Taking place at Donington Park, Derby, over the weekend in June (8 – 10), the rock and metal festival will be one to remember. Here’s what we know so far:
Who’s headlining Download 2018?
Avenged Sevenfold, Guns N’ Roses and Ozzy Osbourne will headline this year’s Download Festival.
Friday: Avenged Sevenfold
Why they’ll be great: They won’t be releasing a new album this year according to frontman M. Shaddows, but they’ll still continue to tour off their acclaimed album ‘The Stage’. They’ve kept their huge festival presence and their progressive sound makes for an awesome live set.
Saturday: Guns N’ Roses
Why they’ll be great: Their first UK festival performance since their massive return will be mesmerising. It’s been 30 years since their biggest hits were released, but they still sound fresh today, and singer Axl Rose hasn’t lost his touch. It may even be their last set of shows before they call it a day – so you don’t want to miss it.
Sunday: Ozzy Osbourne
Why he’ll be great: The godfather of heavy metal is the perfect man to headline Download. It’s been nearly 50 years since Sabbath released their first album and both with the band and solo, he’s been produced haunting metal since then – even as recently as 2013. Expect a broad range of hits from his career as well as some lesser known songs for the die-hards.
Who else is on the Download line-up this year?
With artists like Marilyn Manson and Bullet For My Valentine supporting, this year should not be missed. Dragonforce’s crazy guitar solos and Ice-T’s rap metal band Body Count are awesome experiences to get you down to Donington Park. Here’s the full line-up so far:
Main stage: Marilyn Manson / Black Stone Cherry / Black Veil Brides / Boston Manor / Bullet For My Valentine / Cradle Of Filth / Dragonforce / Hatebreed / In This Moment / Inglorious / Marmozets / Monster Truck / Shinedown / The Pink Slips / The Struts / The Temperance Movement / Thunder / Volbeat / Whiskey Myers
Zippo Encore Stage: Asking Alexandria / Alexisonfire / Andrew WK / Babymetal / Body Count Ft. Ice T / Bury Tomorrow / Corrosion Of Conformity / CKY / Culture Abuse / Dead Cross / Greta Van Fleet / Hell Is For Heroes / Jonathan Davis / Kreator / L7 / Lawnmower Deth / Mesguggah / Miss May I / Nothing More / Parkway Drive / Powerflo / Rise Against / Starcrawler / Thrice / Turbonegro / Von Hertzen Brothers / You Me At Six
The Avalanche Stage: A / Badcop Badcop /Bad Religion / Being As An Ocean / Black Foxxes / Cancer Bats / Ded / Dream State / Ecca Vandal /Employed To Serve / Jamie Lenman / Less Than Jake / Mayday Parade / Milk Teeth / Neck Deep / Puppy / Rolo Tomassi / Stick To Your Guns / Stray From The Path / The Bottom Line / The Bronx / The Faim / The Hives / The Maine / Tigress / Woes / WSTR
The Dogtooth Stage: All Them Witches / Anchor Lane / Baroness / Blessthefall / Cellar Darling / Death Blooms / Emmure / Gold Key / Helpless / Higher Power / Igorrr / Kaiser Franz Josef / Knocked Loose / KOYO / Loathe / Malevolence / Massive Wagons/ Myke Gray / MYRKUR / Napalm Death / No Hot Ashes / Plini / Savage Messiah / SHVPES / Sleep Token / Sun Arcana / Tesseract / The Hyena Kill / Thy Art Is Murder / Wayward Sons / Zeal & Ardor
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Where can I get tickets for Download 2018?
Tickets for this year’s festival are on sale now for £175.00. You can buy them here.
When is Download 2018?
June 8-10, 2018
Where is Download 2018?
Donington Park, Derby
Words: Theo Osborn