By Alan Davies
Thursday, February 23, 2012
ROCK fans can buy tickets for the 2012 Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth Park from today (Thursday).
"I’m honoured to be able to pay my respects to Freddie’s memory. He’s a personal hero of mine and I am deeply grateful for the chance to sing such powerful music for fans of this legendary band."
Tickets for the three-day rock and metal event at the Hertfordshire stately home go on sale to the general public from 9am this morning.
The world’s largest international touring festival returns to the grounds of Knebworth House from Friday, July 6 to Sunday, July 8.
American hard rockers Kiss, featuring Gene Simmons on bass, will headline the opening Friday night at Knebworth with their only European show of 2012.
Music legends Queen, with US singer Adam Lambert joining Brian May and Roger Taylor, will make a world exclusive appearance as Sonisphere’s Saturday night headliners – 26 years after playing the venue with the late, great Freddie Mercury.
Faith No More will close the festival on the main Apollo stage on the Sunday with an exclusive UK show.
FNM bass player Billy Gould said: “It was over two years ago when we decided to reform and play those amazing UK shows.
“The good news is we’ve had a couple of years to improve our skills; moving our song to error ratio down 3.5 full percentage points.
“Watch out UK, we’re going to do it right this time!”
Joining the three headliners over the weekend are the likes of Evanescence, The Darkness, Within Temptation, Wolfmother, Incubus, Marilyn Manson, Cypress Hill, Gojira, Lacuna Coil and musician/comedian Tim Minchin.
Others so far confirmed include Flogging Molly, Mastodon, Refused, The Blackout, Andrew W.K., Switchfoot, Katatonia, Ghost, I Killed The Prom Queen and Fields of the Nephilim, with many more to be announced.
Tickets for Sonisphere can be bought online from www.sonisphere.co.uk – click on the Sonisphere link above right – from See Tickets or by calling 0844 871 8803.
A weekend ticket costs £145, plus booking fees, while a three-day camping pass is priced at £170.
A four-day camping ticket for the UK leg of Sonisphere is £180.
Rock Royalty and day VIP packages are also available.
There will also be a very limited number of day tickets available for £75 – with tickets for Queen’s historic performance expected to sell out fast.
A deposit scheme will also be launched for those who want to spread the cost of their ticket.
Festival-goers can pay a deposit of £50 to secure their weekend passes, with the balance due before May 1.
* See this week’s Welwyn Hatfield Times – out now – for Queen’s reaction to their emotional Knebworth return.
Keep checking the WHT website at www.whtimes24.co.uk for all the latest Sonisphere Festival line-up announcements.