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  SONISPHERE 2014 ANNOUNCE DREAM THEATER, DEVIL YOU KNOW, YASHIN AND MORE
5 March 2014



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As previously announced, The Prodigy, Iron Maiden and Metallica are headlining the festival, with exclusive appearances from Alice In Chains, Deftones and Limp Bizkit.

Sonisphere will now feature a total of over 100 bands across the weekend and has revealed more names to join the festival's 2014 line up.

Sonisphere is thrilled to announce Dream Theater as Sunday's headline act on the Saturn stage. A mesmerizing band to watch, each member with a number of impressive accolades under their belt, Dream Theater have been churning out their unique brand of progressive Metal for over 25 years, selling over six million albums worldwide. Building their sound from a solid base of incredible musical proficiency, becoming heavier over the years, whilst retaining their trademark, the band have become one of the biggest-selling progressive bands around, resulting in an induction into the Long Island Hall of Fame. With an extensive back catalogue and impressive new material from their latest critically acclaimed self-titled album, Sonisphere can't wait to see them spread their prog magic at the festival.

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Also appearing at the festival are Devil You Know, the creative union of the former Killswitch Engage frontman Howard Jones, Francesco Artusato (All Shall Perish), John Sankey (Devolved/ ex Divine Heresy, Fear Factory) and Ryan Wombacher (Bleeding Through). Having voiced the Grammy-nominated Massachusetts Metallers through nearly a decade of touring and two gold records, Jones is at the top of his game and the star line up, who have just played Soundwave in Australia, are ready to take on the world. Devil You Know will unleash its inaugural effort this spring, the highly-anticipated debut, 'The Beauty of Destruction' and audiences would be wise not to miss the incredible set the band are bound to deliver.

Says the band: "We are beyond stoked to make Sonisphere our first UK festival! It's an honour to be playing such a massive festival alongside some of the biggest names in hard rock and Metal. What a way to play the UK for the first time. We can't wait to get over and show everyone what Devil You Know is all about!"

Glasgow heavyweights Yashin will also be stopping by Sonisphere. The band have been working hard, having just released their new video 'D.E.A.D', with recent live appearances at Warped Tour UK and supports slots with Black Veil Brides, Limp Bizkit and Papa Roach in the UK and Europe. Yashin's performance at the festival will be the first chance for fans to see them play tracks from their forthcoming album, 'The Renegades', scheduled to hit the shelves in September 2014.

Says vocalist Harry Radford: "It's a huge, HUGE thrill and a massive honour to be added to this year's Sonisphere line up. Maiden, Metallica, Limp Bizkit, Deftones... It's like we've been put in the middle of our record collections, so many of our heroes in one place, it's actually ridiculous. We're getting back to live action in the next couple of weeks so we will be warmed up nicely to hit the Sonisphere crowd hard. See you there!"

Making their way from Nashville, The Cadillac Three will give Sonisphere a dose of their very own country fuzz. The band boasts the kind of loud and boisterous rock that the loudest PA's in the world were invented for. Tunes such as 'Down to the River', 'Get Your Buzz On' and 'Back It Up' evoke the legends of southern rock - Molly Hatchets, Outlaws or Ozark Mountain Daredevils, only with a fresher sound that's going to blow your mind.

Returning to Knebworth are Yorkshire's Glamour Of The Kill, who have just unleashed their infectious new single 'A Freak like Me', taken from their fantastic album 'Savages'. Following a full US tour with Escape The Fate, a European tour with Papa Roach as main support, a largely sold out tour with Motionless In White and The Defiled in the UK, Glamour Of The Kill seem unstoppable as they are about to embark on the Heaven's Basement's tour before they promise to treat the festival goers to a full set of their triumphant anthems this summer.

Says vocalist Davey Richmond: "We're really excited to get back to Knebworth for this year's Sonisphere! There's something special about Sonisphere that you don't seem to get from any other festival and we're happy to see it making a bold comeback. It must be the history associated with Knebworth and all the greats that have stood on stage there throughout the years. The line up for this was already incredible, but it just got a whole lot better!"

Also appearing will be UK based hardcore quintet Palm Reader. Drawing influences from The Dillinger Escape and Gallows, the band would have undoubtedly been winning over new fans on the recent Rock Sound Impericon Exposure tour and show no sign on slowing down before they hit Knebworth.

Says Drummer Dan Olds: "We Can't wait to play Sonisphere... Bands such as Deftones and Mastodon have always been close to Palm Reader's hearts. It's the first festival I ever went to so it's gonna be a special moment!"

Canterbury's Broken Hands will bring their particular brand of retro-rock fused with psychedelic blues and garage influences to Sonisphere. Having supported the Rolling Stones in Hyde Park last summer and toured in the UK and Europe with Band of Skulls, Deaf Club and Kill It Kid respectively, Broken Hands are on the brink of big things.

Says the band: "One small step for Sonisphere, one giant leap for band kind"

Rising from the ashes of My Passion, Johnathan Gaskin, Ande D'Mello, Simon Rolands and Jamie Nicholls announced the formation Fort Hope. Sonisphere is looking forward to sharing the beginnings of their exciting journey as a new band.

"We're so excited to be playing Sonisphere this year, and honoured to join such an incredible bill. There's nothing better than sun, rock music and festival crowds. Roll on summer!"

Mixing an eclectic combination of crushing guitars and infectious electronica, which incorporates elements of Metal, hip hop, rock and dance, The One Hundred are going after the hearts and minds of everyone crossing their path and will no doubt expand their ever growing army of supporters after their performance at Sonisphere.
Says the band: "We are stoked to have been invited to play such an amazing festival with so many of our heroes, we've dreamt of playing at Sonisphere so let's have it Knebworth!"

Also added to the festival's line up are Manchester's Collibus. Having won the 2013 Discretionary Rock Award of Parliament's largest competition, Rock the House, Collibus made history by becoming the first Metal band ever to play the House of Commons. The band's sound has been described as a combination of the intelligence of prog with the fire of Metal, and their winning track 'Dead Inside' has already been featured on SCUZZ TV.

Says vocalist Gemma Fox: "The reception we've had following the release of our debut album has been mind-blowingly phenomenal. We are extremely honoured to have been invited onto the awesome Sonisphere line up and cannot wait to play alongside musicians and bands we have long been fans of ourselves!".
Weekend tickets for Sonisphere 2014 are on sale now priced at £170. The highly popular deposit scheme is available until 1st April, meaning fans have less than a month 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
BROKEN HANDS
BRUTALITY WILL PREVAIL
CARNIFEX
CHAS & DAVE
COLLIBUS
DEFTONES
DEVIL YOU KNOW (FEAT. HOWARD JONES, EX KILLSWITCH ENGAGE)
DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT
DOG EAT DOG PLAYING ALL BORO
KINGS
DREAM THEATER
DROPKICK MURPHYS
ELECTRIC WIZARD
EMP!RE
FORT HOPE
FRANK TURNER & THE SLEEPING
SOULS
GHOST
GLAMOUR OF THE KILL
GOJIRA
HOUNDS
ITCH
KARNIVOOL
KROKODIL
KERBDOG
LIMP BIZKIT
MASTODON
MAX RAPTOR
ONLY CRIME
PALM READER
PROTEST THE HERO
RAGING SPEEDHORN
RECKLESS LOVE
REEL BIG FISH
SILVERSTEIN
SLAYER
STAMPIN' GROUND
TESSERACT
THE CADILLAC THREE
THE DEFILED
THE HELL
THE HYPE THEORY
THE ONE HUNDRED
THE SAFETY FIRE
THE SISTERS OF MERCY
THE VIRGINMARYS
TRUCKFIGHTERS
VOODOO SIX
WILKO JOHNSON
YASHIN






WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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