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Sonisphere Festival 2011 in photos

  • Sonisphere festival took place over the weekend (July 8 - 10). Here's the best bits in photos. Limp Bizkit used their Apollo Stage set on Sunday to take requests from the crowd before every song.

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  • Limp Bizkit opened with a trilogy of hits, including 'Hot DOg', 'My Generation' and 'Fast Lane'.

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  • Slipknot, Apollo Stage, Sunday.

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  • Slipknot, Apollo Stage, Sunday.

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  • Slipknot, Apollo Stage, Sunday.

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  • Bill Bailey, Sunday, Sonisphere 2011.

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  • Motorhead dedicated their set to their late former member Michael "Wurzel" Burston during their Apollo Stage set.

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  • What every festival-goer needs in the blazing sun - an inflatable boat.

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  • Mastodon play the Apollo Stage on the Sunday of Sonisphere.

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  • Parkway Drive's guitarist Luke 'Pig' Kilpatrick played in a wheelchair during their Apollo Stage set, due to a recent surfing accident.

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  • Metal fans at Sonisphere Festival, 2011.

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  • Parkway Drive hit the Apollo Stage, Sunday. The band talked to NME backstage about their "bigger" new album.

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  • Slipknot fans don their masks ahead of the band's gig at Sonisphere Festival, 2011.

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  • Slipknot's Sunday night show saw numerous punters dressed as members of the band, and participate in a two minute silence for bassist Paul Gray, who passed away in May last year.

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  • Metallica fans gathered by the barrier on the first night of Sonisphere were rewarded with the best views in the house when the band were joined by members of Anthrax, Megadeth and Slayer.

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  • Metallica headline the main stage on Friday (July 8). They begun their set with 'Hit The Lights', 'Master Of Puppets' and 'The Shortest Straw'.

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  • Metallica played a fifteen song set at the Knebworth gig as well as a three track encore featuring a Diamond Head cover which saw the band joined onstage by special guests from that band as well as members of Anthrax, Megadeth and Slayer.

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  • Metallica provide the highlight of Friday night at Sonisphere 2011. Read the full story of the gig now.

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  • The Mars Volta may have lost the hair but they kept the hits during their Saturn Stage set on Saturday.

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  • The Mars Volta took a while to warm up at Sonisphere 2011 but the likes of 'Inertiac ESP' later on redeemed the prog metallers.

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  • Biffy Clyro used their Apollo Stage set on Saturday to play some Slayer, treating the crowd to a brief rendition of 'Raining Blood'.

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  • In all, the trio performed 24 songs, beginning with 'The Captain' and including fan favourites 'That Golden Rule' and 'Bubbles', before ending with 'Mountains'.

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  • The band, who were playing their first ever major festival headline set, ended a day which had seen sets from the likes of Weezer, You Me At Six and The Mars Volta.

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  • Biffy Clyro release balloons during their Apollo Stage set on Saturday. For a full report check the news story.

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  • Metal fans at Sonisphere 2011.

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  • Weezer performed covers of Radiohead's 'Paranoid Android and Wheatus' 'Teenage Dirtbag' during their set at Sonisphere.

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  • Weezer leaned heavily on their 1994 debut, 'The Blue Album', during their 14 song set, with five tracks aired in all, including set opener 'The Sweater Song' and the closing track, 'Buddy Holly'.

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  • Frontman Rivers Cuomo was in a joyous mood throughout the set, constantly asking the crowd if they were "ready to party?" and geeing up the assembled throng regularly.

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  • Head to NME.COM/festivals/sonisphere for all the latest news, pictures, reviews and video from the metal fest.

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  • Gallows play the Saturn Stage, Saturday. Frank Carter recently announced he's leaving the band, declaring: "I've parted ways with the boys, it's for the best, we're all fucking happy, we're doing this so we can make the best music we can."

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  • Gallows played a set which drew from their two albums, with Carter, who was wearing a t-shirt from his new band Pure Love, whipping circle pits from the crowd throughout the show.

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  • The band were also joined by members of Kids In Glass Houses, their manager Craig Jennings and Radio 1 DJ Daniel P.Carter during the closing 'Orchestra Of Wolves'.

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  • You Me At Six hit the Apollo Stage on Saturday. The band spoke to NME about their new album - check the news section for the full story.

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  • Frontman Josh Franceschi told us: "We've taken all of the rocky and dark elements and made them rockier and darker. Then we made all the lighter shades lighter. We've got live strings, live horns. We really want to do something that's going to stand out and not just write another generic pop punk album."

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  • Cerebral Ballzy pose under ominous skies at Sonisphere on Friday (July 8).

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  • Cerebal Ballzy play the Red Bull Stage on Friday.

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  • Metal - and Strongbow - fans at Sonisphere 2011. Head to NME.COM/festivals/sonisphere for all the latest news, pictures, reviews and video from the metal fest.

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  • Young Legionaire pose for NME backstage at Sonisphere 2011. Organiser Stuart Galbrait told NME he's talking to Foo Fighters for next year's event.

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  • All Time Low play the Saturn Stage on Saturday (July 9) at Sonisphere 2011.

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  • All Time Low play Sonisphere's Saturn Stage on Saturday (July 9).

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