Sonisphere festival to return in 2013

Organiser confirms plan for metal festival to return following 2012 cancellation

Organisers of Sonisphere Festival have confirmed plans to return in 2013 after the 2012 event was cancelled.

Describing this year’s cancellation as “hiccup”, Stuart Galbraith, CEO of festival organisers Kilimanjaro Live, revealed that the metal and heavy rock festival will be back next year and will also visit France and Italy.

Speaking at the UK Festival Conference, BBC Newsbeat reports Galbraith said: “We’re working on a bill now, hopefully to announce before Christmas. Cancelling it last year was a hiccup.”

Galbraith went on to say that the organisers took “too long” arranging the 2012 bill and were too late in announcing the event in February with the festival due to take place in July. The whole event was called off in March. Queen, Kiss and Faith No More were due to headline the three-day festival with The Darkness, Incubus, Evanescence, Refused and Marilyn Manson all scheduled to perform across the weekend.

Other festivals to be cancelled in summer 2012, included Oxygen and The Big Chill.