One of the UK’s biggest rock and metal festivals has cancelled. Sonisphere which would have taken place on the 6th to the 8th of July at Knebworth House is officially off the calendar. The full statement from the festival organisers now follows:
“It is with very heavy hearts and much regret that we announce the cancellation of Sonisphere Knebworth 2012.
Putting the festival together in what is proving to be a very challenging year was more difficult than we anticipated and we have spent the last few months fighting hard to keep Sonisphere in the calendar. Unfortunately circumstances have dictated that we would be unable to run the festival to a standard that both the artists and that Sonisphere’s audience would rightly expect.
We want to express our deepest regrets to the artists and to thank all the staff, suppliers and contractors who worked so hard with us to try and pull off what has proven to be an impossible task and we know how much they share in our disappointment. We also want to send a huge thanks to the Sonisphere fans who stuck by us and we are so sorry that we can’t fulfil what we set out to do.
Ticket holders will automatically receive a full refund direct from their ticket agents.
Sonisphere was to be headlined by Kiss, Faith No More and Queen with some bloke from American Idol on vocals. Refused were also due to play their only UK date in their current calendar and Hundred Reasons were to return to play their debut album ‘Ideas Above Our Station’ in full as a tenth anniversary performance.
Rumours were circulating that Sonisphere had undersold and that it was clashing with the Olympics but the statement makes no reference to either. Regardless, this is a pretty heavy blow for extreme music fans in the UK.