Updated: Queen say Sonisphere 2012 is cancelled

No official confirmation has been given, but Queen's statement and a story on BBC News point to Sonisphere 2012 being cancelled.

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Posted 28th March 2012 in News, Queen | By Clickmusic News Desk


Sonisphere organisers have now put out an official statement confirming that this year's festival has been cancelled due to 'difficult circumstances'

Queen have confirmed that this year's Sonisphere festival has been cancelled.

The famous rock festival had been scheduled for July 6-8 at Knebworth. Queen - Brian May and Roger Taylor - had been due to perform with Adam Lambert on the Saturday night, playing through classic Queen songs with the former American Idol contestant.

Queen's statement read: "It is with very heavy hearts and much regret that we announce the cancellation of Sonisphere Knebworth 2012".

Immediate reaction from the public is one of sadness; there was a sense of excitement over Queen's headline performance and some controversy about their choice of frontman. This year's Sonisphere had promised an eclectic variety of performers mixed in with the usual hard rock acts.

Sonisphere's line-up had included controversial rocker Marilyn Manson; Cypress Hill and Faith No More had also been due to play the event.

No official confirmation has come from the organisers, but a statement is expected in the next few days. We'll keep you updated as the news comes in.


Queen have now taken the post down from their website. Looks like they may have been scolded by the organisers for leaking the news before they had the chance to.

Silence from the organisers has caused a great deal of upset for fans that have already bought tickets for this year's Sonisphere. They are being criticised for allowing the news to leak through the Queen website before notifying fans that have paid for tickets to attend the rock festival. No official word has been given on the matter and the blogosphere has pretty much imploded.

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