The Big One: Sonisphere Festival 2010
United Kingdom | 23 July 2010
Robin Card looks ahead to this week's metal behemoth, Sonisphere Festival.
Big Green Coach have announced that they are working directly with this year's festival, providing ticket and travel packages for fans. The environmentally responsible travel company has a number of weekend camping passes for both sites with coaches running from a number of major cities. Click on the logo for full details.
What, when and where?
Winner of Best New Festival at the 2009 UK Festival Awards, Sonisphere returns for its second year on these shores and promises once again to be an unmissable event for the discerning metaller. The festival will take place between Friday 30 July and Sunday 1 August at the legendary Knebworth, and again features a line up of hard rock heroes, new and old.
Sonisphere's unique feature is its dual main stages, with acts alternating between them, providing very little waiting time between bands. Which means more time for bruising punishment!
Five to watch
The main draw for the weekend, Germany's Rammstein will provide gargantuan chugging riffs and pyrotechnics in abundance. Their live show has to be seen to be believed – from breathing fire through masks during 'Fueur Frei' to soaking the crowd with a giant phallic foam gun during 'Pussy'. Expect explosions and an experience you'll never forget.
Who wouldn't want to hear 'Run To The Hills'? Bruce Dickinson and co will be flying into Sonisphere (no doubt in their custom 757 jet) to headline the second night as part of their Final Frontier world tour. Celebrating 30 years in the business, these grizzly veterans know all there is to know about entertainment.
With a reputation as one of the most savagely violent live acts around, Gallows are ones for the hardcore. If you are a masochist who loves getting bludgeoned whilst listening to vicious punk cuts like 'In The Belly Of A Shark', they are not to be missed.
Iggy and the Stooges
You will find Iggy Pop at Knebworth doing his REAL job – stripped to the waist and prowling around the stage like a panther, whilst the Stooges belt out scuzzy low-slung garage rock. The band have recently been concentrating on early material from their monumental 'Raw Power' album, demonstrating they can match bands 20 years their junior for sheer energy.
One of the most debauched, hard-living bands in rock 'n' roll history, Motley Crue will be bringing the party to Sonisphere on Saturday night. It's not quite time for hanging up the guitars just yet and the band will be keen to show it's still all about the 'Girls Girls Girls'.
One to miss
It's played at the end of any number of Saturday night student discos, so ask yourself, is it worth sitting through a whole set of 80's hair metal guitar wankery just to hear 'The Final Countdown'?
Playing a rare UK festival date
The progenitor of electronic music, Gary Numan will be frying the kid's circuits on Friday. Many metal acts rush to credit Gary Numan as a huge influence, including Marilyn Manson, Queens of the Stone Age and Nine Inch Nails. For regular attendees of rock music festivals, this may be your only chance to see a man who is a true legend.
The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster
Brighton's TEMBLD enjoyed some success in the early 00's but have since taken their distinct brand of murder-crazed psychobilly back to the underground. Touring in support of recent album 'Blood and Fire', they shun songs more than two minutes long but are nonetheless known for whipping the crowd up into bursts of frenzy.
Be at Sonisphere if you like...
The colour black, studs, guitar solos, Jagermeister, angry Germans.
Avoid if you hate...
Volume, tattoos and piercings, Brian Molko, goths.
Clever positioning will mean you can travel quickly between both stages and not get caught up in the crush that occurs directly in the middle of the arena. If there is a band you particularly want to see up close, you may have to hang back during the previous act's set. There may be extremely long queues for the shuttle buses on Monday so get there early – or catch a lift.
Fashionista or folky?
Neither. This festival is for the outsiders, but is still friendly and good-humoured.
Alcohol of choice
Snakebite, Jagermeister, Jack Daniels.
Take your mum score - 1/10
Unless your mum eats lightning and craps thunder.
Can I still get tickets?
Somewhat surprisingly, regular day and weekend tickets are still available, as well as 'Rock Royalty' VIP tickets. Get in there whilst you still can!
Click here to buy Sonisphere Festival tickets.
Big Green Coach have announced that they are working directly with this year's festival, providing ticket and travel packages for fans.
The environmentally responsible travel company has a number of weekend camping passes for both sites with coaches running from a number of major cities. Click on the logo for full details.
Head to the Big Green Coach website for more details.
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