Sonisphere 2012 Festival cancelled: Queen’s Knebworth disappointment

Queen guitarist Brian May and Adam Lambert perform on stage  [Photo by Getty Images]

Queen guitarist Brian May and Adam Lambert perform on stage [Photo by Getty Images]

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MEMBERS of rock band Queen have expressed their disappointment at the cancellation of this summer’s 2012 Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth Park.

Queen were due to headline the Saturday night of the international touring festival at Knebworth, with former American Idol finalist Adam Lambert taking on singing duties in place of the late Freddie Mercury.

Kiss and Faith No More were the other two headliners of the UK leg of Sonisphere 2012.

However, festival organisers pulled the plug on the three-day music event this morning, confirming it won’t now take place between Friday, July 6 and Sunday, July 8.

On official Queen website QueenOnline.com, drummer Roger Taylor and guitarist Brian May expressed their disappointment at the cancellation of the festival.

They were looking forward to returning to Knebworth – scene of Queen’s last ever concert with Freddie Mercury in 1986.

A statement from the pair read: “We are disappointed to hear of the cancellation of the Sonisphere Festival as we were very much looking forward to performing with Adam Lambert and particularly as the venue was Knebworth, our last stand with Freddie.

“We apologise for the disappointment to all those who were looking forward to seeing us.

“We are working to see if we can redress the situation at some other venue.”

A statement from Team Sonisphere confirming the festival being scrapped this year said: “It is with very heavy hearts and much regret that we announce the cancellation of Sonisphere Knebworth 2012.

“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.

“We want to express our deepest regrets to the artists and to thank all the staff, suppliers and contractors who worked so hard with us to try and pull off what has proven to be an impossible task and we know how much they share in our disappointment.

“We also want to send a huge thanks to the Sonisphere fans who stuck by us and we are so sorry that we can’t fulfil what we set out to do.

“Ticket holders will automatically receive a full refund direct from their ticket agents.”

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