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  SONISPHERE 2014 ANNOUNCE DAY SPLITS AND DAY TICKETS PLUS BAND OF SKULLS, GARY NUMAN, CARCASS AND MORE
19 March 2014



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Due to phenomenal demand, day tickets for the 2014 SONISPHERE festival, headlined by THE PRODIGY, IRON MAIDEN and METALLICA are now on sale, with Friday tickets priced at £55 and the Saturday and Sunday at £75 per day. In addition, camping add-ons are available to day ticket holders for £35 and for those looking to really treat themselves, a 'King For A Day' * package is available (see footnote for more info).

Weekend tickets start at £180. Check www.sonisphere.co.uk for all ticket options and further info.

With no clashes across the two main stages and sensitively timed sets across the tented stages, SONISPHERE ensures ticket holders get the most for their money, negating the need for any painful decisions on who to watch. The full list of bands so far and their respective performance days are outlined below, but not before a further fourteen names who join the stellar line up are revealed.

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BAND OF SKULLS make their Knebworth debut at SONISPHERE this summer. The Southampton rock'n'roll trio come armed with bluesy and ballsy slabs of rock that have seen them making waves far beyond the shores of their coastal hometown. Support slots with the likes of Muse, Queens Of The Stone Age and The Dead Weather, an Independent Music Award for "Sweet Sour", a feature documentary on Channel 4 and huge support from Radio One has seen BAND OF SKULLS become a household name in the UK, with the rest of the world standing to attention and taking notice.

GARY NUMAN returns to Knebworth in support of his acclaimed new album "Splinter". Highly regarded and massively influential, NUMAN is undoubtedly one of Electronic music's pioneers, with megastars such as Trent Reznor, Marilyn Manson and Dave Grohl citing him as an inspiration. An industrial rock powerhouse, GARY NUMAN at SONISPHERE is a must see for those looking for a darker, more gothic summer, with the promise of hits such as "Cars", "Down In The Park" and "Are 'Friends' Electric?".

It's rare for a band to wait 14 years between albums, and even rarer for the subsequent album to be unanimously declared a masterpiece by both fans and critics alike, yet legendary British Metallers CARCASS managed to do just that with last year's "Surgical Steel". Just as angry and hungry as they were on their 1988 debut "Reek Of Putrefaction", Bill Steer and Jeff Walker show none of the fatigue or complacency common in bands over a quarter century old, and their set at SONISPHERE will be total and utter aural annihilation.

"A chance to play on the same day as IRON MAIDEN at Sonisphere? Please sign us up!" exclaims bassist/vocalist Jeff Walker. "Nevermind the fact that Bill Steer (guitar) is a BIG Chas & Dave fan- as if that wasn't enough to cement the deal already!"

Post Punk heroes NEW MODEL ARMY make their Knebworth debut at SONISPHERE this summer. In their 34 years, Justin Sullivan and co's punk ethos, poetic and inspiring lyrics and gargantuan tunes have earned them a large and loyal cult following, including one Max Cavalera, who covered "The Hunt" on Sepultura's 1993 Chaos A.D album.

NEW MODEL ARMY released their acclaimed "Between Dog and Wolf" album in 2013, their highest charting album in 20 years, and following the success of this, will release a live album taken from the accompanying European tour later this year.

Said Justin Sullivan, lead singer/songwriter and founder of the band; "We are very much looking forward to playing Sonisphere, and in particular playing at the legendary Knebworth House. This will be the first time we have played both."

It would be easy to call THE WINERY DOGS a supergroup: vocalist and guitarist Richie Kotzen made his mark with Poison and Mr. Big, where he met TWD bassist Billy Sheehan, who in turn has been rocking for decades with Steve Vai, David Lee Roth and others, and drummer Mike Portnoy was the co-founder of progressive metal superstars Dream Theater. But THE WINERY DOGS are so much more than a supergroup, and their cohesive, well rounded, classic sounding rock, interspersed with jaw dropping moments that only musicians of this caliber can create, will prove why at SONISPHERE's Saturn stage. Drummer Mike Portnoy states:

"So excited to be playing Sonisphere at the legendary Knebworth! This will be The Winery Dogs' premiere festival performance and it couldn't have been at a better one than this!"

