In a surprise Sunday night announcement Andy Copping and co have confirmed the addition of 19 more bands to the 2015 Download Festival line up including the likes of Billy Idol, Clutch, Eagles of Death Metal, Lamb of God and Rise Against.
Plans for the 2015 festival are well underway and the line up is starting to take shape quite nicely with these recent additions.
Billy Idol will be returning to Download for the first time in five years as part of his tour of the European festival circuit. Some fans may turn their nose up to the addition of Billy Idol, especially if “White Wedding” is their only knowledge of the Generation X icon who, in his prime, exhibited a level of hedonism that would make Motley Crue blush. Anyone who has seen Idol live will know that he puts on an impressively raw performance full of his famous sneering punk attitude. Billy Idol said:
It was a fantastic experience playing at Download 2010 in the teeming rain with the audience completely unfazed. So if that was fun, this year should be dynamite! See you there!
Groove Metal behemouths Lamb of God, who are rumoured to be releasing a new album next year, complete with lyrics written during Randy Blythe’s time on remand at Pankrac prison in Prague, will be returning from a short hiatus to bring some serious heaviness to Download fans.
Elsewhere, America’s most successful rock performer in the Billboard charts, the four times Grammy-nominated Godsmack, have been announced to appear at Download for the very first time, in 2015, following the release of their critically acclaimed “1000hp” album, earlier this year.
What has got me really excited is the announcement that balls-out, tongue-in-cheek rockers Eagles of Death Metal will also be making their Download festival debut. I love the records these guys have put out and they will add that bit of fun and humour to Download that has been serviced in recent years by Steel Panther and it will be a welcome change.
The other announcement that has got me very excited indeed is the addition of Clutch, who will be returning after a four year abscence to deliver their sermon of authenticity and cool in the sludgiest, funkiest stonery way possible. These guys always put on an amazing show and are responsible for some of my favourite albums of all time, including last year’s Earth Rocker which was my number 1 album of 2013. They still seem to be flying somewhat under the radar for some unknown reason. Make sure you go to see them as you will discover some of the finest music made in the last 20 years and I challenge you to not be mesmerised by, frontman, Neil Fallon’s shamonic on stage performance.
The full list of bands announced are as follows:
Black Veil Brides
Crown the Empire
Eagles of Death Metal
Every Time I Die
Lamb of God
Motionless in White
With headline appearances from Slipknot, Muse and Kiss, and main support slots for Judas Priest, Faith No More and Motley Crue, not to mention Slash, Black Stone Cherry, Five Finger Death Punch and Marilyn Manson, I think it is fair to say Download 2015 is looking very good indeed.
The full line up so far looks like this
Tickets are available at www.downloadfestival.co.uk.
Weekend Arena: £170
Weekend & 3 night camping: £195
Weekend & 5 night camping: £205
Turn on, Tune in, Rock out!