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Sonisphere Festival
Sonisphere Main Stage.jpg

Main Stage at Sonisphere Festival in Kirjurinluoto, Pori, Finland.
Location(s) Europe
Years active 2009 - present
Date(s) June/July/August
Genre Hard rock
Heavy metal
Punk rock
Alternative rock
Thrash metal
Progressive rock
Progressive metal
Electronica
Comedy
Website www.sonispherefestivals.com

The Sonisphere Festival is a touring rock music festival which takes place across Europe between June and August. The festival is owned by John Jackson and Kilimanjaro Live. It is jointly promoted by K2 and Kilimanjaro Live.[1] It has hosted heavy metal bands such as Iron Maiden, Metallica, Mötley Crüe, Slayer, and Megadeth.

Event history[edit]

The idea for Sonisphere was first conceived by John Jackson in the late 90`S. John chose the name Sonisphere, from a combination of Sonic and Sphere. In 2008 Stuart Galbraith had formed business partnership with AEG Live called Kilimanjaro Live. John Jackson approached Stuart Galbraith with the idea of a Pan-World touring festival which fit in with plans Kilimanjaro Live had to launch a UK festival. John Jackson is the Creator and Director of Sonisphere and Galbriath the Producer.

The first run of festivals ran throughout the summer of 2009 at six venues, returning in 2010 and 2011 with 11 venues.

Plans for future festivals consist of increasing the number of festivals, making the event global rather than local to Europe, expanding the UK event into a 3-day festival, and increasing the UK capacity from 40,000 to 60,000 attendees.[2]

Sonisphere 2009[edit]

The 2009 Sonisphere festival tour was made up of six one-day festivals across Europe with a seventh festival in England spanning two days. The festival had a core group of bands that played each of the six dates with numerous extra bands added to each date individually. The locations for the 2009 festivals include Goffert Park, Nijmegen, Netherlands; Hockenheimring, Germany; The Forum, Barcelona, Spain; Folkets Park, Hultsfred, Sweden; Kirjurinluoto, Pori, Finland; and Knebworth House, Knebworth, England. Metallica were the main headliners for each of the 2009 Sonisphere Festivals.

Netherlands[edit]

The Dutch edition of the Sonisphere Festival took place on Saturday June 20, 2009 at Goffert Park, Nijmegen with headliners Metallica.

All bands who played at the festival include:

The following bands cancelled their appearance:

Mastodon could not make it to Sonisphere due to scheduling issues. This was announced at Sonisphere itself, although some[weasel words] heard the news whilst traveling.

The Sword cancelled their show a few days before Sonisphere began.

Germany[edit]

The German edition of the Sonisphere Festival took place on Saturday July 4, 2009 at Hockenheimring with Metallica as headliners.

All bands who played for the festival include:

Spain[edit]

The Spanish edition of the Sonisphere Festival took place on Saturday, July 11, 2009 at The Forum, Barcelona with headliners Metallica.

All bands who played at the festival include:

Sweden[edit]

Jimmie Strimmell performing at Sonisphere Festival, Hultsfred, Sweden 2009

The Swedish edition of the Sonisphere Festival took place on Saturday July 18, 2009 at Folkets Park, Hultsfred with Metallica as headliners.

All bands who played at the festival include:

The following band cancelled their appearance:

Finland[edit]

Linkin Park performing at Sonisphere Festival in Kirjurinluoto, Pori, Finland.

The Finnish edition of the Sonisphere Festival took place on Saturday July 25, 2009 at Kirjurinluoto Arena, Pori with Metallica as headliners.

All bands who played for the festival include:

The following band cancelled their appearance:

Machine Head were forced to cut their set short, due to lead guitarist Phil Demmel collapsing on stage.

England[edit]

The British edition of the Sonisphere Festival took place over two days on Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2, 2009, at Knebworth House, Knebworth with headliners Linkin Park (Saturday) and Metallica (Sunday). The festival featured four stages of music over the weekend, with the main two being staggered staging, the others being within the Bohemia village.[3] The Bohemia stage (the third of four stages) was an undercover stage and was able to continue past the sound curfews placed upon the main stages. This was The Rev's final live performance as Avenged Sevenfold's drummer before his death in December 2009. It was also the last European appearance of Ronnie James Dio before he died of stomach cancer in May 2010.

