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  ELEVEN ADDITIONS FOR SONISPHERE INCLUDING ALESTORM, BLACK STONE CHERRY, ELECTRIC WIZARD AND SKINDRED
6th March 2012

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Let's hope the Sonisphere Rum and Mead tent is well stocked this year...

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Sonisphere, Knebworth have announced a further eleven acts for its 2012 event including the mighty Alestorm.

Having just completed a sell out tour of the UK, these swashbuckling scallywags combine elements of folk and Power Metal with nautical nastiness and are ideal festival fun. Alestorm will shiver your timbers and blow you down when they open the Saturn stage on the Saturday.

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Exactly ten years to the date after its original release, Long Island hardcore innovators Glassjaw will perform their landmark 'Worship And Tribute' album in its entirety exclusively at Sonisphere. Formed in 1993, Glassjaw took their hardcore and punk influences and DIY attitude to create a genre defying sound entirely their own.

Over the years the band has brought their art to the public through undisclosed elaborate algorithms and sequential coding which up to now has baffled modern day mathematicians, scientists and fans alike. So, with releases such as 8/8, 9/9, 10/10, 11/11, 12/12, 01/01/11 and 07,07,07, one questions how, 10 years later, another significant sequential date of 8/7 could have been planned out with such accuracy. The Mayan calendar doesn't have shit on these guys.

Now, Glassjaw play the historic Knebworth, a fitting site for this pioneering collective from Long Island, NY with a punk rock ethos and a desire to challenge the boundaries of guitar music.

Another ten year anniversary comes in the form of Hundred Reasons' 'Ideas Above Our Station', which the Aldershot quintet will perform in full in Bohemia on the Friday. From the moment the band played their first show at London's Kingston Peel, it was obvious Hundred Reasons were gong to make a name for themselves. Within months they were being offered high-profile support slots, plastered all over Kerrang! Magazine and generally creating a buzz wherever they went.

Earning a Top 10 (#6) chart position on its release in May 2002, 'Ideas Above Our Station' is Hundred Reasons' biggest selling album to date. Featuring chart topping singles including 'If I Could', 'Silver' and 'Falter', Hundred Reasons will see a packed out Bohemia relive a magical moment in music's history.

Says guitarist Larry Hibbitt: "We are galactically excited to be playing Sonisphere Festival 2012. It's been way too long and we can't wait to get back to doing exactly what we do best. See you at the front."

Black Stone Cherry make their Sonisphere debut on the Apollo stage on the Friday. With last year's 'Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea' rapturously received by a rock loving public, crashing into number 1 in the UK Rock Charts, the rapidly rising Kentucky quartet shows no sign of slowing down as they kick off a sold out UK tour later this week.

"Now we can check off another goal on the ole BSC 'wanna do it' list!" says guitarist Ben Wells. "We can't wait to make our debut at Sonisphere 2012!!"

With gargantuan riffs and even bigger hooks, songs like 'Rain Wizard' and 'Blind Man' to dish out, Sonisphere is serving the hottest piece of the Black Stone Cherry pie so far.

If there's one man capable of getting 60,000 music fans to go loco it's Skindred's Benji Webbe. The charismatic frontman has led his raga-punk troupe since 1998, earning a reputation as one of the best live acts around today. With an instantly recognisable sound totally their own, their musical mix of Metal, reggae, dance and punk is at it's height, as they headline the sold-out Jaegermeister Music tour next month.

Says Benji: "We've built this band on being a solid, tight live act, and what more of a perfect platform can one ask for other than Sonisphere Festival Knebworth 2012. We are so thankful and honoured to be invited back once again! We are gunna get this place rocking. We are gunna get this place bouncing. WE ARE GUNNA GET YOU Bitches! SD crew step up!"

Whether it's a packed out club or a huge festival field the size of Knebworth, one can be certain that everybody in sight will have no option but to let the music take over, and their set on Sonisphere's Saturn stage will be one of Saturday's highlights.

