12 acts added to Sonisphere UK 2014

February 12, 2014 | By:

News has spread today regarding Sonisphere adding 12 new bands and artists to their UK Festival, which is returning to Knebworth Park in 2014 following a 2 year break. After cancelling the UK event in 2012, and skipping 2013 altogether, the fest is returning this year to mark “40 years of festivals in Knebworth“, and if today’s line-up addition is anything to go by, it’s set to be one hell of a celebration.


“Deftones are working on their previously abandoned Eros record after bassist Chi Cheng’s death in 2013.”

Joining headliners Iron Maiden on the Saturday are Alt-Metal heroes Deftones, for what has been said to be their only festival appearance in the UK this year. The American fivesome had this to say about it, in a press release on the festivals official site:

“Greetings to ALL!!! We are absolutely stoked to be part of Sonisphere’s return and of course to have a chance to once again play a show with Iron Maiden, especially on the hallowed grounds of Knebworth. Until then…!!!!”

Deftones will have to wait their turn though, as Hampshire hailing singer-songwriter Frank Turner will be playing the stage before them, with his backing band The Sleeping Souls giving him a few helping hands bringing his Folk and Punk infused Acoustic vibes to the Knebworth masses. A long time Iron Maiden fan, Turner seems equally excited to be playing ahead of them:

“I’m super excited to be playing the same stage as the first band I ever fell in love with – Iron Maiden. It’s definitely going to be my festival highlight for 2014.”


“Frank released his fifth album Tape Deck Heart last April, so expect plenty of tunes from it to be heard this July.”


Also joining the bill are Californian Ska-Punk legends Reel Big Fish, who are currently on English shores touring with Less Than Jake, and seem to be keen to return in July, along with Canadian metallers Protest the Hero: “Europe knows something about doing festivals right.” Damn right.


Ex-King Blues frontman Itch will be bringing his new Hip-Hop solo project to the event, after releasing his debut album “The Deep End” in March. “It’s an honour to be playing the same bill as metal gods such as Chas and Dave.” says the outspoken Camden lad. We can’t help but feel he’s taking the piss there. 


“Johnny Fox A.K.A Itch has transformed from Punk frontman to solo Rapper since The King Blues demise in 2012.”

Scottish Folk-Metal Pirates Alestorm will also be sailing the seas (or torrential British summer rains) to Knebworth, along with the psychedelic Truckfighters, midlander punks Max Raptor, US melodic hardcore outfit Only Crime (led by Descendents drummer Bill Stevenson and Good Riddance vocalist Russ Rankin), Cheshire’s rising stars Blitz Kids, and electro-rockers Hounds, who are eager to take the stage after finishing up their debut album: “We can’t wait to bring the noise to Sonisphere this summer, we have been locked in an Air Raid shelter for months writing and recording our debut album so we feel like caged animals. The stage ain’t gonna know what hit it.” Seems like they live up to their name.

Each newly announced act seems overwhelmed and even honored to perform for Sonisphere’s return, which is perhaps completely summed up by recently reformed Irish Alternative group Kerbdog: “We would have crawled naked across broken glass to play Sonisphere.” We’ll just leave it at that.

If these additions to the already huge line-up are anything to go by, this will be one mental weekend not to be missed. Stay with Rock Industry for all the latest.