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  SONISPHERE 2014 ANNOUNCE DEFTONES, FRANK TURNER, ALESTORM, REEL BIG FISH AND MORE
13 February 2014

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Following the recent announcements including exclusive appearances from headliners The Prodigy, Iron Maiden and Metallica, Sonisphere Festival is thrilled to reveal twelve more names to the incredible 2014 line up, and that the festival will now feature a total of over 100 bands across the weekend.

Sonisphere welcomes Deftones to the superb bill for their only UK appearance of 2014. Groundbreaking and highly influential, the alternative Metallers have been setting new standards in exciting rock performance since the seminal album 'Adrenaline' came out in 1995. With a reputation for being one of the most dazzling and uncompromising bands on the planet, Deftones have, throughout the years, been garnering praise, success, and too many accolades to mention, selling millions of records and winning the adoration of their peers.

With classics such as 'Back To School', 'My Own Summer (Shove It)', 'Change (In The House Of flies)', Deftones are poised to set Knebworth ablaze with a show to die for.

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Says drummer Abe Cunningham: "Greetings to ALL!!! We are absolutely stoked to be part of Sonisphere's return and of course to have a chance to once again play a show with Iron Maiden, especially on the hallowed grounds of Knebworth. Until then...!!!!"

Frank Turner has a work ethic like no other, climbing his way up from the dive circuit to the arena limelight, claiming widespread praise and critical plaudits along the way. Outside of his own live shows, Frank has also broken into mainstream consciousness with the honours of performing at the Olympic Opening ceremony, and more recently, appearing on TV's Celebrity Mastermind.

With Sonisphere headliners Iron Maiden as his chosen specialist subject, Frank - who boasts an Eddie tattoo - won the Mastermind challenge with his superior knowledge of the Metal legends. It does not take much imagination to appreciate the delight he has on learning he will share a stage with his heroes for the first time. Says Turner:

"I'm excited to be playing Sonisphere this year, and super excited to be playing the same stage as the first band I ever fell in love with - Iron Maiden; it's definitely going to be my festival highlight for 2014."

Turner will be appearing at Knebworth with his band as Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, having recently completed an incendiary UK arena tour in support of fifth album 'Tape Deck Heart'.

Avast, ye landlubbers! Fans of the sonically adventurous will be delighted to see Alestorm joining the festivities with their very own brand of True Scottish Pirate Metal. With a treasure chest of keytar laden, pirate themed, fist pumping folk Metal, these scurvy dogs will have their most epic voyage yet as they sail the sea of Sonisphere's Saturn stage on the Saturday for a rum fuelled set of Metal fun.

Hot off the success of their recent UK Tour with Less than Jake, Californian Ska-punk pioneers Reel Big Fish come to Knebworth armed with a hyper-kinetic live show, juvenile humour and ironic covers of new wave pop songs. With a fun filled attitude and massive dancefloor fillers such as 'Sell Out' and 'Take On Me', their set will undoubtedly prove once more that Reel Big Fish is one of the most dynamic and accomplished bands of the genre, as they take to the Saturn stage for a Sunday Ska Punk Party.

Protest The Hero have carved an identity for themselves that is thought of as profoundly revolutionary within heavy music and 2014 has already seen them complete a hugely successful UK headline tour, including a sold out show at London's Electric Ballroom. The band effortlessly balances high-minded artistry with wit and whimsy, substantive viewpoints with wanton tomfoolery, and masterful musicianship with true song-craft. Sonisphere can't wait to see them spread the magic of their spider-fingered arpeggios, walloping bottom-heavy brutality and dynamically theatrical vocals as showcased on their fourth album 'Volition'.

Says the band: "Europe knows something about doing festivals right. We are blown away every time we come over in the summer and take part in the fun. One of the highlights this summer is going to be Sonisphere! We are just finishing a UK leg of a tour and the turn outs have been great so I can only imagine what it will be like at Sonisphere."

Since forming in 2001, Stoner/Psychedelic rock gods Truckfighters have released an impressive four albums, seven EP's and a film depicting their lives named simply 'Truckfighters' in 2011. With Josh Homme being one of their biggest fans, Truckfighters released fourth album 'Universe' earlier this year and are an exciting addition to the festival.