Legendary post-punk heroes New Model Army join the Sonisphere cast for a very special late night set on Friday night in Bohemia after headliners Kiss wrap up the Apollo stage. Forming in Bradford in 1980, NMA earned a highly dedicated and impassioned fanbase through their combination of angry punk, modern-day protest folk and anthemic political chanting, which included the likes of Brazilian metallers Sepultura who covered 'The Hunt'. Their set in Bohemia will be highly anticipated, and serve to showcase the diversity and wide range of music on offer at Sonisphere this summer.

Since their formation in 1993, Electric Wizard's name was a familiar one amongst metal underground, but in 2007 - perhaps after a pact with the devil himself - the Dorset four-piece have been riding a black wave of success off the back of their 'Witchcult Today' album. 2010s 'Black Masses' has only seen that success continue, with the band poised to play their biggest headline show to date later this month at London's Forum. Sludgey, heavy, the epitome of doom, let us pray that Bohemia's structure can withstand the Wizard's down-tuned onslaught.

If one day dictionaries have audio examples of definitions replacing the current standard text format, one wouldn't be surprised to hear Crowbar's 'Broken Glass' under the 'Heavy' entry. Led by Kirk Windstein - now also one of the leading forces in Down - these sludge Metal pioneers were one of the first bands to show the world that being heavy is not just about playing fast, and in fact that the opposite is true. With heavy hitters like 'All I Had (I Gave)', 'Nothing' and 'Planets Collide', their exclusive festival appearance will test Bohemia's structural integrity to its limits.

Norwegian black n' rollers Kvelertak return to Sonisphere for a second time after their 2010 appearance in the wake of a massive buzz. That a six piece from Stavanger, Norway who sing about Norse mythology and Viking folklore solely in their native tongue, could become one of the hottest and most talked about acts of late is testament to just how awesome their music is, and their only UK show of 2012 on Sunday in Bohemia will be a triumphant return.

Alternative rock heroes Seether play their only UK festival on Sonisphere's Saturn stage on the Sunday. The South African post-grunge trio have enjoyed massive success in the States, making them one of SA's biggest musical exports, with four out of six records earning gold status. Currently touring with multi-platinum rockers 3 Doors Down, Seether are slowly but surely winning over fans on this side of the pond, and their exclusive festival appearance at Sonisphere will show us why.

The first band to be announced for the Red Bull Ballroom Jam stage is Kerrang! Introducing stars The Getaway Plan. "To be able to say that we are a part of the Sonisphere festival this year is an absolute honour." Says frontman Matthew Wright. "This is going to be our first time to the UK and our first ever show outside of Australia. We're over the fucking moon!"

The Aussie rockers make their UK debut at Sonisphere on the Saturday, giving UK fans the first chance to see why Australian rock fans have ensured chart topping success for the alt-rock four piece.

Sonisphere Knebworth takes place July 6th to 8th at Knebworth House. Tickets are on sale now and you can get yours by clicking here. Hurry - they are already selling fast...

LINE UP SO FAR:
Exclusive headline sets from:
KISS (European Exclusive) - QUEEN (World Exclusive) - FAITH NO MORE (UK Exclusive)
ALESTORM
ANDREW W.K, *
THE BLACKOUT
BLACK STONE CHERRY *
CROWBAR
CYPRESS HILL
ELECTRIC WIZARD *
EVANESCENCE **
FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM
FLOGGING MOLLY *
THE GETAWAY PLAN
GHOST *
GLASSJAW (Performing 'Worship' and 'Tribute' In Full) *
GOJIRA *
HUNDRED REASONS (Performing 'Ideas Above Our Station' In Full)
I KILLED THE PROM QUEEN
INCUBUS**
KATATONIA *
KVELERTAK **
LACUNA COIL *
MARILYN MANSON*
MASTODON (performing 'The Hunter' in full) *
NEW MODEL ARMY
REFUSED *
SEETHER *
SKINDRED
SWITCHFOOT *
THE DARKNESS
TIM MINCHIN
WITHIN TEMPTATION **
WOLFMOTHER **

** Denotes only UK show of 2012
* Denotes exclusive festival appearance

Sonisphere Knebworth takes place July 6th to 8th at Knebworth House. Tickets are on sale now and you can get yours by clicking here. Hurry - they are already selling fast...






 
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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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