Seasick Steve and The Mars Volta, both about to release new albums, will be performing new material at the festival that has already confirmed the likes of Coldplay, Amy Winehouse, The Black Crowes, 30 Seconds to Mars and Kaiser Chiefs as sole Spanish performances and Kasabian, Beady Eye, Blondie, TV on the Radio, Crystal Castles and The Chemical Brothers amongst others.
Bilbao BBK Live once again offers one of the strongest line-ups across the European festival circuit. Previous editions of the festival have included headliners such as Pearl Jam, Depeche Mode, Faith No More, Jane’s Addiction, RHCP and Primal Scream.
One Day tickets have now been made available to purchase on See, Ticketweb and Lastminute and three day tickets are currently on sale for just £96 including camping.
The line-up isn’t closed yet so stay tuned to our website!
Bilbao BBK Live is a three day festival that takes place in the outskirts of Bilbao. The festival site, located on top of a hill and surrounded by mountains, offers breathtaking views over the city of Bilbao.
This fuss free festival, with an uncomplicated layout and easy access from the city and the airport, has proven to be a huge success with national and international festival goers. The two main stages and the schedule, guarantees that acts never overlap, so you get everything you have paid for!
While in the festival, take the opportunity to visit the city, just 10 minutes bus ride from the festival site. Bilbao is a modern city famous for its architecture, museums and gastronomy, and it’s just a stone’s throw away from the beach.
Straight off the back of completing their sixth (as yet untitled) studio album, THE MARS VOLTA have confirmed their return to the UK for an exclusive performance at this year’s SONISPHERE.The El Paso Grammy award winners will be bringing their unique blend of Latin-American infused psychedelic prog rock to KNEBWORTH to headline the SATURN stage for an unforgettable, excitingly visceral and wildly energetic set. Over the last decade,THE MARS VOLTA have earned huge critical acclaim and kudos from both musicians and media alike, with musical masterpieces like “Inertiatic Esp”, “Televators”, “The Widow”, “Wax Simulacra”, “Teflon” and “Since We’ve Been Wrong” dropping jaws the world over. With the promise of these – and possibly some new songs from the forthcoming album – don’t miss THE MARS VOLTA’s only UK show of 2011, playing just before BIFFY CLYROtake to the APOLLO stage. Says guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López:
“We’re stoked to come and play. Everything I’ve heard about the festival has been positive, I’m sure it’ll be great. Playing live for me is the best part of being in a band, I can’t wait to get back out there. I’m excited to play the new songs.”
Another band making their SONISPHERE debut is Sweden’s mighty OPETH. Having formed over 20 years ago, OPETH have pushed the boundaries of a plethora of genres by seamlessly incorporating elements of prog, folk, experimental jazz and classic rock with a style firmly rooted in Scandinavian death metal, creating a legacy of sound that consistently evolves and excites. Frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt – who really should check out the awesome line up – says:
“We’re chuffed about the invite to play Sonisphere in the UK. Not sure who else is on the bill, but I guess that info is just a click away. Regardless, we’re coming to play to YOU, first and foremost and anything else wouldn’t matter at the end of the day. Always loved playing to the UK crowds, and I’m sure this gig will be no exception. See you there!”. KILLING JOKE are no strangers to KNEBWORTH, having performed at the inaugural SONISPHERE in 2009. This time, the original line-up of Jaz Coleman, Geordie, Youth and Paul Ferguson will take to the BOHEMIA stage after the grand finale of THE BIG 4 on Friday, to show why after 30 years, KILLING JOKE are still one of the most important bands around. Hugely influential to Friday night headliners METALLICA – who covered “The Wait” on their Garage Days EP – as well as a host of iconic acts such as Nirvana, Ministry, Prong, Tool, Nine Inch Nails and many more too numerous to mention – KILLING JOKE will leave you in no doubt as to why, with songs from their illustrious history and 2010’s incredible return to form “Absolute Dissent”.
Returning to the UK after a main support slot on the Kerrang! Relentless Tour, hirsute Massachusettseasycore quintet FOUR YEAR STRONG will be joining SONISPHERE’S Sunday line-up on the BOHEMIA stage. With an eclectic sound borne out of a desire to create music that the band themselves would want to hear, FOUR YEAR STRONG skillfully blend melodic hardcore and screamo vocals with power pop synths and numerous nods to nineties pop-culture. And it sounds like they can’t wait to get to KNEBWORTH, with guitarist and vocalist Dan declaring:
“I’m so stoked to play Sonisphere, great lineup of bands to be a part of. I’m excited to play for an amazing fest in an amazing country”.
