Well, it’s now 100% official – Sonisphere Knebworth 2012 has been cancelled. As we reported yesterday, the rumours surrounding the festival had reached fever pitch, and in light of this, the announcement this morning doesn’t come as much of a surprise.
Here’s Sonisphere’s official statement in full, as given over on their official website:
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.
There’s a lot we could say on the matter of Sonisphere’s cancellation, but for various reasons, we’re going to have to keep out mouths shut on this for the time being. If you think that’s a frustrating sentence to read, you’ve got absolutely no idea how frustrating it was to write. For the time being, why not direct your eyes over to this excellent blog by Ben Patashnik, the editor of Rock Sound, as to why the cancellation of Sonisphere Knebworth 2012 is bad new for everyone. It says a lot of what we were going to say anyway, minus the uncomfortable bits we’re having to keep quiet over.