Download Organiser: ‘I’d love to get Led Zeppelin and the original Guns N’ Roses to headline’

Andy Copping also says he’s already got his headliners for 2014 lined-up

Download organiser Andy Copping has said that he would love to secure a reunited Led Zeppelin, Van Halen and the original line-up of Guns N’ Roses as future headliners.

Speaking to NME at the festival, which took place from Friday (June 14) to Sunday (16), the organiser replied to a question about whether he was eying David Lee Roth and co as future headliners.

He said: “I’d love to get them (Van Halen), but who knows when? Maybe one year we can get them to come over and it’ll happen, I live in hope. You can’t rule any bands at that level out: Led Zeppelin, the original line-up of Guns N’ Roses, I’d love to get them, hopefully it’ll happen one day.”

Asked how far along he was with headliners for 2014, Copping confirmed that he was already well on the way to securing his bill toppers. He added: “I’m at the tail end of my negotiations with the headliners,” but would not be drawn on who he had in mind.

Quizzed on whether he would consider booking Paramore and Avenged Sevenfold to headline in the future, Copping replied: “There are no rules in regard to headliners, I look at who’s out there, who’s selling tickets, who can put on a good show, you can’t rule anyone out.”

Slipknot, Rammstein and Iron Maiden all played headline sets at Download Festival this year with support from 30 Seconds To Mars, Queens Of The Stone Age, Motorhead, Enter Shikari, A Day To Remember and Bullet For My Valentine.