Sonisphere - 20 must-see acts

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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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Sonisphere - 20 must-see acts

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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Sonisphere - 20 must-see acts

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.

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Sonisphere - 20 must-see acts

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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Sonisphere - 20 must-see acts

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.

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Sonisphere - 20 must-see acts

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.

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Sonisphere - 20 must-see acts

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’.

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Sonisphere - 20 must-see acts

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.

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Sonisphere - 20 must-see acts

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.

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Sonisphere - 20 must-see acts

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.

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Sonisphere - 20 must-see acts

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.

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Sonisphere - 20 must-see acts

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.

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Sonisphere - 20 must-see acts

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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Sonisphere - 20 must-see acts

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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Sonisphere - 20 must-see acts

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.

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Sonisphere - 20 must-see acts

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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Sonisphere - 20 must-see acts

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.

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Sonisphere - 20 must-see acts

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.

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Sonisphere - 20 must-see acts

Who: Megadeth When and where: Friday, Apollo Stage Why you’ve got to see them: With a sneak peek at a new song featured in the ‘NeverDead’ trailer, we can expect this in the set-list, among classics from the ‘Countdown To Extinction’ era. If you're going, add us as a BBM contact using the pin 26E588A4 for all the action sent to your phone.

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Sonisphere - 20 must-see acts

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.

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