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Sonisphere Festival 2011: More bands to be announced

PUBLISHED: 20:17 29 January 2011 | UPDATED: 20:49 02 February 2011

Mastodon playing the 2009 Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth

Mastodon playing the 2009 Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth

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MORE bands playing the 2011 Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth Park are due to be revealed next week.

Crowds at Sonisphere

Legendary rock heavyweights Motörhead were added to the Knebworth festival bill earlier this month.

Prog metallers Mastodon, Swedish death metal band In Flames and Australian hardcore group Parkway Drive were also confirmed for the three-day music extravaganza set for the grounds of Knebworth House from Friday, July 8 to Sunday, July 10.

And hard rock and metal fans can expect more groups playing the Lytton Cobbold family’s back garden to be announced in the coming week.

A tweet on the festival’s Twitter site yesterday (Friday) said: “A couple more bands gone on the advertising this week.”

Sonisphere 2011

In total, more than 100 groups and comedians will appear at the UK leg of the award-winning international touring festival.

As earlier reported by the Welwyn Hatfield Times, thrash metal’s Big 4 – Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax – will share the same stage in this country for the first time on the opening Friday night.

Brit Awards nominated Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro will headline Sonisphere the following night.

Masked American metallers Slipknot will close the festival on the Sunday in the slot filled by Iron Maiden at Knebworth last summer.

Sonisphere 2010

It will be frontman Corey Taylor’s third successive performance at the Hertfordshire stately home after playing solo sets in the Bohemia tent in the first two years of Sonisphere.

The impending Sonisphere announcement follows rival festival Download adding 20 more bands to its line-up for Donington Park in June, including drum ‘n’ bass rock dynamos Pendulum, shock rocker Alice Cooper and The Cult, who all played Knebworth last year.

Others playing Download this summer include headliners System of a Down and Linkin Park.

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