Sonisphere 2011 battling for UK Festival Awards prizes

27 September, 2011 - 20:29
Flames on stage during Slipknot's headline performance at the 2011 Sonisphere Festival [Picture: PG Brunelli]

Flames on stage during Slipknot's headline performance at the 2011 Sonisphere Festival [Picture: PG Brunelli]

ROCK festival Sonisphere is battling for major gongs at this year’s UK Festival Awards 2011.

Fans have until October 10 to vote for the sell-out Knebworth festival in a number of categories in this year’s annual industry bash.

Voting has already opened for members of the public to have their say over this summer’s top music events.

Sonisphere is one of the contenders vying for the fans’ favourite award, along with the likes of heavyweights Glastonbury, Isle of Wight, Reading, T in the Park, V Festival and Bestival.

Two other Herts festivals, Hitchin’s Rhythms of the World and Standon Calling, are also on the long list of nominees.

Thrash metal legends Metallica, Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro and masked American metallers Slipknot are all in contention for the best headline performance after playing the three-day rock and metal event in July.

They are battling against the likes of U2, Coldplay and Beyonce from Glastonbury, The Cure at Bestival, Eminem at V, The Killers and Bon Jovi at Hard Rock Calling, System of a Down and Linkin Park at Download, My Chemical Romance and Muse at both Reading and Leeds, and Foo Fighters at Isle of Man and T in The Park.

The accolade was won by AC/DC at Download last year.

For a full list of nominees in the categories open to the public vote, click on the UK Festival Awards link above right.

The national awards will be presented on Tuesday, November 15 at a gala ceremony at the Roundhouse, in Camden, London.

Sonisphere will return to the grounds of the Hertfordshire stately home next summer from Friday, July 6 to Sunday, July 8.

Red Hot Chili Peppers and Foo Fighters are among the bands being rumoured for Sonisphere 2012, although organisers haven’t confirmed any groups yet.

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