It's that time of year again. The calendar's just turned its page towards a new year and more importantly, festivals are announcing their main acts. From what we've seen so far 2014 is set to be one of the biggest years yet. The return of Sonisphere in the UK has got us all on the edge of our seats, anticipating its arrival. Immediately "Team Soni" has the upper hand, with their surprise announcement of Iron Maiden and Metallica headlining the Saturday and Sunday respectively. The metal giants have played in the UK on numerous occasions but never together on the same bill.
This announcement has generally received positive views but the main criticism has been "Oh no, not Metallica again!" or similarly "This isn't Download 2013, why are Maiden playing?" So the question raised is what makes Sonisphere 2014 special and not a nostalgia act?
To begin, if anyone complains about seeing the two biggest metal bands on the planet playing at a festival, they're clearly not into the genre. Not only are they the pioneers and major influences worldwide, their live shows are full of energy like no other shows, as well as the accompaniment of the biggest and craziest stage sets.
Iron Maiden are closing their "Maiden England" tour this year and for those who missed out on it at Download 2013, you won't want to miss their only UK tour date in 2014. It's not often that bands offer the chance to see a show of this calibre at two different festivals two years in a row, so be sure not to miss out. The band are full of life and are going extremely strong despite being together for close to four decades. Iron Maiden make you feel proud to be British, and they wave the flag high when travelling around the world. Musically, they are easily one of the best in the business and there's no better way of appreciating a festival than singing along to "Run To The Hills" in a field full of tens of thousands of metal heads.
Next we have Metallica. The American legends are also playing their only UK tour date this year. As we know, Metallica like to vary their tours and sets and offer a number of surprises each time. Take Download 2012 as an example, when the band played their monumental album "Metallica" (also known as the Black album" in its entirety .... backwards! But this year they're offering fans to chance to vote for the songs they want to hear for their "Metallica: By Request" tour. This is the ultimate opportunity for any backlash to be dismissed because potentially everybody will have something to enjoy from the setlist. And if that wasn't enough, Metallica will also be playing a new song. Yes that's correct, a NEW song. The band have been writing new material and are willing to share it when they go on tour this year. That is something you don't want to miss by any means.
So there you have it, just a couple of reasons to buy your tickets for Sonisphere 2014. The festival promises to bring us some of the best acts the world has to offer. Also, the return of the festival to Knebworth after a couple of year's absence is enough for any die-hard music fan to want to spend their weekend in July (4th-6th) in a muddy field, getting drunk and enjoying the atmosphere. Be there, or forever wish that you were part of the experience.