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Download Festival Boss Talks Sonisphere Cancellation

"Do not expect me to wallow in someone else's misfortune," says Andy Copping.

Download organiser Andy Copping has spoken out about Sonisphere's shock cancellation yesterday, taking to Twitter in order to address questions from fans regarding the plight of what was considered Download's rival fest due its metal/hard rock billing.

Copping tweeted: "Please do not expect me to wallow in someone else's misfortune. That is not cool. I feel sorry for the fans more than anything." He later added: "It's not cool if people think I'm jumping for joy. They definitely don't know me."

The festival, which was scheduled to take place in Knebworth from July 6th to July 8th, was abandoned due to increasing financial troubles. Up until its axing it boasted headliners such as Kiss, Faith No More and Queen with Adam Lambert.

Copping also denied rumours that the cancellation of Sonisphere would lead him to add more dates onto Download, tweeting: "Download will be remaining a three-day, five-day camping festival… no additional days are being added."

Download, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, will be taking place from June 8th – June 10th at Donington Park. The Prodigy, Metallica and Black Sabbath are headlining across the three days, with Biffy Clyro, Tenacious D, Megadeth and Chase and Status also performing. More information can be found at DownloadFestival.co.uk.

Although Sonisphere Knebworth will not be taking place this year, the Sonisphere's in Spain, Switzerland, Finland and France are set to continue as normal, with Metallica headlining three of them. Further information can be found at SonisphereFestivals.com, where you can also find out about Knebworth ticket refunds.

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