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Fightstar, ‘A’, Apocalyptica, The Sword and; The Cavalera Conspiracy head for Download as day tickets go on sale





Day tickets on sale from 9am on Friday 27th February 2015

 As if the current line up wasn’t enough to get you excited about this year’s Download Festival, 38 new bands have now been added to the bill including:

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Download Festival Announces 19 More Bands for 2015

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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:

Backyard Babies

Billy Idol

Black Veil Brides

Body Count


Crown the Empire


Eagles of Death Metal

Every Time I Die



Hollywood Undead

Lamb of God

Mad Ball

Mallory Knox

Motionless in White


Parkway Drive

Rise Against

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.

Ticket Prices

Weekend Arena: £170

Weekend & 3 night camping: £195

Weekend & 5 night camping: £205

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Kiss confirmed as closing act of Download 2015


June 12-14 2015






The worst kept secret in the Rock and Metal has finally been officially confirmed. KISS will bring Download 2015 to a close when they headline the main stage on Sunday 14 June.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers have carved themselves emphatically into the pantheon of Rock mythology with their huge choruses, unmistakable visuals and extraordinary, pyrotechnical live performances. KISS return to Donington having graced Monsters of Rock in 1988 and 1996 and headlined Download, Europe’s biggest rock and metal festival, in 2008. Singer Paul Stanley sees Download as the ultimate measure of a rock band’s standing:

“Download has become a tradition of stature that separates the pretenders from the contenders and the champs from the chimps. It will be an honour to take our turf and leave no doubt why we wear the crown.”

Meanwhile, bassist Gene Simmons said:

“To all our fans – our intention is to get on that stage, blow the heavens to smithereens and take no prisoners.”

Main support comes in the form of the final ever UK Festival Performance by iconic hell-raising metalheads Mötley Crüe. With the Crüe due to disband for good in early 2016, Download will have the honour and privilege of bringing a truly unique festival career to a blazing conclusion. Bassist Nikki Sixxx said:

“It’s always an over the top day and night at Download Festival and we’re really excited to be coming over to the UK and playing the show.”

Rock legends making the ultimate festival pilgrimage don’t stop there as seminal shredder Slash polishes and shines the trusty top hat to make his second appearance at Download with one of rock’s top vocalists, Myles Kennedy, and The Conspirators. Slash said:

“Download is a very special event for me. It’s been a major destination since I started and I’m always excited to be a part of it.”

Headlining the second stage and representing the new kids on the block are electronicore pioneers Enter Shikari, after the January 2015 release of their massively anticipated album The Mindsweep. Singer Rou Reynolds is looking forward to the authentic festival experience:

“The thing I love more than anything is playing outside, at night. We thank Download for the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the great outdoors and engulf and deluge festival-goers with our noise. It is an honour to be closing the night and because of this we will bring with us illuminations. Do attend.”

These bands join a mind-blowing Download 2015 line-up that already includes headliners Slipknot and Muse. The line up confirmed so far is looking like this:



Get your tickets from 9am this Thursday (20 November) at www.downloadfestival.co.uk

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Slipknot Announced as Download 2015 Friday Headliners

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June 12-14 2015

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Here we go again: the mighty cogs of Europe’s biggest rock and metal music festival are turning and the production line of epic live performances is thundering into life once more. Download 2015 is underway.

And what a Friday headliner it has produced…

The biggest, angriest monster of a metal band to emerge in recent years, Slipknot storm into Download Festival for the fifth time and the first since the release of their colossal new album .5: The Gray Chapter with new masks and a new, mind blowing stage show. The seven time Grammy-nominated Iowa nine have become one of the most iconic live acts in the musical world thanks to their extraordinary musicianship and dramatic, instantly recognisable aesthetic. Frontman Corey Taylor adds:

 “Being invited back to Download always feels like coming home. Headlining Download, for the 3rd time, feels like the culmination of a life’s dream. It’s an honor, a privilege and we’re all looking forward to it.”

Main support comes from locally-bred Metal Gods Judas Priest. The Birmingham rockers played the first Monsters of Rock in 1980 and come to Download for a second time, having previously played in 2008. Priest are ecstatic at the prospect of renewing their longstanding acquaintance with Donington:

“35 years ago Judas Priest took the stage for the first Monsters of Rock at Castle Donington!

We are thrilled to be performing at Download 2015 as the band continues its 40th anniversary

‘Redeemer of Souls’ World Tour that brings us home to see and hear the roar of our priest family.”

 Headlining the second stage on Friday are Kentucky hard rockers Black Stone Cherry. Last year’s secret band return for a full set following the success of their titanic Magic Mountain album and hugely successful UK arena tour. Speaking on their return to Donington Park, guitarist Ben Wells said:

Getting the opportunity to not only return to one of our favourite festivals, but to come back as headliners of the 2nd stage, for the 2nd time is just UNREAL!  After the recent tour we just finished in the UK, we didn’t know how to come back in a bad ass way and thanks to our friends at Download and the fans who keep us going, we’ll be back to rock your ass and give you the best show we can!  Thank you all for this opportunity. We love you and we’ll see ya in June!

Marauding alt-metallers Five Finger Death Punch also add their musical muscle to the line-up, coming to Donington for the first time since the release of last year’s blockbuster two-parter, The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell.

Download has become a key part of guitarist Zoltan Bathory’s live music calendar:

“Playing Download Festival is always a highlight for us as it is a bonafide global Rock n’ Roll destination

everyone travels to and brings their A game to….Both the bands AND the audience. You rarely see 

crazy crowds like this. In fact, it is vividly etched into our memories since it was the place where we

may have broken the record for biggest crowd surfing in recorded history.  I think the migration of

Atlantic salmon took second place.”

And if that line-up doesn’t fulfil the every need of rock fans the world over, Download still has details of two more whole days of awesome headliners to announce. So watch this space…

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Tickets are available from 9am on Thursday November 20 at www.downloadfestival.co.uk  and a limited amount  of ‘RIP’ Luxury Tent & Hotel Packages also available at  www.ticketmaster.co.uk/packages/rip_download_2015.html

Ticket Prices

Weekend Arena:  £170

Weekend & 3 night camping: £195

Weekend & 5 night camping:  £205

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