Sonisphere Festival Cancelled, Citing Band-Booking Failures

One of England's most ambitious Summer festivals has cancelled event plans (the second time in four years) after failing to book a good enough lineup.

Johnny Firecloudby Johnny Firecloud

The Sonisphere festival has been cancelled for this year, with organizers admitting their inability to lock down a “good enough” lineup to be the cause of the shutdown. This marks the second time in four years the festival has been cancelled, which by all accounts should have organizers reconsidering the entire concept.

The event, due to take place at Knebworth, England in the summer, was scrapped in an announcement via the festival’s official website, Facebook and Twitter accounts. It reads: “Team Sonisphere reluctantly confirm that Sonisphere will not take place in the UK in 2015.

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“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.”

Last year’s event was headlined by Metallica, Iron Maiden and The Prodigy.