Sonisphere 2014

Sonisphere 2014
Knebworth Park

Starts: Fri 4th to Sun 6th July 2014
Tickets: Adult camping tickets from £205


Sonisphere is set to return to Knebworth Park, and will celebrate 40 years of festivals at the venue.

The Festival is a touring Rock, Metal, Electro, and Punk music festival which takes place across Europe between June and August. The UK leg of the tour takes place at Knebworth House.

The festival features four stages, the main two being staggered staging, ensuring you dont miss a thing, the third and fourth stages are undercover stages and are able to continue past the sound curfews placed upon the main stages.

Artists booked to appear include: Iron Maiden, Metallica, The Prodigy, Limp Bizkit,, The Deftones, Alice In Chains,Slayer, Mastodon,  Airbourne, Ghost, Gojira,  The Sisters of Mercy, Dropkick Murphys, Devin Townsend Project, The Virginmarys & Karnivool, Frank Turner

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Sonisphere announces Comedians, Wrestlers and the return of the silent disco

Created on Wed 16th April 2014

Sonisphere have announced a cast of comedians with Mat Reed hosting the Saturday at the festival along with Fin Taylor, Alfie Brown, Noise Next Door, Andrew O Neil and John Robertson.

Sunday is hosted by Andrew O Neil, Matt Rees, Pat Cahill, Mat Ewins, Rob Deering and Jim Smallman.


Therapy? Playing Infernal Love in Full at Sonisphere

Created on Wed 9th April 2014

Sonisphere have revealed a further 12 acts for this years event including Therapy? Playing Infernal Love in full.


Babymetal to make their debut UK performance at Sonisphere

Created on Tue 8th April 2014

Japan's Babymetal are the latest line-up addition for Sonisphere. Since uploading latest single "Gimme Chocolate!!" less than two months ago, anyone with even a passing interest in music will be aware of the teenage trio's blend of Icon Pop and Heavy Metal. Generating over 5 million views, seemingly out of nowhere, the music press was forced to stand up and take notice, with premier rock publications like Kerrang! and Metal Hammer featuring the band, alongside mainstream outlets such as The Guardian and USA Today.


Band Of Skulls, Gary Numan & more added to Sonisphere as day tickets go on sale

Created on Wed 19th March 2014

Sonisphere have announced that due to phenomenal demand, day tickets for the 2014 Sonisphere Festival, headlined by THE PRODIGY, IRON MAIDEN and METALLICA are now on sale. Friday tickets priced at £55 and the Saturday and Sunday at £75 per day & Weekend tickets start at £180. In addition, camping add-ons are available to day ticket holders for £35 and for those looking to really treat themselves, a ‘King For A Day’ plus more Tickets on sale here. 

With no clashes across the two main stages and sensitively timed sets across the tented stages, Sonisphere ensures ticket holders get the most for their money, negating the need for any painful decisions on who to watch. The full list of bands so far and their respective performance days are outlined below, but not before a further fourteen names who join the stellar line up are revealed.

Band Of Skulls make their Knebworth debut at SONISPHERE this summer. The Southampton rock’n’roll trio come armed with bluesy and ballsy slabs of rock that have seen them making waves far beyond the shores of their coastal hometown. Support slots with the likes of Muse, Queens Of The Stone Age and The Dead Weather, an Independent Music Award for “Sweet Sour”, a feature documentary on Channel 4 and huge support from Radio One has seen them become a household name in the UK, with the rest of the world standing to attention and taking notice.

Gary Numan returns to Knebworth in support of his acclaimed new album “Splinter”. Highly regarded and massively influential, Numan is undoubtedly one of Electronic music’s pioneers, with megastars such as Trent Reznor, Marilyn Manson and Dave Grohl citing him as an inspiration. 

It’s rare for a band to wait 14 years between albums, and even rarer for the subsequent album to be unanimously declared a masterpiece by both fans and critics alike, yet legendary British metallers Carcass managed to do just that with last year’s “Surgical Steel”. Just as angry and hungry as they were on their 1988 debut “Reek Of Putrefaction”, Bill Steer and Jeff Walker show none of the fatigue or complacency common in bands over a quarter century old, and their set at Sonisphere will be total and utter aural annihilation.

"A chance to play on the same day as Iron Maiden at Sonisphere? Please sign us up!” exclaims bassist/vocalist Jeff Walker. “Nevermind the fact that Bill Steer (guitar) is a Big Chas & Dave fan- as if that wasn’t enough to cement the deal already!”

New Model Army released their acclaimed "Between Dog and Wolf" album in 2013, their highest charting album in 20 years, and following the success of this, will release a live album taken from the accompanying European tour later this year.  Said Justin Sullivan, lead singer/songwriter and founder of the band; "We are very much looking forward to playing Sonisphere, and in particular playing at the legendary Knebworth House. This will be the first time we have played both."

Said Justin Sullivan, lead singer/songwriter and founder of the band; "We are very much looking forward to playing Sonisphere, and in particular playing at the legendary Knebworth House. This will be the first time we have played both."

It would be easy to call The Winery Dogs a supergroup: vocalist and guitarist Richie Kotzen made his mark with Poison and Mr. Big, where he met TWD bassist Billy Sheehan, who in turn has been rocking for decades with Steve Vai, David Lee Roth and others, and drummer Mike Portnoy was the co-founder of progressive metal superstars Dream Theater. But THE WINERY DOGS are so much more than a supergroup, and their cohesive, well rounded, classic sounding rock, interspersed with jaw dropping moments that only musicians of this caliber can create, will prove why at SONISPHERE’s Saturn stage. Drummer Mike Portnoy states:

“So excited to be playing Sonisphere at the legendary Knebworth! This will be The Winery Dogs' premiere festival performance and it couldn't have been at a better one than this!”


Sonisphere adds Dream Theater, Yashin, Devil You Know & more

Created on Wed 5th March 2014

Sonisphere will now feature a total of over 100 bands across the weekend and has revealed more names to join the festival’s 2014 line up. The first act confirmed is Dream Theater as Sunday’s headline act on the Saturn stage. A mesmerizing band to watch, each member with a number of impressive accolades under their belt, Dream Theater have been churning out their unique brand of progressive metal for over 25 years, selling over six million albums worldwide. Building their sound from a solid base of incredible musical proficiency, becoming heavier over the years, whilst retaining their trademark, the band have become one of the biggest-selling progressive bands around, resulting in an induction into the Long Island Hall of Fame.


More acts announced for Sonisphere

Created on Mon 24th February 2014

Sonisphere have added a further 16 artists to this year’s festival including guitar legend Wilko Johnson, Dorset’s Electric Wizard, New Jersey Dog Eat Dog performing the legendary All Boro Kings’ album in full.


Sonisphere adds Deftones and 11 other acts to the line up

Created on Wed 12th February 2014

Sonisphere have added another wave of acts to the line up including the Detones who's appearance will be their only UK show. Ground-breaking and highly influential, the alternative metallers have been setting new standards in exciting rock performance since the seminal album ‘Adrenaline’ came out in 1995. With a reputation for being one of the most dazzling and uncompromising bands on the planet, DEFTONES have, throughout the years, been garnering praise, success, and too many accolades to mention, selling millions of records and winning the adoration of their peers. With classics such as ‘Back To School’, ‘My Own Summer (Shove It)’, ‘Change (In The House Of flies)’, DEFTONES are poised to set KNEBWORTH ablaze with a show to die for. Says drummer Abe Cunningham:

"Greetings to ALL!!! We are absolutely stoked to be part of Sonisphere's return and of course to have a chance to once again play a show with Iron Maiden, especially on the hallowed grounds of Knebworth. Until then...!!!!


Limp Bizkit confirmed as special guest for Sonisphere along with 9 more acts

Created on Tue 21st January 2014

Sonisphere has today announced that LIMP BIZKIT will return to Knebworth as special guests to THE PRODIGY. One of the biggest bands to emerge from the Nu-Metal scene of the 90s, LIMP BIZKIT’s insanely catchy and infectious rock has amassed them millions of album sales and the accolade of fastest selling rock album ever with “Chocolate Starfish & The Hotdog Flavored Water”. However, it is the live environment in which they truly shine – their upcoming sold out tour of the UK bears testament to that – and the prospect of mega hits like “Rollin”, “Nookie”, “My Generation” and “Gold Cobra” will provide the perfect warm up to the Friday night headliners at this exclusive festival appearance. 


Sonisphere adds Slayer, Mastodon, Alice In Chains, Airbourne, Ghost, Gojira & Karnivool

Created on Mon 6th January 2014

Sonisphere has announced that Alice In Chains, Slayer, Mastodon, Airbourne, Ghost, Gojira & Karnivool will be joining headliners The Prodigy, Iron Maiden and Metallica at Knebworth House on the weekend of 4th – 6th July, 2014.


