SONISPHERE 2014 coincides with the 40th anniversary of live music at the legendary grounds of Knebworth House, and to celebrate, some very special events will be taking place over the course of the weekend and beyond.
In an age where most devices used for playing music come with a shuffle option, songs are sold individually and the majority of music serves as background to whatever other task the “listener” is attending to, the team behind Classic Album Sundays (www.classicalbumsundays.com) provides a remedy to those who’ve forgotten what an album sounds and feels like.
With monthly events hosted in cities around the world, Classic Album Sundays is an opportunity to truly lose yourself in the music, enabled by simple rules – no talking, no texting, and every song on the album is listened to in the correct order as the artist intended. Enhancing the experience and enabling the listener to hear intricate details is the all analogue Audio Note hi-fi, one of the world’s best audiophile sound systems.
With the 40th anniversary of Knebworth House coinciding with this year’s Sonisphere, a series of Classic Album Sundays sessions in partnership with Jagermeister will be hosted at the festival. Between 10am – 4pm on the Saturday and Sunday, festival goers will be able to enjoy albums from all three of this year’s headliners, plus other legendary albums by bands from the rich 40 year history of Knebworth. Titles will include Iron Maiden “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son”, Pink Floyd “The Dark Side of the Moon”, Prodigy “Fat of the Land”, Metallica “Metallica (The Black Album)” and more to be announced, with an introduction to each by a suitably passionate expert before the playback
Interested parties will be able to sign up to attend these exclusive events during the course of the festival. Visit the information tent for details.
Since 1974 Knebworth Park has played host to some of rock’s biggest and best performances, including of course Sonisphere in 2009, 2010 and 2011. To celebrate 40 years of live music at the venue Knebworth House has expanded its existing collection of memorabilia with rare and exclusive items gathered for a special exhibition. With a history encompassing Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, 10cc, Frank Zappa, Lynrd Skynyrd, Devo, Genesis and many more this will be a must for rock fans and music aficionados. Following on from Sonisphere itself members of the public will be able to see the exhibition from 8th July until 31st August during Knebworth House open days between 12:00 and 4:00pm for £12 for adults and £11.50 for seniors and children. The cost also allows access to the Gardens, Dinosaur Trail, Park and Adventure Playground.
More information can be found via the Knebworth House website: www.knebworthhouse.com
40th Anniversary Tribute To The Greats
Knebworth House has hosted to some of the biggest and most legendary artists to ever roam the planet, from classic icons to modern megastars. Although Sonisphere plays host to many legends in its own right, with it being the 40th anniversary of festivals at Knebworth, Sonisphere would like to pay tribute to those magic moments over the last four decades via a worthy covers band, and are opening the doors to submissions.
With the likes of The Allman Brothers, Van Morrison, The Doobie Brothers, Captain Beefhart, Steve Miller Band, 10cc, Hot Tuna, Lynryd Skynyrd, Rolling Stones. Frank Zappa, BB King, Led Zepplin, Scorpions, Deep Purple, UFO, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Dire Straits and many many more, there are plenty of classic tracks to choose from. If you play in or know of a suitable covers band that you think should make the cut, tag them on our facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/sonispherefestival) or email a suitable link to [email protected] before 15th May.
LINE UP SO FAR:
BAND OF SKULLS
BOHEMIA & OTHER STAGES:
ATARI TEENAGE RIOT
DEVIL YOU KNOW
BAM MARGERA’S FUCKFACE UNSTOPPABLE
BRUTALITY WILL PREVAIL
GLASS CITY VICE
FRANK TURNER & THE SLEEPING SOULS
THE WINERY DOGS
CHAS & DAVE
BOHEMIA & OTHER STAGES:
THE SISTERS OF MERCY
NEW MODEL ARMY
DOG EAT DOG PLAYING ALL BORO KINGS
BLEED FROM WITHIN
ALICE IN CHAINS
DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT
REEL BIG FISH
PROTEST THE HERO
BOHEMIA & OTHER STAGES:
THERAPY? (Performing Infernal Love)
THE CADILLAC THREE
Across the weekend
BLACK SPIDERS BROKEN HANDS COLLIBUS EMP!RE FORT HOPE GLAMOUR OF THE KILL THE HYPE THEORY THE LOUNGE KITTENS MAX RAPTOR THE ONE HUNDRED PALM READER RAGING SPEEDHORN TESSERACT THE SAFETY FIRE
Comedy Line Up:
MAT REED – FIN TAYLOR – ALFIE BROWN – NOISE NEXT DOOR JOHN HASTINGS – JOHN ROBERTSON – ANDREW O’NEILL – MATT REES PAT CAHILL – ALFIE BROWN – MAT EWINS – ROB DEERING JIM SMALLMAN
Metallica @ Sonisphere Knebworth 2011
By Scotty Moore
FestPop Publisher & Founder