This isn't exactly a piece of festival news we wanted to bring our readers just before Christmas; In the last hour or so, The team behind the Sonisphere Festivals have made the following announcement regarding the future of the 2013 edition of Sonisphere UK at Knebworth.
"Team Sonisphere is sad to say that it has now been confirmed that Sonisphere UK will take a year off in 2013. The three Sonisphere Festivals to date at Knebworth in 2009/2010/2011 set a very high standard and indeed 2011 was voted the best festival line up by The UK Festival Awards.
We think it is really important that the event only runs when it has a line up that sets it apart from the competition whilst also carrying a ticket price that allows us to offer real value for money to the music fans. We were hoping to do that in 2013 but unfortunately it wasn't possible to fulfil both aims with the principle problem of there being a lack of available headliners of the calibre of previous festivals at Knebworth. We made offers to over a dozen major artists but for various reasons none of these offers lead to securing a strong bill.
The good news is that the Sonispheres in Amneville, France and Milan, Italy are already on sale and UK fans who fancy jumping on a budget airline and seeing the mighty Iron Maiden at Sonisphere festivals in sunnier climates can buy tickets via www.Sonispherefestivals.com in pounds sterling."
With Metallica already having played the festival twice in the three years it has taken place, Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Rammstein engaged at Download (plus all having performed at Sonisphere already) and Bon Jovi at the Isle of Wight festival, plus the Foo Fighters being on indefinite hiatus and the likes of Greenday suspected to have been snapped up by Reading, we can see their point. Add to that bands such as Tool, System Of A Down and Rage Against The Machine who would be of headline calibre seemingly inactive at the moment it seems that these factors, combined with offers being made to bands who for whatever reason were not interested, means we will be without metal at Knebworth now for the second year running.
The only chink of light is the last line of the announcement:
We have already started work on Sonisphere UK 2014 so hope to be able to bring you news about that later next year.
So it would seem Sonisphere UK isn't dead and buried for good. Download ticket for Christmas anyone?