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I’d ummed and ached about going to Sonisphere before somehow managing to score a pass. I don’t know why I was so sceptical about it at first but it turned out to be one of the best festivals I’ve ever been to and one of the best gigs I’ve had the pleasure of being at. So in a huge contrast to the Urban festival I’d been at the previous two days we went up to Knebworth to see what it’s all about.

Despite what you might think I’m actually quite a big heavy music fan. Im really into post hardcore and punk music - even more so at the moment. While I’m a soppy emo kid some days I can’t resist a bit of guitar driven thrash.The main reason I wanted to go to was to see Metallica. Metallica are one of those bands I grew up with. I remember listening to them when I was 13/14 and just being in awe of them. I’ve never caught them over the years so I knew I had to do everything in my power to see them at some point.

After driving up early we managed to catch Protest the Hero who are a totally underrated metal band and one of my personal favourites.They played 6 songs and did their thing - a mixture of thrash tech metal and post hardcore. I listened to Kezia to death back 06 so it was a pleasure to catch ‘em finally. In a weird half hour we saw Reel Big Fish - I haven’t seen these guys for SO long but they are always a good chuckle. None the less we all took it in our stride and had a dance. It’s impossible not to be happy when you watch a Ska band. They are just so fun.Im so happy we caught The Bronx too - they are one of my top bands from back in the day and I couldn’t help myself singing along to White Tar. Super heavy hardcore punk straight outta LA. It was beautiful, scattered and so perfect. The lead singer also came into the crowd to sing with everyone and that has gone up there with one of the most punk things I’ve ever experienced.

Metallica. Even though everyone was so up in arms about them playing at Glasto - Like it or not Metallica are such an iconic band. I appreciate it might not be everyones cup of tea but you can’t deny they are big enough to headline something like that. At Sonisphere it felt like all their fans had come out to see them put on an awesome show. I found myself throwing up the rock hand thing \m/ with the rest of them. I don’t know the atmosphere was infectious. My highlight was obviously Fade to Black which was incredible and Whisky in the Jar which James claimed was his favourite song. There was this awesome moment when he said “Now… I’ve got something to tell you guys [serious pause] GIVE ME FUEL GIMMIE FIRE GIVE ME THAT WHICH I DESIRE”. I had a mini heart attack as I had visions of them saying this was their last shows in the UK. It was the perfect entry to a song. So good. Just so good. It’s hands down one of the best gigs I’ve ever been to. You know when you leave a show and you’re so pumped about what you just saw? Thats how I felt. I was so excited happy, tired and emotional. I also wanted to join a hardcore punk band and start my life again. I haven’t felt so pumped about seeing something for so long.

It’s funny because I enjoyed Sonisphere so much more than I’d imagined. It felt like going back to my roots and remembering what I really love. It’s one of the best festivals I’ve been to this year. I made a joke on Twitter about getting judged from what I wore by metallers (In fact I was more judged by people on my Instagram - Yes I wore a coat, no it wasn’t hot). Like at school I was always taken the piss out of me for being “alternative” so to go to a Metal/Alt festival it was funny to not be the person wearing stuff like that. However my friend Stu did wear a suit so he did get a smirk or two. It was a joke but so many people were like OH GOD HOW COULD THEY. Obviously don’t get my humour.

Despite what people think rock guys and gal’s are super friendly and honestly - I didn’t feel uncomfortable at all. Yet I’ve been to other festivals and felt really judged by others. I got tons of high fives and the vibe was just fun and chill. Everyone there was wearing a band tshirt, literally everyone. I ended up getting a Metallica tshirt because I was sold on seeing other people wear them.

There was a really sweet moment with the little boy you can see in some of the photos above. He was on his Dad’s shoulders not missing a beat and really rocking out. At the end of Metallica’s set they pass out all these huge Metallica balloons and all this guys who were obviously huge fans kept passing him the balloons so he could have one. It was just really sweet and he was having the time of his life. Melted my heart to see other people so caring towards young people rather than being grabby and snatchy. It was super touching.

61 comments

  1. Great report! I've seen Metallica last week as well at Rock Werchter! You can read about it on my blog as well ;)

    x Karen
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  2. You're pictures are incredible. What camera do you use? I love metallica, I need to find a good dive bar in London...although none of my friends would probably go -_- ha

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    1. Slim Jims is my favourite dive bar! I struggle with getting my friends to go there though haha!