2014 is full of exciting promise from Ireland's Kerbdog. Having released two albums in the 1990's to critical acclaim, disbanding and later reforming to sell out the London Garage on a special one off live appearance, 2014 will see the band release their first new material in seventeen years, and resurrect their electric live performance. Kerbdog say it best themselves:

"We would have crawled naked across broken glass to play Sonisphere. To be invited to what is one of the greatest rock festivals on the planet as we release a new live album is a gift from the Gods. The Fans are in for an earth-shattering gig that will level buildings. End of."

Having landed support slots to The Stranglers and appearing alongside Billy Talent at the 2013 UK Vans Warped Tour, hotly tipped UK outfit Max Raptor, who blend punk and rock to startling effect, are also confirmed to appear at Sonisphere, where their hard-edge and angry sounds as shown on their debut album 'Mother's Ruin' will resonate through the festival.

Says the band: "Just had the awesome news we'll be playing Sonisphere 2014.... We used to go to a grubby rock club in Burton on Trent and listen to Maiden and now we're playing the same festival as them. Absolute dream come true."

Bringing the kind of American punk rock that has drawn comparison to Black Flag for its hard hitting melodies and rhythm, Only Crime will treat festival goers to a truly special show. With a line up led by Bill Stevenson (Descendants) and Russ Rankin (Good Riddance) the band looks set for a big 2014 with a new album in the pipeline and Sonisphere is looking forward to sharing it with them. Checking in from the studio, the band said:

"We know it's been awhile since we have been overseas. We have been working hard on the new record and are so excited to finally get back over there and give it all we've got."

Returning to Sonisphere is one of the UK's most anticipated new bands, Blitz Kids. The outfit has been garnering praise from the likes of BBC Radio1 with their brand new album 'Good Youth' and single 'Sometimes'. On the brink of big things, audiences would be wise not miss their appearance.

The band said: "It's a great honour to be playing at Sonisphere Festival for its big comeback to the UK! It feels like we're part of a big welcome home party. We played a few years ago on the smallest stage, and to be asked to play on the Bohemia Stage this year is a fantastic opportunity to step it up a few gears."

Sonisphere is excited to welcome Camden Town born and raised punk/rap artist Itch to the weekend for the first time. After fronting critically acclaimed, ground breaking band The King Blues for seven years, lyricist Itch took his unique brand of poetry full force into the solo act he is today. Recent album 'The Deep End' sees his unstoppable ferociousness cemented in record and is sure to make an unforgettable live experience.

"I'm so excited to be playing Sonisphere, it'll be my first time there. It's an honour to be playing the same bill as Metal gods such as Chas and Dave" jokes Itch.

British electro/punk rockers Hounds join the bill after releasing their debut EP as a cover mount with Metal Hammer. Having proved their live credentials on tour with Stone Sour, as well as at appearance at Sonisphere 2011, and citing The Prodigy's Liam Howlett in the list of people they've worked with, Hounds shouldn't be missed. Says the band:

"We can't wait to bring the noise to Sonisphere this summer, we have been locked in an Air Raid shelter for months writing and recording our debut album so we feel like caged animals. The stage ain't gonna know what hit it..."

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
BLITZ KIDS
CARNIFEX
CHAS & DAVE
DEFTONES
DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT
DROPKICK MURPHYS
FRANK TURNER & THE SLEEPING SOULS
GHOST
GOJIRA
HOUNDS
ITCH
KARNIVOOL
KERBDOG
LIMP BIZKIT
MASTODON
MAX RAPTOR
ONLY CRIME
PROTEST THE HERO
REEL BIG FISH
SILVERSTEIN
SLAYER
THE SISTERS OF MERCY
TRUCKFIGHTERS
THE VIRGINMARYS
VOODOO SIX







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"We decided we had to do a full UK tour, just one show was never gonna be enough for us... Also we aim to add some 'never played before live songs' too"...

tankard TANKARD ANNOUNCE HILARIOUS NEW ANIMATED VIDEO FOR 'FOOLED BY YOUR GUTS'
The latest track from 'R.I.B.' (Rest In Beer) has been created by producers from The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology...

dead daisies THE DEAD DAISIES ANNOUNCE US SUMMER DATES WITH KISS & DEF LEPPARD
The band are ready to "bring some some kick ass, analog rock and roll music to all of you with the legendary KISS and Def Leppard and help make your summer as memorable as possible"...

suicide silence SUICIDE SILENCE ANNOUNCE ONE-OFF INTIMATE UK SHOW AT THE BORDERLINE, LONDON
The Borderline show is on 27th June. The Metal heavyweights will also headline Yorkshire's Ghostfest on 28th June...

Eluveitie ELUVEITIE RELEASE FIRST SINGLE 'KING' ONLINE, TAKEN FROM THEIR FORTHCOMING ALBUM 'ORIGINS'
The Swiss Folk-Metallers release a mighty tale of the historical figure Ambicatus...

sikth UK TECH-FEST WELCOMES THE GODFATHERS OF UK TECH-METAL SIKTH TO THE BILL
Djent monsters Monuments and acoustic guitar master Jon Gomm also join the line up...

escape the fate ESCAPE THE FATE ANNOUNCE UK TOUR FOR OCTOBER 2014
Now it is time for UK audiences to get their first look at the new look Escape The Fate...

anthrax ANTHRAX ANNOUNCE LIMITED EDITION COLOURED VINYLS AS PART OF THRASH BACK CAMPAIGN
Celebrate 30 years of Thrash with reissues from Anthrax and other classic bands...

gatecreeper GATECREEPER RELEASE VIDEO FOR THEIR SELF TITLED EP
'Force Fed' is available as one of the tracks on the pay what you want download...

jonny morelli JONNY MORELLI, DRAUGR DRUMMER DIES IN CAR ACCIDENT
Condolences start to pour in for the musician, tattoo artist and writer...

at the gates AT THE GATES ANNOUNCE FIRST EVER IRISH SHOW, BLOODSHOT DAWN TO SUPPORT
Swedish Melodic Death Metal pioneers to play Dublin in January 2015...

nita strauss ALICE COOPER ADDS NEW GUITARIST NITA STRAUSS TO LINEUP FOR 2014 SUMMER/FALL TOURS
The LA guitar wiz will join the tour in Michigan on June 26...

whitechapel WHITECHAPEL PREMIERE NEW VIDEO 'WORSHIP THE DIGITAL AGE'
The clip is the first full performance video from 'Our Endless War' and was directed by acclaimed director David Brodsky...

behemoth BEHEMOTH, DECAPITATED & GRAND MAGUS ANNOUNCED FOR DECEMBER TOUR
A chance for the UK to see 'The Satanist' performed in all its hellish glory...

steel panther STEEL PANTHER ANNOUNCE THEIR BIGGEST EVER UK TOUR
The dates include a night at the legendary Wembley arena in March 2015...

alestorm ALESTORM UNVEIL NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR 'DRINK'
If you need a new anthem of the summer then look no further...

rik mayall RIK MAYALL'S 'NOBLE ENGLAND' SONG HEADING FOR NUMBER ONE SPOT AS ENGLAND'S WORLD CUP ANTHEM
The beloved late comedian looks set to storm the UK Top 10 with his lost anthem...

red dragon cartel EXCLUSIVE: RED DRAGON CARTEL GIGS BACK ON - BAND TO PLAY MANCHESTER AND BUCKLEY THURSDAY AND FRIDAY
Tickets for both shows will be at the special price of £10 as a gesture to fans who were inconvenienced by last weekend's events...

brutal truth DAN LILKER OF BRUTAL TRUTH INVITES YOU TO OBSCENE EXTREME FESTIVAL
This will most likely be the very last chance fans will get to see Danny and Brutal Truth live in Europe...

belphegor BELPHEGOR PUT THE FIRST 'CONJURING THE DEAD' STUDIO TRAILER ONLINE
The Black Metal giants are gearing up to unleash their tenth album ...

ill nino ILL NIÑO RELEASE ALBUM TITLE AND NEW SINGLE
Every pre-order for Till Death, La Familia will receive an instant download of 'Live Like There's No Tomorrow' and will automatically be entered to win an ESP guitar autographed by Ill Niño. ...

