Metallica and Iron Maiden to headline Sonisphere 2014?

Sonisphere 2014 headliners leaked early?

Metallica and Iron Maiden to headline Sonisphere 2014?

Photographer: Sara BowreyChris Swindells on 02 December 2013

Metallica and Iron Maiden were both put in the frame for Sonisphere festival, held last in 2011 at Knebworth House, Hertfordshire, by reports published on Strictly Sonisphere. According to the news item, The Ticket Factory website reportedly said :

"Sonisphere tickets are on sale Monday 5:30pm!!

Sonisphere returns to make history with Iron Maiden & Metallica headlining together for the first time ever in the UK CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF ROCK AT KNEBWORTH

Iron Maiden and Metallica, the two biggest metal bands on the planet, will make history this summer when they co-headline the Sonisphere Festival in Knebworth, the very first time both bands have appeared together on a British bill, and the ONLY CONCERTS EITHER BAND WILL PLAY IN THE UK IN 2014.

Both Metallica and Iron Maiden headlined their first ever Knebworth concerts under the Sonisphere banner and now these giants of the world stage return together to fly the Sonisphere flag once more; bigger and bolder than ever before. For the first time ever fans will have the chance to see both bands come together to head up what will surely make for one of the most historic festival bills in heavy rock music."

Metallica have long been rumoured for the festival, particularly after they were announced for Sonisphere Hamburg on June 4 2014 at Imtech Arena, Hamburg, Germany.

Full details of the announcement and ticket details are to be made public at 5:30pm today (December 2) and will be published on Virtual Festivals later today.

As with all speculation around major line-up announcements we recommend these rumours be taken with a grain of scepticism.

We know both Iron Maiden and Metallica are on tour during 2014, taking in many of the main European festival stops, with both bands scheduled to play the twinned German mega-festivals Rock am Ring and Rock im Park next June.

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