Sonisphere 2011 Festival day ticket registration deadline approaches

PUBLISHED: 18:08 21 May 2011 | UPDATED: 12:40 25 May 2011

Crowd listening to Gallows in the Bohemia tent at Knebworth last year

Crowd listening to Gallows in the Bohemia tent at Knebworth last year

Daniel Wilson

MUSIC fans hoping to buy day tickets to this year's Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth House have until midnight on Sunday to register for a ballot scheme.

The three-day rock event headlined by Metallica, Biffy Clyro and Slipknot returns to the Hertfordshire stately home from Friday, July 8 to Sunday, July 10, with weekend family camping tickets already sold out.

In response to an overwhelming number of requests, promoters Kilimanjaro Live have made available a strictly limited number of day tickets for the UK leg of Sonisphere 2011 at Knebworth.

However, these will only go on sale via a ballot scheme, with festival-goers having to register for the chance to buy tickets for the day of their choice.

A statement from organisers said: “Due to the huge demand for day tickets anticipated, and the limited number that can be made available, we have decided to use a ballot system as we believe it is the fairest way to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to obtain tickets.”

Fans must sign up via the Sonisphere website – see link above right – before Monday, with the ballot closing at midnight tomorrow (Sunday).

Successful applicants will be informed which day they can purchase tickets for via email on Wednesday, May 25.

Each customer may purchase up to four tickets for their allocated day or days.

Tickets will be £80 per day plus booking fee – much less than a full weekend pass.

Thrash metal’s Big 4 of Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax will take to the same stage for the first time in this country on the opening night at Knebworth.

Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro headline a major British festival for the first time on the Saturday.

American metallers Slipknot will close the main Apollo arena activities on the Sunday, after comedian Bill Bailey has headlined his biggest ever comedy show on the opposite Saturn stage.

Also playing over the weekend are Limp Bizkit, All Time Low, Mastodon, The Sisters of Mercy, Gallows, Motorhead, You Me At Six, Sum 41, Weezer and The Mars Volta.

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