Metallica, The Prodigy and Black Sabbath head up next summer's metal bash

Tickets for next summer’s Download Festival go onsale today (November 18) at 9am (GMT).

The festival, which will take place from June 8-10 2012 at Donington Park, will be headlined by The Prodigy, Metallica and a reunited Black Sabbath.

Metallica have confirmed that they will be playing a headline set that will feature the entirety of their classic 1991 self-titled fifth album – widely known as ‘The Black Album’. They will headline the festival’s Saturday night (June 9), while Black Sabbath will close the festival on Sunday (June 10). The Prodigy will headline the festival’s first night (June 8).

The festival was headlined by System Of A Down, Linkin Park and Def Leppard in 2011 and also featured sets from Bullet For My Valentine, Rob Zombie, Pendulum, Bring Me The Horizon as well as the comeback show from The Darkness.

See Downloadfestival.com for more information about the festival.

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