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Sonisphere Knebworth Cancelled

The festival promoters of this summer's Sonisphere festival have released a statement to announce the cancellation of the Knebworth event.

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.

Team Sonisphere."

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 queenonline.com 

"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 venue.

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.

 

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Iced Earth Announce Bassist Replacement and New Live DVD

Iced Earth Announce Bassist Replacement and New Live DVD

Florida power-metallers, Iced Earth have announced yet another new member to their ever-changing line-up along with details of a...

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Santana Shape Shifter East Coast Tour 2012 Dates Announced.

Santana Shape Shifter East Coast Tour 2012 Dates Announced.

Carlos Santana will be hitting the road this summer with his legendary Santana band in tow for a 10-date...

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Rush Reveal Artwork for New Single 'Headlong Flight'

Rush Reveal Artwork for New Single 'Headlong Flight'

Canadian prog legends, Rush will be releasing the first single from their upcoming album, 'Clockwork Angels' this week....

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Kurt Cobain Was Working on Solo Album When he Died

Kurt Cobain Was Working on Solo Album When he Died

Former Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson has revealed that Kurt Cobain was working on a new album when he died....

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Download Festival Set To Honour Jim Marshall At This Years Festival

Download Festival Set To Honour Jim Marshall At This Years Festival

Download Festival organiser Andy Copping has announced that the festival will be paying tribute to Marshall Amps founder Jim...

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Orange Amplification Sponsor Metal Hammer Golden God Awards 2012

Orange Amplification Sponsor Metal Hammer Golden God Awards 2012

Orange Amplification are proud to be the 2012 headline sponsor of the Metal Hammer 10th Golden God Awards. This...

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Richie Kotzen Forced To Cancel Shows Due To Hemorrhaged Vocal Chord

Richie Kotzen Forced To Cancel Shows Due To Hemorrhaged Vocal Chord

Guitar virtuoso and singer/songwriter Richie Kotzen has issued a statement via his Official Website regarding the cancellation of his...

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iGuitar Magazine To Compile The Worlds Biggest Collaborative Guitar Playlist With Your Help

iGuitar Magazine To Compile The Worlds Biggest Collaborative Guitar Playlist With Your Help

At iGuitar Magazine, we listen to thousands of artists daily and are constantly searching for great guitar music to...

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At The Drive-In play first show together in 11 years

At The Drive-In play first show together in 11 years

The newly reformed 'At The Drive-In' played their first show together in 11 years on Monday night to a...

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'Still In Love With You: The Phil Lynott Exhibition' comes to London!

'Still In Love With You: The Phil Lynott Exhibition' comes to London!

After an impressive eight-month run in Dublin, 'Still In Love With You: The Phil Lynott Exhibition' has made its...

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Skindred's Mikey Demus tours with new DigiTech Whammy DT & HardWire pedals

Skindred's Mikey Demus tours with new DigiTech Whammy DT & HardWire pedals

Sound Technology Ltd, DigiTech distributor in the UK/ROI, are pleased to announce Skindred guitarist Mikey Demus as a new...

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Kasabian's Tom Meighan: "We try to invent ourselves like Radiohead do"

Kasabian's Tom Meighan: We try to invent ourselves like Radiohead do

In a recent interview with Buzzinemusic, Kasabian's frontman Tom Meighan has revealed how the band are constantly on a...

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The Power of Claw: A Complete Course in Clawhammer Guitar

The Power of Claw: A Complete Course in Clawhammer Guitar

A new way to play guitar! This is the first DVD ever to be released on clawhammer guitar, the...

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Marilyn Manson London Show Announced + New Video

Marilyn Manson London Show Announced + New Video

Marilyn Manson has announced a show at London's Brixton Academy! The show, announced after Sonisphere was cancelled, will be...

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Soundgarden Debut Their First New Song In 15 Years 'Live To Rise' - Listen Here

Soundgarden Debut Their First New Song In 15 Years 'Live To Rise' - Listen Here

Last week, Soundgarden released a clip of their first new song for 15 years 'Live To Rise'. They've now...

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Queens Of The Stone Age Reveal New Album Title?

Queens Of The Stone Age Reveal New Album Title?

Speculation on the title and release date of the new QOTSA album is increasing after drummer Joey Castillo's recent...

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Peavey Announces Availability of Eagerly Awaited Butcher Amplifier Head

Peavey Announces Availability of Eagerly Awaited Butcher Amplifier Head

The Butcher is a two-channel amplifier with five 12AX7 preamp tubes and four EL34 power amp tubes. Both the...

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RØDE ANNOUNCES WORLDWIDE BAND COMPETITION - RØDE ROCKS!

RØDE ANNOUNCES WORLDWIDE BAND COMPETITION - RØDE ROCKS!

RØDE Microphones is very excited to announce today's launch of 'RØDE Rocks' - an international band competition designed to...

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Gibson Launch Ace Frehley 'Budokan' Les Paul Custom

Gibson Launch Ace Frehley 'Budokan' Les Paul Custom

The Ace Frehley Les Paul was one of a number of new axes unveiled at the Musikmesse Frankfurt 2012...

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Sammy Hagar reunites original Montrose band plus Joe Satriani to perform landmark 1st Montrose album

Sammy Hagar reunites original Montrose band plus Joe Satriani to perform landmark 1st Montrose album

The Bay Area music community is coming together to produce A Concert for Ronnie Montrose - A Celebration...

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New! 65amps presents high-quality portable amp, The Ventura

New! 65amps presents high-quality portable amp, The Ventura

65amps introduces The Ventura guitar amplifier, the latest addition to its more affordable Working Pro Red Line....

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Aerosmith Officially Announce 'Global Warming' tour dates with Cheap Trick

Aerosmith Officially Announce 'Global Warming' tour dates with Cheap Trick

Rock giants Aerosmith are back in the saddle again after announcing plans for a US tour and an appearance...

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Roland Announces two new Stage Amps at Musikmesse

Roland Announces two new Stage Amps at Musikmesse

Custom built and supercharged for the stage, the new GA-112 and GA-212 are powerhouse guitar amplifiers. With the...

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Carlsbro Shows Classic Tube and New VAC Amp Series Amps at Frankfurt

Carlsbro Shows Classic Tube and New VAC Amp Series Amps at Frankfurt

The revival of the classic British Carlsbro guitar amplifier marque continues apace at Frankfurt, with the company exhibiting the...

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Introducing the NEW Matrix GM50!

Introducing the NEW Matrix GM50!

Matrix Guitar Amplification are proud to announce the release of the GM50, a versatile, lightweight, power amp module made...

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Avid Mbox and Mbox Mini Now Deliver the Pro Tools Experience

Avid Mbox and Mbox Mini Now Deliver the Pro Tools Experience

Avid® (NASDAQ: AVID) today announced that its ultra-portable, professional-grade Mbox® and Mbox Mini audio interfaces now come with Pro Tools®...

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Ampeg Expands Popular Portaflex Series  With Two New Cabinet Designs

Ampeg Expands Popular Portaflex Series With Two New Cabinet Designs

Ampeg have today extended their Portaflex series, announcing two new cabinets - the PF-115LF and PF-410HLF. These new cabinets...

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