Download Festival Headline Trio Is Now Complete – Awesome

Download Festival have now completed their day-by-day announcements of this year headline acts and what a trio it is.  After the announcement on Monday that Iron Maiden will headline Sunday the BBC report that Black Sabbath will headline Saturday.

Friday nights main-stage headliner will be german industrial rockers Rammstein who join Black Sabbath [Saturday] and Iron Maiden [Sunday] to complete a headline trio that will treat Donington crowds to the heaviest of heavy rock across what is shaping up to be an epic weekend.

Rise Against

Rise Against

Of course moaning about festival line-ups is now a national pastime in the UK so not everyone is happy.  Admittedly I called two of the three headliners months ago.  Black Sabbath have announced that their world tour will definitely be their last and no UK dates had been announced so it seemed that that daddies of British Metal music were nailed on certainties for Download.  The only surprise is that they play Saturday and not Sunday.  Download will be the last chance for many UK metal fans to see an iconic British band live

With a superb new album just released and Bruce Dickinson recently recovered from throat cancer  Iron Maiden also seemed a surefire bet for next years Download.

All three acts have headlined at Donington on a number of occasions in the past and some people have complained that the headline line-up was predictable.  That may well be the case but it should be borne in mind that Download curator Andy Copping is keen to keep Download true to its roots.  As a result he has to draw an a dwindling supply of major name talent who have the pulling power to attract sufficient number to Donington.

Download - Black Veil Brides

Download – Black Veil Brides

Fans should bear in mind that Copping is something of a master at uncovering lesser known talent to fill the other stages and to keep everyone happy across what will be an amazing and nostalgic weekend of the best rock music has to offer.

Tickets for Download 2016 go on sale at 9 A.M. on Friday October 23.  Make sure you grab yours.  See you there.

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Hi, I am Alan. I live in Broadstone, Dorset with my wife, Shirley, my son, Ryan and two dogs called Bailey and Jasper. I have recently retired after working in the Armed Forces and in Public Service since 1977 so I now have a bit more time to do the things I love. Music is a huge part of my life and always has been. I have a broad taste in music and can find something to enjoy in most styles of music. I have always been attracted to music which has something to say, is outside the mainstream and is perhaps a bit rebellious. I guess my early influences were late 1970's Punk and new wave bands, especially those who came out of Northern Ireland where I grew up. I loved Stiff Little Fingers, The Undertones, Rudi, Starjets etc but also bands like The Ramones, The Clash, The Jam and so on. I like singer songwriters including Van Morrison, Springsteen, Neil Young & Bob Dylan and in recent years I have become more interested in folk and acoustic music but I also love the sort of high drive energetic Folk/Punk music delivered by bands like The Levellers, Leatherat, Ferocious Dog and many others who frequent the UK Festival scene. I have long since lost the desire to spend my holidays laying around in the sun and these days am much more likely to be found in a muddy field somewhere in the UK during the festival season.

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