Example: ‘It’s no surprise the UK festival circuit is struggling’

Rapper blames bad organisation in the wake of Sonisphere Festival cancellation

Example reckons the UK festival industry will continue to struggle in the wake of the recent cancellation of this year’s Sonisphere Festival.

The rapper, who played a clutch of events in the UK in 2011, also said that a lot of festivals are going under because they are badly organised.

He told BBC Newsbeat:

A lot were promoted badly, had bad security, were in bad locations or the line-ups hadn’t been programmed well, so they didn’t make sense.


The rapper added: “There was a boom a few years ago. Every second person wherever you went was starting a festival in the UK and anyone whose dad owned a farm. So obviously a lot of them are starting to go under.”

His comments come just days this summer’s Sonisphere Festival was axed. Queen were due to headline the Knebworth Park event on July 6-8 with vocals provided by Adam Lambert. Kiss and Faith No More were also due to play major shows at the metal and hard rock weekender.

Despite his bleak views on the festival circuit, Example said he still believes the bigger events will survive. “There’s still a demand for people to go to festivals even with the economy and the state that it’s in,” he added.

Example released his third album ‘Playing In The Shadows’ last September.