Metallica tours Sonisphere in Knebworth, Europe, Far East and Australasia

Australia and New Zealand Metallica World Magnetic tour dates have now been confirmed!

Metallica will headline a series of European concert festivals throughout June and July of 2009 entitled Sonisphere. The venture is being organised by Stuart Galbraith (previous worked on events like the UK’s Download and Monsters Of Rock festivals) backed by investment of more than $100 million from AEG (company that operates the London O2 centre) writes The Times.

The 2009 Sonisphere festival tour will play in Holland, Germany, Spain, Sweden and Finland, before culminating in a two-day event at Knebworth on the weekend of August 1-2, with a capacity of 60,000 each day. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday 11th February, priced at £125 for the weekend.

Metallica in Far East and Australasia in 2010

Metallica, the American heavy metal band, which has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, will headline Sonisphere at six European venues in 2009, with the tour set to be expanded into the Far East and Australasia next year.

Metallica’s involvement is part of a multi-million-pound deal that will see them play at the festival for at least three years. The group has been brought on board by their agent, John Jackson, the creator of Sonisphere.

Lars Ulrich, the drummer of Metallica, said: “Knebworth is the paramount concert experience. To be part of Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Robbie Williams, Oasis, that’s an incredible shortlist to be on. It’s still a little unreal.”

That such a major event is being launched during a recession is testament to the strength of live music. The concert business had its biggest year in 2008, grossing just under $4 billion worldwide.

Interview with the Metallica Sonisphere promoter

Metal Hammer have an interview with Stuart Galbraith, the veteran festival promoter.

What’s the setup?

Galbraith: ”We have one main arena with a stage at either end, nothing like stages next to each other like what you see at Reading. Our headliner for Saturday is Linkin Park, and our headliner for Sunday is Metallica, and the two backups are Mastodon and Lamb Of God, and they’re just the shape of what’s to come. The full lineup will include include some really special guests, and some really big surprises.”

Any hints?

Galbraith: ”Let’s just say there will be killer special guests. We’re thinking quality, not quantity, and you’ll be able to see all of them. I think that Download for instance can get Slipknot and Prodigy, but then there’s the worry that they’ll be playing at the same time if you want to see both. We won’t have that issue. And we’re just running for two days, as I did with Download in 2002. I’d rather run two days of brilliant quality than stretch to three days. It’s all well and good having 100 bands over a weekend but some of those will be filler, and there will always be conflicts if you’re running five stages. So we’re going to run two outdoor stages, which is what we did in the latter stages of Monsters of Rock, and we’ll be alternating between one stage and another to keep the music continuous.”

That’s a heavy lineup – is Sonisphere a metal festival?

Galbraith: ”It’s a rock festival – I wouldn’t limit it to metal, we’re broader than that but we’re not indie-schmindie. We’re not Arctic Monkeys or Radiohead.”

How will you set this apart from competing festivals like Download and Reading?

Galbraith: ”The reason I think it’s going to work is that from my side of things, I’ve been involved in promoting festivals since 1984. I did Monsters of Rock for 12 years, I started Download in 2002, which went from two to three days, and I watched what happened with Download and I think they made a few fundamental errors. Download would have been better to take a year off last year and been honest with themselves, saying they didn’t get a decent bill together. That’s what we did with Monsters Of Rock where we took a year off saying we couldn’t do it. That experience has given me the confidence to make a new festival this year.”

Galbraith: ”The reason I think it’s going to work is that from my side of things, I’ve been involved in promoting festivals since 1984. I did Monsters of Rock for 12 years, I started Download in 2002, which went from two to three days, and I watched what happened with Download and I think they made a few fundamental errors. Download would have been better to take a year off last year and been honest with themselves, saying they didn’t get a decent bill together. That’s what we did with Monsters Of Rock where we took a year off saying we couldn’t do it. That experience has given me the confidence to make a new festival this year.”

What’s the capacity?

Galbraith: ”60,000, which means we have space for everybody to camp. We’ll have early campsite arrivals at 3pm on Thursday, and checkout at midday on Monday. We’ll have a full-on experience: a cinema, a fair, market, jugglers – everything you’d expect at a full-on festival. We’ll also be running a campsite stage with brand new bands and DJ sets as well. And we don’t have a strict noise curfew like Reading or Download so the party can go until later. The idea is come and camp for a weekend and have a good time.  I’m expecting a lot of people to come along just to come along for the vibe. We will also have Sonisphere festivals happening throughout Europe in the run-up to Knebworth in Holland, Spain, and Finland among others but Knebworth will be the biggest, grand finale of them all. And it’s only 45 minutes from London!”