Apollo Stage
Saturday Sunday

Linkin Park
Heaven & Hell
FACT
Anthrax
Taking Back Sunday
Alien Ant Farm

Metallica
Nine Inch Nails
Limp Bizkit
Machine Head
Lamb of God
Killing Joke
Buckcherry

Saturn Stage
Saturday Sunday

Bullet for My Valentine
Airbourne
The Used
Björn Again
Skindred
Soil

Avenged Sevenfold
Alice in Chains
Feeder
Mastodon
Saxon
Paradise Lost

Bohemia
Saturday Sunday

The Wildhearts
Thunder
Fucked Up
Rolo Tomassi
Oceansize
Coheed & Cambria
Flood of Red
Twin Atlantic
Fighting With Wire
Failsafe
Glamour of the Kill
Sylosis
Blakfish
Telegraphs

Hundred Reasons
Zebrahead
Pepper
Architects
Cancer Bats
Little London
Corey Taylor
Lauren Harris
Dead by April
Attack! Attack!
Rise to Remain

Jägermeister Stage
Saturday Sunday

Young Guns
Exit Ten
Blackhole
New Device
Fin
The Dead Formats

Heaven's Basement
The Defiled
Young Guns
The Crave
Sharks
Me Vs Hero
Dear Superstar

  • Dead by Sunrise appeared on the Apollo Stage on the Saturday night as part of Linkin Park's encore.
  • Coheed and Cambria were late arriving, due to them missing their ferry and as such were moved onto the Bohemia stage to play a later slot originally intended for the band FACT. As such, FACT played the Apollo stage, to a less than warm reception.
  • Blaas of Glory, a gypsy-style cover band, performed a small set on the Saturn stage on the Saturday before Soil.
  • Lamb of God's guitarist Mark Morton missed the band's slot on 2 August as his wife was due to give birth around that time. Unearth's Buz McGrath filled in for him for the band's show at Sonisphere UK.[4]
  • Nine Inch Nails performance was their last ever in Europe as they are set to stop touring at the end of their current tour after 20 years.
  • Thunder played their last ever set as well after 20 years of performing.
  • Anthrax played what was billed as a one-off show with former vocalist John Bush as the originally intended vocalist, Dan Nelson, was no longer part of the band.
  • Machine Head pulled out when Limp Bizkit's addition bumped them down the bill; however, they did return to play the fourth slot on the Apollo stage as Special Guests.

Band dropouts[edit]

  • Frank Turner pulled out for undisclosed reasons, though he has claimed to fans that he was forced to choose between this festival and Leeds and Reading festivals, ultimately choosing the latter.
  • The Sword pulled from the line-up because they were exhausted.
  • Fear Factory cancelled tour dates for what they claimed to be recording of a new album, but was ultimately found out to be legal disputes over the use of the name Fear Factory.
  • Thin Lizzy pulled out as the band parted ways with guitarist-vocalist John Sykes.
  • The Chapman Family were removed from the line-up for undisclosed reasons, though later appeared on the Reading/Leeds line-up.
  • Dinosaur Pile-Up were removed from the line-up for undisclosed reasons, though later appeared on the Reading/Leeds line-up.
  • Dirty Little Rabbits pulled out before the festival due to their drummer suffering from exhaustion after months of touring with Slipknot.
  • The Ataris pulled out after one of their members contracted swine flu.[5]
  • Machine Head were originally billed to play the third spot of the Apollo stage on the Sunday, but pulled out after Limp Bizkit being added to their spot caused disputes over their placement. However, these disputes were settled and Machine Head did, in fact, return to play fourth spot on the Apollo stage.

Sonisphere 2010[edit]

The Sonisphere 2010 tour visited eleven locations around Europe between June 16 and August 8, 2010. The locations for Sonisphere 2010 were Poland, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Turkey, Spain, United Kingdom, Sweden and Finland. Unlike in 2009, there was not a full touring headliner performing each date. The headliners for 2010 were Iron Maiden, Metallica and Rammstein.