THE BRONX make their way over from Los Angeles to Knebworth for the first time to heat things up in BOHEMIA. Last year's "The Bronx - IV" album - the product of a band that's survived two near-death experiences involving their tour van, weathered label problems that undermined their previous two albums, and turned a rebellious statement into a touring and recording Mariachi band- saw a band still at the top of their game, appearing in album of the year lists across the rock media.

Their inimitable hardcore punk swagger, a reputation for blistering live shows, and anthems such as "Heart Attack American", "Knifeman" and "False Alarm" will make for a highly energetic and wet-with-sweat set that is not to be missed. The band says:

"Congratulations England. After years of angry letters and crude protests, the Bronx will finally be exposing itself at Sonisphere 2014. Take the necessary measures to ensure you don't fucking miss it. We love you. God save the Queen"

No strangers to SONISPHERE and a band who require little introduction, Watford punks GALLOWS return to Knebworth to lay waste to the BOHEMIA stage on Sunday. With new music to showcase, as well as fan faves such as "In The Belly Of A Shark", "Outsider Art" and "Abandon Ship", the very structure of the big blue tent is in danger as the band warn:

"We're ripping up Sonisphere on the Sunday. Good times only, fuck the posers. New music on its way."

Sheffield's 65daysofstatic join the SONISPHERE line up, hot off the back of a sold out UK tour in support of new album "Wild Light". Prog, math, electronic, experimental, instrumental - 65dos have been called all these things, but we suggest you let the music do the talking and let them drop your jaws at their set in BOHEMIA on Friday.

"The best thing about all those people who like rock music and allow festivals like Sonisphere to thrive are that they usually have no preconceptions and are open to all other types of music too.' Says guitarist Paul Wolinski. "So we're looking forward to being the weird, noisy outliers at this festival, knowing that the people there are still going to give us the time of day. In return, we promise to be loud".

With over 20 million records sold, starring roles on Broadway ("Jekyll & Hyde" and "The Rocky Horror Picture Show"), regular TV work and a stint playing the lead in a touring production of "Jesus Christ Superstar", there's no doubting SEBASTIAN BACH's destiny to entertain. His Saturday set on BOHEMIA will be a show to remember, with songs from both his solo career as well as Skid Row hits like "Youth Gone Wild", "Monkey Business" and "Slave To The Grind" on offer.

"I am beyond excited and honored to play the legendary Sonisphere Festival this summer at Knebworth in England!" shouts Sebastian. "This is by far the biggest festival in all of the UK with the biggest bands and the biggest audience and I am proud to share the stage with the greatest bands in the history of rock 'n roll. See you this summer at Sonisphere, let's get wild!!!!!"

Having laid waste to Alexandra Palace at last winter's Vans Warped Tour, CHIODOS return to the UK armed with a new album and a very high bar to raise. With frontman Craig Owen's incredible knack for pushing both himself and the audience before him to the limits, anyone hoping for a quiet Sunday at SONISPHERE is in for a surprise, albeit a pleasant one. Says guitarist Brad Bell:

"We haven't spent a lot of time in the UK in the past and to be able to come back for Sonisphere and play with some of the world's most iconic bands is going to be an overwhelming experience. We can't wait to play for our long time fans and new fans, especially with our new music from of our upcoming album - Devil."

With a frontman who has led one of the craziest lives ever documented and with a name like BAM MARGERA's FUCKFACE UNSTOPPABLE, one thing SONISPHERE can be sure of amidst the chaos and unpredictability of such an act is that no one will be leaving their set without a smile. Says Bam:

"Thanks for inviting me to your party Sonisphere, I'll be happy to throw gas on your fire. Uh, I mean petrol."

Legendary punks ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE also join the 2014 line up. Performing on the Sunday, don't be too surprised if you see a few members of that night's headliners watching...

"It's great to be asked to play Sonisphere this year," says frontman Animal. "It's a great festival...and on the same day as my ol' buddies Metallica...batting with the big boyz again eh!...LET THE GAMES BEGIN!"

LITTLE MATADOR, who you may have seen supporting NINE INCH NAILS or QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, bring their brash, aggressive rock to KNEBWORTH. Says lead singer Nathan Connolly:

"We're really excited to be playing at Sonisphere. Knebworth is such an iconic place and to be part of 40 years of rock history will be an honour. We promise to crank it up as loud as we can!!"

Last but by no means least SONISPHERE welcomes THE LOUNGE KITTENS, a Southampton based trio singing beautiful 3 part harmonies - over all your favorite songs. Brought to the attention of SONISPHERE by Fred Durst himself, check out their cover of "Rollin" for a taste of what to expect:



With more acts to be announced in the coming weeks, the list of bands so far by day and stage order, is as follows:

Friday

APOLLO STAGE:
THE PRODIGY

LIMP BIZKIT
BAND OF SKULLS
GARY NUMAN
ANTI-FLAG
THE DEFILED

BOHEMIA & OTHER STAGES:
ELECTRIC WIZARD
65DAYSOFSTATIC
DEVIL YOU KNOW
BAM MARGERA'S FUCKFACE UNSTOPPABLE
YASHIN
CARNIFEX
BRUTALITY WILL PREVAIL
HOUNDS
LITTLE MATADOR

Saturday

APOLLO STAGE:
IRON MAIDEN

DEFTONES
FRANK TURNER & THE SLEEPING SOULS
ANTHRAX
GHOST

SATURN STAGE:
SLAYER
CARCASS
THE WINERY DOGS
CHAS & DAVE
ALESTORM

BOHEMIA & OTHER STAGES:
THE SISTERS OF MERCY
NEW MODEL ARMY
DOG EAT DOG PLAYING ALL BORO KINGS
SEBASTIAN BACH
WILKO JOHNSON
THE VIRGINMARYS
RECKLESS LOVE
BLITZ KIDS
STAMPIN GROUND
TURBOWOLF
VOODOO SIX
THE HELL

Sunday

APOLLO STAGE:
METALLICA

ALICE IN CHAINS
MASTODON
AIRBOURNE
DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT
GOJIRA

SATURN STAGE:
DREAM THEATER
DROPKICK MURPHYS
REEL BIG FISH
KARNIVOOL
PROTEST THE HERO

BOHEMIA & OTHER STAGES:
THE BRONX
GALLOWS
CHIODOS
KERBDOG
BLACK SPIDERS
TRUCKFIGHTERS
SILVERSTEIN
THE CADILLAC THREE
ONLY CRIME
ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE
ITCH
KROKODIL

Across the weekend:
BROKEN HANDS COLLIBUS EMP!RE FORT HOPE GLAMOUR OF THE KILL THE HYPE THEORY THE LOUNGE KITTENS MAX RAPTOR THE ONE HUNDRED PALM READER RAGING SPEEDHORN TESSERACT THE SAFETY FIRE

Individual day and weekend tickets for SONISPHERE 2014 are on sale now at www.sonisphere.co.uk. The highly popular deposit scheme is available until 1st April, meaning fans have less than two weeks 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

* Sonisphere 2014 King for a Day (VIP Day Pass) Have you ever been to a festival and wondered what it would be like to be King (or Queen) for a day? - No? Neither have we. But now that thought is in your head, I bet you are wondering what it would be like. Well now is your chance to find out.

Sonisphere are offering King For A Day tickets to all you folk who wish to rock out like royalty for a single day, rather than the whole weekend. The King For A Day ticket offers you the chance to watch your favourite bands knowing that you can then head back to an exclusive area close to the arena, avoid the queues, and have a royally refreshing beverage. As well as having its own bar, the area will also have plenty of luxury thrones (toilets) and many fancy extras, which will be fit for a King, obviously.

Priced at £155 for the Friday and £175 for the Saturday and Sunday (booking fees included), the ticket includes access to the main arena on the day you choose, parking and access to the exclusive area until it closes at 12-midnight. Crowns are optional.











 

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destruction EUROPE UNDER ATTACK! DESTRUCTION, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, NERVOSA ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR
Thrash metal icons Destruction are set to fire their new missile of heavy 'Under Attack' on May 13th via Nuclear Blast Records...

grand magus GRAND MAGUS RELEASE NEW TRACK 'FORGED IN IRON - CROWNED IN STEEL'
"Metalheads! Grand Magus are back. We are proud to unleash this iron-clad anthem, we give you... VARANGIAN!"

tyler bryant TYLER BRYANT AND THE SHAKEDOWN SPECIAL UK HEADLINE WARM-UP DATE FOR AC/DC EUROPEAN TOUR CONFIRMED
Unleashing their high-proof blend of melody, muscle and psychedelic mystique to well in excess of 600,000 riff-hungry fans across 12 different countries...

klogr MUSE, TOOL, STONE SOUR, RUSH PRODUCER FOR KLOGR'S NEXT ALBUM PLUS NEW MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERE
Italian progressive metal band unveil the final music video from 'Make Your Stand'...

rage RAGE REVEAL LYRIC VIDEO FOR NEW TRACK 'SPIRITS OF THE NIGHT' PLUS NEW ALBUM TRAILERS
Iconic German metal trio Rage are set to release their new studio album 'The Devil Strikes Again' on June 10th...

bon scott LIFE-SIZED STATUE OF AC/DC LEGEND BON SCOTT UNVEILED IN KIRRIEMUIR
The bronze statue is the result of a two-year crowdfunding campaign which was supported by AC/DC and the band's former bass player Mark Evans officially unveiled it...

mikkey dee BREAKING NEWS: SAXON WITH PHIL CAMPBELL AND MIKKEY DEE TO PAY TRIBUTE TO LEMMY AT GOLDEN GODS, HAMMERSMITH ODEON
Ticket price is a very reasonable £6.66 with all proceeds going to Nordoff Robbins, Teenage Cancer Trust, and Childline...

mikkey dee BREAKING NEWS: MOTÖRHEAD'S MIKKEY DEE ANNOUNCED AS SCORPIONS DRUMMER
"We would like to continue our Return to Forever tour with James, but we have to realize that his health is priority..."

alex dickson gun BREAKING NEWS: ALEX DICKSON REJOINS GUN
As exclusively predicted by MetalTalk last week, guitarist Alex Dickson has re-joined Scottish rockers Gun...

cockney rejects WEST HAM UNITED TRIBUTE 'GOODBYE UPTON PARK' TO BE RELEASED BY COCKNEY REJECTS
"We were all born within a mile or so from the hallowed Boleyn ground and have all stood on the terraces through snow, rain and sunshine from a very early age."

ac/dc AC/DC RELEASE TICKET REFUND DETAILS FOR MOST EUROPEAN COUNTRIES
If you don't want a refund, then we'll see you at The Olympic Stadium in London as we think we're about to witness a major piece of rock history...

deep purple IAN PAICE AND DON AIREY SCHEDULE SOLO EUROPEAN DATES AS 2016 DEEP PURPLE TOUR APPROACHES
Deep Purple are kicking off their 2016 tour next month in Japan, before heading to Israel, Russia and Europe in June and July.

steve hackett STEVE HACKETT TO RELEASE 'THE TOTAL EXPERIENCE LIVE IN LIVERPOOL', HIS ACOLYTE TO 'WOLFLIGHT' WITH GENESIS REVISITED TOUR
"Besides, it's not as if Liverpool is known for having any good music – there's never been a good band from there. Ha!"

