Sonisphere UK Bites the Dust!

The summer of 2012 was set to be one of the most tantalising times for festivals in the UK with Download’s 10th anniversary, Bloodstock Open Air’s ear bashing band selection and a throttling line up announced for Sonisphere. However on a warm spring afternoon in March, our humble nation was rocked with the news that Sonisphere UK has been cancelled.

When #sonisphere began trending on social networking site Twitter on 28th March, we (as did many) assumed it was something to do with an epic announcement (of the line up kind). But much to our dismay, the word going round was the possible cancellation of one of the biggest rock festivals to grace the plains of Knebworth.

It soon became clear that this little snippet of news was leaked by none other than Queen (the iconic 80’s rockers…not the lady we have to thank for another bank holiday this year). The tear jerking announcement was put up on their official website yesterday but once the droplet of information had turned into a tidal wave of panic, ‘Queen Online’ took the statement down during the late afternoon.

Although rock fans of the world have been cradling their tickets against their tear soaked cheeks over night and wishing upon all the twinkling stars in the sky that the rumour is just that; Sonisphere promoters Kilimanjaro have confirmed this morning that the massive UK rock festival has been cancelled. For the full statement, click the heart wrenching line up below.

This blow comes after a long battle to keep Sonisphere on the calendar, and with competition from Download and its smashing line up including Europe (of Final Countdown fame…not the actual Union) Metallica and Progidy as well as many more and a fist full of other insane festivals out to rock your socks off; to some, it came as no surprise that Sonisphere was the next festival to suffer a harsh death.

Queen’s Roger Taylor and Brian May released the following statement with regards to their next move; “We are disappointed to hear of the cancellation of the Sonisphere Festivals as we were very much looking forward to performing with Adam Lambert and particularly as the venue was Knebworth, our last stand with Freddie. We apologise for the disappointment to all those who were looking forward to seeing us. We are working to see if we can redress the situation at some other venue.”

So what’s next for the rest of the Sonisphere line up? Will we be seeing Marilyn Manson at the checkouts in Tesco? Maybe The Blackout will be serving you your next kebab? We think not!! Whether they will end up at Donnington…maybe they will travel the seas and find a home at Sonisphere in Europe. Whatever happens, all we know is that the loss of this epic festival has shuddered the bones of the world of rock and we can but keep our little pinkies crossed that 2013 will be the year that Sonisphere comes back with a bloody great bang!

Who are Motionless in White?

They are at one with the benefits of a Sharpie and they are certainly not what you would expect to emerge from the humble and cultured streets of Scranton in Pennsylvania…but never the less, the world has come to worship the likes of Motionless in White. Front man Chris Cerulli was transformed from your average football playing school lad to make up wearing, PVC clad rock monster overnight thanks to iconic metal bands such as Metallica and Misfits. His journey of self-discovery lead him on a path to something more than A-Levels and laddish behaviour…he became…Chris Motionless. In 2005, he paired up with fellow metal head Angelo Parente and Motionless in White was well and truly spawned…so let’s meet this group of Manson look a-likes:

Chris Motionless Angelo Parente Joshua Balz
Ryan Sitkowski Ricky Olson Devin Sola

Now, there is no denying that if it was worth a listen the first time round, we all love a good re-release. And that is exactly what is happening right now with MIW’s debut album ‘Creatures’. Originally released in 2010, the album paid homage to the bands fans who are commonly referred to as their ‘creatures’.  Including the religion bashing ‘Immaculate Misconception’ (video below for those who are yet to see this utterly manic display…not for the feint hearted) and their 2010 debut single ‘London In Terror’, this album promises to lure in a whole host of new fans for the second time around. Released on 26th March 2012 ‘Creatures’ is a strongly recommended addition to your music repertoire if you like tunes which will dangle you from your feet off the edge the establishment we call sanity.

Whether you are a long time Motionless fan or you are now coming round to their ideas of individuality and Chris’ “F**k it” attitude to haters, this group of dirt bathed, tattoo adorned opinionated young men is guaranteed to get you in the mood for a good thrash about!

Motionless in White were one of Grindstore’s hot new bands for 2012 so we are super excited that they are storming the world of metal and to celebrate their success, we will be stocking some awesome new merchandise over the next couple of weeks. But until then, if you’re looking for some rockin’ threads to get all sweaty in as you mosh around to MIW then let your blackened eyes roam to the links below and satisfy your hunger for these make-up clad creatures of the night.

And yes…there is cussing on the back of the Immaculate Misconception t-shirt but if you are easily offended then you should probably find yourself a new favourite band!