Sonisphere Live Review
Knebworth - Saturday 31/07/10
A massive tent positioning fail got my festival comrades and me up early this fine Saturday morning.
We are right next to the walkway which although makes us easy to find, also means constant passing foot traffic drunkenly stumbling past all through the night shouting and singing. Urgh, no worries, sleep is for losers.
Getting dolled up in festival surroundings is tough when you’re a girl and haven’t packed things like mirrors, so after applying my face using someone’s car mirror, and generally making myself presentable, I shuffle off down to the bohemia stage with my new weekend accessory in my right hand, a water bottle filled with booze!
First up for must see’s is Anthrax.
Anthrax, who are on bizarrely early on the line up, rock my world, and have a full audience going crazy playing everything from Anti-social to an awesome Ronnie James Dio tribute.
A short and much needed break finds me blagging delicious cocktails off my friend who has a free drinks wristband and chowing down some Quiche Lorraine back at my tent. Although the food smells great here, I’d rather save my money and bring my own.
Between sets, it’s comedy time. Andrew O Neil has the crazy crowd in hysterics and finishes his set by crowd surfing to the bar.
Tim Minchin attracts more people then space to hold them, and a guest solo shredding guitar performance courtesy of Ol Drake from Evile.
Gallows, Corey Taylor and Sabaton filled the rest of the afternoon before the big boys came out to play. Highlight of the day for everyone I spoke with was Skunk Anansie and Rammstein.
Motley Crue was obviously well attended and fun for all, Fear Factory was on point and as I mentioned, Rammstein’s first U.K festival wowed everyone, blowing us all away with epic pyrotechnics, and flames all over their stage with a cheeky stage prop at the end.
Safely well in to another night of wrongness, I find a partner in crime in one of the dudes touring with U.S Hardcore band, Converge and we head on across the site to the Jager stage to knock back shots of the chilled festival ‘house wine’ that is Jager before perusing the merchandise stands and picking up some C.D’s and a couple Thrash tees.
Saturday for me ended in a happy drunken haze. My last memory is a nostalgic trip through my youth watching Therapy? play the whole of Troublegum!
Amazing day. Amazing end to the day. Cannot believe I have had the opportunity to see so many bands and hang with my friends and drink all day in the sun!
Review by Lucy Lawless