Hold the phone on the announcement that the Sonisphere Festival would return to the UK for 2013. As was initially reported below, the festival was potentially set to return to the UK along with Milan and Amneville, the two confirmed cities to date.
Festival organizers revealed the following on the festival's Facebook page:
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.
The good news is that the Sonispheres in Amneville, France and Milan, Italy are already on sale and UK fans who fancy jumping on a budget airline and seeing the mighty Iron Maiden at Sonisphere festivals in sunnier climates can buy tickets via www.Sonispherefestivals.com in pounds sterling.
Watch out for more Sonsiphere European news to be announced early 2013
Acts confirmed for either of the two cities include Iron Maiden, Slayer, Korn and Motorhead among others.
What exactly is the Sonisphere Festival? Think Europe, multiple cities, dozens of hard-rock bands, summertime. When the 2012 version of the festival was canceled earlier this year, there were questions raised as to what the future of the festival would hold.
Festival organizers have announced that the even will return in 2013, with Milan, IT, and Amneville, FR, being announced as two cities on the trek, in addition to the home country for the festival, the United Kingdom.
Sonisphere Festival 2013 Tickets
Sonisphere Festival 2013 Tour Schedule
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Sonisphere Festival 2013 Lineup
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Sonisphere Festival 2011 Video
Sonisphere Festival 2011 Poster
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