2009 Metallica / Sonisphere European festival tour

  • Sat 20 June Goffert Park,Nijmegen, Holland (with Slipknot)
  • Sat 4 July Hockenheim, Germany (with Die Toten Hosen)
  • Sat 11 July The Forum, Barcelona Spain (with Slipknot)
  • Sat 18 July Folkets Park,Hultsfred, Sweden (additional bands still to be announced)
  • Sat 25 July Kirjurinluoto,Pori, Finland (with Linkin Park)
  • Sun 2 August Knebworth House,Stevenage,UK (additional bands to be announced)

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1 Noor Azli February 10, 2009 at 4:03 am

When is Metallica coming to Malaysia???

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2 Jason Raftery January 3, 2010 at 10:49 am

When is METALLICA coming to Australia???
Are they coming to Adelaide???
More info please!!!

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3 Matthew Lynn January 7, 2010 at 4:16 am

I would like some info as well about an Adelaide tour. My 2 boys are wanting to see Metallica as much as me.

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4 hayden January 14, 2010 at 12:25 pm

theres stuff about coming to australia but it does tell “WHEN” the metallica fans need more info when metallica is going to come over and what city’s they are going to.

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5 chris January 15, 2010 at 12:19 am

Metallica is coming to TOWNSVILLE..
If Not , WHY THE HELL NOT….
Its the center of North Queensland, people will travel 12 hours by car from every direction to see.
Multiple Stadiums to choose from.
B R I N G I T O N ………..

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6 rokhsareh January 15, 2010 at 9:55 am

is METALLICA coming to TURKEY??????????oh,please we are waiting for them there:( i hope so.i wish…

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7 j smith January 18, 2010 at 11:50 pm

forget about these other places you gotta play Wellington NZ

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8 A.Robb January 22, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Will metallica be coming to Perth. I will pay anything to see them??! We need dates asap! Bring the legends of heavy metal to Australia.

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9 Deet January 27, 2010 at 11:03 am

I have to know when the hell the Metallica boys are coming back to Brissy, been waiting since 2003 to see the best band in the world once again.

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10 Daniel Lamond January 29, 2010 at 11:43 am

Anywhere in Aus or NZ and I’ll be there…let it be written, let it be done.

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11 CARLY OGDEN February 1, 2010 at 4:29 am

YOU GUYS BETTER COME. ADELAIDE,SYDNEY,MELBOURNE,PERTH,DARWIN,BRISBANE ANYWHERE IN AUS, I WILL BE THERE, ILL COME TO ALL YOUR CONCERTS IN EVERY SINGLE CITY, DRINKS ARE ON THE HOUSE, WE WILL TRASH THE HOTEL ROOM, YOU GOT NO IDEA WHAT A LIVE CONCERT IS LIKE TIL YOU COME TO AUSTRALIA AGAIN, YOUR LAST CONCERT HERE, AL THE CHEERS AND THE CLAPPING, THAT WAS NOTHING, 2010 IS THE YEAR FOR THE BEST CONCERTS FOR YOU GUYS, WHAT U WILL GET IN AUSTRALIA, YOU CANT GET ANYWHERE ELSE, YEAH BABY!!!!!!!!!!

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12 borbzs February 6, 2010 at 8:26 am

ya man……when metallica gonna come to malaysia?????….we all Malaysian waiting to you mann…..

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13 bard February 14, 2010 at 6:18 pm

please come to malaysia..i’ll be waiting

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14 bard February 14, 2010 at 6:20 pm

WELCOME TO MALAYSIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!

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15 Aussie Metallica fan February 15, 2010 at 8:45 am

when is Metallica coming to Melbourne please inform

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16 Josh P C February 17, 2010 at 11:34 pm

Is there any definite dates yet ? im sitting here ready to cut off my limbs for tickets.

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17 cem arac February 18, 2010 at 10:26 am

im 30 years old , ive watched them live in my country turkey back in 1998,i was 19 y.old then now im 30 and i can’t wait to see these guys for 1 last time live in sydney…hurry up guyz

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18 jason veldhuis February 23, 2010 at 7:47 am

whats the latest in metallica touring Austrlia in August 2010.

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19 Courtney from AUS February 24, 2010 at 5:00 am

PLZ come to CANBERRA OR SYDNEY PLZ can you organize a date ?OMG i am 12 years old and are DIEING to see you for my 13 birthday it would make my whole life worthwhile. ( that may sound strange……im not EMO or anything…..) PLZ COME!!!!!!!!!! :) I WILL DO ANYTHING TO SEE YOUZE GYZ IN CONCERT!!!

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20 Courtney from AUS February 24, 2010 at 5:01 am

OMG SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DESPERATE!!!

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21 Connor Bishop February 25, 2010 at 2:38 am

They better come at my high school that’s all we do is talk about Metallica

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22 hesley March 1, 2010 at 5:05 am

Waaahhhh!!! I heard Metalicca coming to Malaysia SOON!!! OMG. WHENNNN??????? PLz tell me…I cant wait for tht. nyahahaha!

