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Slipknot men to debut new bands at Sonisphere festival

The Chapman Family and Rolo Tomassi are also confirmed for the Knebworth bash

Slipknot's Corey Taylor and Shawn Crahan are to both play solo sets at this year's Sonisphere festival.

Crahan's sideproject Dirty Little Rabbits will make their UK debut at the festival, which takes place at Knebworth on August 1-2.

"I know all too well about how accepting and exciting UK audiences can be, so it makes sense that we’re bringing the art to them first," Crahan said of the gig. "I look forward to bringing Dirty Little Rabbits to the world. The invasion begins…."

Meanwhile, Crahan's Slipknot bandmate Corey Taylor will play a solo acoustic set at Sonisphere.

"I'm very excited to be a part of this festival," he explained. "It'll be the first show of its kind I've ever done in the UK, and I think there are many fans who've waited long enough to see it. It's one of the greatest joys in the world to me [playing acoustic] and I cannot wait to get over there and share that with the fans."

Linkin Park, Metallica and Killing Joke are also confirmed to play the festival. Other newly-announced acts on the bill include The Chapman Family, Cancer Bats and Rolo Tomassi.

The full line-up so far for Sonisphere is:

Airbourne
Alice In Chains
Anthrax
Attack! Attack!
Avenged Sevenfold
Bullet For My Valentine
Cancer Bats
Corey Taylor Acoustic Set
Dinosaur Pile-Up
Dirty Little Rabbits
Feeder
Fighting With Wire
Killing Joke
Lamb Of God
Linkin Park
Machine Head
Mastodon
Metallica
Nine Inch Nails
Rolo Tomassi
Skindred
Taking Back Sunday
The Chapman Family
The Sword
Thin Lizzy
Twin Atlantic

To check the availability of Sonisphere tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/GIGS now, or call 0871 230 1094.

Meanwhile the full Slipknot line-up will headline the Download Festival on June 13. To check the availability of Download Festival tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/GIGS now, or call 0871 230 1094.

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