Sonisphere 2015 cancelled

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Rock and metal festival Sonisphere will not be taking place in 2015, organisers have announced.

The event – which was due to be held in Knebworth during the summer – was cancelled amid concerns from the team that they could not provide a “good enough” line-up for fans whilst avoiding clashes with other major summer rock/metal festivals like Download and Bloodstock Open Air.

The Sonisphere team issued the following statement on the festivals official website and Facebook page:

Team Sonisphere reluctantly confirm that Sonisphere will not take place in the UK in 2015. We’ve been working hard to get a line-up 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.

The festival has been running since 2009 and featured heavy metal artists such as Iron MaidenMötley Crüe, Slayer, Megadeth.

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