Our initial suspicions proved correct – Queen with Adam Lambert on vocals are headlining Saturday and Faith No More close proceedings on Sunday at this years UK leg of the Sonisphere festivals, with Kiss kicking things off on Friday. Quite a decent line-up, if truth be told.
To add to the headliners, we’ve got the likes of Marilyn Manson, reunited Swedish punk audio nail bomb Refused (really keen to see what they’re looking like now), Mastodon, The Darkness, French metallurgists Gojira and Swedish Occult Rock mentalists Ghost.
Not finished yet – not by a long chalk. Lacuna Coil – YES! – are confirmed alongside fellow European symphonic rock royalty, Within Temptation. Occasional motivational speaker and full-tilt party metal eccentric Andrew W.K. returns to the UK, multi-million selling Evanescence, the previously confirmed Cypress Hill, flour friendly goths Fields Of The Nephilim, Boston punks Flogging Molly, Aussie RAWK! outfit Wolfmother, Swedish doomsters Katatonia and, in the Bill Bailey role of straddling music and comedy, the splendid Tim Minchin are all now confirmed to play.
Currently rounding out the bill are Welsh rockers The Blackout, I Killed The Prom Queen, Incubus and Switchfoot too.
That’s a decent line-up, I think – If you’re not going to Download, there’s more than enough variety and periods of rock music covered for people to not feel at all short-changed by the line-up. I would imagine we’ll have at least a few more announcements between now and the festival proper at the beginning of July.