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Metallica and Linkin Park unite for new UK festival (2009)


Story by Jack Foley

METALLICA and Linkin Park are to headline a new festival at Knebworth this Augustm entitled Sonisphere.

60,000 fans will be able to witness these rock titans over the weekend long camping festival, which takes place over August 1 and 2, 2009.

“We’re stoked to be touring England and Europe with Sonisphere”, said Metallica’s Lars Ulrich. “Summer festivals in Europe are what Metallica do best. We can’t wait to see all of our fans over there.”

Many other artists are to be added to the bill, with a few musical surprises – so watch this space, as the full festival line up will be announced in the coming weeks

Sonisphere comes from the creators of the legendary Monsters of Rock and Download Festivals, who promise one thing: quality rather than quantity.

Rather than squeezing as many bands as possible onto multiple stages and forcing fans to choose between performers, Sonisphere intends to feature bands of the highest calibre performing on two alternate stages – meaning you won’t have to miss any music, and thereby solving a recurring complaint from rock fans at other events.

Sonisphere will also have all the usual festival madness, stalls, fun fairs, jugglers, fire eaters and general rock debauchery for a full on festival.

Not only is Sonisphere restoring Knebworth as the rightful home of rock but it will also become the first and only rock festival to tour internationally. In 2009, the festival will visit Holland, Germany, Spain, Sweden and Finland, ending its tour in the UK at Knebworth. From 2010, it will will break beyond Europe and become a truly global phenomenon.

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