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.
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.
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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.
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!