Sonisphere 2014 festival first tour headliner announced

PUBLISHED: 21:57 26 November 2013 | UPDATED: 12:52 27 November 2013

Metallica's James Hetfield on stage at Sonisphere Knebworth

Metallica's James Hetfield on stage at Sonisphere Knebworth

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THE first band playing the Sonisphere 2014 tour next year has been announced.

Metallica frontman James Hetfield on stage at Sonisphere 2011 at Knebworth Metallica frontman James Hetfield on stage at Sonisphere 2011 at Knebworth

Metallica have confirmed on their Facebook page that they will be playing Sonisphere in Germany next summer.

The thrash metal legends will headline the new Sonisphere Hamburg event on Wednesday June 4, before playing Rock Im Park and Rock Am Ring the same week.

Sonisphere’s official Twitter account (@Sonisphere) tweeted today (Tuesday): “Sonisphere Hamburg are you ready, 4th June 2014 with headliners Metallica. facebook.com/Metallica?hc_l… It has begun…”

Metallica, who have twice played Sonisphere at its spiritual UK home of Knebworth Park, will be playing a special set next summer chosen by fans.

Sonisphere 2014 line-up announcement tweet Sonisphere 2014 line-up announcement tweet

Ticket holders will select most of the set, with the group also picking a new track to play.

A statement on the band’s Facebook page read: “As we embark on two short treks through Europe this summer, we’re going to give you, the ticket holders, the chances to vote on what songs you would like to hear at the shows that you attend.

“We normally play around 18 songs a night, and since we didn’t want to be left out of the fun, the band also gets to vote… and we vote for a new song!

“That leaves the other 17 slots for you to choose.”

Sonisphere 2014 line-up announcement tweet Sonisphere 2014 line-up announcement tweet

Further details about the UK leg of the international touring rock extravaganza at Knebworth Park have also been confirmed.

The first line-up announcement for the three-day festival taking place in the grounds of the Hertfordshire stately home from Friday, July 4 to Sunday, July 6 will be made on Monday, December 2.

Tickets for the 2014 Knebworth festival will also go on sale next week.

The festival tweeted: “More info, First Band announcement and Tickets on sale Monday 2nd december then. #sonisphere”

* Keep checking back at the Welwyn Hatfield Times website http://www.whtimes.co.uk/what-s-on for the latest news on Sonisphere 2014.

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