March 29, 2012 10:15

Organisers confirm Sonisphere festival has been cancelled

All ticket holders will get full refunds in the coming weeks

Organisers confirm Sonisphere festival has been cancelled

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This organisers of Sonisphere Festival have confirmed that this summer's event has been cancelled.

The event was due to take at Knebworth Park event on July 6-8 with headline sets from Queen and Adam Lambert, Kiss and Faith No More. The bill also included Refused, Marilyn Manson, Evanescence, The Darkness, The Blackout and Skindred.

The festival's organisers have put out an official statement to explain the cancellation, which blames the shelving on "a very challenging year [that] was more difficult than anticipated". The organisers have also described putting on the event in 2012 as "an impossible task". There is no mention of poor ticket sales, the reason widely speculated as the cause of the cancellation.

The official statement reads as 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."

It continues: "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."

The organisers have vowed that all ticket holders will receive full refunds from their point of purchase in the coming weeks. They have not spoken about the whether the event will return in 2013.

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