With over 140 bands set to play, Knebworth’s Sonisphere festival is alreadywell-stocked with musical entertainment for the £132.50 ticket price – but, not content with stuffing the fest to the gills with the likes of Iron Maiden, Anthrax, Rammstein and Alice Cooper, the organisers have gone one further by announce a variety of comedians, comperes, cabaret acts and cinematic attractions for the festival.
Comedians Jim Jefferies (as seen on “Have I Got News For You” and “Never Mind The Buzzcocks”) and Glenn Wool (described by the Independent On Sunday as a “cross between Jack Black and Meatloaf”) will join Andrew O’Neill, Brian Posehn, Jarred Christmas, Sean Hughes and Tim Minchin in sharing their witticisms and observations with the Sonisphere attendees.
On the Friday, Bizarre magazine takes over the Bohemia stage, with host Desmond O’Connor presenting acts such as the amazingly-costumed Jo Peacock, acrobat and circus sideshow performer Chrisalys, Adam Anarchy‘s ‘Japanese Freak Show’ featuring Kitty De’Lux and Spyder, and extreme black comedy freakshow Pariah Circus.
Joining the above in Bizarre will be The Inbreed Brothers & The Girl In The Bottle, avante-garde entertainer and fetish performer The Vivid Angel, drag-queen troupe The Lipsinkers, grotesque burlesque from Twisted Cirque, the Psycho Clowns, fetish and rubber fashionistas Pretty Pervy and a full size fully functioning fire-breathing robotic horse known as The Fire Horse, with more additions to come.
With on-site action in full force, some may need to take time out to chill and catch a movie, so the Cinema returns to Sonisphere this year with great some festival flicks. Keeping with Friday’s theme, The Rocky Horror Picture Show will be screened alongside vampire movie Suck – which stars Sonisphere acts Iggy, Henry Rollins and Alice Cooper. On Saturday, get warmed up for Sunday night headliners Iron Maiden as they make their way through 13 countries in Flight 666, or see Robert Downey Junior kick some serious ass as Tony Stark in Iron Man. Sunday screenings will include a repeat of Suck, plus an intergalactic battle with giant shape-shifting robots in Transformers.
Finally, the Sonisphere organisers have also announced this year’s special guests: The Fab Beatles, the UK’s premiere Beatles tribute group. Given the heavyweight line-up on offer, the inclusion of The Fab Beatles may seem somewhat unusual – but last year’s special guests, Bjorn Again, went down a treat, managing to encourage thousands of Metallica fans to sing lustily along with ‘Gimme Gimme Gimme’.
Sonisphere takes place at Knebworth House, July 30th – August 1st 2010.
Tickets for Sonisphere Knebworth are on sale now at http://www.sonispherefestivals.com – with a full weekend ticket going for just £132.50 with no booking fee.
Source : The Noise Cartel