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Sonisphere Festival not returning in 2013, cancelled for second year

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Sonisphere Festival will not return in 2013.

Organisers had originally said that the rock event, which was cancelled in 2012 due to "a very challenging year", would be returning.

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Sonisphere Festival 2011, Stevenage

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However, after much speculation, it has been confirmed that the festival will not have a UK date this year.

A statement has been released, explaining that Sonisphere UK "will take a year off" in 2013.

It continued: "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.

Slipknot: Corey Taylor

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Biffy Clyro

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"We were hoping to do that in 2013 but unfortunately it wasn't possible to fulfill both aims with the principle problem of there being a lack of available headliners of the calibre of previous festivals at Knebworth (sic).

"We made offers to over a dozen major artists but for various reasons none of these offers lead to securing a strong bill."

The statement concludes by claiming that work has already begun on Sonisphere UK 2014, and that news regarding next year's event should be available later this year.

The lineup for the festival in 2011 included Metallica, Biffy Clyro, Slipknot and Slayer.

Watch Slipknot perform at Sonisphere below:

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