If you weren’t aware, it’s a pretty big year for the top dog of rock festivals. The beloved Download is turning 20 this June – and it’s celebrating this milestone in absolute style, of course. Download20 is set to be one hell of a birthday booze-up, promising a staggering FOUR nights of rock’s finest acts. And, with 60+ artist just announced (and plenty more to come!), it’s truly time to start getting excited.
At the top of the bill, we’ve got some Download staples to provide us with some hard-hitting riffs. The mighty Metallica are set to play two headline sets on the Thursday and Saturday, promising absolutely ZERO song repeats – an absolutely once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Metallica die-hards to revel in the iconic group’s immense sound. Slipknot are also playing on the Sunday, sure to rouse all the Maggots out for a night to remember.
The final headliner on offer is fresh, however – alongside the extra day of music, it seems Download20 intends to shake things up a notch. Taking a leaf out of its little brother Download Pilot’s book, 2023 sees Download placing trust in a younger generation of acts. So we’ve got a brand new headliner stepping up to the plate in the form of Bring Me The Horizon, who will be headlining on the Friday. And we’re sure they’ll knock out some brutal deep cuts for Download’s birthday bonanza!
Elsewhere on the bill, there’s an incredible variety on offer. From the likes of metalcore icons Architects, to the heavy metal gloom of Ghost, to the electro drum n bass of Pendulum, Download20 is truly a smorgasbord of fabulous live acts. We’ve also got the likes of Evanescence, Placebo and Alexisonfire thrown in for good measure, only amping up the dizzying selection of talent.
Lower down the bill, Download20 is also shedding light on some outstanding newer acts. Alt-rockers As December Falls, sharp-tongued punks Kid Kapichi and grueling metallers Graphic Nature are also set to perform, as well as the likes of mathcore-tinged Pupil Slicer, the bewitching fury of post-punks Witch Fever and edgy hardcore-punks CRASHFACE…
To put it simply… Download20 cannot come soon enough. Bring on the mud! Bring on the moshpits!!
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