lacuna coil LACUNA COIL LAUNCH NEW ALBUM TITLE TRACK 'DELIRIUM'
Lacuna Coil will be making their much-anticipated return to North America as part of the 'Delirium Worldwide' tour starting in San Francisco on May 7th

bibeau YOUNG, PROGRESSIVE BAND BIBEAU OFFER THEIR FIRST SINGLE/VIDEO, 'MARK THIS'
"We were also hoping to convey the look, feel and flow of some of the classic, timeless rock and metal videos from the height of MTV's popularity..."

virginmarys THE VIRGINMARYS ANNOUNCE HEADLINE UK TOUR FOR JUNE 2016
"It's going to be so great to get back in front of our home fans again, and really important to us to play some of the towns we've been wanting to come back to..."

weapon uk WEAPON UK TO HEADLINE THE RETRIBUTION ALIVE ROAD TRIP IN MAY
"They toured with Motörhead in the 80s, including four sold out shows at the Hammersmith Odean and I have to say, we're pretty excited about this!"

headbangers ball ICED EARTH AND ENSIFERUM TO HEADLINE MTV HEADBANGERS BALL TOUR 2016: FULL DATES HERE
"So brace yourselves for the ultimate Metal experience of a lifetime! See you in front row!"

bloodstock BLOODSTOCK ADDS MORE BANDS, DETAILS METAL 2 THE MASSES FINALS AND ANNOUNCES FIRST NEW BLOOD STAGE WINNERS
Bloodstock HQ is readying to send Team M2TM out on the road for the finals, but in the meantime, there's a few more band additions to the August bill

dead daisies THE DEAD DAISIES ANNOUNCE UK AND EUROPEAN DATES FOR JULY/AUGUST IN SUPPORT OF NEW STUDIO ALBUM 'MAKE SOME NOISE'
The Dead Daisies, the biggest new name in Rock, have just recently announced the addition of Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio) as their new lead guitar player

wolf hoffmann WOLF HOFFMANN TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM 'HEADBANGERS SYMPHONY' ON JULY 1st
"I have always incorporated classical music in my song writing with Accept, especially with 'Metal Heart', but I constantly felt there was so much more that I could do..."

jaegermeister JÄGERMEISTER RELEASE FULL DOCUMENTARY OF WORLD'S FIRST MUSIC GIG ON AIR, SEA AND LAND
"We go bigger every year and because of the nature of this world first this gig was not only a test of friendship but one of supporting each other too..."

john otway JOHN OTWAY PLANNING ON BEING FIRST ARTIST SINCE THE ROLLING STONES TO RECORD IN MONTSERRAT
"Although the old Air Studios are now derelict the studio in the basement of Sir George Martin's house is sound – it just needs rebuilding..."

fates warning FATES WARNING - NEW STUDIO ALBUM 'THEORIES OF FLIGHT' ANNOUNCED, ARTWORK UNVEILED
"There's a loose theme running through a lot of the lyrics, and this developed organically and separately..."

amon amarth RAISE YOUR HORNS AND BE IN AMON AMARTH'S NEW MUSIC VIDEO
Swedish Heavy Metal goliaths Amon Amarth are inviting their fans around the globe to be a part of their forthcoming video...

sixx am SIXX:A.M. ANNOUNCE THE "#REASONTORISE" CAMPAIGN, TOUR DATES AND 'VOL.1 PRAYERS FOR THE DAMNED' DETAILS
"It is our duty as citizens of this world to come together, communicate with one another and rise up to demand more of ourselves and our leaders."

armored saint ARMORED SAINT ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN FESTIVAL AND CLUB APPEARANCES
"For our first time in Spain, it's gonna be sick! And as if this wasn't enough - Saint is playing for the first time ever in Japan..."

