The Mars Volta added to Sonisphere bill - ticket details

Plus Omar Rodríguez-López speaks about band's sixth album

The Mars Volta added to Sonisphere bill - ticket details

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The Mars Volta will make their only UK festival appearance of the summer at July's Sonisphere Festival.

The festival takes place at Knebworth Park on July 8-10 and will be headlined by Biffy Clyro, Metallica and Slipknot. Killing Joke, Four Year Strong and Opeth have also just been added to the bill.

The Mars Volta have recently finished work on their sixth album, which guitarist and songwriter Omar Rodríguez-López said marks the end of an era in the band's songwriting.

"On this record, as with all the others, I wrote the music and then gave it to Cedric [Bixler-Zavala, bandmate]," he said. "But this is the last time I'll do it like that. I want to collaborate more. I've had 10 years of kind of being a benign dictator in this band and I want to make it more like a democracy."

He said the album has 13 songs and "is a simplified version of what we've done before". The record is currently untitled and doesn't have a release date yet.

Asked about continuing rumours that he would reunite with his former bandmates in At The Drive-In, Rodríguez-López said that there were no plans afoot. He did add "never say never" about a possible reunion, though.

The Mars Volta are set to return to the UK later in 2011 after their festival appearance for a full tour.

See for more information about the festival.

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

The Sonisphere Festival line-up so far is:

All Time Low
Arch Enemy
Biffy Clyro
The Black Dahlia Murder
Black Tide
Diamond Head
Four Year Strong
House Of Pain
In Flames
Kids In Glass Houses
Killing Joke
Limp Bizkit
The Mars Volta
One Minute Silence
Parkway Drive
Protest The Hero
Rise To Remain
Sisters Of Mercy
Six Hour Sundown
Sum 41
The Treatment
You Me At Six

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