The Big One: Ozzfest 2010
London's O2 arena - 18 September
Kate Puttock - 09 September 2010
What, when and where
The Prince of Darkness, Ozzy Osbourne's legendary Ozzfest tour is set to return to these shores for the first time in over five years.
The one day event will be held at London's O2 arena on 18 September. Not only is it the first time that the O2 will be offering all general admission ticket holders the choice between standing and seating. Ozzy and Co. will also be taking over the whole complex turning it into a Village of the Damned.
Five to Watch
The Prince of Darkness headlines the event as always, with over four decades experience under his belt, his music is as relevant as ever. He is still captivating audiences all over the world with his haunting voice.
The Californian band are set to shake things up with their blend of throbbing guitar riffs, funky beats and the unmistakable howl of singer Jonathan Davis. You can be sure of a fiery, entertaining and energetic sing-a-long show with crowd-pleasers such as 'Freak On A Leash' and 'Here To Stay'.
The British quartet will be bringing a Rasta funk metal vibe to proceedings. After a triumphant performance at this summer's Sonisphere festival, this is the band to watch. Get ready to rock out with one of the best live bands around as they whip the crowd up into a frenzy.
If you’re a fan of 80's gam rock, then this is the parody band for you. With entertainment value as big as their hair, you can't go wrong. Prepare to be amused whether you like it or not.
A throwback to the time of long flowing locks and guitar solos, the British quartet will bring a whiff of nostalgia to proceedings. The band have a mix of classic grooves with a modern edge the perfect band to bring the older and younger fans together.
One to Miss
The Sheffield band have a steady sound of guitar riffs and drum beats. That's about all there is to Black Spiders. There's no real stage presence and not a lot else going on.
Playing a rare UK Festival date
The group are making this their only UK festival of 2010 and their first festival performance in years. They commanded the crowd at their last European festival appearances at Rock Am Ring and Download, so expect more of the same at the O2 for Ozzfest.
The up and coming welsh rockers are Road Runners’ hotly-tipped new signing and with praise from the likes of Soulfly and Skindred, be prepared to be impressed. The boisterous quartet already have an appearance at Download Festival under their belt this summer.
Be at Ozzfest if you like...
Ozzy Osbourne, metal, death and tattoos
Avoid if you hate...
Tattoos, death themed events, fairground rides and Ozzy Osbourne.
Fashionista or Folky?
With a line up of metal heavyweights, it’s neither fashionista nor folky. Expect a lot of new rock boots, camouflage, men and women with long dreadlocked hair. Oh and black t-shirts, truckloads of black t-shirts.
Leave plenty of time, it's a long tube journey to the O2 unless you live in the Greenwich area. Bring steel caped boots to prevent toes being squashed in pits.
Alcohol of Choice
With over 30 bars and restaurants to choose from everyone is catered for. However if you're on O2, a trip to the Blue Room bar for a cocktail or three is well worth it to get you into the mood before the bands start.
Take your mum score - 2/10
Unless your mum is Sharon Osbourne, leave her at home.
Can I still get tickets?
General admission tickets have sold out but upper level tickets are on still sale for £45.25.
Click here to buy Ozzfest tickets.