Slayer’s Kerry King onstage at Sonisphere festival, which took place at Knebworth over the weekend (July 31 – August 1) and boasted performances from a host of rock legends including Iron Maiden, Pendulum, Placebo, Alice In Chains and Iggy And The Stooges.
Gallows’ Frank Carter crowd surfs at Sonisphere. We were backstage at the festival interviewing the likes of Good Charlotte, Corey Taylor and Madina Lake. Visit NME.COM/metal to watch all our Sonisphere videos.
Also at Sonisphere, the recently-reunited Skunk Anansie took to the Saturn Stage on Saturday (July 31), playing a set mostly comprised of hits, including ‘Charlie Big Potato’ and ‘Weak’. Read more news reports from the weekend.
German industrial rockers Rammstein played a pyrotechnic and special effects-laden headline show at the second day of the Sonisphere festival at Knebworth, July 31. Flamethrowers attached to microphones, mouth mounted LEDs and a vocalist sailing over the audience in a dingy were among the highlights of their set, together with a stand out version of ‘Sonne’ to kick off the encore.
Iggy And The Stooges headlined the Saturn Stage on the Sunday (August 1).
Iron Maiden headlined the main Apollo Stage on Sunday at the metal bash. Playing against a star-lit backdrop and under a huge triangular lighting rig, the band played a set featuring songs mostly from their last three studio albums, ‘Brave New World’, ‘Dance Of Death’ and ‘A Matter Of Life And Death’.
“Today is like a special day, a celebration of everyone that likes heavy metal,” said singer Bruce Dickinson from the stage. “If we left it up to the media and the BBC no-one would know about this music. If heavy metal bands ruled the world we’d be a lot better off. There would be more a lot more drinking and a lot more shagging and nursery rhymes would sound like this.”
The Sonisphere bill was stuffed with veteran acts – including nu metal survivors Papa Roach, who played the Apollo Stage on Saturday, just before Good Charlotte.
Placebo’s Brian Molko. The band were second headliners on the Apollo Stage on Saturday.
Motley Crue’s Vince Neil. The veteran Sunset Strip rockers headlined the Saturn Stage on Saturday.
Alice Cooper flies the Union Jack at Sonisphere.
Slayer blast through some thrash metal classics at Sonisphere. Visit NME.COM/metal for all the latest rock news.