Hundred Reasons to perform Ideas Above Our Station in full at Sonisphere

With just four weeks to go, SONISPHERE announced some further additions to the bill.

Originally booked to perform for the 2012 event, HUNDRED REASONS reformed in November that year to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their 2002 Ideas Above Our Station album.  Such was the demand that a second show had to be added in London, Manchester was upgraded, and every ticket was snapped up.  Roll on two years, to a chance meeting between Team Sonisphere’s Alan Day and HR guitarist Larry Hibbitt in a bar, who politely inquired why they weren’t on the 2014 Sonisphere line up after the cancellation two years previously.  With no valid answer to provide, Alan offered them the final slot on the Saturn stage, where they will finally perform Ideas Above Our Station in full on the Saturday.

Larry explains: “We said we’d never do it again, but the cancelled Sonisphere of 2012 left a big hole in that summer for us.  So when our shorts-wearing, crowd-surfing, festival-promoting comrade Alan Day came up with a slot for us this year we just couldn’t say no. And we didn’t. Don’t get used to this. We say no A LOT so this is not going to happen often, if ever.  But when it makes sense it makes sense and we’re there. Like we will be on 5th July. See you at the front”.

Featuring chart topping singles including If I Could, Silver and Falter, HUNDRED REASONS date with destiny at SONISPHERE will be truly unmissable.

Ex-The Wildhearts bassist Danny McCormack brings his rock’n’roll band THE YOYOS to SONISPHERE for a very special one-off appearance. “Can’t wait to catch up with some old friends and see some new faces.” Says the four-stringer. “It’s a great line up this year and I’m counting the days. It’s an honour to be a part of it all. See you down the front”.

Taking over BOHEMIA late on the Friday night will be Rocktronica trio MIXHELL.  Boasting live percussion from ex-Sepultura sticksman Iggor Cavalera, MIXHELL will do whatever it takes to make you dance, combining elements of dance, electronica, electroclash, hip-hop and rock’n’roll, and mixing a live drum and bass section with samples and loops to unique effect.

Recently seen out on the road with Katatonia, London’s own MESSENGER join the SONISPHERE 2014 line up to mesmerize and captivate the uninitiated. Dwelling equally in the earthy realm of folk music and the celestial void of progressive psychedelia, the five piece never fail to drop jaws – expect many wide open mouths at the Satellite stage on Friday. “We’re extremely excited to have the opportunity to perform at this amazing festival.” States drummer Jaime Gomez. “We look forward to playing to some new people and hopefully seeing some familiar faces there as well.”

London loud-louts DRIPBACK make their SONISPHERE debut, with their only UK festival appearance this summer.  Recently seen touring with Crowbar, DRIPBACK specialise in loud, aggressive noise and highly energetic live shows. “This is gonna be immense, we can’t wait.” says bassist Adam Da Rat. “Metallica and Maiden together for the first time, dozens of the most awesome bands ever.  Chas & Dave, a World War I Dog Fight… I was wondering how this could get any better, and now we get to play too. Safe!”

Melbourne rock trio CALLING ALL CARS join the festivities hot off the back of some recent UK shows including Camden Rocks. Enjoying regular rotation on huge Aussie radio station Triple J, the band have recently relocated to the UK, and are gearing up for the release of their new album Raise The People via Cooking Vinyl on July 28th.

“Holy fuck we are playing Sonisphere!” they exclaim. “Before we were booked to play we were so stoked on the line up. It’s a real honour to be included in that company.”

Industrial punks (recently showcased on Elfie’s Shock Of The New – Ed) PROTAFIELD come to work up the crowd on the Jagermeister stage. With an album out next week via Caroline/Universal that boasts guest appearances from Queen’s Roger Taylor and fellow Sonisphere artist Gary Numan, this new band are clearly already moving in high circles. Singer Jayce Lewis states: “Sonisphere being back with a line up like this is testament to its quality.  We are so excited to be a part of it this year. Gonna be LOUD!”

Heavy Metal marching band BLAAS OF GLORY will also be doing the rounds at Knebworth this July. A regular fixture on the international festival scene, this hilarious mobile act surprise unsuspecting metalheads with classic hits such as Running With The Devil, The Final Countdown and Highway To Hell, armed with sousaphone, saxophone, flute, glockenspiel, banjo, accordion, acoustic guitars, snare and bass drums.

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