Sonisphere Festival is BACK! And it’s not returning quietly. Slotting in nicely between Download and Leeds & Reading, Soni boasts the best in heavy metal and rock acts from all over the globe, and is only a day away…
If you’re having trouble putting your schedule together, we have you covered. Check out our 5 bands to watch at Sonisphere below!
Stage: Bohemia Stage
Time: 15:40 – 16:20
On the Sabbath day of this southern festival, Sonisphere’s Bohemia Stage will act as the platform of destruction for post-hardcore band Chiodos, and you ain’t gonna want to miss this.
Having released their fourth album Devil earlier this year, the Michigan lads have got a lot of new material to try out on their fierce British crowds before jetting off to begin their US tour later this month.
Despite their flakey lineup changes over the past years, Chiodos are back and stronger than ever, thanks to the long-awaited return of their original line up with vocalist Craig Owens and Derrick Frost.
And with over ten years of heavy experience under their belt and having already performed at Kerrang! Tour and Warped Tour only last year, Chiodos will be proving why they ain’t going anywhere.
This will be a comeback you’ll want to come back to again and again. Oh yes, there will be blood.
Playing a big festival like Sonisphere is always going to be a nerve-wracking thing, but having to play after The Bronx…well, that’s going to be a hard task for any band. Gallows will have no such problem following on with their raucous hardcore punk style and generally fucking mental live shows. With Wade MacNeil very much settled in now with the four piece, and with an EP and albums worth of material with Wade, fans of the band have adjusted and welcomed in this new era for the Watford/Toronto punks. This week also celebrates the release of two brand new tracks (Chains, Wristslitter) which are more experimental tracks for the band.
Their career hasn’t been an easy one but they always rise to the challenges and obstacles laid out before them, and having to play a bill consisting of all different types of metal should be set for an interesting slot. Having witnessed many Gallows show, club and festival, we’ve discovered that the festival set (usually Reading & Leeds) have become infamous for the destruction and passion that fans and band alike bring. Last years R&L sets welcomed former vocalist, the much loved Frank Carter to the stage for staple finale song, Orchestra of Wolves, will there be any surprises this Sunday at the Bohemia Stage? There’s only one way to find out…get down early and witness the frantic, no holds barred Gallows tear you and Sonisphere a new one.
Artist: The Bronx
Stage: Bohemia Stage
Time: 17:50 – 18:30
Hailing from Los Angeles, California the five piece known as The Bronx will undoubtedly be one of the most energetic bands over the weekend, bringing their mariachi-balls out, hardcore punk to the Bohemia stage.
The Bronx have evolved over time into a rock powerhouse with both a melodic and ferocious side. The swagger of The Bronx makes them almost one of a kind with their punishingly heavy moments and their quiet-loud moments they utilize so well. And with their driving rock riffs and their party starting chorus’, they will surely get something started during their set, which will no doubt include fan chanting, hard hitting mosh pits and crowd suffers galore. The Bronx’s vast back catalogue can range from the incredibly heavy, hardcore breakdowns to their rock and roll, light hearted pop chorus’ that will have the diehard Bronx fans screaming along with them. Although they have the unfortunate luck of having their set followed by Gallows, The Bronx will come out wanting to stick in the memories of the crowd, and get them ready for the fierce onslaught that is still to come into the night.
To conclude, you’d be insane to miss The Bronx this year, and if it’s your first experience, you’ll get knocked on your ass and love it.
Artist: Blitz Kids
Stage: Bohemia Stage
Time: 13:45 – 14:15
The UK rockers from Cheshire are going to be smashing the Bohemia stage at Sonisphere, making everyone aware of their presence. If you haven’t included Blitz Kids in your schedule for the weekend, well why the hell not?!
Playing alongside Black Spiders and Reckless Love on the Saturday 5th July, Blitz Kids are bigger and better than they’ve ever been. Alternative rock and pop punk has never been so good with this tantalising foursome at the helm; with two albums under their belt and their non-stop touring up and down the country, Jono, Joe, Nic and Matt must definitely be some of the most hardworking guys in the business. Supporting for big names including Mayday Parade and All Time Low to Tonight Alive and D.R.U.G.S, these guys are really going places and are ones to watch out for.
With the release of their second album, The Good Youth, winning rave reviews, there is no stopping this force that is Blitz Kids. Created alongside producing and writing legend John Feldmann (All Time Low & 5 Seconds of Summer), this recent album has been dubbed to be the best yet.
So what are you waiting for Sonisphere attenders far and wide? Get listening to Blitz Kids now in the run up to the festival and get excited for their performance this Saturday!
Artist: Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls
Stage: Apollo Stage
Time: 16:20 – 17:05
Frank Turner is not one to shy away from festival season and has already played the likes of Reading & Leeds, V festival and headlined Two Trees to name a few. With a Main stage slot at this year’s Sonisphere he’s back and he means business. Along with his band, The Sleeping Souls, who have joined him not only on stage but in the studio you’ll be sure to be singing along.
The Wessex singer-songwriter has achieved one hell of a lot in the music world – from AIM awards for best live act and most hardworking act back in 2011 and even venturing out on side project Mongol Horde. Of course, we can’t forget his slot at the London Olympic’s pre-opening ceremony in 2012 – bravo! It’s very easy to see just how versatile Turner is – from being the frontman in the post-hardcore band Million Dead until the split in 2005, to writing and performing slower acoustic songs in his solo career. What’s not to love? A hardworking guy who occasionally branches out into hardcore, perfect!
If this hasn’t sold you yet, Frank Turner’s shows create the perfect festival atmosphere where you’ll find yourself with a pint in one hand, and the sun shining on your back while belting out his crowd friendly hits such as ‘If I Ever Stray’. Don’t worry if you don’t know the words, as Frank will help you out along the way!
His honest and relatable lyrics keep fans coming back again and again, while picking up some new ones as he branches out to new and different audiences. If you haven’t heard Frank Turner yet, he’s coming for you!