Poland[edit]

Warsaw, Poland was the host city for the first of the 2010 festivals; that was first announced on December 9, 2009. The 2010 Sonisphere in Poland took place on June 16, 2010. Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax, bands which make up the big four of thrash metal, played together for the first time.[6]

The bands that played there were:

Switzerland[edit]

Switzerland was the second nation to host the Sonisphere festival in 2010 with the event taking place at Degenaupark in Jonschwil on June 18, 2010.[7]

The bands who played in this area were:

Czech Republic[edit]

Czech Republic hosted the festival in Milovice on June 19, 2010; this was also a one day festival. Metallica headlined this event.

The bands who played in this area were:

Bulgaria[edit]

Bulgaria held its first Sonisphere over two days in Sofia on June 22 and 23, 2010. The venue was the Vasil Levski National Stadium.[8]

Sofia Rocks Powered by Sonisphere Festival
22 June 2010 23 June 2010

Metallica
Slayer
Megadeth
Anthrax
Bastardolomey

Rammstein
Manowar
Alice in Chains
Stone Sour
Skre4

This concert was also broadcast live around the world in movie theaters as part of the Big Four Tour. This was the first time in their history that all four bands played together on one stage, performing the Diamond Head song "Am I Evil?".[9]

Greece[edit]

The Sonisphere festival in Greece was held on June 24, 2010 at Terra Vibe Park in Athens in front of 30,000 people.[10]

The bands who played in this area were:

The Big Four did not all play together.[citation needed]

Romania[edit]

Romania held the Sonisphere festival from June 25 to 27, 2010 in Bucharest at Romexpo.

Friday Saturday Sunday
Accept Metallica Rammstein
Manowar Slayer Alice in Chains
Volbeat Megadeth Stone Sour
Paradise Lost Anthrax Anathema
Orphaned Land Vita de Vie Luna Amara

Turkey[edit]

Turkey held the Sonisphere festival at the same time as Romania: June 25 through 27, 2010. This part of Sonisphere was at the BJK İnönü Stadium in Istanbul.

The bands who played in this area were:

The Big Four were on the stage one after another, but did not play altogether.

The programme for events was as follows:[11]

Friday, June 25

  • Rammstein 21:00 – 23:00
  • Alice in Chains 19:00 – 20:00
  • Pentagram 17:30 – 18:30
  • Stone Sour 16:15 – 17:00
  • Blacktooth 15:00 – 15:45
  • Ete Kurttekin 14:00 – 14:30
  • Door Opening  : 13:00

Saturday, June 26

  • Accept 21:00 – 23:00
  • Manowar 19:15 – 20:15
  • Hayko Cepkin 17:45 – 18:45
  • Volbeat 16:30 – 17:15
  • Murder King 15:30 – 16:00
  • Door Opening  : 14:00

Sunday, June 27

  • Metallica 21:00 – 23:00
  • Slayer 19:00 – 20:00
  • Megadeth 17:30 – 18:30
  • Anthrax 16:15 – 17:00
  • Foma 15:15 – 15:45
  • Gren 14:15 – 14:45
  • Door Opening  : 13:00

Spain[edit]

Spain hosted Sonisphere on July 9 and 10, 2010, at Getafe Open Air in Madrid.

United Kingdom[edit]

Sonisphere arrived in the UK for a three-day festival, taking place at Knebworth House between Friday 30 July - Sunday 1 August. Music included a Rocky Horror Show theme with Alice Cooper, and headliners Iron Maiden and Rammstein.

The announced acts were:

Apollo Stage
Saturday Sunday

Rammstein
Placebo
Good Charlotte
Papa Roach
Anthrax
Lacuna Coil
Family Force Five

Iron Maiden
Pendulum
Alice in Chains
Slayer
Skindred
Madina Lake
Karnivool

Saturn Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

Alice Cooper
Gary Numan
Europe
Turisas
Delain

Mötley Crüe
Skunk Anansie
Apocalyptica
Fear Factory
Soulfly
Sabaton

Iggy and the Stooges
The Cult
Bring Me the Horizon
Dir en Grey
The Fab Beatles
CKY

Bohemia
BIZARRE Friday Saturday Sunday

Terrorvision
65daysofstatic
Fastway
Sylosis
Bigelf
Black Spiders

Gallows
Corey Taylor
Therapy?
Renegades
Sick of It All
Evile
Katatonia
Polar Bear Club
Heaven's Basement
Futures
Enforcer

