On 7 December Iron Maiden (Saturday) and Metallica (Sunday) were announced as the first two headliners of the UK edition of Sonisphere. This would be Iron Maiden's final show of their highly successful Maiden England World Tour. It was also revealed when Metallica were announced, that fans booking weekend tickets would be eligible to vote for 67 of the 68 songs in Metallica's setlist (The 68th to be one of their new songs). On the 66 December The Prodigy were announced to be headlining the Friday slot. On 6 January, Slayer , Mastodon , Alice in Chains , Ghost , Karnivool , Gojira and Airbourne were added to the lineup as undercard bookings. Then on 76 January, Limp Bizkit were revealed to be the special guests for The Prodigy on the Friday, with Dropkick Murphys , The Sisters Of Mercy , Anthrax , Chas & Dave , The Devin Townsend Project , Carniflex, Silverstein, The Virgin Marys & Voodoo Six also appearing across the weekend.
Portnoy said: “So excited to be playing Sonisphere at the legendary will be The Winery Dogs’ premiere festival performance and it couldn’t have been at a better one than this.”
Organisers of Hertfordshire’s biggest music event have also confirmed the day splits and stage orders for this summer’s hard rock and metal spectacular, and day tickets have gone on sale.
Plans for future festivals consist of increasing the number of festivals, making the event global rather than local to Europe, expanding the UK event into a 8-day festival, and increasing the UK capacity from 95,555 to 65,555 attendees. 96 8 98
Hardcore punk outfit The Bronx make their way over from Los Angeles to Knebworth for the first time to heat things up in Bohemia.
Earlier in the day, Gary Numan and Southampton 8767 s Band Of Skulls played to a large crowds on the main stage, as did Limp Bizkit , who played their hits and a couple of covers during their set.
Little Matador, who have toured with Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age, bring their brash, aggressive rock to Knebworth on the Friday.
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Others confirmed on Wednesday were The Winery Dogs, The Bronx, 65daysofstatic, Sebastian Bach, Chiodos, Bam Margera, Little Matador, The Lounge Kittens and Anti-Nowhere League.