More bands announced for Sonisphere

Arch Enemy, You Me At Six, Sum 41All Time Low, Fozzy, Periphery and Grinspoon have all been added to the lineup for Sonisphere 2011, as well as a reunion of House Of Pain.

You Me At Six make their Sonisphere debut at Knebworth this year.

“We are really excited to play Sonisphere!” says frontman Josh Franceschi. “It’s going to be a lot of fun performing at such a great rock festival.”

 

Baltimore, Maryland’s All Time Low  bring with them a bag of hook-laden, guitar driven party tricks. The group has emerged as one of the most popular new bands in recent memory, beloved by an increasingly fervent fan following for their fast-paced and fizzy brand of pop-punk.

 

Canadian punks Sum 41 make their way from Ajax, Ontario to deliver a plethora of infectiously catchy pop-laden punk. Having spent nearly all of last year on the road, including their 4th headlining run on the 2010 US Vans Warped Tour, Sum 41 are gearing up to release a new studio albu,m “Screaming Bloody Murder”, at the end of March.

 

Reforming in celebration of their 20 year anniversary, House Of Pain hit Sonisphere as part of a worldwide reunion tour. For the past 20 years the group has maintained a high profile – topping the Billboard charts as a group and with solo efforts. It was the turn of a new decade when House Of Pain changed the face of hip-hop with their self-titled debut album, going multi-platinum and launching one of the most memorable songs in hip-hop history with “Jump Around”.

 

Also joining the 2011 line up are melodic extreme metallers Arch Enemy, one of the leading lights of the death metal scene. Starting life as something of a side-project, in their 15 years Arch Enemy have battled their way out of the underground to become one of extreme metal’s most prolific acts, achieving numerous chart positions across the globe, including the prestigious US Billboard charts.

 

Periphery has set the metal world alight with their self-styled “Djent” metal, injecting a new sense of excitement around this buzzing new sub-genre. Combining the complex atypical rhythms and technical precision of math rock with the sensational brutality of progressive metal, Periphery is a band that is constantly pushing the envelope.

 

Australian alternative-rockers Grinspoon announce their Sonisphere appearance hot off the back of their UK tour which ended in London this last weekend. The band have 13 Australian Recording Industry Association awards nominations – including a win – to their name, as well as numerous platinum records in their home country.

 

Wrestling and rock have a long history together, a natural partnership that led to pro-wrestler Chris Jericho teaming up with Stuck Mojo guitarist Rich Ward to create Fozzy, who join this year’s cast. Existing solely to rock hard, be that playing popular metal classics or their own material, Fozzy’s reputation for powerful and energetic live shows make their appearance at Sonisphere one that promises to be a fun-packed celebration of good old heavy metal.

 

 

Sonisphere Knebworth takes place 8th – 10th July 2011

 

The lineup so far:

 

THE BIG 4 – METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX

BIFFY CLYRO

SLIPKNOT

AIRBOURNE

ALL TIME LOW

ARCH ENEMY

ARCHITECTS

DIAMOND HEAD

FOZZY

GALLOWS

GOJIRA

GRINSPOON

HOUSE OF PAIN

IN FLAMES

INME

KIDS IN GLASS HOUSES

LIMP BIZKIT

MASTODON

MOTÖRHEAD

ONE MINUTE SILENCE

PARKWAY DRIVE

PERIPHERY

PROTEST THE HERO

SUM 41

THE SISTERS OF MERCY

VOLBEAT

WEEZER

YOU ME AT SIX

 

     

About Abhijeet Ahluwalia

Abhijeet Ahluwalia – I’m a freelance journalist who goes back and forth between London and Bombay. A huge metalhead, but I have an eclectic taste, from reggae to punk. Oh, and Manchester United are the greatest team in the world. Follow me on Twitter or drop me a line via Email.

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