British rock festival Sonisphere has been axed for the second year in a row.

The 2012 event was cancelled in March (12), with organisers citing a "very challenging" 12 months for the decision, and now the 2013 concert has been pulled because no big-name headline acts were on the bill.

The news comes just weeks after Sonisphere bosses announced next year's (13) event would be going ahead as planned.

A spokesman for the festival says, "We made offers to over a dozen major artists but for various reasons none of these offers lead to securing a strong bill... The three Sonisphere festivals to date set a very high standard and indeed 2011 was voted the best festival line up by The Uk Festival Awards.

"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... We have already started work on Sonisphere Uk 2014 so hope to be able to bring you news about that later next year."

Previous Sonisphere headliners have included Metallica and Slipknot.