The 2012 Sonisphere Festival has been cancelled, according to an official statement from the organisers.
Rumours of the cancellation broke last night when intended headliners, Queen, announced on their website that the event was not going ahead.
Queen had been due to perform at the festival with American Idol contestant Adam Lambert singing lead vocals. Other acts due to perform included rock legends KISS alongside Faith No More and The Darkness.
In an official statement, the event organisers 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.”
The organisers stated that ticketholders could claim full refunds from their ticket agents.
Watch Queen and Adam Lambert at the 2009 American Idol final below: