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Interview: Sonisphere Festival promoter, Alan Day on Metallica, Glastonbury and cancelling a festival

June 4th, 2014

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Metallica are headlining the Sunday evening of Sonisphere Festival 2014 so Raziq Rauf took a few minutes to talk to festival booker, Alan Day about the metal legends, the cancelled event of 2012 and what to look out for at Knebworth this year. You can also WIN a pair of Sonisphere tickets and a goody bag. Decent.

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The future of British rock and metal festivals

April 1st, 2014

With Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Faith No More, Motörhead and Soulfly (and Wolfmother…) set to fill the main stage of a day at British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park this July, it struck Raziq Rauf that the same bill could easily have been announced in 2000 to the same fanfare. What has (or has not) happened in the last 14 years for this to be the case and what does the future have in store?

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What is the future of music festivals? I’m not talking 2015 (because 2014’s summer season lineup is just about fully lined up), I’m talking about something more like 2025. What is going to happen to our music festivals in the next ten years? Will Metallica still be headlining on a rota with Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Linkin Park? The classic rockers like Aerosmith, Def Leppard and Black Sabbath have a shelf-life. Are Avenged Sevenfold or Rammstein the answer? While they sell out arenas in London and that simply translates to headlining Donington or Knebworth, neither have ever had quite the same impact as those first mentioned few and they likely never will.

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Sunday Slaylist: Sonisphere 2012 – What Might’ve Been

April 1st, 2012

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There’s not denying it – for UK rock fans, the cancellation of Sonisphere 2012 was the biggest news story this week. Unless something incredibly dramatic happens later this year, we’d put good money on it being one of – if not the – biggest news story of the entire year. It’s because it’s such a momentous news event that we’re dedicating this week’s Sunday Slaylist to the acts that were supposed to be performing at Knebworth this Summer…only with an extra little twist….

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Sonisphere Festival 2012 heavily rumoured to be cancelled

March 28th, 2012

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The word on the internet grapevine is that Sonisphere Festival 2012 has been cancelled due to poor ticket sales. Yes, this sucks. We love Sonisphere a lot and we love it in the present tense.

We’ve had a few confirmations from people linked to the festival but there’s no official word from the festival promoters, Kilimanjaro as of yet. We understand that an official statement will be made tomorrow, so hold tight.

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Kvelertak, Crowbar, and Electric Wizard among the 11 new names announced by Sonisphere Festival for Knebworth

March 6th, 2012

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Sonisphere Festival have confirmed 11 new bands for their Knebworth bill this July. Heading up this new announcement are Kvelertak, Crowbar, and Electric Wizard, and along with the rest of the new additions to the line-up, brings the total number of bands announced for Sonsphere UK this Summer up to a total of 34.

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Sonisphere headliners leaked – Faith No More and Queen…fronted by Adam Lambert?!? **UPDATED**

February 3rd, 2012

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Those of you following us on Twitter will have heard us mention earlier this week that we’d just heard a festival headliner “rumour” so mental it has blown my mind. GOBSMACKED…well, it seems The Daily Star have gone and blown all our secrets out of the water – today they confirmed that this year’s Sonisphere Festival headliners in the UK will be Faith no More and Queen….fronted by Adam Lambert.

Yes, you read that correctly.

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Sunday Slaylist: Speculating Sonisphere 2012

January 29th, 2012

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Well, this week Sonisphere finally broke their silence and announced some of the bands that will be playing their Spanish and Finnish festivals this year. As yet there’s still no names for Knebworth, and as Metal Hammer noted, some of the names that are playing in Madrid and Helsinki are playing Download in the UK, and therefore seem highly unlikely to make the UK edition of Sonisphere. But it got us thinking – what bands could be playing at Knebworth this year?

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Future Hits 098: Endless Dark

October 10th, 2011

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Endless Dark
From: Ólafsvík, Iceland
Lazy Equation: (Bring Me The Horizon + Enter Shikari) x #ICELANDICM0SH
URL: Facebook // Twitter

Thrash Hits Verdict:
You might think that all Icelandic music “sounds like a glacier” or that it’s kooky and weird à la Björk and Sigur Rós but they also do crabcore pretty well as well. Endless Dark are young but they’ve already played Sonisphere Festival in 2010 so they might even play the UK again. Who knows, but we saw them at Iceland Airwaves 2010 and thought they were one of the most polished Icelandic rock bands we’ve seen for a while. We’re about to see them again at the same event and they’ll more than likely bring the flat-brimmed New Era mosh all over again.

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