIG COUNTRY HEADING OUT ON 'THE SEER' 30th ANNIVERSARY TOUR
Big Country will be performing 'The Seer' in its entirety when tbey hit the road for a 24-date UK tour starting on September 14th...

metallica UK EXCLUSIVE: METALLICA RELEASE 'HARDWIRED' - NEW VIDEO RIGHT HERE
"Has it really been eight years? Doesn't feel like it! We’re obviously beyond psyched to share new tunes with all our friends out there via MetalTalk...

manowar WAS BREAKING NEWS: MANOWAR TICKETS ON SALE FOR THE FINAL BATTLE WORLD TOUR
The Kings Of Metal are abdicating and our very last Call To Arms is coming...

opeth OPETH DETAIL WEMBLEY ARENA SHOW
"We'll only play this set list three times on the whole world tour so if you miss it, you'll have missed it..."

tank UPDATED: TANK RELEASE DIGITAL DELUXE VERSIONS OF 'WAR MACHINE' AND 'WAR NATION'
"Doogies vocals were exactly suited to this period of Tank and we're extremely proud of what we created in these two albums."

pete way PETE WAY LEAVES HOSPITAL AFTER HEART ATTACK
"Pete Way and I would like to thank you all for your messages, kind thoughts and prayers..."

vader WAS BREAKING NEWS: VADER ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER LONDON GIG
Vader will be touring in support of their recently announced new studio album 'The Empire' which is due for release this autumn...

dead daisies THE DEAD DAISIES RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR 'JOIN TOGETHER' AS 'MAKE SOME NOISE' CRASHES INTO WORLDWIDE CHARTS
"We want to thank all of our fans and friends around the world for the amazing support of our new record 'Make Some Noise'!"

bloodstock POLICE APPEAL FOR INFORMATION REGARDING SEXUAL ASSAULT AT BLOODSTOCK
"Police are appealing for anyone with information to get in touch and are asking people to share this appeal..."

guns n roses EXCLUSIVE: GUNS N' ROSES DOWNLOAD ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE WAY WITH AUSTRALIAN AND JAPANESE DATES CONFIRMED
Other possibles for the remaining two headline slots are Aerosmith, Def Leppard and Metallica...

roger dean URIAH HEEP, BUDGIE AND ATOMIC ROOSTER ARTISTS WORK TO BE IMMORTALISED ON STAMPS
Roger Dean has designed over 100 album covers for artists including Yes, Asia, London Symphony Orchestra, Nightwing, It Bites and Snafu.

evil scarecrow WAS BREAKING NEWS: EVIL SCARECROW ANNOUNCE 'ROCK YOU LIKE A HURRICANADO' TOUR
"We'll be bringing our biggest, silliest show yet along with some brand new, probably never heard before, music 'genius'..."

blaze bayley BLAZE BAYLEY TO BE FEATURED IN MULTI-PART CANADIAN DOCUMENTARY
"I'm excited to be returning to Canada and I look forward to meeting my fans, with the opportunity for them to be a part of the documentary."

last in line LAST IN LINE ADDED TO WINTER STORM LINE-UP
Winter Storm, the festival that will take place over the weekend of 25th and 26th November in Troon, South Ayrshire, have already announced an exciting line-up...

tony iommi GREAT NEWS FROM TONY IOMMI: CANCER IS IN REMISSION
"The chemotherapy and the follow-up treatment appear to have done the trick — but I'm aware that it could come back one day."

suicide silence SUICIDE SILENCE ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER 2016 UK TOUR
"Hold on to your butts cause we will be headbanging our way through your town! Bring your A game cause we will be bringing ours..."

ac dc AC/DC IN FULL FLIGHT: QUALITY LIMITED EDITION BOOK IS A MUST FOR COLLECTORS
All of the photographs have been carefully processed and digitally restored to optimise reproduction quality.

ozzy osbourne BOB DAISLEY FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST OZZY OSBOURNE, WHO RESPONDS
"We would have hoped that after 36 years that Mr Daisley would have lost his unhealthy personal obsession and resentment towards Mr Osbourne's success."

70 tons of metal 70000 TONS OF METAL: SIXTY BANDS, BARS THAT NEVER CLOSE AND MUCH MORE
Heavy Metal bands from around the globe playing concerts on four different stages...

lamb of god WAS BREAKING NEWS: LAMB OF GOD REVEAL NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR 'EMBERS': MARK MORTON HAS SOME DEEPLY PERSONAL WORDS
"Nearly a decade after 'Walk With Me In Hell' it was happening yet again. Art was imitating life..."

iron maiden WAS BREAKING NEWS: IRON MAIDEN RELEASE "THANK YOU" VIDEO - WATCH IT HERE
Now it's break time for Iron Maiden but they will be back for a full scale UK Tour in 2017...

meat loaf WAS BREAKING NEWS: MEAT LOAF RELEASES SECOND TRACK FROM FORTHCOMING NEW ALBUM WITH JIM STEINMAN - LISTEN HERE
"Now psychologist and psychiatrists all over America are giving it to their patients..."

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