(CANCELLED) Download Festival – 12-14 june 2020 – Castle Donington, UK
12 June @ 12:00 - 14 June @ 23:59 EEST
Download 2020 will not be going ahead, read the full statement here.
Download Festival 2020 🤘🔥
Join us 12-14 June for UK’s premier rock festival in Donington Park! \m/
Downloaders, the day is finally here – your first Download Festival 2020 line up announcement is here! We couldn’t be more stoked to reveal that your headliners will be… KISS, Iron Maiden, and System Of A Down!
Not only that, but NINE more bands will also be coming to rock the hallowed grounds of Donington Park, including Deftones, Korn, The Offspring, and Disturbed! Download 2020 takes place on 12th-14th June and tickets are on sale now, so make sure you grab em!
The legendary KISS will be performing for the LAST TIME EVER in the UK, exclusively at Download 2020. Earlier this year they embarked under their appropriately named End Of The Road tour, and known for their trademark larger-than-life blistering performances, KISS have proven for decades why they are hands down the most iconic live show in rock’n roll.
Gene Simmons says: “I’ve said it before, Download Festival audiences are the best. They are up for whatever is thrown at them. KISS is going to come fully prepared to rock their world in 2020 to say Thank You for always showing up for us”.
Iron Maiden will return to Download in 2020, in what will be one of only two homecoming festival shows. They’ve spent the summer on their historic and critically acclaimed Legacy Of The Beast US tour, which has been deemed ‘Maiden’s best setlist ever’ so get ready Downloaders, this is one performance you won’t want to miss.
Vocalist Bruce Dickinson tells us: “Next year we will play a number of countries and cities we have yet to visit on this incredible tour, so it is terrific to be able to accept the invitation to return to Download in 2020 and we will certainly go to town and add a few extra items to the show. This will be our seventh time headlining at Donington Park. It’s home turf and we all really enjoy playing this Festival, the vibe from the crowd is always fantastic.”
In a UK festival exclusive, System Of A Down will also headline at Download 2020. The Californian band have earned themselves a worldwide following with their unique blend of trash metal and alternative rock, and never fail to put on a mind blowing performance.
Bassist Shavo Odadjian says: “From our appearances to many of my favorite bands’, Castle Donington has always had a special place in my heart. We’re proud and excited to continue its legacy.”
If all that wasn’t enough for you, there’s no less than NINE more bands in your first announcement.
The mighty Deftones will also be making a welcome return to Donington. Having released seven albums and selling over 10 million copies worldwide, it’s sure to be a hit-packed set from the Sacramento, California band. We can’t wait to rock out to the likes of ‘My Own Summer (Shove It)’ and ‘Swerve City’.
With the release of latest album ‘The Nothing’ last week, Korn will be joining the Download 2020 line up. The two-time Grammy Award winning band have toured the world countless times and have continued to push the limits of the rock, alternative and metal genres, while remaining a pillar of influence for legions of fans and generations of artists around the globe.
Over the course of their 35-year career, they have released nine studio albums, and with a tenth on the way, punk rioteers The Offspring are heading to Download Festival bringing with them punk rock anthems including ‘Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)’, ‘You’re Gonna Go Far Kid’, ‘Self Esteem’, and dozens more.
Plus, the hard-hitting, multi-platinum-selling Disturbed are returning to Donington with their aggressive blend of hard rock, alternative, and nu-metal. The band exploded onto the scene in 2000 with ‘Down With The Sickness’, and last year released their seventh album Evolution which reached the top 10 around the globe.
Still want more? Good, because there’s more. Also joining the line up are Gojira, the French death-metallers who have become famous for their sonically dense sounds and bludgeoning heavy rhythms.
Alestorm will be jumping ship to the hallowed grounds of Download Festival once again, bringing with them their pirate metal and perhaps their giant inflatable duck.
With a new album looming this Friday, Of Mice & Men have been dominating stages for over a decade, and have had a disciple like following every step of the way that will undoubtedly follow them to Donington next year.
Hollywood hard rock act Black Veil Brides will make their anticipated UK return. Renowned for their explosive live shows and tenacious fans, the five-piece have worked tirelessly to create a scene of their own.
Grammy nominated US alternative rock band Daughtry also join the line-up, following the success of last year’s album Cage To Rattle. Fronted by American Idol finalist Chris Daughtry, the band has sold over 8 million albums and 16 million singles, alongside selling out tours globally.
There you have it, that’s a whole load of bands for your buck and we’re only just getting started.
37 New acts announced for Download 2020
First up are Denmark’s finest Volbeat who are heading to #DL2020 with their awesome hybrid of rock ‘n’ roll riffs and high voltage rockabilly. The band recently made a triumphant return with the seventh album, ‘Rewind, Replay, Rebound’, which rocketed to number seven in the UK charts.
If you’ve ever seen Volbeat live before then you know that Donington Park is in for one hell of a show. Over to Volbeat:
“We are very excited to return to Donington Park once again to rock with all of our friends in the UK alongside so many great bands. See you in June!”
If you want some seriously heavy anthems (and who doesn’t?) then look no further as metalcore mavericks Killswitch Engage are hitting up Donington Park. Get ready to growl your lungs out to bangers like ‘My Curse’ and ‘The End Of Heartache’ as well as tracks from the band’s latest album, ‘Atonement’.
Jesse Leach from Killswitch Engage said:
“We are honoured and excited to play the mighty Download festival once again! We are ready to kick out our new songs and play the old anthems as well! Download crowds are always incredible and we are eager to bring the mother f*****g ruckus!”
Our favourite Kawaii metallers Babymetal are coming back to Download! We cannot wait to raise our fox horns to the Donington Park sky when the band unleash their latest album, ‘Metal Galaxy’. Speaking about their victorious return to #DL2020, SU-METAL said:
“The crowd at Download Festival always welcomes us with a lot of energy so I can’t wait to perform there again! We hope to bring even more power and energy so please look forward to our performance!”
MOAMETAL also said: “To have the opportunity of performing at one of our favorite places is incredibly exciting for us. Can’t wait to see everyone there!”
Still thirsting for more? Well, get ready to drink up as The Pretty Reckless are going to make you wanna die when they play Download 2020. As Heaven Knows, the NYC quartet fronted by Taylor Momsen have three albums packed with rock ‘n’ roll blues infused anthems to get you moving.
“Do you wanna rock? Then let’s f****n’ rock!” Those are the words of Airbourne‘s Joe O’Keefe as the Aussie rockers are going to be runnin’ wild at #DL2020.
Also joining this monster line up are one of the best selling rock bands of the 21st century, Skillet, with their stadium sized anthems. And, if you like your bands to be more experimental, we’ve got you covered as genre swerving rockers Baroness have also packed their bags for #DL2020.
And the names just keep on coming. Power punks Lit are going to get you bouncing to that iconic opening solo to ‘My Own Worst Enemy’. Whilst, British rock titans Bush are back with a harder and heavier sound that’s seen them being featured on the John Wick: Chapter 3 soundtrack.
The Duke of Spook, Wednesday 13, has also been added to the line up and will be bringing his infamous ghoulish theatrics and latest album, ‘Necrophaze’.
Electric Wizard are often referred as the “heaviest band in the universe”, So, we thought we’d put that statement to the test and see if the 70s doom metalheads can rock Donington Park to its core. On the flipside, Periphery will be bringing their djent progressive metal to #DL2020.
If death metal is more of your thing, we raise the horns to salute you and bring to you Obituary and Dying Fetus.
Start doing some lunges now as you’re going to need to be bouncing fit for Toronto punks PUP and their full throttle live show. Self-dubbed “family band” Tiny Moving Parts are adding their special blend of math rock, punk pop and emo to the #DL2020 line up.
Also, San Diego’s P.O.D are going to have you slamming with your mates to their punk metal classics like ‘Youth of the Nation’, ‘Southtown’ and ‘Boom’.
Still with us? You better be. As all of these names are also coming to #DL2020: Blackout Problems, Bleed From Within, Bokassa, Blues Pills, Cellar Door Moon Crow, Chelsea Grin, Dead Label, Dead Posey, Lotus Eater, Marianas Trench, Powerwolf, Puppy, Stone Broken, Theory, The Last Internationale, Wargasm, Wayward Sons, The Wildhearts and Uncured.
Downloaders, are you ready for your biggest announcement yet? We’ve added over 40 acts to your already awesome Download 2020 line up!
So, it’s time to get hyped for: Alter Bridge, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Motionless In White, Funeral For A Friend, Bowling For Soup, The Darkness, Sepultura, Mastodon, The Distillers, Employed To Serve, The Menzingers, 3 Doors Down, Milk Teeth, Holding Absence, Lacuna Coil, Loathe and loads more.
And, WWE NXT UK is making a welcome return to Donington Park for #DL2020. Plus, we reveal those all important day splits. Could it get any better?
#DL2020 takes place on 12-14 June 2020.
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