Sonisphere 2015 shock as event is cancelled

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Sonisphere festival organisers have announced that this year’s event has been cancelled.

In a statement revealing the news festival bosses said that they had been unable to sign up a bill that they believed was “good enough.”

The announcement came just before the weekend via the Sonisphere website, with the full statement reading:

“Team Sonisphere reluctantly confirm that Sonisphere will not take place in the UK in 2015. We’ve been working hard to get a lineup that we felt was good enough, but also on a weekend which would avoid other events that we know rock fans would want to support.

“Unfortunately our last irons in the fire have just been extinguished and it’s clear that we won’t be in a position to run the event this year. We’ve said in the past that Sonisphere will only go ahead if we feel it is going to be good enough and that hasn’t changed.

“We hope all rock fans have a great summer with all the festivals and concerts already in the calendar and we plan to see you all in 2016.”

Last year’s event saw headline sets from The Prodigy, Iron Maiden and Metallica.

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Iron Maiden release Bruce Dickinson Sonisphere dogfight footage

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Iron Maiden have released video footage of frontman Bruce Dickinson’s dogfight re-enactment above this year’s Sonisphere festival.

Dickinson, a qualified pilot, led a team of colleagues from The Great War Display Team in an aerial ‘battle’ over the festival site just hours before taking to the stage to headline the event.

Speaking ahead of the flight, Dickinson had previously said: “We’re determined to put on an unforgettable display for everyone.”

“The manoeuvres we’ll be performing are all based on true-life battles from a hundred years ago. What some of these fighter pilots achieved back then was nothing short of miraculous given the conditions they were working under and the seriousness of what was at stake.”

You can watch the footage of Dickinson flying at Sonisphere in his own Fokker DR1 Triplane below:

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Iron Maiden round out 3 year world tour with Sonisphere set

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Iron Maiden played a two hour headline set at this weekend’s Sonisphere festival, drawing a nearly 3 year long world tour to a close.

The British metal legends opened with “Moonchild” from their 1988 album Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son, with frontman Bruce Dickinson declaring the crowd to be “…a loud and rowdy and thirsty bunch…”

“Tonight is the last night of a three-year tour, its all been building to this. If we don’t get it right tonight then we never will,” he continued.

The remainder of the set – as with previous dates on the band’s gargantuan tour – was based almost exclusively on Maiden’s most well known material from their 80’s run of classic albums, including songs “The Trooper”, “The Number Of The Beast”, “Run To The Hills” and in the band’s encore, “Aces High” and “The Evil That Men Do.”

Ahead of playing “Revelations”, Dickinson revealed that the last time he had sung the song was at a charity concert in Canterbury Cathedral, accompanied by Jethro Tull. “That was much more sedate, but tonight we’re giving it the full bollocks,” he said. “That’s a technical term.”

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Earlier in the day Dickinson had flown a Fokker DR1 triplane as part of an eight aircraft strong WWI dogfight re-enactment. The air show had been organised by Dickinson along with the Great War Display Team. The “fight” took place over a wooded area next to the main arena and was accompanied by sound effects and a live military brass band on stage. It was only fitting that Dickinson seemed to be victorious during the display, “shooting down” two other planes and performing a final flypast before Deftones took to the stage.

At the close of Iron Maiden’s set, Dickinson and the band took time to thank their crew, wider team, and the audience for “keeping it real.” Dickinson concluded by saying that “…what’s coming in the next few years is going to make it more real for you guys, believe me!”

Iron Maiden played:

“Moonchild”
“Can I Play With Madness”
“The Prisoner”
“2 Minutes To Midnight”
“Revelations”
“The Trooper”
“Number Of The Beast”
“Phantom Of The Opera”
“Run To The Hills”
“Wasted Years”
“Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son”
“Fear Of The Dark”
“Iron Maiden”
“Aces High”
“The Evil That Men Do”
“Sanctuary”

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The Skin Back Alley Sonisphere playlist!

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Glastonbury Schmastonbury! Tour De Who?! Metalheads’ sights are now firmly set on this this weekend’s Sonisphere festival!

The show at Knebworth Park is set to see performances from a raging horde of metal’s finest, including Glastonbury conquerors Metallica with their By Request set, UK new wave legends Iron Maiden, thrash merchants Anthrax and Slayer and whole bunch more!

So what better way to get yourself into the metal mood (like you needed an excuse!) than with Skin Back Alley’s very own Sonisphere Spotify playlist?!

Click through below to get your metal mosh on!



Find out more about this weekend’s Sonisphere festival at their official website, and check out the full line up below!

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Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson declares Glastonbury “the most bourgeois thing on the planet”

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Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson has hit out at the Glastonbury festival in an interview with the Telegraph, declaring it “the most bourgeois thing on the planet.”

The singer said that Iron Maiden have no intention of ever playing at Glastonbury, which for the first time in it’s history announced a heavy metal headline act for this year’s event in the form of Metallica.

“In the days when Glasto was an alternative festival it was quite interesting,” said Dickinson. “Now it’s the most bourgeois thing on the planet. Anywhere Gwyneth Paltrow goes and you can live in an air-conditioned yurt is not for me.”

He added that he was pleased that Maiden will be headlining this year’s Sonisphere metal festival instead, saying: “”We’ll leave the middle classes to do Glastonbury and the rest of the great unwashed will decamp to Knebworth and drink lots of beer and have fun.”

Glastonbury takes place between the 27th and 29th of June at Worthy Farm in Somerset, with Sonisphere following between the 4th and 6th of July at Knebworth Park.

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