Sonisphere festival have announced they will not return in 2013, having cancelled 2012′s outing also.

The Knebworth weekender, who revealed in March that this year’s event won’t be going ahead, had been intent on making it up to festival-goers next year, have confirmed they’ll be taking an extended break.

The reasoning has been given as not being able to secure a strong enough bill to fit the festival’s heritage.

However, French and Italian legs of the fest will go ahead as planned.

The statement reads in full:

“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.

Sonisphere France
Snowhill Park Amneville ( Metz ) Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June
Tickets £90 + booking fee

Sonisphere Italy
Milan, Fiera Milano Live Rho Saturday 8th June 2012
Tickets £38.50 + booking fee

Watch out for more Sonsiphere European news to be announced early 2013″