Taking to Twitter, Copping, who books the acts for the festival which is seen as Sonisphere’s main rival, wrote:
Please do not expect me to wallow in someone else's misfortune. That is not cool. I feel sorry for the fans more than anything.
— Andy Copping (@MrAndyCopping) March 28, 2012
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.”
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 Sonispherefestivals.com.