5 Reasons Why We’re Excited About Download This Year

The first bands for Download 2010 were confirmed the other day, with further announcements promised in the coming weeks. Here’s why the NME office is currently squabbling over who gets to go, come June.

1. AC/DC
There’s talk of them playing ‘Back In Black’ in its entirety (it’s the 30th anniversary of that album’s release), but frankly they could play anything from their back catalogue and we’d be happy (with the possible exception of ‘Big Balls’).

Here they are playing ‘Thunderstruck’ at Donington, in 1991 – a performance for which the term ‘fuck yeah’ could have been invented.


2. It’s going to be bigger than ever
Capacity has been increased to 110,000. That’s an awful lot of horns being thrown.

3. It’s an anniversary year
People have been rocking out at Donington, on and off, for thirty years now. The first Monsters Of Rock bash was held in 1980. Rock Fact: on the bill that year were NYC rockers Touch, whose frontman swallowed a bee during the performance.

4. Big names still to come
Could Van Halen be the next headliners announced? The rumour-mill is in overdrive.

5. Did we mention AC/DC?
If you’re still not excited, watch this clip. If it doesn’t quicken your pulse, you’re probably dead.