31/03/17 - More than 20 acts have been added to the Download Festival 2017 line-up.
Announced today are: Blackwater Conspiracy, Blackwaters, Code Orange, Devin Townsend Project, Drones, Krokodil, Love Zombies, Machine Gun Kelly, Max & Igor Cavalera, Nothing More, Orange Goblin, Otherkin, Pertubator, Sick Puppies, Sikth, Suicide Silence, Tax The Heat, The Fallen State, The Raven Age, Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown and Yonaka.
A DAY TO REMEMBER | AARON BUCHANAN & THE CULT CLASSICS | AEROSMITH | AFI | AIRBOURNE | ALESTORM | ALTER BRIDGE | ANATHEMA | AS IT IS | ASTROID BOYS | BARONESS | BASEMENT | BIFFY CLYRO | BLACKWATER CONSPIRACY | BLACKWATERS | BLOOD YOUTH | BRUTAI | CASEY | CLUTCH | CODE ORANGE | COHEED AND CAMBRIA | CREEPER | CROWN THE EMPIRE | DEAD LABEL | DEAD! | DEVILDRIVER | DEVILSKIN | DINOSAUR PILE-UP | DRONES | EVERY TIME I DIE | EXODUS | FALLEN STATE | FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH | FIZZY BLOOD | FOUR YEAR STRONG | FOZZY | GOD DAMN | GOOD CHARLOTTE | GREYWIND | GROVE STREET FAMILIES | HACKTIVIST | HOLDING ABSENCE | I THE MIGHTY | IDLES | IN FLAMES | ISSUES | JUNIOR | KNUCKLE PUCK | KROKODIL | KVELERTAK | LIKE A STORM | LOST SOCIETY | LOVE ZOMBIES | MACHINE GUN KELLY | MASTODON | MAX & IGGOR | MINISTRY | MOOSE BLOOD | M O S E S | MOTIONLESS IN WHITE | NOTHING MORE | NORMANDIE | NORTHLANE | OF MICE & MEN | ORANGE GOBLIN | OTHERKIN | OPETH | PERTUBATOR | PIERCE THE VEIL | PROPHETS OF RAGE | RED FANG | RED SUN RISING | ROB ZOMBIE | SABATON | SHE MUST BURN | SICK PUPPIES | SIKTH | SIMPLE PLAN | SLAYER | SLEEPING WITH SIRENS | STATE CHAMPS | STEEL PANTHER | STONE BROKEN | SUICIDAL TENDENCIES | SUICIDE SILENCE | SUM 41 | SYSTEM OF A DOWN | TAX THE HEAT | THE CADILLAC THREE | THE CHARM THE FURY | THE CONTORTIONIST | THE DEAD DAISIES | THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA | THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN | THE DEVON TOWNSEND PROJECT | THE KING BLUES | THE LAFONTAINES | THE LOUNGE KITTENS | THE ONE HUNDRED | THE RAVEN AGE | THE STORY SO FAR | TOUCHÉ AMORÉ | TRASH BOAT | VENOM PRISON | WALLFLOWER | WEDNESDAY 13 | YONAKA
15/03/17 – Download Festival has announced that WWE NXT LIVE! will return to Donington Park in June.
Among the NXT Superstars scheduled to appear are Bobby Roode, Aleister Black, Tye Dillinger, Kassius Ohno, Eric Young, Alexander Wolfe, Killian Dain and Nikki Cross.
Download Festival Promoter, Dave Bradley said: "Having WWE NXT at Download is like seeing what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object – you just know sparks are gonna fly!
"Wrestling and rock music go hand in hand and if last year is anything to go by, this exclusive festival experience is only going to be bigger & better for round two! This is not to be missed."
Current NXT Champion Bobby Roode, who made headlines with his NXT debut at last year’s Download Festival said: "Download was my very first show in NXT. The combination of NXT Superstars and massive musical acts, entertaining tens of thousands of passionate fans makes Download a unique experience.
