SLASH, THE USED, ATREYU, CANCER BATS, PORCUPINE TREE, THE DAMNED THINGS PLUS MORE SET TO PLAY THE ROCK EVENT OF THE YEAR!
Proving that Download is THE ultimate rock festival with an already phenomenal line-up, another 30 incredible and eclectic acts are confirmed for the year’s most famous and anticipated weekend in rock
These 30 new acts add even more weight to what is already one of Download’s best line-up’s to date. One of the supreme guitar legends of all time, Slash will step onto the Download stage for the first time as a solo-artist (this will also be his UK live solo debut this year!) – although he has of course played the festival (and Donington) many times before as part of previous bands Guns ‘N’ Roses, Slash’s Snakepit and Velvet Revolver. With his first solo album ‘Slash’ out 10 May (preceded by a very special Classic Rock Magazine / Roadrunner “Fan Pack” edition which is out now, which includes the album plus a bonus track not on the standard album), featuring the likes of Dave Grohl, Lemmy, Andrew Stockdale (Wolfmother), all of which are also performing at Download, its anybody’s guess as to whether his live set will feature some special collaborations!
Also announced today are Utah’s The Used, who first played Download five years ago, new rock super group The Damned Things (featuring Anthrax’s Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano, Fall Out Boy’s Joe Trohman and Andy Hurley and Every Time I Die’s Keith Buckley and David Karon), Orange County metalcore gods Atreyu who first played Download in 2006, plus Toronto’s finest, Cancer Bats, who will make their welcomed return to the Download stage.
Download favourites BREED77 will be back for a fourth time, alongside Queens of the Stone Age drummer Troy Van Leeuwen’s new project Sweethead, the Grammy Award nominated prog-rockers Porcupine Tree, Download 2009 Tuborg Stage openers No Americana, metal / rap fusion innovators Senser, Pennsylvanian hard rockers Halestorm, metal stage destroyers Nonpoint, underground metal heroes As I Lay Dying, the platinum selling and hard touring Flyleaf, the LA based rockers White Wizzard, ska-punk favourites Zebrahead, LA hair metal rising stars Rock Sugar and Hanoi Rocks vocalist, Finnish rock musican Matti Fagerholm, who will take to the Download stage with his band Michael Monroe – which also features Ginger from The Wildhearts on guitar.
If that isn’t enough, LA metallers Holy Grail have been added to the bill, plus Straight Lines, Tiger Please (managed by Funeral for a Friend’s Ryan Richards), and Revoker (adding to the Welsh contingent already playing this year’s Download), Brit alt-rockers Young Guns, the reformed and back in business Tyketto, hotly tipped LA band Year Long Disaster, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter (literally translated as Horsemen of the Apocalypse), cult hard rockers Enuff Z’Nuff, UK metallers Panic Cell and Glamour Of The Kill and Swiss industrial metallers Sybreed are all set to bring something truly unique to the Download line up.
These 30 acts join headliners AC/DC, Rage Against The Machine and Aerosmith plus many more in what will be not only be the greatest rock festival this year but the ultimate festival experience at the legendary home of rock, Donington Park.
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‘The best festival weekend ever” – Kerrang! Magazine
‘A glorious weekend’ – Metal Hammer
‘The best weekend for getting rocked…a rite of passage for any self respecting rocker’ – NME
‘The Glyndbourne for loud guitars’ – The Times
‘For those who like their festivals with a harder edge, Download is the only one worth considering…hard rock heaven’ – The Sun