Funeral for a Friend
Rollins Spoken Word
Converge
Fightstar
The Union
The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster
Rise to Remain
Voodoo Six
The Defiled

Bohemian Hilarity
Saturday Sunday

Tim Minchin
Jarred Christmas MC
Andrew O'Neill

Jim Jefferies
Brian Posehn
Sean Hughes
Glenn Wool

Bowtime Bar
Friday Saturday Sunday

Chrome Hoof
Failsafe
And So I Watch You From Afar
Deaf Havana
Chickenhawk
Ultimate Power DJs

InMe
Bleed From Within
Kellermensch
Bury Tomorrow
All Forgotten
Rinoa
While She Sleeps
Cars on Fire
Bow and Arrow
The Bendal Interlude DJ
Beat Monkeys DJ
Loz DJ

The Ghost of a Thousand
Tek One
The Xcerts
Inner City Dwellers
Me Vs. Hero
Kvelertak
The Worldonfire
Straight Lines
Bendal Interlude
Firebug
Orange Goblin Boys DJ
South Central DJs
Loz DJ

Jägermeister Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

Karma To Burn
Winnebago Deal
October File
Throats
Little London

Earthtone9
Malefice
Out of Sight
The Casino Brawl
Audrey Horne
Young Legionnaire
Cerebral Ballzy
Tom Hollister Trio
RSJ

Slaves to Gravity
Sweet Savage
G.U. Medicine
Tiger Please
Turbowolf
Boys With X Ray Eyes
Sacred Mother Tongue
Allies
Slam Cartel

Band dropouts[edit]

Sweden[edit]

Slayer performing at Sonisphere Festival, Stockholm, Sweden 2010.

Sweden hosted Sonisphere in Stockholm on August 7, 2010 for a one-day festival. Iron Maiden announced via their official website that the band would headline the Swedish event. The following bands performed at the event.[12]

Finland[edit]

Sonisphere finished its tour off at Finland, where tickets sold out in 2009. It was held on August 7 and 8, 2010, at Kirjurinluoto Arena Pori. Iron Maiden and HIM headlined the event.

The bands who played in this area were:

A freak storm hit Sonisphere in Finland on Sunday, August 8, 2010, causing severe damage to the second stage, rendering the stage unsafe and unusable. Two people were seriously injured and one died in the hospital.[14] The Heaven & Hell show was cancelled before the beginning of the festival due to Ronnie James Dio's health issues. He died on May 16, 2010.

Sonisphere 2011[edit]

Sonisphere returned in 2011 with new venues in India, France and Italy but did not return to Romania. It also marked the first time that Metallica played in India. The first headliner announced for Knebworth, England was Slipknot.

UK[edit]

Sonisphere Knebworth took place from July 8 to July 10, 2011.[15] On December 3, 2010, it was announced that the American band Slipknot would headline Sonisphere 2011.[16] Soon afterward, on December 6, it was announced that Scottish rock band Biffy Clyro would be headlining the Saturday night, in the band's first major festival headlining performance.[17] On December 13, 2010, it was announced that Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax would headline the Friday of the Knebworth event. This will be the first time that The Big Four perform together in the UK.[18] On January 17, 2011, it was announced that Motörhead, Mastodon, In Flames and Parkway Drive will be playing the UK leg of Sonisphere.[19] On January 31, 2011, it was announced that Weezer, Airbourne, Architects and Diamond Head will be playing Sonisphere.[20] On February 28, You Me at Six, All Time Low, Sum 41, House of Pain, Arch Enemy, Grinspoon, Fozzy and Periphery were added to the lineup.[21] On March 28, Bill Bailey, Jarred Christmas, Jason John Whitehead, Jim Breuer, and Steve-O were added to the lineup.[22] According to the official site, during all three days of event, nearly 190,000 people were present.

