Download boss on Sonisphere axing: ‘Don’t expect me to revel in their misfortune’

Andy Copping also confirms his festival will remain a three-day event

Andy Copping, organiser of Download Festival, has spoken about the cancellation of this summer’s Sonisphere Festival.

Taking to Twitter, Copping, who books the acts for the festival which is seen as Sonisphere’s main rival, wrote:


He then responded to a question about whether he was happy about the cancellation by saying: “It’s not cool if people think I’m jumping for joy. They definitely don’t know me.”

The organiser also confirmed that despite rumours his event would be expanding to take up some of the bookings now vacated by Sonisphere Festival, the festival would not change. He wrote: “Download will be remaining a three-day, five-day camping festival… no additional days are being added.”

This organisers of Sonisphere Festival confirmed this morning (March 29) 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”.

You can read the full statement about the cancellation and all the information about ticket refunds at