Sonisphere to commemorate WW1 with Iron Maiden

03 Jun 2014

AIF member Sonisphere will be returning to Knebworth House in Hertfordshire this year with a bang, as they recently announced that Iron Maiden lead singer and trained airline pilot Bruce Dickinson is to take part in an air display above the festival to commemorate the start of World War 1. Dickinson will be part of a group of pilots taking part in the “dogfight” on 5th July – the same night that Iron Maiden will headline the festival. The air display will feature nine aircrafts, which will be exact replicas of planes used in combat in World War 1.

The Iron Maiden singer will be flying his own aircraft – a Fokker Dr1 Triplane, while other aircrafts include a German Junkers CL1, a British Sopwith Triplane, a BE2c and an SE5a. The other aircrafts will be flown by members of The Great War Display Team, who perform re-enactments throughout the UK and Europe.

Iron Maiden’s headliner set will mark the final performance on their Maiden England World Tour, and the band will be accompanied by rock legends Metallica, as well as The Prodigy, Limp Bizkit, Alice in Chains, Mastodon and Slayer – as well as Sonisphere-fan-requested band, Babymetal.

Sonisphere organiser Stuart Galbraith said: “We all got very excited when Iron Maiden approached us with this idea. It’s going to be a truly unique experience and tribute for everyone at Knebworth. We’ve made sure we were able to squeeze a gap into the outdoor stage programme on July 5th so that it has the impact it deserves.”

Sonisphere will take place at Knebworth Park on 4th – 6th July. For full line up, tickets and info, go here.