The 3rd wave of acts have been revealed to join headliners Kiss, Iron Maiden, and System Of A Down, plus many more for next year's Download Festival, which takes place at Donington Park, Derbyshire over the weekend of Friday 12th to Sunday 14th June 2020, with camping available from the Wednesday.
For the Main Stage there's the return of US heavyweights Alter Bridge, the chaotic Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Motionless In White, Australia’s ferocious Thy Art Is Murder, Wage War, and melodic Brit metallers The Raven Age.
Mark Tremonti from Alter Bridge said: "We are very proud and honoured to be a part of the 2020 lineup. Download has always been the highlight of our touring schedule over the years, thanks for another opportunity to perform for some of the best rock fans in the world!"
Chris Motionless from Motionless In White said: "Playing Download is an accomplishment that bands of every level still write home about. It is THE festival to be a part of, and I'm so proud to announce that we will be making an appearance again for the first one of the new decade. See you in a few months!"
New additions that will perform on the Zippo Encore Stage are Atlanta’s Mastodon, The Distillers, The Darkness, Mississippi rock stalwarts 3 Doors Down, Italian goths Lacuna Coil, melodic rockers Amaranthe, bondage-punks Hatari, and rock n roll revivalists The Glorious Sons.
Justin Hawkins of The Darkness said: "UK festival appearances are like children - so precious and impossible to pick a favourite. This year though, my number 1 child is our Download slot! I have a pair of pyjama bottoms designed to look like jeans with tickets for Monsters of Rock 1991 hanging out of the pocket, and that tells you everything you need to know about my excitement levels."
Headlining The Avalanche Stage are Welsh post-hardcore favourites Funeral For A Friend, with others on the stage Texan troopers Bowling for Soup, Philadelphia’s The Menzingers, Woking’s Employed To Serve, punk trio Milk Teeth, collective Sleep Token, garage punk outfit Press Club, Welsh post-hardcore band Holding Absence, Liverpool prog-metallers Loathe, emo rapper Sullii, ska-punks The Skints, alt-pop-rock Mancs The Hara, Northern Californian pop-rockers Cemetery Sun, and Brighton indie punks Gender Roles.
Ryan Richards from Funeral For A Friend said "As a band, and as individuals - we've made some incredible memories at the hallowed grounds of Donington through the years, so it's going to be nice to come back and make a few more together. Those trademark black fringes are a bit greyer/balder these days, but we'll still be able to show these young 'uns a thing or two!"
Jaret Reddick from Bowling For Soup said: "Download Festival is always something special for Bowling For Soup. So many of the stories we share with other bands and family members back home come from our time spent playing or hanging out at this festival. Very much looking forward to making more memories this summer...and of course bringing something special to our show, that only BFS can get away with!"
Headlining the Dogtooth Stage are titans Sepultura, plus metalcore innovators Northlane, Leeds hardcore collective Higher Power, progressive rock band Haken, Texan quartet Polyphia, Sacramento noise metallers Will Haven, hotly tipped Kill The Lights featuring members from Bullet For My Valentine, Still Remains, Throw The Fight, Glamour Of The Kill and Threat Signal, trio Twin Temple, hardcore outfit Fire From The Gods, post punks Heavy Lungs, NYC rockers Tempt, melodic hardcore act Modern Error, Renounced, alt rock artist JJ Wilde, and Brummie metalcore pack Shvpes.
There's also the return of WWE NXT UK to the festival. The first round of Superstars to be announced are title-holders WWE NXT UK Champion WALTER, NXT UK Women’s Champion Kay Lee Ray, and NXT UK Tag Team Champions Gallus. The first-ever WWE United Kingdom Champion Tyler Bate, and his Tag Team partner Trent Seven, will no doubt bring a stunner of a show. Also set to perform is Finn Bálor’s protégé Jordan Devlin, the highflyer Mark Andrews, and his Tag Team partner Flash Morgan Webster. Toni Storm is also confirmed, alongside powerhouse Piper Niven – both of whom will bring the energy to Donington Park. NXT UK has made a massive impact at Download in previous years, full of tense moments and adrenaline-soaked performances, it’s the ultimate spectacle for fans of loud music and even louder sport.
Previously announced acts include headliners KISS, Iron Maiden, and System Of A Down, plus Deftones, Korn, The Offspring, Gojira, Disturbed, Alestorm, Volbeat, Killswitch Engage, Babymetal, and more. For the details as available please see the line-up page. There's more to be announced.
Tickets are on sale, priced as follows:-
adult weekend with 5 nights camping: £232
adult weekend with 3 night camping: £225
adult weekend (no camping): £200
car parking: £20
Campervan: £130 - sold out
Teenagers aged 13 - 15 must purchase an adult ticket and be accompanied by a Parent or Guardian aged 18 years or over.
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