"Returning to Download as NXT Champion will make this an extra special moment for me as a performer."
01/02/17: Download Festival has added over forty bands to its line-up including Steel Panther, A Day To Remember, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Suicidal Tendencies and In Flames.
Steel Panther frontman Michael Starr said: "I'm so happy to be back at Download Festival. Download Festival 2009 was our very first show in the UK, so this Festival holds a special place in my heart! Hell yea.”
Download Festival's Andy Copping said: "We're committed to delivering the best in rock and metal year on year for the Download fans, and this year is no exception.
"We're thrilled to have core acts in the likes of Steel Panther, A Day To Remember, Dillinger Escape Plan, The Cadillac Three, Suicidal Tendencies and more, along with some of the most exciting new talent in the game such as Creeper, Red Sun Rising and Hacktivist.
"Right through from The Dogtooth Stage, all the way to the top, fans are guaranteed to witness an incredible weekend of music from their trusted favourites, and discover new favourite bands of the future.”
Download Festival's Dave Bradley added: "We're stoked to represent the many facets of rock in this announcement. We've always been invested in booking bands across every stage that have the grit and determination to step up and be headliners of the future.
"The Avalanche Stage is really exciting this year, promising three days of unapologetic rock, pop punk and metal from the likes of State Champs, As It Is, Moose Blood and Trash Boat. Festival goers better get in that tent early - we've got face melting riffs and one hell of a weekend in store.”
02/12/16 - Download Festival has announced more than 20 new names for its 2017 event. They are: Alter Bridge, Airbourne, Astroid Boys, Basement, Clutch, Coheed and Cambria, Crown The Empire, The Dead Daisies, DevilDriver, Exodus, Four Year Strong, God Damn, Good Charlotte, Greywind, Issues, Knuckle Puck, Lost Society, Mastodon, Ministry, The One Hundred, Opeth, Pierce The Veil, Red Fang, Sum 41, and WAKRAT.
Also unveiled is the newly named third stage – The Avalanche Stage – with a punk, emo and post-hardcore edge, including headline performance from the previously announced Simple Plan and Sleeping With Sirens.
03/11/16 - Download Festival has announced System of a Down, Biffy Clyro and Aerosmith as its 2017 headliners.
Also announced today were: Slayer, Rob Zombie, Prophets Of Rage, Five Finger Death Punch, AFI, Of Mice & Men, Sleeping With Sirens, Motionless In White, Simple Plan, Every Time I Die, The Story So Far and Fozzy.
System of a Down return to headline Download Festival for the third time on Friday 9th June, while Biffy Clyro step up for their Download headline debut on Saturday 10th June.
Aerosmith make their return to headline the Main Stage on Sunday 11 June. According to Download's organisers, this will be their only UK appearance of 2017.
Speaking about their return to Download, System of a Down said: "It'll have been a couple of years since our memorable Wake Up The Souls show at Wembley, so returning to the UK to headline Download, a festival we always love to play, is really exciting for us. The energy and atmosphere there is always electric.”
Joe Perry of Aerosmith said: "Every time we go on tour I look at the schedule for cities, towns or events that I look forward to playing. Download Festival is always one of the ones I circle. Donington is like home to us. I have some great memories playing there and I can't wait to make some more."
Download Festival's Promoter, Andy Copping said: "We're incredibly excited to announce the Download 2017 headliners. We have three giants of rock and metal topping the bill. As always, Download fans can expect world class performances across the weekend. You won't want to miss a thing.
"System of a Down made headline history back in 2011 and 2017 will no doubt see them bigger and better than ever. Saturday's headliner, Biffy Clyro, have raised the bar for rock music – we're always looking for bands to make their Download headline debut, and I have no doubt they'll be worthy of the title.
"I'm delighted the mighty Aerosmith will be back, and their closing set will be something truly special. The band has a long history with Donington, and having them headline for us again is a real honour.”
Tickets for Download Festival 2017 are on sale now at www.downloadfestival.co.uk/tickets