The festival promoters of this summer's Sonisphere festival have
released a statement to announce the cancellation of the Knebworth
This morning the official Sonisphere website removed all content
aside from a statement which read:
"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.
This year's headliners Queen who were due to play on the
Saturday night, with Kiss and Faith No More the other two top
billers, also released a statement to their fans via
"We are disappointed to hear of the cancellation of the
Sonisphere Festivals as we were very much looking forward to
performing with Adam Lambert and particularly as the venue was
Knebworth, our last stand with Freddie. We apologise for the
disappointment to all those who were looking forward to seeing us.
We are working to see if we can redress the situation at some other
Roger Taylor and Brian May"
There have been mixed reactions to the news so far, as fans took
to twitter and various website forums to express their sadness at
missing out, but with many citing the inflated ticket prices and
over crowded UK festival scene for the demise of the event.
Other festivals to be cancelled this summer, include Oxegen and
The Big Chill.
Meanwhile, there will be no Glastonabury as the iconic event is
having a fallow year.