Download Festival organiser: ‘I’ve booked one headliner for 2013 already’ – video

Andy Copping also reveals which band broke the record for the most circle pits

Download Festival boss Andy Copping has revealed that he has already secured one headliner for the festival’s 2013 event and is in advanced negotiations with a number of other bands to play next year.

Speaking to NME in a video which you can see by scrolling up to the top of the page and clicking, the organiser said he was happy to announce he had one of his bill toppers “locked in” and was well on his way with the other two.

Asked about 2013’s headliners, Copping said: “We’ve already got a headliner confirmed and locked in for 2013, which is amazing, having that locked in so early. I can’t tell you who it is yet though.”

He continued: “We’re working on the other two headliners. One or two bands have said to us that they’d like to play for us in 2013. So I’m already starting to put the Download 2013 jigsaw together and we’re off to a good start.”

Copping also praised the spirit of the festival goers, who were forced to endure pretty unpleasant conditions due to the adverse weather and said that the festival’s attendees had managed to send out “a great vibe”.

The organiser also spoke about Machine Head‘s set at the festival and revealed that the thrash titans had a record 29 circle pits going off during one song in their set.

Speaking about this, he said: “Machine Head were amazing, they’ve broken the record for the number of circle pits at any one time. Apparently they had 29 circle pits going off at one time. I said to them as they came off, ‘Couldn’t you have hit the 30?’. It was amazing.”

Early bird tickets for next year’s Download Festival are set to go on sale this Friday (June 15).

A limited amount of tickets will be available from 9am (BST) at for the event, which will take place June 14-16, 2013 at Donington Park.

A new deposit scheme to pay for tickets will also be revealed.

You can read reports of The Prodigy, Biffy Clyro, Metallica, Soundgarden and Black Sabbath‘s sets at the festival now.

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