By Alan Davies
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
GROUPS scheduled to play this summer’s now-cancelled 2012 Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth Park – including planned Saturday night headliners Queen with Adam Lambert – have confirmed alternative UK shows.
Following the shock cancellation of the three-day Knebworth rock event, Queen with Adam Lambert will play two nights at the HMV Hammersmith Apollo on Wednesday, July 11 and Thursday, July 12.
Tickets went on sale to Queen fan club members and Sonisphere ticket holders today (Tuesday).
They go on general sale from tomorrow (Wednesday, April 18) at 9am.
Tickets cost £65, £70 and £75, plus £6 booking fee on all prices.
Other bands due to play Knebworth over the Sonisphere weekend of Friday, July 6 to Sunday, July 8 are also making plans to fill the unexpected holes in their touring schedules.
Controversial shock-metaller Marilyn Manson and American alt-rockers Incubus – both set to be Sonisphere UK exclusives on July 8 – have announced dates at the 02 Academy Brixton.
Marilyn Manson, who enjoyed a top 10 UK hit with his cover of Tainted Love, will play the south London venue on Thursday, July 5.
Support will come from Italian goth-metallers Lacuna Coil, another band that were on the Sonisphere 2012 line-up poster.
Incubus, meanwhile, will headline a special one-off show at Brixton on Monday, July 9.
Australian rockers Wolfmother, who were due to play the Friday night at Knebworth underneath headliners Kiss, have announced a date at the IndigO2 at the O2 Arena in London for the same night.
The July 6 concert is being promoted by Kilimanjaro Live, the same team behind Sonisphere.
Andrew Stockdale’s hard rockers are still down to play Sonisphere France over the same weekend.
Organisers of rival metal festival Download have also added Refused to their line-up.
The reunited Swedish hardcore punks were due to headline Sonisphere’s Saturn second stage on the Sunday night with an exclusive festival performance.
However, following the decision to pull the plug on the UK leg of the international touring festival, Download organisers have added Refused to their June roster for Donington Park.
Gothic rockers Fields of the Nephilim have also confirmed they will be performing a very special show on Halloween at London’s O2 Shepherds Bush Empire.
This celebration will be the band’s sole performance on UK soil this year, due to the cancellation of the Sonisphere Festival in Knebworth.
Frontman Carl McCoy said: “As with any unfortunate cancellation we were disappointed to hear that this year’s Sonisphere Festival in the UK has been called off as we were very much looking forward to performing there.
“However, we are now pleased to confirm that we are returning to one of our favourite remaining London venues on October 31.”