Loads of speculation has been flying around the internet the past couple days about the cancellation of Sonisphere at Knebworth. Everything from poor ticket sales to less than inspiring line up has been the basis for the rumors. Unfortunately, the rumors are true. One of the easiest festivals in the UK for me to get to (one train and a free bus with a stop off in Stevenage at the Tesco for food.) is now no more.
It's not a bad run for a "new" festival. When Sonisphere first got "big" four years ago, I wondered how they would fare in an already glutted UK/EU festival market. How could they sustain themselves financially. Then they grew by leaps and bounds entering Scandinavia, Poland, France, and Spain - I thought they were growing too big too fast. I was right. Knebworth bit the big one this year.
Metallica, Machine Head, Slayer, and Soundgarden will grace the stages of the other festivals with Metallica being the constant in Poland, Spain, Switzerland, and Finland. I'm sure ticket sales for those shows will be brisk.
Here is what the website had to say about it:
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.