Organizers of the UK’s Sonisphere Festival to take place in Knebsworth Park, England have come forward and stated that this year’s festival has been cancelled in the United Kingdom. The organizers have cancelled the festival because they felt they were unable to book a lineup that they believed was “good enough.” Their announcement came via their official website, Facebook, and Twitter accounts and their statement was as follows:
“Team Sonisphere reluctantly confirm that Sonisphere will not take place in the UK in 2015. We’ve been working hard to get a lineup that we felt was good enough, but also on a weekend which would avoid other events that we know rock fans would want to support.
“Unfortunately our last irons in the fire have just been extinguished and it’s clear that we won’t be in a position to run the event this year. We’ve said in the past that Sonisphere will only go ahead if we feel it is going to be good enough and that hasn’t changed.
“We hope all rock fans have a great summer with all the festivals and concerts already in the calendar and we plan to see you all in 2016.”
Sonisphere is a touring festival that has taken place throughout Europe since 2009, and this is the third cancellation of the festival in the U.K. following cancellations in 2012 and 2013. Festival goers in Switzerland will be relieved to know that Sonisphere Switzerland will go on as planned with Muse headlining on June 6th. It is interesting to note that touring festivals such as Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival in the States hasn’t run into this issue, nor have one-off festivals like Coachella but that is probably primarily due to the smaller number of festivals and drastic lineup differences.