One of the biggest rock festival brands in the world, Sonisphere, won’t be hosting an event this summer in the UK.
Sonisphere 2015 bosses at promoter Kilimanjaro confirmed today that the festival wouldn’t be going ahead at Knebworth.
In a statement, they were honest about the main reason for the cancellation: they hadn’t been able to secure a bill that matched their lofty standards – and, therefore, one strong enough to guarantee ticket sales.
This isn’t the first time Kilimanjaro has taken the decision to postpone Sonisphere UK – the firm also scrapped its 2013 event for similar reasons.
Last year, though, Sonisphere was back with a bang in the UK.
A sold-out event saw The Prodigy, Iron Maiden and Metallica headline.
Sonisphere, which rivals Live Nation‘s Download, is a touring festival that takes places across Europe each year.
As well as the UK, it has proven annually popular in territories such as Spain, Poland and France.
A Kilimanjaro spokesperson said:
“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.”Music Business Worldwide