Apollo Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

Metallica
Slayer
Megadeth
Anthrax
Diamond Head

Biffy Clyro
Weezer
You Me At Six
Bad Religion
Cavalera Conspiracy
Architects
Sylosis

Slipknot
Limp Bizkit
Motörhead
Parkway Drive
Mastodon
Arch Enemy
Volbeat

Saturn Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

The Mars Volta
All Time Low
Sum 41
Kids in Glass Houses
Gallows
Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine

Bill Bailey
Opeth
Airbourne
In Flames
House of Pain
Black Tide

Bohemia
Friday Saturday Sunday

Killing Joke
Hayseed Dixie
Blood Red Shoes
My Passion
The Black Dahlia Murder
Firewind
Glamour of the Kill

Sisters of Mercy
Paradise Lost
Gojira
Periphery
Pulled Apart by Horses
Grinspoon
Cherri Bomb
While She Sleeps

Bat Sabbath*
The Answer
Cancer Bats
Four Year Strong
Anberlin
InME
Alestorm
Kylesa
Turbowolf

Red Bull Bedroom Jam Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

Rolo Tomassi
Protest the Hero
Cerebral Ballzy
Young Legionnaire

Watain
Rise to Remain
Tek One
Innerpartysystem
TesseracT
Revoker
You and What Army

Dangerous!
Sonic Boom Six
Don Broco
Title Flight
Me Vs. Hero
Arcane Roots

Jägermeister Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

The Defiled
Flats
Black Breath
Slam Cartel
Hounds
Decade
Hammer of the Gods

Black Spiders
Saint Jude
Rival Sons
The Crave
Six Hour Sundown
The Virgin Marys
Panic Cell
The Treatment
Jettblack
No Americana
Sons of Icarus

Orange Goblin
Fozzy
Anterior
Exit Ten
Amplifier
Demonic Resurrection
Turbogeist
Mojo Fury
The Safety Fire
Fletcher

Comedy Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday Unconfirmed Day

Steve-o
Jim Breuer
Nick Helm
MC: Jared Christmas

Sean Hughes
Brendon Burns
Jason Rouse
Jason John Whitehead
MC: Andrew O'Neill

Howard Marks
Bob Slayer
Tiffany Stevenson
Jim Smallman
Andrew Maxwell

  • Cancer Bats performed a Black Sabbath tribute show.

Sweden[edit]

Sonisphere in Sweden returned to Stockholm, but it was held at "Globen Open Air" on Saturday, July 9, 2011. Slipknot headlined the event, with In Flames, Mastodon, Mustasch and Dead by April also playing at the festival. Only 16,000 fans came to see the bands this time.

Finland[edit]

Sonisphere in Finland took place at Kalasatama, Helsinki on 2 July 2011. Slipknot headlined the bill with the other bands performing included: In Flames, Opeth, Sonata Arctica, Hammerfall, Mastodon and more. As opposed to past two years, the 2011 Sonisphere was less well attended, with attendance of only 12,000 fans.

Poland[edit]

Sonisphere Poland returned to Bemowo Airport, Warsaw on Friday June 10, 2011. Iron Maiden announced on their website that they would headline the event in Poland in 2011. Motörhead was confirmed as the second headliner of the festival.[23][24] Other bands announced were Mastodon, Volbeat, Killing Joke,[(Devin Townsend)], Hunter and Made of Hate. Iron Maiden played to the crowd of over 40,000 people who attended the event.[25]

Greece[edit]

Sonisphere in Greece returned to Athens and it took place in Terra Vibe Park, Malakassa on Friday, June 17, 2011. Iron Maiden headlined the event, and Slipknot were special guests, playing live for the first time since Paul Gray's death. Mastodon, Gojira and Virus were the supporting acts.[26][citation needed] On May 6, it was announced that Nightfall, Moonspell, Need and Total Riot would play on June 17, 2011. Rotting Christ were the headliners of the second stage of the Greek leg of Sonisphere Festival. More than 25,000 fans attended the event.

Italy[edit]

Sonisphere 2011 took place on Italian soil for the first time. More than 40,000 people were present during two days of festival. The two-day event was booked at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola, on 25 and 26 June 2011. Iron Maiden were the headliners on the first evening, and the band performed to nearly 30,000 fans. Next day's headliners were Linkin Park with 13,000 in attendance. The other bands on the bill were: Slipknot, My Chemical Romance, Sum 41, Alter Bridge, The Cult, Mastodon, Motörhead, Guano Apes, Funeral for a Friend, Papa Roach, Rob Zombie, Apocalyptica and many others.