black country communion BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION TO REFORM IN 2017
"Preparing BCC Rocket Ship Re-launch for 2017 - all systems go."

tarja TARJA PREMIERES OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO OF HER NEW SINGLE 'NO BITTER END'
'No Bitter End', the opening track of the prequel album 'The Brightest Void', is the first glimpse of Tarja's new work – her heaviest to date...

stratovarius STRATOVARIUS RELEASE LYRIC VIDEO FOR 'UNTIL THE END OF DAYS'
"To me it's a testament to the fact that paying attention to song writing and production was expensive, but so worth it..."

brian johnson EXCLUSIVE: PROMINENT AC/DC CREW MEMBER GIVES REMARKABLE INSIGHT INTO AXL ROSE APPOINTMENT
AC/DC are covering themselves in case Axl's poor reputation for unprofessionalism manifests itself...

brian johnson THE DARKEST DAY OF MY PROFESSIONAL LIFE: BRIAN JOHNSON ISSUES PERSONAL STATEMENT ON AC/DC DEPARTURE
"I wish to assure our fans that I am not retiring. My doctors have told me that I can continue to record in studios and I intend to do that..."

thin lizzy THIN LIZZY ANNOUNCE BASS PLAYER AND NEW DRUMMER FOR 2016/17 ANNIVERSARY SHOWS
Thin Lizzy are undisputed legends and to be a small part of their lineage is a humble honor for me...

ian gillan IAN GILLAN TO PERFORM UNIQUE SOLO SHOW OF DEEP PURPLE CLASSICS IN BULGARIA
There is a possibility that Ian will also play some material from his catalogue outside of Deep Purple...

don airey DEEP PURPLE'S DON AIREY AND FRIENDS ADDED TO CAMBRIDGE ROCK FESTIVAL PLUS ATOMIC ROOSTER
Expect to hear many classics from Airey's illustrious past which includes time spent with Rainbow, Ozzy Osbourne as well as his current job with Deep Purple...

wildfire festival WILDFIRE FESTIVAL 2016 ANNOUNCE SUNDAY NIGHT HEADLINERS AND FIVE MORE ACTS
With June creeping ever closer, Wildfire Festival's impressive main stages line-up is all but finalised...

whitesnake THE END OF WHITESNAKE: DAVID COVERDALE TO RETIRE IN 2017
Whitesnake headline the UK's Ramblin Man Festival in July in what could be their final ever UK appearance...

axl rose AXL ROSE CONFIRMED AS AC/DC SINGER FOR THE REMAINING ROCK OR BUST DATES
The worst kept secret in rock is now official...

aerosmith THE END OF AEROSMITH?: NO FAREWELL TOUR CONFIRMED AT THE MOMENT
"A farewell tour is something we've talked about doing for years, let's say roughly in the last five years..."

hrh united ALESTORM, HAMMERFALL, FINSTERFORST, NAPALM DEATH, ARMORED SAINT, VENOM INC. AND EVIL SCARECROW ANNOUNCED FOR HRH UNITED
HRH United 3 will be an exclusive upgraded Metal Edition taking over the entire site @ Camp HRH, Pwllheli, North Wales...

rolling stones PROUD GALLERIES PLAYING HOST TO FABULOUS ROLLING STONES PHOTO EXHIBITION: TERRY O'NEILL TO ATTEND SIGNING SESSION
It's a wonderful book by photographer Terry O'Neill of Rolling Stones images from 1963 to 1965, an era when the Stones were just "breaking through"...

between the buried and me BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN SUMMER DATES
As well as the European tour dates, BTBAM have launched a live video for 'The Ectopic Stroll' whih you can see here...

jade vine LONDON BASED ALTERNATIVE PROG ROCKERS JADE VINE ANNOUNCE ALBUM LAUNCH SHOW
Jade Vine's music has been influenced by artists such as Pink Floyd, Jeff Buckley, Radiohead, Anathema and Pain Of Salvation...
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