Download boss: 'Chase and Status are going to win people over'

Andy Copping also says Black Sabbath are still locked in for the rock bash

Download boss: 'Chase and Status are going to win people over'

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Andy Copping, organiser of Download Festival, has promised that fans will be won over by Chase and Status when they play the festival next summer.

The 'Blind Faith' duo were announced as part of the festival's line-up additions yesterday (January 16) along with Biffy Clyro, Soundgarden and You Me At Six and almost instantly generated an intense reaction from online users, with one Facebook group already set up demanding that the band be withdrawn from the Download bill and another trying to set up an organised bottling of the dance duo.

Speaking to NME about why he booked Chase and Status, Copping said:

Very simple. They're a great live band. They totally fit with what we've done before with bands like Pendulum and The Prodigy, who wanted them to play on their day. I know they're going to step up and win people over. I saw them perform in Hyde Park last year and they totally blew me away with the intensity of their show.

He continued: "They even had circle pits going on and that's what Download's all about. To those people who are unsure, I say go and have a look and you'll be blown away. If not, we've got four other stages for you to choose from. But you should go and watch Chase and Status."

Copping also said that as far as he was aware Black Sabbath would still be playing the festival despite Tony Iommi's diagnosis with cancer and that ticket buyers should not worry about them pulling out.

He said of this: "As far as I'm aware everything is fine. I've been told that Black Sabbath are going to be playing Download. I don't want people to worry unduly about that, we should all just send our thoughts and best wishes to Tony Iommi.

Copping also spoke about Metallica's headline set, which will include them playing their classic self–titled 1991 album, more commonly known as 'The Black Album', in its entirety and revealed that he actually suggested that this was the set that they should play.

He said of this: "Metallica are going to be doing 'The Black Album' in full. It was my idea, I went and spoke with management, pitched the idea and the band absolutely loved it. They've never played that album through before, there are tracks on that album they've never played before, it's one of the biggest rock albums ever released. And, they're a phenomenal live band. It'll be a great show."

Copping also said that getting Metallica to play 'The Black Album' from beginning to end represented an increasing trend of festival goers demanding that promoters provide them with one-off events and exclusive performances.

Asked if punters are after 'event-type' performances, Copping said: "They definitely want that. People want something a little bit different; they need something special to make them want to stick their hand in their pocket. You have to give them one-offs, whether that's Metallica doing 'The Black Album' or a band like Soundgarden coming and playing for the first time. You've got to have variety and make sure there's something for everyone."

Download will be headlined by The Prodigy, Metallica and a reunited Black Sabbath and will take place over the weekend of June 8-10 at Donington Park.

See for more information about the festival.

The Download Festival line-up so far is as follows:

The Prodigy
Black Sabbath
Biffy Clyro
You Me At Six
Chase And Status
Tenacious D
Machine Head
Lamb Of God
August Burns Red
Little Angels
Devin Townsend Project
Ugly Kid Joe

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