Needless to say, this isn’t the news we wanted to be reporting this morning. Rumours broke yesterday afternoon thanks to Queen’s official website that Sonisphere Knebworth 2012 was going to be cancelled and the Internet promptly went, for lack of a better expression, batshit with speculation.
Unfortunately, it’s all true. Sonisphere Knebworth 2012 is cancelled. All ticket holders will be receiving refunds from their point of purchase shortly. The official statement from the Sonisphere organisers follows below:
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.
The analysis of the how’s and why’s can come later, needless to say we’re all absolutely gutted about this as Sonisphere Knebworth in its three year experience has been a fine festival and worthy competition for Download.