kobra and the lotus KOBRA AND THE LOTUS WILL BE OPENING ACT FOR KISS AND DEF LEPPARD THIS SUMMER
The new album 'High Priestess' will be released in September...

triaxis becky TRIAXIS ANNOUNCE NEW BASSIST & NEW ALBUM PLANS
Outstanding bassist Becky Baldwin joins the Welsh Metallers for third studio album...

rival sons tour RIVAL SONS ANNOUNCE DECEMBER UK TOUR
Following their current run of sold-out dates, the Californians return this winter with their unmissable live show...

spike frankie miller SPIKE ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF '100% PURE FRANKIE MILLER' IN SEPTEMBER 2014
The celebratory album features Ronnie Wood, Andy Fraser, Simon Kirke, Ian Hunter and more...

arch enemy ARCH ENEMY REVEAL NEW VIDEO FOR 'NO MORE REGRETS'
The album 'War Eternal' is out now worldwide and the band hit the road from July to December...

sanctuary SANCTUARY FINISH RECORDING NEW ALBUM AND ANNOUNCE THE RELEASE DATE
'The Year The Sun Died' will be out on September 29th in Europe...

rock metal circus ROCK AND METAL CIRCUS ANNOUNCE NEW VENUE FOR 2015
Roll up to Northants for Voodoo Six, Tygers of Pan Tang, Wolf plus some of the hottest new acts around...

aor 3 NIGHT RANGER TO HEADLINE HRH AOR 3
Adrenaline-fuleed rock and roll is the latest addition to the bill...

alz grinder ALZ-GRINDERS PLAN GRINDING FOR A CURE VOL 4
Over 300 extreme bands have contributed to the fundraising albums so far...

cambridge rock festival LINE-UP FOR CAMBRIDGE ROCK FESTIVAL ALMOST COMPLETE
The main stage is booked and stages 2 and 3 are filling up fast...

headbangers open air ANVIL REPLACE DEATH ANGEL FOR HEADBANGERS OPEN AIR
After Death Angel cancelled their entire European tour, Anvil step in with a special "best of" set...

uli jon roth ULI JON ROTH CANCELS GUITAR GODS DATES IN NORTH AMERICA
It's official - this guitar god has been grounded by visa problems...

joe bonamassa JOE BONAMASSA ANNOUNCES NEW STUDIO ALBUM 'DIFFERENT SHADES OF BLUE'
The new album of all original material lands on 22nd September...

red dragon cartel BREAKING NEWS: RED DRAGON CARTEL ISSUE STATEMENT OVER WOLVERHAMPTON GIG CANCELLATION
The band made a barbed official statement denying the reasons for the cancellation made by the promoter without actually addressing the main issue...

red dragon cartel BREAKING NEWS: RED DRAGON CARTEL CANCEL WOLVERHAMPTON SHOW, REST OF UK TOUR IS OFF, DOWNLOAD IN JEOPARDY
An argument broke out between the band and promoter Denise Dale who was representing Metal Music Bookings and Management...

uli jon roth ULI JON ROTH FACES CANCELLATION OF HIS PARTICIPATION IN GUITAR GODS TOUR
"The tour is in jeopardy...this has never happened in over thirty years of visas"...

les fest wiston LES-FEST ANNOUNCES MAIN STAGE TIMES
Get the latest from Scotland's premier Metal festival right here...

beermageddon METAL FEST BEERMAGEDDON STRENGTHEN THE LINE UP YET AGAIN...WITH EVEN MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED
Jaldaboath, Monumentomb and Furyborn are among the latest additions...

blues pills DORIAN SORRIAUX FROM BLUES PILLS PERFORMS A GUITAR PLAY-THROUGH OF THE BAND'S NEW TRACK
Watch and learn as Dorian deconstructs 'High Class Woman'...

cj wildheart CJ WILDHEART RELEASES FIRST SOLO ALBUM IN SEVEN YEARS
'Mable' is available for pre-order now via Pledgemusic. CJ will also be releasing his own brand of hot sauces this year...

hrh aor3 HRH AOR ANNOUNCE FIRST 10 BANDS
FM, Dare, The Poodles and Starz lead the charge for March 2015...

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