let's do the Time Warp with Alice Cooper

Sonisphere 2010 review

published: Tue 3rd Aug 2010

Alice Cooper

Friday 30th July to Sunday 1st August 2010
Knebworth House, Hertfordshire, SG1 2AX, England MAP
£157.50 with camping, £40 Fri, £60 Sat/Sun
daily capacity: 60000
last updated: Mon 26th Jul 2010

The Friday of Sonisphere started before we got there, we watched the clock as our early arrival, timed well before the 'Time Warp' dancing record attempt, dissappeared as we sat in traffic on the M25.

We arrived hours later, although there were plenty of crossdressing fallout of men in corsets and high heels or dresses and make-up to make it obvious the event had been well attended.

Black Spiders
A quick tour of the arena revealed everything was compact, the two main stages looming at either end of the site, circles of stalls and caterers dotted around the space, with bars, toilets, and the three smaller stages ranged around the perimeter. Our first acts Throats, and Black Spiders showed the quality of the line-ups on offer on the smaller stages, and Europe who save their hit for the end are the first act we take in on the Saturn stage.

The big main Apollo stage sits in darkness tonight, it's not going to be used until tomorrow. After a mug of tea in the Tea Tent (very rock'n'roll) we watch And So I Watch You From Afar get frenetic without a working mic, they didn't need one, they were good enough as an instrumnetal outfit.

After getting prepared with a bit of unbelievable tekkers with Reading's Sylosis we find a good vintage point and chill with a beer or two to watch the spectacle of Alice Cooper. You can't beat watching a guy top himself repeatedly, get his kicks with a corpse, before a bit of domestic abuse, drug addiction, costume changes, all part of his colourful Theatre Of Death.

We make our way to our beds through a sea of tents, there's not too much noise, many are still in the arena, perhaps everyone is at the silent disco. All this fresh air means we don't even get a chance for any of the Bizarre shizzle in Bohemia.

Alice Cooper
review by: Scott Williams

photos by: Karen Williams / Sarah Collie

Friday 30th July to Sunday 1st August 2010
Knebworth House, Hertfordshire, SG1 2AX, England MAP
£157.50 with camping, £40 Fri, £60 Sat/Sun
daily capacity: 60000
last updated: Mon 26th Jul 2010


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