Download Festival has announced the first acts for the 2019 edition of the event. Taking place from 14 - 16 June, Def Leppard, Slipknot and Tool head up a bill that also includes Whitesnake, Slash and more. Returning to the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire, tickets will go on sale from 2pm on Thursday 25th October at 2018 prices until Tuesday 6th November.
Download 2019 follows on from 2018's event, which saw Ozzy Osbourne close the event as part of his 'No More Tours II' retirement trek, and Guns 'N' Roses mark three decades since their first appearance at Donington Park.
Classic rock powerhouse Def Leppard make their spectacular return to headline the Main Stage, playing the seminal album 'Hysteria' in full and more, in what will be their only UK appearance of 2019. Says lead singer Joe Elliott: “We are delighted to be going back to headline Download in 2019! The festival has a very special place in our hearts and it’s such a great place to play. We will be playing Hysteria in full - yes, in full! - plus a load more of the hits, and we are going to put on a very special show for our UK fans. Can’t wait to see you all there!”
Masked metallers Slipknot will also return, following their 2014 bill-topping slot. The sheer power of Slipknot has been proven with their pivotal appearances at the festival going down as things of legend. With a back catalogue of rock club classics ‘Duality’, ‘Spit It Out’, ’Before I Forget’ and ‘Psychosocial’, Slipknot’s elite status and enduring relevance makes them one of the most exciting acts in the world today.
An appearance thirteen years in the making, Download's final headliner for 2019 sees Tool making their grand return to headline the festival. The Grammy award winning, multi-platinum, prog-metal titans are set to take fans on a grandiose career spanning journey from classic albums 'Undertow', 'Lateralus', and '10,000 Days'.
Elsewhere, guitar god Slash will be teaming up with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators to whip the crowd into a frenzy with the axeman’s signature riffs and one of the best vocalists in the world, while Whitesnake will take to the stage with the legendary David Coverdale on vocals. Comments the head serpent; “Once again, we’ve been honoured to be invited to participate in the legendary Download 2019...Can’t Wait To See You All & Kick Arse Together!!!...So Ready 2 Rock!!!”
Horror rock legend Rob Zombie will turn Download into his trademark twisted carnival with stomp-laden classics and new tracks.Trivium are coming back to take Download by the horns with their stomach-lurching, roaring metal as one of the genres most prolific and consistent acts. Swedish death metallers Amon Amarth known for their Viking lyrics make their return to Download.
The full list of bands revealed today can be viewed below, and with Carcass, Delain , Opeth, Skindred and more propping up the bill, 2019 looks set to be another vintage Download year.
Summing up today's announcement, Download Festival’s Andy Copping said: “We’re incredibly excited to announce three legends as Download 2019 headliners. It’s not quite been 10,000 Days since we have been able to indulge in one of our favourite alt-rock bands, but after thirteen years I am thrilled to announce Tool are finally making their long-awaited return to Download. Renowned for being one of the best live bands on the planet due to their one-of-a-kind performances, Slipknot are an incredible addition to the main stage. Last but not least, I am honoured to welcome true Rock N’ Roll legends Def Leppard to Download who bring with them a UK exclusive chance to see Hysteria played in full.”
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Download Festival 2019 Line Up
Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators
Me First And The Gimme Gimmes
Reel Big Fish
The Amity Affliction
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