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The Sonisphere Festival is a series of summer music festivals which will take place across Europe from June 2009. The festival is owned and promoted by Kilimanjaro Live with financial backing from AEG. Event history: The idea for Sonisphere was first concieved when Stuart Galbraith, was working for now business rivals and organisers of Download Festival, Live Nation. The plan was to hold a series of events that would 'translate into other territories'. The event did not begin to materialise however, until Galbraith left Live Nation for events company Kilamanjaro Live. Galbraith gained the support of influential metal band Metallica who will help curate the festival in coming years, however, rumours were quickly denied of them being signed to a multi million pound deal which would see them headline the festival for three years. Galbraiths plans for future festivals are to expand the number of festivals making the event global rather than local to europe, expanding the event to a 3 day festival and increasing the capacity from 40,000 to 60,000. The 2009 Sonisphere festival tour will be made up of five one day festivals across Europe with a sixth festival in England spanning two days. The festival will have a core group of bands that will play each of the 6 dates with numerous extra bands added to each date individually. The locations for the 2009 festivals include Goffert Park, Nijmegen, the Netherlands; Hockenheimring, Germany; The Forum, Barcelona, Spain; Folkets Park, Hultsfred, Sweden; Kirjurinluoto, Pori, Finland and Knebworth House, Knebworth, England. Metallica have been announced as the main headliners for each of the 2009 Sonisphere Festivals. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.