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22 June 2014

With just two weekends separating tens of thousands of rock fans from Sonisphere festival, organisers have outlined the late night entertainment on offer after the headline acts have finished their sets.

Kicking things off on the Thursday night, club gurus Voodoo Rock will take over Bohemia to host the first party of the weekend. Usually resident in London, they will be bringing their team of DJs and party hosts for a huge punk/ grunge/ ska/ emo/ rock/ Metal party to the big blue tent for one night only.

Following the Voodoo Rock party, and now a mainstay at Sonisphere, the unmissable Alternative Karaoke gives people the chance to sing the songs they want to sing. Maiden? Pantera? Slayer? Rammstein? Yes to all of these, and and many, many, many more. Start warming up now...

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Thursday also sees the first ever Kerrang! Party held at Sonisphere. James McMahon and Alex Baker from Kerrang! will be taking to the decks and playing the greatest rock and roll party tunes in the world right now. So excited about having the legendary rock champions throw a party, they've been invited back to do the same again at Bohemia on the Saturday night too.

There's also some fantastic live acts booked for late night performances. On the Friday, catch Sheffield's 65daysofstatic with their mindblowing instrumental set of electronic math proggery, followed by Mixhell. Boasting live percussion from ex Sepultura sticksman Iggor Cavalera, Mixhell will do whatever it takes to make you dance, combining elements of dance, electronica, electroclash, hip hop and rock'n'roll, and mixing a live drum and bass section with samples and loops to unique effect.

Last up on the Friday comes Infamy. Last seen at Sonisphere roadblocking Bohemia (then going under the name of A1bassline), Infamy will treat the late night revellers to a tear out Drum & Bass set into the early hours.

In 2011 The Sisters Of Mercy made a late night appearance at Bohemia for their first festival performance in 20 years. Captivating and magical, the prospect of inviting them back for another late night set was irresistible, and so they return to treat Bohemia to another unforgettable performance on the Saturday night.

Commemorating 20 years since the passing of Kurt Cobain and following the footsteps of Bat Sabbath, Nirvana Defiled make their first ever performance anywhere in tribute to the Seattle grunge legends. The last live performance of the weekend, Stitch D, Vincent Hyde and Needles of The Defiled will take to Bohemia to honour their fallen hero for a late night Sunday set.

Following Niravana Defiled, Sonisphere welcomes Ultimate Power to close proceedings in Bohemia. Ultimate Power is, quite simply, an evening of the greatest songs ever written. A communal appreciation of colossal musical compositions from the titans of Power Ballads; Messrs Collins, Loaf, Tyler and Jovi and many, many more besides.

Bring your Air instruments and throat sweets. Leave your inhibitions at the bar and come follow us to the promised land where pure balladic power will move you to your very core - there is no better finale!

Across the weekend, in honour of this year's fancy dress theme, there will be powerslamming, piledriving, facebusting entertainment courtesy of Progress Wrestling. With champions such as Jimmy Havoc and Rampage Brown competing in breathtaking exhibition bouts, the Satellite stage will swap the rock for blood, sweat and tears.

After the live performances have finished over at the Jagermeister tent, it will transform into the Silent Arena - a cheeky way of evading the noise curfews, the Silent Arena's disco is powered by wireless headphones, and even allows you to choose between DJs.

In addition to the entertainment on offer at the Bohemia, Jagermeister and Satellite stages, Sonisphere's information tent has been taken over by the Cult Of Love & Gratitude. A mecca for Luchador fanatics over the world, the Cult Of Love & Gratitude believe in 5 basic principles.

- Seriously good sound systems
- Wrestling Aerobics
- Luchador Twister
- Lucha Jenga
- Hard Partying & Secret Sects.

A regular information tent by day, by night the walls come in and an intimate party starts powered by the latest Cerwin Vega P Series PA. In their own words, "We don't stop partying until we are being carted off by the boss. Your last bastion of hope in a world that has forgotten the old gods."

For those feeling all partied out, there's also the option to take a seat in front of the Saturn stage for a Metal history lesson. As part of the Thrashback campaign, the ultimate Thrash Metal documentary Get Thrashed will be played out on the giant screens either side of the Saturn stage after the bands have finished on the Saturday. Featuring headliners Metallica alongside Megadeth, Slayer, Pantera, Anthrax, Slipknot, Exodus and many other hugely influential names, the award winning film is a must-see for any self-respecting Metalhead.

Individual day and weekend tickets for Sonisphere 2014 are on sale now at Check the Sonisphere website for further details.

All Campsites open Thursday.



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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