Sonisphere Festival will not take place in the UK this year

The declaration was made in a statement released via the official Sonisphere UK website

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Sonisphere festival organisers have announced there will be no event taking place in the UK this year.

The declaration was made in a statement released via the official Sonisphere UK website on 16 January.

The struggle to put together a line-up that was "good enough" has been cited as a reason for why the festival will not be going ahead.

"Team Sonisphere reluctantly confirm that Sonisphere will not take place in the UK in 2015," the statement said.

"We've been working hard to get a line-up that we felt was good enough but also on a weekend which would avoid other events that we know rock fans would want to support.

"Unfortunately our last irons in the fire have just been extinguished and it's clear that we won’t be in a position to run the event this year. We've said in the past that Sonisphere will only go ahead if we feel it is going to be good enough and that hasn't changed.

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James Hetfield of Metallica performing at the Sonisphere festival

It concluded: "We hope all rock fans have a great summer with all the festivals and concerts already in the calendar and we plan to see you all in 2016."

The first Sonisphere took place in 2009 and has since been staged in venues across Europe, with bands like Iron Maiden, Alice in Chains, Mötley Crüe, Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth all performing.

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