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We have added Tuska Open Air Festival, Finland to our new reviews so if you want to find out what went on check it out!

Tuska Open Air Festival 2011

You can also read our other festival reviews:
Sonisphere Festival Italy
Sonisphere Festival UK
Gods of Metal Festival Italy
Rock in IdRho Festival Italy
Sweden Rock Festival 2011
Getaway Rock Festival 2011
The Big 4 Italy
The Big 4 Sweden


With just one weekend to go, Soni organisers have managed to squeeze Ginger Wildheart, Spy Catcher, Mad Dog, James Cleaver Quintet, Feed The Rhino and Witchsorrow on to the bill!

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Alice Cooper will not be in the Spanish edition of Sonisphere. Several months after confirming their presence at the festival, logistical complications in the artist’s world tour make it impossible to present in Getafe on 16 July. The organizers of the festival has tried to maintain the performance of Alice Cooper at all costs by putting all sorts of facilities for it, but has not been possible.

Alice Cooper’s replacement will be Uriah Heep. With over 30 million copies sold worldwide, the legendary British hard rock and heavy metal progressive, active since the early 70’s, still a cult band in Britain and the United States and remains a band ‘stadium’ in countries like Germany, Holland, Serbia, Japan and Russia.

Uriah Heep have more than 20 studio albums and a dozen direct. Their latest study, ‘Into The Wild’, went on sale this 2011.

We also take to announce that the street supergroup Blaas Of Glory will be at Sonisphere 2011. This is a massive band that spontaneous act in a compound at different points of playing classic heavy metal. Arriving from Amsterdam, but have been claimed since its formation in 2007 by many of the most important events on the planet metalheads. Versions of Van Halen, Metallica, Iron Maiden and Europe will flood the atmosphere of the Open Air Getafe during the days of 15 and 16 July.

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After revealing what was supposed to be the last batch of bands for SONISPHERE 2011, organisers have managed to squeeze in another five slots to bring even more music to KNEBWORTH this summer, as well as six DJ sets to deliver raging after-hours parties.

In BOHEMIA, two more slots have been made available on the Friday for grunge revivalists JAPANESE VOYEURS and post hardcore punkers LOWER THAN ATLANTIS, while JAGERMEISTER makes room for Britrock flavoured power-popsters NO AMERICANA and latter day alt-rock grunge kids TURBOGEIST on the Saturday and Sunday respectively. Over on the RED BULL BEDROOM JAM stage, rap-rock ravers YOU AND WHAT ARMY squeeze in on the Saturday.

Of course, SONISPHERE is not JUST about fantastic live music. Once the bands have stopped performing, the REAL party starts, and this year SONISPHERE has some top DJS lined up to get things going with a BANG!

Friday night sees A1 BASSLINE getting the bodies moving in BOHEMIA. Coming from the outskirts of Croydon, A1 BASSLINE has traveled the world DJ’ing his unique style of music as well as putting out tunes on his own label, Tighten Up Records – touted as one of the labels of the year. Normally associated with house music, his roots are drum & bass, and for SONISPHERE he revisiting them to treat us to a tear out D&B set.

Joining him is FOLD, aka Rob Glasset. One half of Homepark, FOLD is known mainly for Jazzy housey numbers, but will be playing the music he has always cherished at BOHEMIA, mixing up hip hop from all different angles, taking in old school US, current underground and UK hip hop/grime.

On the Saturday, TEK-ONE return to whip the hardcore who are still up for it after BIFFY CLYRO close the APOLLO arena stage into a frenzy. These guys played such a stunning set in the Strongbow Rooms last year that we not only decided to have late night DJs in BOHEMIA this year, we’re also letting TEK-ONE play twice! Following up on their live set over on the RED BULL BEDROOM JAM stage earlier in the evening, TEK-ONE will hit the DJ booth in BOHEMIA to deliver a late nice Dub Step mash up to take us into the earlier hours. In fact we thought that was such a good idea, that we’re following suit by letting INNERPARTYSYSTEM loose in BOHEMIA to bring their Pennsylvania mash up of electronic and industrial dance after their live set over on the RBBJ stage that same day.

