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8 to 10 July, Knebworth Park, Knebworth, Hertfordshire
Bands to watch: Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, Slipknot, Biffy Clyro, The Mars Volta
Despite being a relatively new contender, Sonisphere 2011 is looking like it might steal the best heavy festival crown for the first time. Again, the dual Saturn and Apollo main stages are back, meaning that the major artists won’t clash with each other, and then there’s THAT line-up.
We’re talking about The Big Four onstage together in the UK for the first time ever, Biffy’s first mainstage headline slot, The Mars Volta’s only 2011 UK show and Slipknot post-Paul Gray. It’s a must-watch selection for guitarists and metal fans alike.
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