Sonisphere - CANCELLED 2012

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Friday 6th to Sunday 8th July 2012
Knebworth House, Hertfordshire, SG1 2AX, England MAP
£170 with camping, £145 without camping
Daily capacity: 60,000
Last updated: Thu 29th Mar 2012

Sonisphere has been cancelled.

A statement from organisers says:
"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."
After a sold out 2011, Hertfordshire's Knebworth House offers a weekend of Rock, Metal, Electro, and Punk with three days of noise for 60,000 and is confirmed as happening from Friday 6th until Sunday 8th July 2012.

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The latest acts to be announced are Glassjaw, Hundred Reasons, Seether, Black Stone Cherry, Electric Wizard, Kvelertak, Skindred, New Model Army, Crowbar, Alestorm, and The Getaway Plan.

The headliners are confirmed as Kiss, Queen with Adam Lambert, and Faith No More.
Also confirmed and playing their only UK shows of 2012 are Within Temptation, Evanescence, Incubus, Marilyn Manson, and The Blackout.

Other acts including The Darkness are also confirmed.

The event has one main arena with a stage at either end of the site, as well as a few smaller stages. The two main outdoor stages, will have around a dozen acts alternating between one stage and another to keep the music continuous, whilst not having two acts playing at the same time.


This year there is a non-refundable deposit scheme of £50 on booking and pay the balance by 1st May 2012.

Ticket are priced at £145 for a weekend ticket (£180 with 4-day camping, £170 with 3-day camping), with a very limited number of day tickets available for £75. Rock Royalty and Day VIP packages as also available.

Organisers are offering a limited number of free tickets to Sonisphere Madrid (which takes place 25th and 26th May) when a weekend ticket for Sonisphere Knebworth is bought. Headliners Metallica - who play their Black album in its entirety - are joined by an impressive cast featuring the likes of Soundgarden, Slayer, Children Of Bodom, Kyuss Lives and many more - that's two Sonisphere festivals for the price of one!

Family tickets are also available and include access to the family campsite which has its own shower and toilet provision. They also have access to Fort Knebworth adventure playground. Each person over the age of 12 must have their own individual family ticket.

Families are also able to buy standard tickets and receive the same level of access for their child if aged 12 or under free of charge but will not then be able to access the family facilities.

A campervan pass is priced at £55, a locker is priced at £14, and a car park ticket is priced at £10, or £20 on the day.

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The Bohemia area houses the smaller stages, running later than the main stages, it offers breaking acts, some cutting edge stuff, and a few surprises with things like Rock Karaoke (main night Thursday between 5pm and 8pm and again between 10pm and midnight), Guitar Hero, cinema, stunt shows, Silent disco (Bohemia Stage Tent on Thursday from midnight to 3am and in the Red Bull Tent on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11pm till 2am), fairground rides, and DJs until the early hours.


Regular campers will have access to the campsite from 12pm on the Friday, and for a small additional charge, the festival campsite will open for early campers from 3pm on the Thursday, with Bohemia village open from 6pm Thursday right through until 3am Sunday morning, for non-stop fun with white knuckle rides, dodgems, arcades, comedy, massage, bars, market stalls, and cafes to chill out in.

The general campsite has showers (payable on site) and toilets, a 24 hour breakfast cafe plus other food vendors, a 24 hour supermarket, a bar selling cold slabs of beer and cider plus staffed information tents.

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Family Campsite

The Family Campsite is specially created to give families extra facilities to make sure all members of the family have a great time, no matter what their age. The family campsite is located by the main entrance and next to Fort Knebworth. A family ticket includes unlimited access to the adventure playground during opening hours (times to be confirmed). The Family Campsite will also have its own shower and toilet block. Additionally, people buying family tickets are able to also purchase a pass for the Family Car Park which will be very close to the campsite. Family tickets must be booked in advance.


A separate camping field is available for campervans. Each person staying in the campervan must individually have a standard festival ticket (either four day or three day, depending on the day you wish to arrive) plus one Campervan Ticket per campervan. Campervan tickets are limited and must be booked in advance. You may pitch one tent OR awning (of a reasonable size) with each vehicle.

There is a ban on gas within the campsites. However gas attached to a fixed cooking area within a campervan will be permitted.


The festival will also have lockers which will have car adapter style sockets in. These can be ordered alongside tickets, although there are limited numbers.

Restricted items

Gas Cookers: There is no gas allowed on site. You can bring disposable BBQs for use in the communal BBQ pits or other solid fuel burners.

Alcohol: you are allowed to bring a reasonable amount of your own alcohol into the campsite but will not be able to take it into the arena. A reasonable amount is seen as a case of beer/cider and a bottle of spirits per person.

Glass: No glass is permitted on site at all.

Disabled information

Sonisphere is having an Access Pass scheme which allows comes with Early Entry, Car Parking, Camping pass and a 2 for 1 deal. Buy one and get a Carer free to the festival.

More information will be here when available.

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