February 17, 2011

SLIPKNOT, IN FLAMES, MASTODON, OPETH, SONATA ARCTICA and STAM1NA are the first confirmed bands for the Finnish installment of the Sonisphere festival, set to take place July 2, 2011 at Kalasatama in Helsinki.

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A severe thunderstorm hit Sonisphere festival in Pori, Finland last August. Strong gusts of freak wind damaged the stages and knocked down tents and fences. Around 40 people were injured, two of them seriously, and received treatment in hospital. The second stage was damaged beyond repair and to guarantee the safety of the audience, artists and crew the authorities closed the stage. The storm damaged MÖTLEY CRÜE's equipment, forcing the band's show to be cancelled. IGGY POP did play, performing an acoustic four-track set on the main stage, while the Sonisphere crew worked hard behind the scenes to dry everything out and make repairs to damage across the site.

(Thanks: Melica / Night Elves)

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