France[edit]

Slipknot and The Big Four confirmed that they would be headlining the French Sonisphere event, which took place on July 8 and 9, 2011. Other bands announced were Dream Theater, Airbourne, Mastodon, Gojira, Loudblast, Tarja, Volbeat, Diamond Head, Mass Hysteria, Rise To Remain, Symphonia, Bring Me the Horizon and Papa Roach.[citation needed] The two nights attracted 76,000 people. Metallica performed Helpless from Diamond Head, with Diamond Head and Anhrax members on stage, but without Slayer and Megadeth [27]

India[edit]

On May 1, 2011, Metallica confirmed on their official website that they would headline the Indian edition of Sonisphere, which took place in Bangalore on October 30 at the Palace Grounds.[28]

Spain[edit]

The third Spanish Sonisphere Festival took place on July 15 and 16, 2011, at Getafe Open Air in Madrid. The main headliner was Iron Maiden with The Darkness and Slash headlining the night before. Sonsphere Spain included around 70,000 attendees. Iron Maiden played to a full house venue with nearly 45,000 fans.

Bands:

 Friday 15: SLASH, THE DARKNESS, ARCH ENEMY, GOJIRA, SÔBER, BULLET, ANGELUS APATRIDA, VALIENT THORR
 Saturday 16: IRON MAIDEN, DREAM THEATER, TWISTED SISTER, URIAH HEEP, APOCALYPTICA, LACUNA COIL, MASTODON, HAMMERFALL

Turkey[edit]

Iron Maiden headlined the second Turkish Sonisphere show, which took place on June 19, 2011, at Maçka Küçükçiftlik Park, Istanbul. Other bands that played included Slipknot, Alice Cooper, Mastodon and In Flames. Tickets were sold to approximately 25,000 people.

Bulgaria[edit]

A Sonisphere event was scheduled to happen this year in Bulgaria but according to local promoter Marcel Avram and Balkan Entertainment the event was cancelled due to logistical and other problems that could not be rectified. The promoters also said that these problems were out of their control and that full refunds for tickets would begin on June 15 and continue to July 15.[29]

Switzerland[edit]

Sonisphere returned to Switzerland for the second time. The event took place at St. Jakob on 23 and 24 June in Basel. Over two evenings more than 35,000 people attended the headlining shows. The 23 June headliner was Judas Priest with the Epitaph World Tour at the St. Jakobshalle; the next evening's headliner was Iron Maiden, who performed to almost 25,000 fans gathered on Lichtatletik Stadion. The other bands were: Whitesnake, Alice Cooper, Slipknot, Limp Bizkit, In Extremo, In Flames, Papa Roach, Kreator, Mr. Big, Hatebreed, Hammerfall, Alter Bridge, Gojira, Gwar, Skindred and many more.

Czech Republic[edit]

For the second time, Sonisphere took place in Czech Republic. The 2011 event was originally scheduled for Milovice Airport, but after a few months was changed to Praha's Výstaviště Park. Nearly 30,000 people from Czech Republic and many other countries (Poland, Germany, Austria) attended the headlining gig of Iron Maiden on 11 June 2011. Other bands on the bill included The Sisters of Mercy, Kreator, Korn, Mastodon, Cavalera Conspiracy and many others.

Sonisphere 2012[edit]

UK[edit]

Sonisphere Knebworth was scheduled to take place from July 6 to July 8, 2012. On February 20, 2012, the headliners were announced as Kiss (Friday), Queen + Adam Lambert (Saturday) and Faith No More (Sunday). Several bands were set to play an album in its entirety, including Mastodon performing The Hunter, Glassjaw performing Worship and Tribute and Hundred Reasons performing Ideas Above Our Station. On March 29, the festival was cancelled with the organisers stating that co-ordinating the festival to an appropriate standard this year had proved more difficult than expected.[30]

Apollo Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

Kiss
Within Temptation
Wolfmother
Black Stone Cherry

Queen + Adam Lambert
Evanescence
The Darkness
Flogging Molly
Gojira

Faith No More
Incubus
Marilyn Manson
Cypress Hill
Andrew W.K.