Added to Friday’s line-up are Michigan’s melodic death metallers THEBLACK DAHLIA MURDER. Pounding Swedish-style blackened thrash with American death metal muscle, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER are set to lay waste to the BOHEMIA stage with the relentless, merciless brutality that has put them at the forefront of the underground metal scene. States frontman Trevor:
“We in The Black Dahlia Murder camp are completely honored to accept an invite to the amazing Sonisphere this year. Seeing The Big Four live has been a dream of mine… playing alongside them…well, kill me now!”.
Despite being amongst the youngest artists to feature at this year’s SONISPHERE, Miami’s BLACK TIDE have already secured their position as worthy contenders of the metal scene. With their 2008 debut album garnering instant acclaim, leading to them being named Best International Newcomer at the Kerrang! Awards and achieving a Top 8 single in the US Billboard Top 100, BLACK TIDE continue to ride high with support slots on Iron Maiden’s up-coming US dates confirmed and a sophomore album, featuring guest vocals from Matt Tuck of Bullet For My Valentine, set for release this Spring.
Controversial Swedish black metallers WATAIN are looking forward to bringing a sinister edge to this year’s SONISPHERE. Indoors or out, rain or shine, the fearsome five-piece will ensure their set is enshrouded in an inescapable darkness, as they deliver a grim, blood splattered set. Mainman Erik Danielsson enthuses:
“Playing alongside Metallica – one of the greatest musical influences of Watain – has always been a dream of ours, so this feels like a most pleasing reward for walking this long hard road all these years. Watain will be a dark and fierce addition to this already mind-blowing lineup of metallic overkill, and we look forward to bring our blood, fire and death to the UK visitors…”.
With a CV boasting contributions to Dream Evil, Arch Enemy, Mystic Prophecy, Kamelot and Nightrage – not to mention his role as current axeman to Ozzy Osbourne – Greek Guitar Guru GUS G is one of the most high-profile young guitarists in the world today. But his own band, FIREWIND, has been the one constant in his hugely successful career. After six albums and 10 years, the Greek power-metallers are set for their first appearance atKNEBWORTH this year, and promise big things for the SONIPSHERE crowd:
“We’re very excited for our debut performance at Sonisphere festival! We’re truly honoured to be a part of Sonisphere UK and to share the stage with the Big 4 and so many other great bands!! Knebworth get ready, we’ll set your world on fire!!”.
Returning to SONISPHERE this year are London metalcore outfit RISE TO REMAIN. Having won the Metal Hammer Golden God Award for Best New Band and the Kerrang! Award for Best British Newcomer in 2010, RISE TO REMAIN have gone from strength to strength, touring extensively with, amongst others, Iron Maiden, Korn and Hatebreed, and are set to release their debut album later this year. Frontman Austin Dickinson comments: “Sonisphere this year looks set to destroy all in the immediate vicinity, and we can’t wait to raise hell with them! Pints and horns ready my friends, this is going to go off!”
Bringing tales of rum, wenches and high-seas rolling to the grounds of KNEBWORTH are Scottish pirate-metallers ALESTORM. “Avast ye fannyfaces! We’re dead chuffed to finally be invited to Sonisphere. We’re gonna get drunk pirate style and party like it’s 1692! We might play a few songs too, if we’re not too hungover. See you all in the pit…”
Having last toured the UK in late 2010 with Sabaton, ALESTORM will follow up the May release of their third studio album with their first SONISPHERE outing.
Also appearing are Cambridge Rockers THE TREATMENT, who have just released their debut album via Powerage Records, and SIX HOUR SUNDOWN, whose frontwoman Lauren Harris states:
‘We’re thrilled to be playing Sonisphere this year. It’s a great festival and the line up is amazing! What better place to announce the arrival of Six Hour Sundown. We’re playing the Red Bull stage and we can’t wait to see you there!’
SONISPHERE KNEBWORTH takes place 8th – 10th July 2011 at KNEBWORTH HOUSE. For tickets and more info go to www.sonispherefestivals.com
Line Up So Far
THE BIG 4 – METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX BIFFY CLYRO SLIPKNOT AIRBOURNE ALESTORM ALL TIME LOW ARCH ENEMY ARCHITECTS THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER BLACK TIDE DIAMOND HEAD FIREWIND FOUR YEAR STRONG FOZZY GALLOWS GOJIRA GRINSPOON HOUSE OF PAIN IN FLAMES INME KIDS IN GLASS HOUSES KILLING JOKE LIMP BIZKIT THE MARS VOLTA MASTODON MOTÖRHEAD ONE MINUTE SILENCE OPETH PARKWAY DRIVE PERIPHERY PROTEST THE HERO RISE TO REMAIN SIX HOUR SUNDOWN SUM 41 THE SISTERS OF MERCY THE TREATMENT VOLBEAT WATAIN WEEZER YOU ME AT SIX