Sunday night – well, Monday morning – is your last chance to dance, and so we have two hot young names taking over BOHEMIA to conclude proceedings with the audio fireworks that SONISPHERE’s finale deserves. STAN SB hails from Leeds and at just 18, he is already well sought after by many big labels – although a major deal is apparently already in place. Compared to Pendulum, Noisia and Chase n Status, Stan is a one man band, playing and singing live, and his set at SONISPHERE will show all why big things await this young man.

Joining him is ALFIE. Another early starter, at 16 he has already had his first release, which has had huge critical acclaim in the scene. Having been featured in Knowledge mag and doing an hour special on Rinse FM, he has been compared to the likes of James Blake, and although his own style is laid back Dubstep, he is planning a big blazin’ tear up for SONISPHERE’s conclusion.

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Italy Rocks 2011 ticket giveaway competitionITALY ROCKS 2011 – WIN TICKETS TO SONISPHERE, GODS OF METAL & THE BIG4!

We have a pair of tickets for 3 of the biggest and best rock & metal festivals taking place in Italy this year, so if you like to rock out to the likes of Iron Maiden, Metallica, Anthrax, Whitesnake and Judas Priest then this is the competition for you!  And the best bit is that you get to recommend 3 friends who can also take part trebling your chance of winning!



With just over a month to go before the first Sonisphere festival in Italy, 3 more bands have been confirmed today to play on the Saturn Stage on 26th June.

SICK PUPPIES – A young Australian band has new faces for a few years in the alternative rock scene is receiving acclaim from the press and the public. Their latest album is called ‘Tri-Polar’. SICK PUPPIES provide live entertainment, energy and a touch of melody …

RIVAL SONS – Since debuting on long distance, after a couple of excellent EP, the quartet americanoRIVAL SONS. ‘Pressure and Time’ is an album of classic hard rock with its roots firmly in the Hard Rock superstars such as Led Zeppelin, Humble Pie and The Who, however, introducing elements of modernity in the wake of Australian bands like Wolfmother Year Long Disaster or California. The album cover was designed by Storm Thorgerson, the founder of the study Hipgnosis and author of the famous cover of Pink Floyd, Genesis, Peter Gabriel, Muse, AC / DC and Led Zeppelin of course! A great debut!

KARMA TO BURN – After the reunion of 2009, KARMA TO BURN back on the great stages of Europe to bring the sound of Kyuss desert and acid and the doom of bands like The Obsessed. KARMA TO BURN release “V”, the new album, in late May on Napalm Records. Do not miss the show at Sonisphere because Karma To Burn lysergic live music experience that there are jaw-dropping …

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One more band has been added to the line-up. – SICK PUPPIES will start the evening on “Stage Apollo. Let you join in with this insiders’ tip from Australia.

Starting today, new tickets become available. The tickets grant access to the main stage (Apollo stage) in the athletics stadium, but not to the other stages. This is for standing passengers and the transportation by public transport is not included.

Check out the full line up which has also been confirmed today!

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According to logistic and organizing reasons the location of the main stage (Apollo stage) of SONISPHERE festival will be moved from St. Jakob-Park to near seated track and field stadium.

The change to the other of the street happens in consultation with Basel United. For visitors there are many advantages of this location, the character of the festival will be enhanced because of shorter ways, better overview and a compact overall package.

Organisers are convinced that this will offer a wider range of possibilities to the visitors of SONISPHERE. Traffic connections (shuttle directly to Basel St. Jakob) will be realised as planned and communicated

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The last four acts for BOHEMIA come in the form of CHERRI BOMB, ANBERLIN and TURBOWOLF. Sheffield hardcore heroes WHILE SHE SLEEPS open proceedings on the Saturday, before LA all girl rock troupe CHERRI BOMB show the UK why they are fast being hailed as “Rock’s New Generation”, with the Sunday playing host to US alt-rockers ANBERLIN, and Bristolian electro-noise-rockers TURBOWOLF, who will take the stage after HOWARD MARKS’s Sunday sermon slot.

Over on the JAGERMEISTER stage, the last two headline slots can be revealed, with THE DEFILED taking the honours on Friday, and BLACK SPIDERS delivering the final JAGER-BOMB of the evening on Saturday.