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  3. I've worked at Sonisphere a few times and it still remains one of the nicest festivals I've ever been to atmosphere wise, its really family friendly and everyone is just there to have a good time. I've been to a lot of different festivals as well! Its the metal heads, they're just awesome people despite their reputation for being thugs!

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  4. Ah this really does look like amazing fun! And peeking on the comment above... I love Slim Jims. One in Upper Street right? Awesome happy hour cocktails! It's my happy place.
    Sophie
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  5. My Mum & Dad are rockers (I won't say old rockers as they'd kill me!) but always say the gigs they go too attract the nicest, politest crowds. All that long hair, leather & studs is just for show and they're all pussy cats really. My Dad would be super jealous of your trip, he's a massive Metallica fan!

    Jen xx

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  6. You don't understand how jealous I am that you got to see Metallica, I have loved them for years!

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  7. Ahh, I know exactly what you mean! I used to be into that kind of music a while back too, and while I do listen to slightly different stuff now, I always feel so pumped up when I see some of those bands that I used to love. And Metallica! You are so, so, so lucky. I remember when they came to Latvia and all the tickets got sold out in 18 minutes. Love the post, love the imagery! xo

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  8. Metallica were incredible, best band of the weekend for sure. I was on the barrier for the set and it got pretty insane, fights kept breaking out, people getting crushed and being pulled out, loads of ridiculously hardcore fans arguing with the ''less knowledgeable' fans.
    It was still sweet though, some of the older guys took it upon themselves to keep checking we were ok. Shame I didn't see you as I've been a fan of your blog for years!

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  9. This outfit is so awesome, I love the fact that you have a Metallic t-shirt, it fits the festival so well but you still have your own touch in it and the coat is beyond amazing <3

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  10. I listened to all of this from my garden as I live so close! It sounds amazing. Now I've seen these photos I might actually have to head over next year, looks a lot more impressive than I'd anticipated.

    Glad you enjoyed it, love the photos!

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  11. omg i'd say metallica are so amazing live!! your photos make me want to be there!!
    xxx
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  12. Sounds like you had such a great time! I’m a festival virgin! But I’m going to V in Aug and I’m really looking forward to it!

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  13. I absolutely adore that photograph of everyone's raised hands in shadows! Looks super professional.
    This looks like SUCH an amazing experience!
    I'm really jealous :)

    Kelly from | DayDreams & DaisyChains

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  14. You've taken some amazing pics! Really jealous of everyone who went! xx

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  15. FFS I knew I should of stayed for Metallica! Apparently I did see Iron Maiden on Saturday but I was so drunk I forgot, but my phone tells me otherwise. Wireless was so different to the atmosphere at Soni but at least Kanye didn't go on one of his rants in Birmingham!
    Great to meet you and Stu (FINALLY I MEET INTERNET STU), I thought his suit blended in quite well...
    (Soz if this posted twice, google comments is lame today).

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  16. aw what a passionate post... and some lovely pics to remember it all by. i was a huge metallica fan growing up but, like you, have lost touch with that part of me in recent years. the feeling of going to a gig, having a few beers and not caring about anything but the music... happy memories :) would love to see a band like metallica play! also on my list of completely iconic dream gigs would be stevie wonder and madness!

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  17. Another great report!!!

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  18. I haven't been to Sonisphere since 2010 (which seems like a crime since it's literally 10 minutes from my house) but I absolutely loved it both times I went, the type of people that go are just so laid back and lovely! Glad you had a great time, I wish I'd gone this year the line up was so good. x

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  19. You loook so pretty

    xxx
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  20. I was there too, mainly for Metallica and must have been stood feet away from you because I was right next to that little boy! I was sceptical about it but enjoyed it way more than I thought I would, the vibe was so chilled out and I felt totally comfortable, possibly my best gig ever (huge crush on James Hetfield too)!
    Ps. Love your outfit!

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  21. I went to sonisphere in 2010, and I agree, best festival I have ever been to!

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  22. Wow it seems like so much fun !

