Our favourite time of year is back with a bang! At 2 PM today, Download treated us not just to the three headliners but also 4 other logo bands and a further 14 bands who will be performing at Donington Park on 14th- 16th June.
Classic rock powerhouse DEF LEPPARD are making a spectacular return to headline the Main Stage on Friday at Download and we couldn’t be more excited! In what will be their ONLY UK appearance of 2019, the Sheffield legends will be playing their classic album ‘Hysteria’ in full (and more).
Def Leppard front man Joe Elliott has said: “We are delighted to be going back to headline Download in 2019! The festival has a very special place in our hearts and it’s such a great place to play. We will be playing Hysteria in full – yes, in full! – plus a load more of the hits, and we are going to put on a very special show for our UK fans. Can’t wait to see you all there!”
The next headliner is the masked me, it of course SLIPKNOT! One of the most defining acts of the last two decades, the sheer power of Slipknot’s live sets have gone down in Download history, with their debut headline performace in 2009 regarded by many as the greatest ever performance at Download. Can they recreate the magic? We can’t wait to find out. With a back catalogue of rock club classics – ‘Duality’, ‘Spit It Out’, ‘Before I Forget’ and ‘Psychosocial’ – Iowa’s sickest sons are going to bring the mosh for their Saturday headline set.
Closing out the festival will be TOOL. Making their first UK festival appearance in 13 years, the Grammy award-winning, multi-platinum, prog-metal titans are set to take you on a grandiose career spanning journey of classic albums ‘Undertow’, ‘Lateralus’, and ‘10,000 Days’.
If that’s not enough to whet your appetitie than Download have annonced another 17 acts for your aural pleasure!
After slaying the Main Stage with Guns N’ Roses earlier this year, guitar legend Slash couldn’t stay away and is riffing his way back to Donington for with Alter Bridge frontman for SLASH FEATURING MYLES AND THE CONSPIRATORS. Fresh from releasing their phenomenal third album ‘Living The Dream’, Slash and Myles Kennedy and The Conspirator’s set is going to have you wailing to signature slick solos and out of this world rock anthems.
“Here I go again on my own, Goin’ down the only road I’ve ever known!” is going to ring out loud and proud over Donington Park as WHITESNAKE are coming to Download 2019.Whitesnake front man David Coverdale said: “Once again, we’ve been honoured to be invited to participate in the legendary DOWNLOAD 2019…Can’t Wait To See You All & Kick Arse Together!!!…So Ready 2 Rock!!!”
If horror is your lifeblood, get ready for a large transfusion as ROB ZOMBIE is once again going to turn Download into his own twisted carnival with a set bursting with stomp-laden classics and new tracks.
Metalcore stalwarts, TRIVIUM will be taking Donington by the horns to turn your stomachs with their roaring metal, Whilst Swedish death metallers AMON ARMARTH are going to pack a deadly punch with their Viking inspired cinematic metal and CARCASS will remind you why they’re the gore-grind forefathers.
Dutch outfit DELAIN, led by the world-class frontwoman Charlotte Wessels, will be a must-see for all of you symphonic metal fans. Alongside DIE ANTWOORD, making their Download debut will be getting you bouncing hard to their Zef style hip-hop.
And, punk rock covers supergroup Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, featuring members of NOFX, Foo Fighters, Lagwagon, Swingin’ Utters, are going to have you and your mates gasping for breath shouting along to their rapid-fire covers.
If you’re looking for a one way ticket to prog paradise, Sweden’s OPETH are going to deliver a set filled with classics and tracks from their 2016 acclaimed album, ‘Sorceress’. New-school thrashers POWER TRIP are going to make their Download debut and get you headbanging to tracks from their sophomore album, ‘Nightmare Logic’. And, Californian ska-punk heroes REEL BIG FISH will get Donington bouncing to some solid rocksteady riffs.
Download Festival favourites SKINDRED are going to shake the Donington hills with their ragga metal. The unmatched energy and exuberance of frontman Benji Webbe is sure to see the return of the Newport Helicopter originating at Download 2011. Hotly-tipped sci-fi, conceptual rockers STARSET also join the line up with an ambitious, gigantic rock set that is destined for the stadiums in the future. And, TESLA will serve up classic hard rock anthems in mammoth portions for you to sink your teeth into.
So there’s 21 bands so far!Tickets go on sale at 2pm this Thursday 25th October at 2018 prices until Tuesday 6th November.
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