Sonisphere 2011 – The Big Picture

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Another Sonisphere festival has come, gone, saw, and conquered as The Big Four, Slipknot and Gallows headed one of the loudest bills Knebworth has ever seen. We were there, shooting from every angle, and these are our pick of the pics.

Don’t forget to check out our full gallery from the event, watch some of our backstage video interviews, and let us know how it was for you.

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Gallows’ Frank Turner promotes his new band via a T shirt during their gig. Photo: Danny North/NME

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Biffy Clyro, who played a snippet of Slayer during their set. Photo: Danny North/NME

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A hirsute punter collects beer cups. Photo: Danny North/NME

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Cerebral Ballzy throw health and safety to the dogs during their set. Photo: Danny North/NME

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Cerebral Ballzy pose for the camera. Photo: Danny North/NME

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Some impromptu limbo dancing during Mastodon’s set. Photo: Danny North/NME

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The Mars Volta live at Sonisphere 2011. Photo: Danny North/NME

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Parkway Drive play Sonisphere 2011. Photo: Danny North/NME

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Limp Bizkit’s request-filled set. Photo: Danny North/NME

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Motorhead paid tribute to ex-guitarist Wurzel during their Sunday set. Photo: Danny North/NME

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Metal fans line up by the barrier at Sonisphere 2011. Photo: Danny North/NME

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Metallica were joined by Anthrax, Slayer, Megedeth and Diamond Head during their headline set. Photo: Danny North/NME

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Two men who no doubt refer to themselves as “metal as fuck”. Photo: Danny North/NME

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Comedy stepped up a notch at Sonisphere 2011 with the appearance of Bill Bailey at headline o’clock. Photo: Danny North/NME

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A friendly punter at Sonisphere 2011. Photo: Danny North/NME

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Slipknot’s Mick Thomson onstage. Photo: Danny North/NME

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Slipknot led a two minute silence for Paul Gray during their Sonisphere set. Photo: Danny North/NME