Joining THE DEFILED on the Friday are toga-clad metal warriors HAMMER OF THE GODS, Seattle thrashers BLACK BREATH, London rockers SLAM CARTEL, pop-punk/hardcore quintet DECADE and new UK old-school punk revivalists FLATS. On the Saturday, Marshall Ultimate Band winners SONS OF ICARUS kick off proceedings on the JAGERMEISTER stage, with new Californian Classic Rock sensations RIVAL SONS also putting in an appearance. Joining the line up on Sunday are progressive metallers THE SAFETY FIRE, groove metal beasts PANIC CELL, Reading post-hardcore mob EXIT TEN and Northern Irish alt-rockers MOJO FURY.

Over on the RED BULL BEDROOM JAM stage, the six additions include British post-hardcore trio YOUNG LEGIONNAIRE, and Brooklyn hardcore maniacs CEREBRAL BALLZY who will tear it up on the Friday, Pennyslvanian dance rockers INNERPARTYSYSTEM and Welsh thrash-newcomers REVOKER on the Saturday, with the Sunday hosting appearances from Bedford post-hardcore popsters DON BROCO, and a headline set from Ska-Punk-Hip-Hop fusionists SONIC BOOM SIX.

With the line-up now complete, one can see what a truly awesome festival SONISPHERE 2011 is going to be. As well as all the fantastic bands on offer, SONISPHERE boasts an extremely impressive comedy line up, with performances from the likes of BILL BAILEY, STEVE-O, HOWARD MARKS and SEAN HUGHES to name a few, plus an array of other entertainment including fairground rides, stalls, plus lots of late night entertainment in BOHEMIA well after the bands stop playing, including DJs, Discos and cinema to name just a few, with more attractions and on-site events to be announced in the coming weeks.

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Joining headliners Iron Maiden, it has been revealed that Devin Townsend Project, Hunter, Corruption and Made of Hate will also be making an appearance at this year’s Sonisphere Festival in Poland

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Confirmed today for the Bohemia arena – The Answer, Cancer Bats, My Passion, Kylesa, Pulled Apart By Horses, Hayseed Dixie and Paradise Lost!

Over on BOHEMIA, another eight fantastic acts will join the already impressive line up. Northern Irish rockers THE ANSWER, who release their  ‘412 DAYS OF ROCK‘n’ROLL’ DVD next month – which includes an hour long rockumentary of their time on the road with AC/DC – look forward to showcasing some new songs especially for the KNEBWORTH crowd

Joining them will be Canadian hardcore heroes CANCER BATS, Old-York metal-mob GLAMOUR OF THE KILL, bluegrass mentalists HAYSEED DIXIE, sludge metallers KYLESA, dance-punk rockers MY PASSION, alt-rockers PULLED APART BY HORSES, and Britain’s gloomiest goth-metallers PARADISE LOST, all of whom are very much looking forward to what is undoubtedly the hottest weekend in the UK rock calendar

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Confirmed today for the Apollo arena – Bad Religion, Cavalera Conspiracy, Sylosis

BAD RELIGION come to KNEBWORTH for a rare major outdoor UK festival appearance. The punk rock revivalists have been a huge inspiration to countless bands with their catchy, politically charged songs, not to mention guitarist Brett Gurewitz giving birth to the hugely prolific Epitaph record label. With over 5 million albums sold worldwide, BAD RELIGION are one of the most successful independent punk bands around, and it’s not hard to see why. With songs such as “21st Century Digital Boy”, “Punk Rock Song”, “American Jesus” and “Los Angeles Is Burning” to treat audiences with, their set at SONISPHERE is not to be missed.

The legendary duo of MAX and IGOR bring their CAVALERA CONSPIRACY to SONISPHERE’s APOLLO ARENA stage to dish out a healthy dose of high-speed, aggressively powerful and intense metal in the way that they know best. Formed after a decade long silence between Max and Iggor, the two brothers who created the legendry trailblazing heavy metal band Sepultura as teenagers together, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY is a punishing reminder of just what a magical chemistry these two have.

