Saxon lined up for Sonisphere Festival slot at Knebworth

HEAVY metal band Saxon are being lined up to join the Sonisphere Festival bill at Knebworth House. The two-day rock spectacular takes place at the iconic Hertfordshire venue on August 1-2. The Welwyn & Hatfield Times understands that festival organisers a

HEAVY metal band Saxon are being lined up to join the Sonisphere Festival bill at Knebworth House.

The two-day rock spectacular takes place at the iconic Hertfordshire venue on August 1-2.

The Welwyn & Hatfield Times understands that festival organisers are hoping to confirm Saxon early next week as replacements for Thin Lizzy, who have unfortunately dropped out.

Saxon are playing the sold-out Finnish leg of Sonisphere a week before the touring festival arrives at Knebworth for its climax headlined by metal gods Metallica and the multi-million selling Linkin Park.

Speaking outside Knebworth House yesterday (Thursday), festival director Stuart Galbraith said he expects the rock event to be a success in its first year.

The man behind Sonisphere said: "We are on track and if the shows we've done in Europe are anything to go by, Knebworth is going to be fantastic."

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Buckcherry are another group expected to be announced next week for the Sunday - the day headlined by Metallica.

* See next week's Welwyn & Hatfield Times for further Sonisphere news.