50 Days Until Download!

Excitement is building for this year’s Liquid Death Presents Download Festival! We are just 50 days away from the UK’s premier rock and metal festival, and limited-day tickets have just been released! The final batch of weekend tickets are also on sale, to purchase and for more information visit downloadfestival.co.uk.

Fall Out Boy @ The O2

Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy @ The O2 (Kalpesh Patel)
Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy @ The O2 (Kalpesh Patel)

Taking place 14th-16th June, Donington Park will once again host this year’s festival. 80,000+ fans are expected to be in attendance at the spiritual home of rock. Can’t decide which day to attend? Let us run through the lineup to help you make up your mind.

Friday sees the mighty Queens Of The Stone Age headline the Main Stage. Many fans of the festival have been asking for new headliners, and the desert rockers finally get their chance to top the bill. Fresh off a sell-out arena tour last year, Josh Homme and co. will treat fans to classic tracks from the iconic Rated R, seminal Songs For The Deaf, as well as showcasing 2023’s In Times New Roman.

Queens of the Stone Age @ Wembley Arena

Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age @ Wembley Arena (Kalpesh Patel)
Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age @ Wembley Arena (Kalpesh Patel)

Royal Blood and Black Stone Cherry are amongst the heavy hitters completing the main (Apex) stage lineup, whilst Bad Omens, Busted and Biohazard headline the other stages.

Royal Blood @ Hammersmith Apollo

Royal Blood @ Hammersmith Apollo (Kalpesh Patel)
Royal Blood @ Hammersmith Apollo (Kalpesh Patel)

Fall Out Boy – another band headlining the festival for the first time – are the main attraction on Saturday. Their popularity is at an all-time high, and we expect them to have Donington Park bouncing to anthems such as Sugar, We’re Going Down and Thnks Fr The Mmrs.

Fall Out Boy @ The O2

Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy @ The O2 (Kalpesh Patel)
Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy @ The O2 (Kalpesh Patel)

The legendary The Offspring and the always brilliant live Enter Shikari back them up on the main stage, whilst Pantera, Billy Talent and Fear Factory top the other stages on a day that also sees the likes of Babymetal, Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes and Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello performing.

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes @ Roundhouse

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes @ Roundhouse (Nick Allan)
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes @ Roundhouse (Nick Allan)

Download veterans Avenged Sevenfold will close out the festival in style on Sunday. Having previously headlined in 2014 and 2018, we expect another crowd-pleasing set and can’t wait to headbang along to Unholy Confessions and Afterlife, as well as see how the new material from Life Is But A Dream comes to life on stage.

A blockbuster Apex Stage line-up includes sets from Nu Metal icons Limp Bizkit and the farewell performance from Sum 41. Machine Head, The Used and The Black Dahlia Murder will close out the other stages. Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor will perform a solo set for his almost annual appearance.

Stone Sour @ Brixton Academy

Corey Taylor of Stone Sour @ Brixton Academy (Kalpesh Patel)
Corey Taylor of Stone Sour @ Brixton Academy (Kalpesh Patel)

This diverse lineup offers something for everyone, with many old favourites returning as well as the best up-and-coming bands around. We will cover our must-see artists in a future article, as well as taking a deep dive into some of the bands you may not be familiar with yet. In the meantime, let us know who you are most looking forward to seeing! Check out the full lineup here.

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