Metallica to headline Download Festival 2012 – ticket details

Donington Park event confirms its first bill topper for next June

Metallica have been announced as the first headliner of next summer’s Download Festival.

The metal giants will play their 1991 self-titled fifth album – widely known as The Black Album – in its entirety.

The band, who released their collaboration with Lou Reed, ‘Lulu,’ on October 31, have headlined the event twice before, most recently in 2006 when they played their classic 1986 album ‘Master Of Puppets’ from start to finish.

They also topped the bill in 2004 and were forced to play their set with a series of guest drummers after sticksman Lars Ulrich was rushed to hospital.

Download Festival will take place from June 8-10 2012 at Donington Park, with tickets going onsale a week on Friday (November 18).

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.

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Tickets go onsale next Friday (November 18). To check the availability of Download Festival 2012 tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.