Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson to stage WWI 'dogfight' above Sonisphere site

Iron Maiden headline the festival alongside Metallica and The Prodigy

Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson to stage WWI 'dogfight' above Sonisphere site

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Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson is set to stage a WWI 'dogfight' above the Sonisphere festival site.

The 12 minute display from The Great War Display Team - which includes Dickinson amongst the pilots - will take place on July 5 in the Knebworth skies at around 6pm. The event will commemorate the 100th anniversary of WWI and see Dickinson flying his Fokker Dr1 Triplane - the same model which was used by German pilot Manfred von Richthofen, otherwise known as The Red Baron. Speaking about the event, Dickinson commented:

"The air show over Sonisphere is something I'm really excited about and we’re determined to put on an unforgettable display for everyone. We’re planning an extravaganza of derring-do, especially when you consider the manoeuvres we’ll be performing are all based on true-life battles from a hundred years ago! We hope to stage a memorable display which is equally entertaining and poignant, celebrating not only the bravery and heroics of all the pilots involved but remembering the sacrifices made on both sides."

Sonisphere organiser Stuart Galbraith explained that headliners Iron Maiden approached them with the idea for the event: "We all got very excited when Iron Maiden approached us with this idea. It's going to be a truly unique experience and tribute for everyone at Knebworth."

The Knebworth bash was cancelled in 2012 and 2013, but returns this year with Iron Maiden, Metallica and The Prodigy as headliners. Joining them on the bill are HIM, Gary Numan, Deftones, Frank Turner, Limp Bizkit, Anthrax, Dropkick Murphys, The Sisters Of Mercy, Chas & Dave, Alice In Chains and Slayer plus Mastodon.

Sonisphere 2014 will take place in Knebworth Park between July 4 and 6.

The Sonisphere 2014 line-up so far is as follows:

Metallica
Iron Maiden
The Prodigy
Deftones
Frank Turner
HIM
Reel Big Fish
Slayer
Mastodon
Alice In Chains
Gary Numan
Band of Skulls
Airbourne
Ghost
Atari Teenage Riot
Therapy?
Trash Talk
Gojira
Karnivool
Limp Bizkit
Anthrax
Dropkick Murphys
The Sisters Of Mercy
Blitz Kids
Carnifex
Devin Townsend
Silverstein
The Virginmarys
Voodoo Six
Chas & Dave
Deftones
Frank Turner
Reel Big Fish
Protest The Hero
Blitz Kids
Wilko Johnson
Electric Wizard
Raging Speedhorn
Dog Eat Dog
Anti-Flag
Gallows
Carcass
The Bronx
New Model Army
The Winery Dogs
65daysofstatic
Sebastian Bach
Chiodos
Anti Nowhere League
Little Matador
The Lounge Kittens
Bam Margera's Fuckface Unstoppable
Black Spiders
Brutality Will Prevail
Bo Ningen
Lostalone
Bleed From Within
Dregen
Beastmilk
Malefice
Glass City Vice
Emp!re
Krokodil
Reckless Love
Stampin' Ground
Tesseract
The Defiled
The Hell
The Hype Theory
The Safety Fire

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