WWE NXT and 21 more bands added to Download’s stellar line up!

As each day rolls on the excitement for the upcoming Download Festival just gets that little bit more.

Well as a treat to help us get through the week, Download have announced the WWE’s NXT will be returning to the hallowed grounds at Donnington Park with names like Adam Cole, Aleister Black, Kairi Sane and more all set to make an appearance at the metal festival. Not many festivals put on wrestling shows as big as WWE to go alongside music line up so this is something not to be missed.

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That was not all to come from Download this morning though as 21 bands have been added to the line up, taking up places on stages across the festival. The metal circus has arrived as Avatar will be featured on the main stage for the first time. The Zippo Encore stage will be getting ready to party hard as Andrew W.K have also been confirmed to make an appearance and joining them is noughties post hardcore mavericks Hell is for Heroes.

The full list joining the Download line up:

Avatar, Andrew W.K, Hell is for Heroes, CKY, Nothing More, Bad Religion, Black Foxxes, A, Bad Cop / Bad Cop, Culture Abuse, Lawnmower Deth, Starcrawler, Ded, Being as an Ocean, Ecca Vandal, Igorrr, Loathe, Kaiser Franz Josef, Helpless, Cellar Darling and Anchor Lane.

Check the full festival poster here:

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2018 Preview – Biggest Festivals

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On the hallowed grounds of Donington Park, rock’s biggest and best come together for a weekend of big guitar riffs and more circle pits than you can count. This year’s line up is so far is looking pretty tasty with Avenged Sevenfold, Guns N Roses and Ozzy Osbourne all set to headline, this is a line up which is tough to beat.

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Isle of Wight Festival

A festival that is all about nostalgia and good times, IoW is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, although with still a ton of bands yet to be announced, the appeal of seeing The Killers, Kasabian and Liam Gallagher to name a few is more than a draw for us to be seriously excited about this one.

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Slam Dunk Festival 

A festival that truly celebrates some of the top bands in Pop punk and all the genre’s in between, its a rather inexpensive way to go to a festival this summer and having a cracking time seeing top bands whilst cutting out the camping side which may not appeal to all. Year in, year out Slam Dunk delivers on a cracking line up and with Good Charlotte and Jimmy Eat World at the top of the bill, this is a day out you don’t want to miss!

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2000 Trees 

The timing for talking about this is quite fortunate, as 2000 Trees is set to be making their first announcement TONIGHT at 7pm on BBC Radio One and their second announcement on Wednesday this week. A festival that has grown in popularity each year, this year will be their 11th year and we can’t wait to see who gets announced, apparently they are a huge American band and that’s about all that’s been revealed…

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Reading and Leeds

A festival that often has a very diverse and mixed line up although they have yet to announce anything be sure to expect a decent amount of rock bands to make an appearance on the bill and hopefully somewhere on the main stage. The Pit stage dedicated to all things rock rarely fails to deliver, but let’s wait and see what they have in store for us this year…

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Camden Rocks Festival

A bit of a different festival here compared to the ones listed above, a one day festival that boasts over 200 bands in 20 different venues around Camden Town in London, full with hidden gems that you may have never heard of as well with having Maximo Park and Twin Atlantic on the bill, this is one that will show off the best of what London has to offer.

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Latitude Festival 

Taking over the Southwold countryside, Latitude is a festival that has something for everyone, from colourful sheep roaming around to comedy tents and a cinema as well as music being performed all over the site. Last year’s festival saw The 1975 and Fleet Foxes headline with Mumford and Sons taking over the day on Saturday, we can only keep our fingers crossed some form of big rock band will be announced for this later in the year.

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Bloodstock Open Air

Metal heads unite! The festival that combines some of the heaviest in heavy metal around in Derbyshire, I can only assume this place is just a 24 hour mosh pit and with Judas Priest, Gojira and Nightwish all announced as headliners for this years showing, it’s going to be one hell of a pit.

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Victorious Festival

Set to take over the grounds of the Southsea Common in Portsmouth, this festival can produce a mixed bag of bands that is put together to suit all tastes and so far the Friday notably has The Libertines, Kaiser Chiefs and Shed Seven all set to perform, this could be a chilled festival to enjoy a bit of soft rock by the seaside too.


65 new bands just announced at Download 2018!

The line up for this year’s Download is starting to look a little more fleshed out as 65 more bands have just been announced to appear at Donington this June 8-10.

Plenty had already been announced to appear in the summer such as the returning Alexisonfire and huge fan favourite from Japan, Babymetal that will be joining headliners: Avenged Sevenfold, Guns ‘n’ Roses and Ozzy Osbourne. As this is THE biggest rock festival in the UK there is plenty of space to fill and the 65 announced last night will do a good job at doing that.

