Download boss: "I'm not jumping for joy at Sonisphere's cancellation."

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Download boss: "I'm not jumping for joy at Sonisphere's cancellation."

Photographer:Sara Bowrey

Chris Eustace - 29 March 2012

Following official confirmation this morning that Sonisphere 2012 had been cancelled, and with the two rock/metal festivals considered rivals, Copping took to Twitter to make his feelings clear, saying: “Please do not expect me to wallow in someone else's misfortune. That is not cool. I feel sorry for the fans more than anything.”

He later added: “It's not cool if people think I'm jumping for joy.”

Later, he also quashed rumours that Download would expand to accommodate some of Sonisphere’s bill, saying: "Download will be remaining a three day, five day camping additional days are being added."

Radio 1 Rock Show presenter Daniel P. Carter tweeted about the festival’s demise as well: “Miserable news about Sonisphere. It’s such a shame for the fans, the bands and everyone who worked on it. A dark day indeed...”

The festival was due to take place at Knebworth House in Hertfordshire from 6-8 July, with Kiss, Queen with Adam Lambert and Faith No More headlining.

Virtual Festivals users have also being commenting about the Sonisphere’s cancellation on our Facebook and Twitter pages, with Anders Johansson saying: “AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Linkin Park or Green Day maybe could have saved it, just because they are more popular!”

Elaine Fraser told us she was absolutely gutted! I go every year and it's a brilliant festival. Hope it comes back next year,” while Steve M’Orris said: “For me, the problem was that Sunday looked incredible whilst there was not much on the other days that I cared enough about to want to go.”

Jake Oakley said: “I've been to all of them, but this years’ was pretty poor, and at the end of the day it's their own fault. Late in announcing bands and then a poor selection when they did. The best thing they could have done was announced KISS straight after last years to really get people interested but had them closing the Sunday night. The stage show they bring is brilliant and would have been an amazing way to end what is a normally great festival. It's a real shame.”

Black Sabbath, Metallica and The Prodigy will headline Download Festival 2012, which returns to Donington Park, Castle Donington from 8-10 June.

Weekend Download Festival tickets are priced at £200 (£190 ticket, plus £10 fees) are an arena ticket and five-days of camping.

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Day tickets are on sale priced at £82.50 (£75 ticket, plus £7.50 fees).

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