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23 ally March 2, 2010 at 8:14 am

hey is metallica coming to sydney i hope so n when can we find out n when will it be we all would love it if they came to australia n everyone would pay n do n go anywhere to see them i know i would n a few other people i know aswell

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24 gazza March 2, 2010 at 11:21 pm

I hope they do come 2 Australia as i am an avid fan i just hope they have it better organised than the AC/DC concert was and that they have an area 4 people in wheelchairs 2 be able 2 see and enjoy the band as all i saw at the AC/DC concert were other peoples asses good because it was 2 chicks but could not see the stage or the band but then NOTHING ELSE MATTERS if u enjoy the music

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25 Ricky Aarons March 10, 2010 at 3:05 am

Rumours for the end of this year for Metallica in Australia. Come on!!!

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26 corey March 12, 2010 at 8:50 am

when the dates for the Melbourne and Australian shows are set can some one please tell asap At im_rock_hard@hotmail.com

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27 Mumblegrunt March 18, 2010 at 8:57 am

COME ON GUYS, give Australia some credit, bloody Pink played over 60 concerts all packed out, u guys have played all over Europe, America north and south to sold out venues. WHAT ABOUT DOWN UNDER? what have we gotten from Metallica since the St Anger tour? besides an awesome DEATH MAGNETIC album, NOTHING, NADA, ZERO, BUPKISS. WE NEED YOU GUYS TO OUT DO BLOODY PINK, have a holiday take your time enjoy the sun sand and surf, play some conerts around the whole of Australia please
Your faithful friend

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28 Matthew Lynn March 18, 2010 at 11:32 am

Well said Mumblegrunt.

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29 rabz March 22, 2010 at 9:31 am

is metallica coming to perth or geraldton in western australia

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30 evan h March 25, 2010 at 5:35 am

when the dates for the Melbourne and Australian shows are set

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31 nathan March 26, 2010 at 9:35 am

when when when are they coming??????????

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32 Milo April 5, 2010 at 9:57 am

Urgh. These comments are making me nauseas. Listen up kids, by asking over and over again for details, dates, anything like that – you’re not going to get any information. Metallica will set dates when they do, so get over it and wait like the rest of us. Some of us have been waiting far longer than you. If I see a bunch of twelve year olds being idiots at the gig I go to, I’m going to be annoyed. I

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33 Ricky Aarons April 6, 2010 at 3:46 am

got some news for yaaaaa

In all the excitement over the riot provoked by Metallica’s recent show in Colombia, where 1,500 police and four tanks were deployed to manage the crowds, an important piece of news managed to slip through everyone’s fingers.

At a press conference on the day of the show in the Colombian capital, Bogotoa, the band revealed plans to play New Zealand and Australia in November.

Asked what the band’s plans for the future involve the band’s leadman James Hetfield laughed off rumours of an unplugged record before simply stating the answer of “Europe”.

Thankfully drummer Lars Ulrich was in a more talkative mood and delivered the news the Australian Metallica fans have been waiting to hear since the band last visited in 2004 – “We’re staying out and doing dates through November in Australia and New Zealand and then after that we’re going to take a little chill time.”

It seems as though the Australian dates will close the epic “World Magnetic Tour”, in support of the band’s ninth studio album Death Magnetic, which began way back on September 12th 2008.

they are coming!!

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34 jake robertson April 6, 2010 at 12:05 pm

i want to know dates for metallica, this is a must go to concert!
i will die if i dont go to this concert, we have waited fucking long for this concert and this wont happen again for a LONG time

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35 daniel April 6, 2010 at 3:57 pm

there coning to australia in november fucking awsome

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36 Brenda Gosden April 7, 2010 at 12:13 pm

PLEASE guys come to ADELAIDE, it has been so long, we miss you guys so much, and promise me you will play Master of puppets live omg, i will be so happy LOVE YOU BOYS xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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37 hayden April 7, 2010 at 12:16 pm

OI EVERY ONE WHO IS FROM AUSTRALIA METALLICA WILL BE COMING IN NOVEMBER THIS YEAR

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38 KIRKSMYHERO April 13, 2010 at 5:17 am

Hey youguys!!!! Im Courtney I am 12 and have been one of your many fans for many years now!!! I have been waiting and waiting for ages to see if you guys are coming to australia! we are really missing you!!!! Personally, I am missing Kirks FREAKIN AWESOME solos!!!! Hope to see you guys sometime soon!!!! Bye.XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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39 Courtney April 19, 2010 at 6:55 am

OMG!!!! BEST MOMENT OF MY LIFE!!!!! BLLAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! BRING IT ON!!!!!!! ROCK YOUR LIFE BABY!!!!!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! HAHAHAHA!!!!! WONT MISS IT!!!! :) :) :) :)

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40 Matthew Lynn April 19, 2010 at 9:35 am

Any ticket sale dates and venues been announced?

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41 sheree April 19, 2010 at 11:05 am

when r tickets going on sale cant wait.

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