The Prodigy to join Iron Maiden & Metallica at Sonisphere 2014

Created on Wed 11th December 2013

The Prodigy have been announced as the Friday night headliner for Sonisphere Festival 2014. Prodigy will kick off the weekend with a bang on Friday night followed by Iron Maiden on Saturday night and Metallica closing the festival on Sunday. 


Sonisphere Returns!

Created on Mon 2nd December 2013

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. 


By Rail
The nearest useable rail station is Stevenage, two miles away. There is a free shuttle service from the station (see above) plus is a taxi rank. Taxis should cost around £5 to the festival site (depending on traffic). Non-stop Inter-City and local services run to Stevenage from London Kings Cross Station around every 30 minutes. Plus, there are frequent Inter-City connections on the East Coast main line to Cambridge, York, Newcastle, Glasgow, Edinburgh and many other destinations.

Please note that there will be NO festival access from Knebworth Train Station. You must use Stevenage station.

It is STRONGLY recommended that return train tickets are bought in advance. Stevenage is on a very busy commuter line and has narrow platforms so it will not be possible for festival goers to gain access to the station till after 9.30am once the commuter traffic has died down. The free shuttle service will start at 9.15am from the site but you may need to wait for a short while at the station before accessing the platforms. It is therefore recommended that trains are booked for after 10am to ensure you can meet your travel plans.

Shuttle bus
A FREE shuttle bus service will run from Stevenage Train Station to the Sonisphere site from Thursday to Monday. It will be a continuous service rather than at set times. More buses will be available during busy periods but you may need to wait for a short while to get the next available bus. Check back here for updates on the running times.

The shuttle bus is not reserved for just rail users. It can be used by local festival goers and people staying or parking in Stevenage. The shuttle bus will leave from the Leisure Park at the foot of the railway station bridge and takes you close to the entrance to the festival.

Rock Royalty camping customers have an additional shuttle which picks them from the station or the main shuttle drop off point in the festival site and takes them to the Rock Royalty reception. This will be signposted but please ask a steward if you are unsure of its location. More details will be sent to Rock Royalty customers in advance of the festival

By Coach
The greener way to get there by roadBIG GREEN COACH provide official return travel direct to the heart of Sonisphere.  Let the Sonisphere atmosphere begin the moment you step on board! Sleep off a heavy weekend back home.  Festival tickets and travel available.  DEPOSIT SCHEME AVAILABLE for festival ticket and coach package only at Big Green Coach – book now, pay balance later!

NATIONAL EXPRESS, Europe’s largest coach provider, are offering ticket & travel packages plus travel-only tickets.

SEE COACHES are proud to be offering return coach travel once more. From your home town to the heart of the festival couldn’t be easier, meaning you can leave the car at home and travel with fellow likeminded festival goers.

By Car
There are two entrances to the site which are accessed via junction 7 and 8 of the A1(M) motorway, 10 miles north of the M25. Signage on the A1(M) will direct you to the appropriate entrance. If using Sat Nav systems, please use the postcode SG1 2AX to direct you till you pick up the road signage.

Ample parking is available on site.

Hotel Miles * Location Rating  
Novotel Stevenage 0.99 Stevenage Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Best Western Roebuck Inn, Stevenage 1.20 Stevenage Average customer rating: 4 out of 6 Info
The Bell Motel 1.86 Hertfordshire Average customer rating: 4 out of 6 Info
Clarion Collection Cromwell Stevenage 2.76 Stevenage Average customer rating: 0 out of 6 Info
Redcoats Farmhouse Hotel 3.87 Hitchin Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
The Fairway Tavern 4.72 Welwyn Garden City Average customer rating: 4 out of 6 Info
The Lord Lister Hotel 5.71 Hitchin Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Mercure Letchworth Hall Hotel 6.28 Letchworth Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Offley Place 6.42 Hitchin Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Firs Hotel 6.58 Hitchin Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Ramada Encore London Luton Airport 7.32 Luton Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
The Broadway Hotel 7.41 Letchworth Garden City Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Beales Hotel 7.68 Hatfield Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf and Spa 8.03 Luton Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Icon Hotel Luton 8.84 Luton Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Stuart Hotel 8.93 Luton Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
The Baker Arms 9.15 Hertford Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Ardmore House Hotel 9.33 St Albans Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Quality Skyline Hotel 9.56 Luton Average customer rating: 4 out of 6 Info
Days Inn Stevenage North - A1(M) 9.80 Baldock Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info

* Distances are provided for guidance and are calculated 'as the crow flies'. For directions and actual distances by road, please refer to the hotel directions tab for the particular hotel.

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