One of the hottest bands on the UK metal scene right now, Reading thrashers SYLOSIS return to SONISPHERE to open the APOLLO ARENA STAGE. Having recently sold out venues up and down the country on the Metal Hammer Razor Tour, the band look forward to stepping up and showing the world why they deserve the honour of kicking off proceedings on SONISPHERE 2011’s second day

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Italy Rocks 2011 ticket giveaway competitionENTER OUR ITALY ROCKS 2011 COMPETITION

A couple of weeks ago we launched our ITALY ROCKS 2011 competition giving you the chance to win a pair of tickets to THE BIG 4, GODS OF METAL and SONISPHERE FESTIVAL ITALY all taking place in and around Milan this summer!

We have had such a great response that we have extended the competition giving more of you and your friends the chance to win!

Click the link, fill in a few details and that’s it, you are entered – ITALY ROCKS 2011 COMPETITION

The competition will be drawn in mid May so you still have plenty of time time enter and tells your friends!

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The third edition of Sonisphere Spain closes its lineup. First it was Iron Maiden, Alice Cooper came after, and these were followed by Dream Theater, Twisted Sister, The Darkness and Arch Enemy, among others. And now the lineup is definitely close with the additions of SLASH, former guitarist of legendary Guns N ‘Roses, and the Swedish quintet metal and hard rock BULLET – Both confirmed to play on Friday 15th July.

SLASH headlining the opening day, has gained a privileged place in the pantheon of Rock & Roll as an essential figure in recent history. After being the lead guitarist of the original lineup of Guns N ‘Roses and taste the sweetness of success, Slash has proven to be a restless guy, creative and hardworking

Rounding out the lineup is Swedish band BULLET, a quintet of metal and hard rock to be presented at Getafe during their third album, ‘Highway Pirates’, published last February.

Don’t forget there is a special offer for tickets – € 72 bonus offer until April 12th

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The last of this year’s Sonisphere festivals to announce dates and line up sees the mighty IRON MAIDEN taking the headline slot with special guests SLIPKNOT taking up the supporting role!

Other bands also confirmed so far include ALICE COOPER, MASTODON and IN FLAMES

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Italy Rocks 2011 ticket giveaway competitionITALY ROCKS 2011 – TICKET GIVEAWAY!

Italy is playing host to many of the biggest names in rock and metal this summer and we can help you see them!

We have teamed up with Live Nation Italy to be able to give away a pair of tickets for GOD OF METAL FESTIVAL, THE BIG 4 and SONISPHERE FESTIVAL!

All you need to do is click the link below, fill in some details, recommend 3 friends you think who would like to enter and press submit – that’s it easy… have now been entered into the competition.


If you want to find out more about any the the festivals, then check out the links below:

Gods Of Metal – 22nd June
Sonisphere Festival – 25th -26th June
The Big 4 (Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Slayer) – 6th July

Enter now as we will be drawing the winners Friday 20th May


In the states they are superstars and have already sold millions of albums. Also in Europe BUCKCHERRY will continue its triumphal march. There’s all you need to have a great rockin‘ concert. At best with a cold beer in your hands…

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DIAMOND HEAD – History is littered with heavy metal groups “cults” or “legendary, “which never really know a runaway success has still managed to stamp their mark on the history of this music … DIAMOND HEAD is one of those …

RISE TO REMAIN – Beyond the lineup of heavyweights Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, Slipknot or Airbournele Sonisphere Amnéville not forget to also give them a chance to “p’tits youth”, bands who are still at the dawn their careers but who may become the “great ” tomorrow.

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Organisers have revealed a further 12 bands for this year’s festival – The Mars Volta, Opeth, Killing Joke, Four Year Strong, The Black Dahlia Murder, Black Tide, Watain, Firewind, Rise To Remain, Alestorm, The Treatment, Six Hour Sundown

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Sonisphere Festival BulgariaMORE BANDS ADDED TO THE LINE UP!

Soon after Iron Maiden revealed that they were headlining this year’s Sonisphere festival in Bulgaria, festival organisers have announced the addition of Slipknot, Alice Cooper, Mastodon and Apcalyptica to the line up!

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