Download festival at Donington Park is billed as Europe’s top rock and metal festival and in recent weeks excitement has been increasing as festival curator Andy Copping prepared to release the identity of the first headliner for the 2016 festival.
This evening it was announced that Iron Maiden will headline Sunday on Download’s main stage. According to Metro not everyone is thrilled to see Iron Maiden return to headline Download for the fourth time.
Personally I am thrilled at the announcement. Iron Maiden’s recently released album The Book Of Souls is a cracker and I for one can’t wait to hear the new tunes in the live arena. To date the Download date is the only UK date the British band have announced which is disappointing to say the least.
Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson confirmed he will fly the band into East Midlands airport which is a stones throw from the venue.
According to the Guardian Dickinson and Iron Maiden are looking forward to a return to Download. Dickinson says:
“Download is a very special place for us. Not just because it’s always great to play on home turf but because there’s a truly unique vibe there. It’s the very heart of England and of metal, so a fitting place for Iron Maiden.”
“We haven’t decided on the set list as yet and won’t until we start rehearsing but we really look forward to playing a number of new songs live, especially as the recording was so much live. However, as it’s been a while since we saw you all, I am sure we will include plenty of older fan favourites too. I think the fans will be delighted by what we have in mind. We are also in the middle of creating the new show and rest assured we are working hard to bring you all something spectacular, something with a lot of heart. You certainly deserve it for your patience.”
Download takes place at Donington park between 10 – 12 June 2016: Early bird tickets for the festival are already sold out but general admission tickets go on sale on October 23. The next headliner announcement came at 7pm BST tomorrow evening.
I’m hoping for Black Sabbath!