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Sonisphere - 20 must-see acts

  • Who: Motorhead When and where: Sunday, Apollo Stage Why you’ve got to see them: The metal legends bring ‘The World Is Yours’ to Sonisphere along with classic metal anthems ‘Ace Of Spades’ et al.

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    Added: 14 Dec 2010

  • Who: Weezer When and where: Saturday, Apollo Stage Why you’ve got to see them: Rivers Cuomo and co bring their alt rock sing-a-longs to Sonisphere – the perfect festival band. One, two, three, “BEVERLY HILLLLLLS!”

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    Added: 05 Jul 2011

  • Who: Metallica When and where: Friday, Apollo Stage Why you’ve got to see them: The Leader of ‘The Big Four’ step up as the opening headline act of the weekend. A big metal welcome party, perfect.

    Photo: Tom Oxley/NME

    Added: 08 Jun 2011

  • Who: Four Year Strong When and where: Sunday, Last.fm Bohemia Stage Why you’ve got to see them: “More hardcore!” we hear you scream. Well you’re in luck, Massachusetts band Four Year Strong are on Sonisphere’s bill and are ready to play the hits, with the possibility that they will preview some of their new stuff live too.

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    Added: 15 Apr 2011

  • Who: Cancer Bats When and where: Sunday, Last.fm Bohemia Stage Why you’ve got to see them: The Toronoto hardcore foursome are ready to hit Knebworth with their raucous live shows and frenzied fans.

    Photo: Tom Martin/NME

    Added: 08 Jun 2011

  • Who: Pulled Apart By Horses When and where: Saturday, Last.fm Bohemia Stage Why you’ve got to see them: It just wasn’t a festival last year if Leeds’ finest weren’t there. Pulled Apart By Horses are heading back on the road this summer to do what they do best – loud, brash, injury-inducing shows.

    Photo: Danny North/NME

    Added: 08 Jun 2011

  • Who: Anthrax When and where: Friday, Apollo Stage Why you’ve got to see them: The deckhand of the ‘Big Four’ are not to be under-estimated. The band returned this year with ‘Fight ‘Em ‘Till You Can't’, which begins the run up to the release of forthcoming album ‘Worship Music’.

    Photo: PA

    Added: 28 Apr 2011

  • Who: Biffy Clyro When and where: Saturday, Apollo Stage Why you’ve got to see them: Their rise to popularity within the mainstream may have taken the band out of the hard-rock spotlight, but this headlining set among the likes of Metallica and Slipknot could see the three-piece returning to their heavier roots.

    Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

    Added: 05 Jul 2011

  • Who: The Mars Volta When and where: Sunday, Saturn Stage Why you’ve got to see them: Opening for Soundgarden this summer, catch the prog rock favourites in Knebworth for one of their legendary live shows.

    Photo: PA

    Added: 21 Apr 2011

  • Who: Slayer When and where: Friday, Apollo Stage Why you’ve got to see them: The faithful first-mate to Metallica, Slayer celebrate 25 years of ‘Reign In Blood’ and are bound to bring out the songs which made people first fall in love with the band.

    Photo: PA

    Added: 20 Apr 2011

  • Who: Limp Bizkit When and where: Sunday, Apollo Stage Why you’ve got to see them: ‘Gold Cobra’ saw Limp Bizkit on a return to form and they are set to follow suit with the live shows.

    Photo: PA

    Added: 29 Aug 2010

  • Who: Cerebral Ballzy When and where: Friday, Red Bull Bedroom Jam Stage Why you’ve got to see them: Who likes songs that are longer than one minute thirty anyway? Brilliant speed-orientated punk from the New York five-piece.

    Photo: Tom Martin/NME

    Added: 05 Jul 2011

  • Who: Mastodon When and where: Sunday, Apollo Stage Why you’ve got to see them: A strong opener to the main headline slots of Motorhead and Slipknot with the possibility of hearing new tracks from the band’s upcoming October release ‘The Hunter’.

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    Added: 05 Jul 2011

  • Who: Slipknot When and where: Sunday, Apollo Stage Why you’ve got to see them: The nu metallers bring Sonisphere to a close on the Sunday night, and what better way to end it than with a good old mosh to their hits?

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    Added: 11 Mar 2011

  • Who: Flats When and where: Sunday, Friday, Jagermeister Stage Why you’ve got to see them: Short, sharp punk shocks from the attitude-fuelled band who were taken under Jamie Klaxon’s wing while still in their musical infancy.

    Photo: Victor Frankowski/NME

    Added: 05 Jul 2011

  • Who: Bill Bailey When and where: Sunday, Saturn Stage Why you’ve got to see them: The musical comedian and multi-instrumentalist brings his talent, and his beard, to Knebworth. Need we say more?

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    Added: 21 Apr 2011

  • Who: Rolo Tomassi When and where: Friday, Red Bull Bedroom Jam Stage Why you’ve got to see them: The Sheffield mathcore pin-ups with Eva at the helm will bring their latest offering ‘Eternal Youth’ to Knebworth this summer. All our Sonisphere coverage.

    Photo: Victor Frankowski/NME

    Added: 05 Jul 2011

  • Who: The Sisters Of Mercy When and where: Saturday, Last.fm Bohemia Stage Why you’ve got to see them: Known for playing unreleased gems, obscure b-sides and other rare material live – catch the rock legends on their 30th anniversary tour. Download our NME Festival App - Powered By BlackBerry.

    Photo: Retna

    Added: 05 Jul 2011

  • Who: Killing Joke When and where: Friday, Last.fm Bohemia Stage Why you’ve got to see them: In the awkward position of clashing with ‘The Big Four’, the band have experience on their side with a 30 year career behind them. The best of which will be cast into the audience among a swirling pit of heavy metal.

    Photo: Danny North/NME

    Added: 05 Jul 2011