After months of speculation, the organisers behind the Sonisphere festival have confirmed that there will be NO UK date in 2013.
Sonisphere was forced to cancel their 2012 UK date following a "challenging year", with many people expecting it to make a full comeback next year.
Indeed, festival organiser Stuart Galbraith told the UK Festival Conference just last month, "We're working on a bill now, hopefully to announce before Christmas. Cancelling it last year was a hiccup."
Unfortunately, it has now been announced that plans have changed. A statement from Sonisphere reads as below:
"Team Sonisphere is sad to say that it has now been confirmed that Sonisphere UK will take a year off in 2013.
The three Sonisphere Festivals to date at Knebworth in 2009/2010/2011 set a very high standard and indeed 2011 was voted the best festival line up by The UK Festival Awards.
We think it is really important that the event only runs when it has a line up that sets it apart from the competition whilst also carrying a ticket price that allows us to offer real value for money to the music fans. We were hoping to do that in 2013 but unfortunately it wasn't possible to fulfil both aims with the principle problem of there being a lack of available headliners of the calibre of previous festivals at Knebworth. We made offers to over a dozen major artists but for various reasons none of these offers lead to securing a strong bill.
We have already started work on Sonisphere UK 2014 so hope to be able to bring you news about that later next year."
The European legs of Sonisphere, headlined by Iron Maiden (pictured), are taking place as planned. More information in those can be found through the Sonisphere website.