Sonisphere to return to the UK in 2013

Festival confirms comeback plans

Sonisphere to return to the UK in 2013

Photographer:Sara Bowrey

Chris Swindells - 04 December 2012

Stuart Galbraith, CEO of Kilimanjaro Live, who promote Sonisphere, said: "We're working on a bill now, hopefully to announce before Christmas. Cancelling it last year was a hiccup."

Speaking to BBC Newsbeat at the UK Festival Conference, Galbraith blamed a wait on the bill in 2012 and said announcing their line-up in February was "too late".

The festival was cancelled in March of this year and in a statement organisers said: "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."

Queen with Adam Lambert, KISS and Faith No More were due to headline the festival, at Knebworth House in Hertfordshire, scheduled for the weekend of 6-8 July this year. So far no acts have been confirmed or directly linked to Sonisphere Festival 2013, although Black Sabbath, KISS, Blink 182, Linkin Park and Tool are all playing festival dates outside of the UK next year and could all reasonably feature on a Sonisphere line-up.


Sonisphere 2011
featured headline performances from Metallica, Biffy Clyro and Slipknot, who played their first UK show without original bassist Paul Gray and marked his passing in 2010 with a two minute silence at the festival. Read our Sonisphere review here.


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