Sonisphere Festival UK

Sonisphere Festival UKSonisphere Festival UK takes place at Knebworth Park, Stevenage, UK

Sonisphere Festival UK 2012 dates – CANCELLED FOR 2012

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SONISPHERE FESTIVAL UK 2012 – LINE UP

Message from the organisers:

“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.”

Team Sonisphere.


The History of Sonisphere Festival UK
The idea for Sonisphere was first conceived when Stuart Galbraith, was working for now business rivals and organisers of Download Festival, Live Nation. The plan was to hold a series of events that would ‘translate into other territories’. The event did not begin to materialise however, until Galbraith left Live Nation for events company Kilamanjaro Live. Galbraith gained the support of influential metal band Metallica who will help curate the festival in coming years, however, rumours were quickly denied of them being signed to a multi million pound deal which would see them headline the festival for three years. Galbraiths’ plans for future festivals are to expand the number of festivals making the event global rather than local to Europe, expanding the UK event to a 3 day festival and increasing the UK capacity from 40,000 to 60,000

The 2009 Sonisphere festival tour was made up of six one day festivals across Europe with an final festival in England spanning two days. The festival had a core group of bands that played each of the 6 dates with numerous extra bands added to each date individually. The locations for the 2009 festivals were Goffert Park, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, Hockenheimring, Germany The Forum, Barcelona, Spain, Folkets Park, Hultsfred, Sweden, Kirjurinluoto, Pori, Finland, and Knebworth House, Knebworth, England. Metallica have been announced as the main headliners for each of the 2009 Sonisphere Festivals

In 2010 the number of Sonisphere festivals increased to 11 countries with Metallica continuing to headline in new countries, Iron Maiden took over as headliners in other countries with help from German metallers Rammstein.  The locations for the 2010 dates were Warsaw in Poland, Jonschwil Degenaupark in Switzerland, Prague in the Czech Republic, Sofia in Bulgaria, Athens in Greece, Bucharest in Romania, Istanbul in Turkey, Getafe in Spain, Knebworth in the UK, Stockholm in Sweden and Pori in Finland

Sonisphere Festival UK 2011 – Line Up
Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Slayer, Slipknot, Biffy Clyro, Motörhead, Mastodon, In Flames, Parkway Drive, Weezer, Airbourne, Architects, Diamond Head (opening for the Big 4), Kids In Glass Houses, Gallows, One Minute Silence, Volbeat, Gojira, Inme, Darkest Hour, Sisters of Mercy, Limp Bizkit, House Of Pain, Arch Enemy, Periphery, Grinspoon, Fozzy, You Me At Six, All Time Low, Sum 41, The Mars Volta, Opeth, Killing Joke, Four Year Strong, The Black Dahlia Murder, Black Tide, Watain, Firewind, Rise To Remain, Alestorm, The Treatment, Six Hour Sundown, Bad Religion, Cavalera Conspiracy, Sylosis, The Answer, Cancer Bats, My Passion, Kylesa, Pulled Apart By Horses and many many more…..

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