Now that the holiday season has ended and we enter into the bleak month of January,now is the perfect time to start thinking about our summer plans to help get rid of those post-Christmas blues. And what better way to spend your summer in a tent in the middle of some random field in Europe, drunk as a skunk, moshing with metallers from all over the world at some of the most famous festivals in the world?!
Here’s a quick look at the this summers offering and my own personal view on each.
Sonisphere is the newest of the metal festivals but has wasted no time in making a name for itself and continually pulling out the big guns to attract hundreds of thousands of fans to Knebworth and this year is no exception. In what is something of an unbeatable headline pairing, Sonisphere is bringing the Big 4 (Slayer, Metallica, Megadeth & Anthrax) together (again) on its opening night. I know its not the first time these four have played together and that the majority of us have had our dreams come through from sitting in a cinema and seeing Mustaine and Metallica on stage together again but if these four bands play as well as they did in Sofia and Slayer actually get off their high horse and join the others for a jam, then the Friday of Sonisphere 2011 will live long in metal folklore.
On top of that, Sonisphere have pulled another rabbit out of the hat and are closing their festivities on the Sunday night with Slipknot’s second performance since the tragic loss of bassist Paul Grey. This is a huge coup for Sonisphere as metal fans worldwide will be trying to see Slipknot together again and see who they select to fill the void left by the late Mr. Grey.
With such stellar headline acts setl for the Friday and Sunday, you can almost forgive the bookers for having Biffy Clyro play on Saturday night so people can go to bed early, recover from Friday’s madness and be all set for Sunday’s destruction!
Hellfest has never been a festival which has appealed to me. I love a bit of nnostalgia but I would in no way be inclined to travel all the way to France to see aging headliners such as Ozzy, the Scorpions and Judas Priest when I amn’t even that inclined to go see them play in Dublin. I’m sure there’s plenty of you who would be but I’m not.
I’d be far more excited to go and see the always reliable Kreator, the exclusive “special show” from Mayhem, Bolt Thrower, Opeth and other bands such as Orphaned Land, Skyforger and The Melvins. Now they’re bands I’d travel for!
Brutal Assault 2011
For a festival that charges €60 for a 3 day camping pass,pays you to throw out your rubbish and provides legendary headliners such as Morbid Angel and Nevermore, Czech republic’s Brutal Assault festival is hands down the best value for money festival each and every summer.
Add to this the appearance of Skyforger, Exodus, Gorguts, Suicidal Tendencies, Triptykon and Vader and you have got one hell of a festival for the price of a night out in Ireland. Unbeatable value and quality.
We’ll have the second installment of our Summer festival preview in the coming days so be sure to check it out!