The full list of confirmed acts are:

Black Stone Cherry / Shinedown / Thunder / Volbeat / You Me At Six / The Bronx / Marmozets / Jonathan Davis / The Temperance Movement / Thrice / Hatebreed / Tesseract / Baroness / Cancer Bats / L7 / Dragonforce / The Struts / Monster Truck / Boston Manor / Greta Van Fleet / Whiskey Myers / Cradle of Filth / Inglorious / Bury Tomorrow / Kreator / The Maine / Stray From The Path / Jamie Lenman / Less Than Jake / Employed To Serve / Puppy / Rolo Tomassi / Miss May I / SHVPES / Thy Art Is Murder / Higher Power / Dead Cross / Stick To Your Guns / Bless The Fall / The Bottom Line / Emmure / Plini / Myrkur / Knocked Loose / All Them Witches / Malevolence / Wayward Sons / Zeal & Ardor / No Hot Ashes / Gold Key / The Hyena Kill / Sun Arcana / Tigress / Death Blooms / The Faim / Turbonegro / Corrosion of Conformity / Savage Messiah / Myke Gray / Von Hertzen Brothers / Woes / Powerflo / Sleep Token / Koyo

Phew…that’s quite the list…

You have plenty of Download veterans joining the stacked line up as well as new comers to the list that will definitely be worth checking out, Jonathon Davis; front man of Korn; will certainly be one to check out with his first solo effort due for release.

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We have so nicely put a playlist together on what Donington will be sounding like in June which you can listen to here:

Download confirm 1st headline

Well…This is one we didn’t predict happening…

The one and only, Ozzy Osbourne is coming back to Donington for one more night.

This will be a part of his monster of a farewell world tour which will last into 2020. Kicking off in 2018 in Mexico and South America to then doing a six week stint in Europe headlining shows and festivals such as Download along the way. More details on this epic world tour is yet to be revealed but he is definitely going out in style.

Fans of the Prince of Darkness who for whatever reason will miss him on his world tour, then don’t fret, as Osbourne has gone on to say “This will be my final world tour, but I can’t say I won’t do some shows here and there.” 

To get a bit of a taste of what will be travelling the world, listen to the playlist below:

Download announcement delayed

Looks like we will have to wait a little longer on the edge of our seats…

The main man Andy Copping have released a statement regarding the promised announcement which they teased would happen in the coming days.

Well as it’s still October and Download is still many months away I think Mr Copping can be forgiven to want to take a few extra days to guarantee the festival is the best it can be.

Alas, the wait continues for the bands to be named at next years festival…

5 bands we’d like to see announced as Download headliners

With Download making an announcement of a coming announcement, our minds began to wonder and get curious on who it could be that will be heading up rock’s biggest UK festival, Download 2018. So here is a list of 5 bands we would love to see announced in just over a week’s time:

1.Guns N’ Roses


They have recently been selling out Madison Square Gardens for 3 nights in a row and it’s a dream for many fans out there that Slash and Axl have finally resolved their differences and gotten the band back together.

Currently still on their ‘Not in this Lifetime’ tour, which surely was a saying many had said about the band getting back together and that Axl did say in 2012. They have only played 2 nights in the UK for this tour, so surely a big festival appearance is in order. Download love having a night or two for one of the big classic rock bands to head up with Aerosmith taking the Sunday last year and Maiden and Black Sabbath both playing in 2016, so is it the complete Guns N’ Roses turn next year?

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2. Metallica


Currently in the UK touring their latest album Hardwired to Self-Destruct it seems like it would be a sure thing for these legends of heavy metal to be claiming a headline slot next summer and there isn’t really much more I can say that you don’t know already.

It’s been over 5 years now since the band has visited Donnington, where Black Sabbath and The Prodigy headlined the days around them, so it’s about time the founding members of the big four made an appearance.


3. Royal Blood


Would be new comers to headlining Download and it’s hard to reason why they couldn’t claim a headline slot on the bill. Since their debut self titled album, Royal Blood have been one of the biggest rock bands going and that’s only been boosted with their follow up How Did We Get So Dark?

Although it still maybe a little premature for them to take to the main stage at one of the biggest rock festivals going it’s still something that could happen and would be a big draw for many hearing ‘Little Monster’ blasted in Leicestershire.


4. Foo Fighters


So with the likes of The Prodigy, Biffy Clyro, Avenged Sevenfold and Muse all previously  headlining, it’s hard to believe that the Foos have never claimed a headline spot. Although they have headlined many UK festivals such as Glasto last year, it’s a crime that they have never done the same at Download.

Recently releasing Concrete and Gold it would be the perfect time to make their debut performance at Donington and finally right a wrong that has just gone on for far too long now.


5. Green Day

They headlined the French Download festival last year as well as British Summertime Festival, and you would be hard pressed to say they shouldn’t headline the big one this year.

Releasing a greatest hits album later this year would give a perfect excuse for them to take to the stage and deliver a greatest hits set that would get the whole crowd singing. I know I would love to see ‘Basket Case’ performed on the main stage.

Let us know who you would like to see announced to headline Download?






It’s nearly time! Announcement coming soon!

Who do you think could be headlining Download 2018?

Summer maybe officially over for another year but Download are getting ready to make you wish it was 2018 by announcing that they will be confirming their first 2018 headliner in just 2 weeks time?

Time to start fantasy booking next years Download then!

Check out the announcement video of the announcement below: