Sonisphere has announced the festival will be bringing together Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax in the UK for the first time in history to headline the festival Friday night July 8, 2011 in Knebworth. Sonisphere Knebworth takes place July 8th – 10th, 2011 at Knebworth House. Slipknot has already been announced as a headliner for Sonisphere UK on Sunday night July 10th at Knebworth.
Last summer saw the live debut of The Big Four – as this collective of thrash legends are commonly known – marking what was possibly the most significant event in the history of metal. Fans all over Europe could barely contain their excitement, as over 500,000 metalheads bore witness to the show they thought they’d never see.
The Big Four fever did not stop at Europe, as fans the world over eagerly anticipated the possibility of seeing the historical show for themselves in their own countries. Such was the demand that a live cinecast of the Bulgarian show saw over 130,000 people turn out to local cinemas, with reports of mosh pits breaking out in movie theatres across the globe. The recently released DVD of the event, which features all four bands collaborating on a cover of Diamond Head’s “Am I Evil” as well as their individual sets, has only added fuel to the Big Four fire, with a frenzied demand for more performances in the countries not fortunate enough to play host last summer.
“Always excited to do big 4 shows” says Slayer’s Kerry King. “Now England is in line to be devastated by this heavy metal powerhouse! Can’t Fucking wait!!!”