10 Things To Do At Sonisphere After Dark


Think you’ll have nothing to do once the headliners strike their last power chord, throb their last bass note or hit their last hi-hat? Think again. There’s plenty to do at Sonisphere after dark. Here’s where you can party (or pass out) until the early hours.

Kicking things off on Thursday night club gurus Voodoo Rock will take over the Bohemia Tent to host the first party of the weekend. Usually resident in London, they will be bringing their team of DJs and party hosts for a huge punk/grunge/ska/emo/rock/metal party to the big blue tent for one night only.

Straight after the Voodoo Rock party you will have the chance to sing the songs you want to sing. Maiden? Pantera? Slayer? Rammstein? Yes to all of these, and and many, many, many more. Start warming up now…

Thursday also sees the first ever Kerrang! Party held at Sonisphere. James McMahon and Alex Baker from Kerrang! will be taking to the decks and playing the greatest rock and roll party tunes in the world right now. We’re so excited about having the legendary rock champions throw a party, we invited them back to do the same again at Bohemia on the Saturday night .

There’re some fantastic live acts booked for late-night performances. On the Friday, catch Sheffield’s 65daysofstatic with their mindblowing instrumental set of electronic math proggery, followed by Mixhell. Boasting live percussion from ex Sepultura stickman Iggor Cavalera, Mixhell will do whatever it takes to make you dance, combining elements of dance, electronica, electroclash, hip hop and rock’n’roll, and mixing a live drum and bass section with samples and loops to unique effect.

On Saturday there’s something special. In 2011 The Sisters Of Mercy made a late night appearance at Bohemia for their first festival performance in 20 years. Captivating and magical, the prospect of inviting them back for another late night set was irresistible, and so they return to treat Bohemia for another unforgettable performance on the Saturday night. Then later Infamy will treat the late night revellers to a tear-out Drum & Bass set into the early hours.

Commemorating 20 years since the passing of Kurt Cobain and following in the footsteps of Bat Sabbath (Cancer Bats doing Black Sabbath covers in 2011), Nirvana Defiled make their first ever performance anywhere in tribute to the Seattle grunge legends. The last live performance of the weekend, Stitch D, Vincent Hyde and Needles of The Defiled will take to the Bohemia Tent to honour their fallen hero for a late-night Sunday set.

Ultimate Power will close proceedings in the Bohemia Tent on Sunday night. Ultimate Power is, quite simply, an evening of the greatest songs ever written. A communal appreciation of colossal musical compositions from the titans of power ballads: messrs Collins, Loaf, Tyler and Jovi and many, many more besides.

Across the weekend, in honour of this year’s fancy dress theme, there will be powerslamming, piledriving, facebusting entertainment courtesy of PROGRESS WRESTLING. With champions such as Jimmy Havoc and Rampage Brown competing in breathtaking exhibition bouts, the SATELLITE stage will swap the rock for blood, sweat and tears.

After the live performances have finished over at the Jagermeister Tent, it will transform into the Silent Arena – a cheeky way of evading the noise curfews, the disco is powered by wireless headphones, and even allows you to choose between DJs.

Information tents can be a bit boring, so we’ve given ours over to the Cult of Love & Gratitude. A regular information tent by day, by night the walls come in and an intimate party starts powered by the latest Cerwin Vega P Series PA. Yes, that’s right you can party all night in the place you asked about the location of the portaloos a few hours before. In their own words: “We don’t stop partying until we are being carted off by the boss. Your last bastion of hope in a world that has forgotten the old gods.”

For those feeling all partied out, there’s also the option to take a seat in front of the Saturn Stage for a metal history lesson. As part of the Thrashback campaign, the ultimate thrash metal documentary Get Thrashed will play out on the giant screens either side of the Saturn Stage after the bands have finished on the Saturday. Featuring head

liners Metallica alongside Megadeth, Slayer, Pantera, Anthrax, Slipknot, Exodus and many other hugely influential names, the award winning film is a must-see for any self-respecting metalhead.

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