The UK rock festival Sonisphere has been cancelled according to the official Queen website

The bands website issued a statement earlier today: “It is with very heavy hearts and much regret that we announce the cancellation of Sonisphere Knebworth 2012”.

The three day festival was due to take place at Knebworth Park, Stevenage on 6-8 July. The organisers have yet to confirm the news but an official statement tomorrow is expected tomorrow. The organisers have now confirmed the cancellation of the festival. (See below)

Due to join Queen, which features only two original members; guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, on lead vocals was American Idol winner Adam Lambert.

The festival boasted a strong line-up with Evanescence, Marilyn Manson, Cypress Hill, The Blackout and Faith No More as well as other acts including The Darkness, Incubus, Refused, Ghost, Flogging Molly and comedian Tim Minchin performing at this years event.



An official statement was released on 29/03/12: “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.

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.

Ticket holders will automatically receive a full refund direct from their ticket agents.” – Team Sonisphere (link)


About Richard Perkins

Richard Perkins is the founder of Bath Guitar School and has worked for the International Guitar Foundation, Brit Awards, Rockschool, B&NES Council, Mid Somerset Festival, Bath Music Plus, and appeared on BBC and ITV television and radio programming as well as being featured in Guitar Techniques, Total Guitar, Venue, Bath Life magazines and the Bath Chronicle newspaper. Richard is a graduate of the Commercial Music degree programme at Bath Spa University and has a HND in Popular Music from Oxford College.
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