    Sara,
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  23. Sounds like you had the most incredible time Lily, seems like such a great festival! Oh, and I'm completely in love with your duster coat too x

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  24. Looks like an amazing time! I adore that Topshop jacket too! xo

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  25. I am superrr jealous! I saw them there a few years ago and they were just incredible. Such an amazing band!

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  26. Bit jealous of the look of this festival! Sounds like you had a sweet time.

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  27. I went to sonisphere in 2011 and seeing this just makes me miss it! It looks awesome!

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  28. sounds and looks so good!

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  29. Amazing photos, love the coat!

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  30. I think I've said this in every post but I'm so jealous! x
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  31. I love the outfit and that post was really good... The Metallica quote part had ME in awe! I love that excitement you get when something happens that you never dreamed would.

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  32. Really lovely post, Lily! I'm not into Metallica at all myself but I love how beautifully you wrote about them - I love that feeling you get when you're super pumped after a show too. Amazing! It's got me so excited about upcoming gigs now xx

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  33. You certainly had an exciting weekend :) Jealous. Pics look amazing.
    I love it when you get to see a band you've longed to see for years.
    Sounds like you very much enjoyed it \m/
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  34. I live next door's to Knebworth so could hear all of Sonisphere out my window like I do every year! Everyone I know that went had similar thoughts to you (: so pleased you enjoyed it and thought it worthwhile - apparently Sonisphere last year was a mess haha! xx

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  35. Love this post, I'm really pleased you had such a good time. Your passion for this kind of music really comes across in the post and the pictures are fab as always!

    Em x

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  36. Awesome!
    xx
    daniella
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  37. Beautiful photographs! Hope you had a great time!

    Brittany ♥ | soulalien.blogspot.com

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  38. Oh I love this post! I'm not a huge fan of Metallica but I'm sure seeing them live would be amazing, your photos really capture the atmosphere of the festival. Sounds like you had so much fun xx

    Angela | The Sunday Chapter

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  39. Amazing photographs! Totally wishing that its summer here in the southern hemisphere.. I want festivals! I want sun!

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  40. Iron Maiden… so cool whoa! I listen to post-hardcore music, which I guess is more of a younger generation. Do you like Bring Me the Horizon?
    manicpixiegirl

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  41. So cool, glad to hear you had a good time :)

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  42. This sounds so awesome! Love that feeling when you go to a gig and it becomes a favourite. I'd love to see Metallica live. Always a place in my heart for heavy rock and metal. ALSO, I saw you on the tube the other day but was too awkward turtle to say hello....! Ah, the internet makes us such awkward human beings.

    Beth // SANS SOUCI

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  43. It's so cool,i would like to go to in a Festival this summer but when i live i haven't :( http://thedangerousworldoffashion.blogspot.com (sory for my English,i live in France)

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  44. Oh Lily, you are just too cool!. Love these posts. Looks and sounds amazing xx

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  45. Awesome post! so jell that you got to see Metallica :(

    Belinda Louise | Fashion Crossing

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  46. I live so close to sonisphere, I could hear it from where i was! x

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  47. The pictures turned out sooo well, I don't even try to take pictures from concerts or events with loads of light and movement no more, my pictures always turn out horrible, yours are really nice!

    Much love xxx
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  48. Amazing photos and that coat is absolutely stunning!

    xx

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  49. Wow it looks amazing!
    That so silly that people don't get your humour,hopefully it wasn't too bad!
    Also that part about the little boy was really cute, it's really refreshing when people do nice things like that for people they don't know :D

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    xx

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  50. sounds like an amazing time! and i loved your outfit :)

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  51. I really loved the idea of the Metallica by request, they had done for their tour this time. I think more bands should think about doing something like that.

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  52. Sounds like a great day - this was so near to where my parents live, really wish I had gone! x

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  53. Although it's not my music the vibe sounds awesome and it's great you got to see one of your fave bands !
    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography - www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

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  54. They were incredibly weren't they. I felt the same as you, I've always been the alternative one who people think are weird but here it felt funny to not be that person. Everyone looked awesome. There was a little boy near me too with the most incredible Mohican dressed like a little punk, proper rocking out, I couldn't help but smile at him. You looked amazing by the way!

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  55. Wow, the show looks fantastic. http://www.kleidmo.com/

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