Saturn Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

Tim Minchin
Skindred
Lacuna Coil
Alestorm

Refused
Mastodon
Glassjaw
The Blackout
Seether

Bohemia
Friday Saturday Sunday

New Model Army
Hundred Reasons

Kvelertak

Red Bull Bedroom Jam Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

The Getaway Plan

  • Fields of the Nephilim, Ghost and Katatonia will perform on Saturday.
  • Switchfoot and I Killed the Prom Queen will perform on Sunday
  • Crowbar and Electric Wizard will perform on the Bohemia stage

Poland[edit]

Poland hosted Sonisphere on May 10, 2012, at Bemowo Airport.

Spain[edit]

Spain hosted Sonisphere on May 25 and 26, 2012, at Getafe Open Air.

Switzerland[edit]

Switzerland held Sonisphere on May 30, 2012, at Yverdon-les-Bains

Finland[edit]

Finland held Sonisphere on June 4, 2012, at Kalasatama.

France[edit]

France held Sonisphere on July 7 and 8, 2012, at Amneville.

Sonisphere 2014[edit]

It was announced on November 12, 2013, that Sonisphere will return to Knebworth, UK, from July 4 to July 6, 2014. The festival will celebrate 40 years of Rock Music at Knebworth Park. Sonisphere will come to Hamburg, Germany at June 4, 2014.

On 2 December Iron Maiden (Saturday) and Metallica (Sunday) were announced as the first two headliners of the UK edition of Sonisphere. This will mark as Iron Maiden's final show of their highly successful Maiden England World Tour. It was also revealed when Metallica were announced, that fans that book weekend tickets would be eligible to vote for 17 of the 18 songs in Metallica's setlist (The 18th to be one of their new songs). On the 11th December The Prodigy were announced to be headlining the Friday slot. On 6 January, Slayer, Mastodon, Alice in Chains, Airbourne, Ghost, Karnivool, Gojira and Airbourne were added to the lineup as undercard bookings. Then on 21 January, Limp Bizkit were revealed to be the special guests for The Prodigy on the Friday. With Dropkick Murphys, The Sisters Of Mercy, Anthrax, Chas & Dave, The Devin Townsend Project, Carniflex, Silverstein, The Virgin Marys & Voodoo Six also appearing across the weekend.

Sonisphere also later revealed on their official Facebook page, that they plan to continue their tradition of having no stage clashes between the two main stages (Apollo & Saturn stages), but the other stages will run as normal. Babymetal will be making their first ever UK appearance on the Bomhemia Stage on the Sunday.[31]

Apollo Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

The Prodigy
Limp Bizkit
Band of Skulls
Gary Numan
Anti-Flag
The Defiled

Iron Maiden
Deftones
Frank Turner And The Sleeping Souls
Anthrax
Ghost

Metallica
Alice In Chains
Mastodon
Airbourne
The Devin Townsend Project
Gojira

Saturn Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday

Slayer
Carcass
The Winery Dogs
Chas & Dave
Alestorm

Dream Theater
Dropkick Murphys
Reel Big Fish
Karnivool
Protest the Hero

Bohemia
Friday Saturday Sunday

Electric Wizard
65daysofstatic
Atari Teenage Riot
Bam Margera's Fuckface Unstoppable
Devil You Know
Yashin
Carnifex
Canterbury
LostAlone
TRC
Brutality Will Prevail
Hounds
Little Matador
Malefice
Glass City Vice

The Sisters of Mercy
New Model Army
Dog Eat Dog
Wilko Johnson
Sebastian Bach
The Virginmarys
Reckless Love
Bleed From Within
Stampin' Ground
Blitz Kids
Voodoo Six
The Hell

Therapy?
The Bronx
Gallows
Babymetal
Bo Ningen
Chiodos
Kerbdog
Trash Talk
Silverstein
Truckfighters
Only Crime
Anti-Nowhere League
The Cadillac Three
Dregen
Itch
Beastmilk
Krokodil

Red Bull Bedroom Jam Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday
Unconfirmed Day
Unconfirmed Stage

Black Spiders
Glamour of the Kill
Max Raptor
TesseracT
Raging Speedhorn
The Safety Fire
The One Hundred
The Lounge Kittens
The Hype Theory
Broken Hands
Palm Reader
Collibus
Emp!re
Fort Hope

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