Sonisphere cancelled – because of recession or rubbish bill?

Sonisphere is the first of this summers festival casualties.

Much is being made of the recession killing the tickets sales but there is also the factor that the bill wasn’t too attractive…headlined by a Freddie Mercury less Queen and a circus troupe called Kiss as well as the admittedly good but not as popular Marilyn Manson.

What do you think? Can we blame the recession or the bill?

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


  1. The line up was a joke. A cartoon on the Friday and a tribute act on Saturday. Previous line ups at this festival have been stunning. This was an almighty come down. I’m sure the promoters are gutted to have to cancel it, but lets face it, they should never have put the bill together in the first place, message to May and Taylor, your band is finished fuckin deal with it!!

    • Not sure on Adam Lambert but the Queen + Paul Rogers tour was amazing and after all Queen was so much more than just Freddie as brilliant as he was.

      Yes I know there are a lot of Queen haters out there (and esp here because Queen were never “as cool as fuck”)as well as so called experts who can’t get their head around anything post 1975 or 1991 (delete as appropriote). in 2008 Queen played a stunning version of the song Bad Company I defy anyone to trufully say, after watching it, that May & Taylor don’t still have the talent & skill to produce awesome performances, something Queen have always been renowned for.

      2 original members is about the going rate for bands over 20 years old so at 40 years old queen have got it about right.

      Lazy journalism again Mr Robb blaming a rubbish bill we know its not your cup of tea just like U2 and PWL but you could at least try and be fair. Your favourite line with something you like is that it is as “cool as fuck” well we all have differnt perseptions on this and thats what makes the world go round us over 50’s are no longer the kids who choose what is cool we are the parents who are as uncool as fuck. I look forward to debating this again with you at the next Manchester Goldblade gig.

  2. I agree, the lineup was awful. After the big four last year the idea of an x-factor loser wannabe fronting what used to be the biggest band in the world and Kiss…well, Gene Simmons inc. is laughable. People will pay to see stuff if it’s good not this pile of steaming balls

  3. i think its more about its expense, over in europe you are getting better line ups groezrock, its cheeper and feels like you are not getting shafted. There are too many rubbish festivals in the uk

  4. It’s both innit?

    People don’t have a huge coke-laced pile of paper money to spend so if the promoters want us to come out they will have to deliver on acts that are seismic!

    To me ‘festivals’ need to go the way of Rebellion Festival in Blackpool where you have decent headliners, old skool bands and loadsa great unsigned bands that are still hungry.


    • Well said, punkgirl, if all festivals were like rebellion the music scene would be a happier, healthier place.

  5. I wouldn’t go see that lot if they were playing in my back garden. Even allowing for my personal taste, that’s a terrible line up. Who was meant to be singing with Queen?

  6. Absolutely John, and all who blame the line up. The public will still pay for a hot ticket but sad old geezers topping up their pensions just doesn’t cut it, particularly when you consider the line up at other festivals. @fiona_crichton

  7. I have been to Sonisphere for the last two yaers, but decided not to bother when they announced the line up this year. I would have like to see Faith No More, but that was it.

    I also went Beautiful Days last year and will be going again this year. Maybe Kendal Calling too. I prefer the smaller festivals anyway.

  8. Part of the problem is that there are simply too many bloody festivals these days! Why, in my day it was Reading and Monsters of Rock (Glastonbury was not so high profile) and that was yer lot. Now it’s all, festival this, festival that.

  9. Nothing like Queen-bashing to get the devotees wound-up. I’ll admit it. I fucking hate Queen alongside plenty of other bands on Jeremy Clarkson’s Ipod. The state of music’s not great at the minute but Kiss and Queen really are the bottom of the barrel. I’m not a metalhead but given the choice, I’d rather be at download watching Metallica, The Prodigy and Black Sabbath. No brainer really.


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