Download Festival 2021 Massive Line-up Announcement

by | Aug 9, 2020 | Festivals & Shows News, Live Reviews, Rock/Media/News

Download Festival is back in 2021 and just announced a line-up not to be missed! KISS, BIFFY CLYRO and SYSTEM OF A DOWN will headline 2021 event, plus many more of the world’s most exciting bands in rock, punk, hardcore and metal including Deftones, KORN, Steel Panther and The Distillers will return for Download 2021, with even more yet to be announced. The three-day festival takes place on 4-6 June 2021 at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire. Tickets are now on sale via downloadfestival.co.uk/tickets.

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Biffy Clyro (Rock Shot)

After an epic and well documented 45-year career that launched an era of rock’n’roll, the legendary KISS will perform in the UK at Download Festival 2021, in a UK Exclusive. They embarked on their final ever tour in 2019 under the appropriately named END OF THE ROAD, and known for their trademark larger-than-life blistering performances, KISS has proven for decades why they are hands down the most iconic live show in rock’n’roll, and one of the best headliners Donington has ever seen. With more than 100 million albums sold worldwide, 2020 was due to be their final ever Download appearance, but due to COVID-19, they’ll be bringing their spellbinding show to the hallowed grounds in 2021 instead.

Also headlining Download Festival 2020 will be SYSTEM OF A DOWN, also in a UK Exclusive. With just five studio albums, the Californian/Armenian band have earned themselves a worldwide following, never failing to put on a mind-blowing performance.

Frank Carter and The Rattle Snakes live at O2 Academy Brixton (Paul Lyme)

Frank Carter and The Rattle Snakes live at O2 Academy Brixton (Paul Lyme)

Returning to Donington after their fantastic headline set in 2017 are Scottish rock titans Biffy Clyro, who will headline the festival once again in 2021. With the band set to release their ninth studio album, A Celebration Of Endings, this month, the trio will be keen to show off new tracks as well as some of their most well-known hits, including The Captain, Mountains and Many Of Horror.

In addition to the brilliant acts who have continued over from 2020, Download is delighted to announce several new additions to the line-up, along with Biffy Clyro, including the mighty Steel Panther, pop-punk kings A Day To Remember, the mysterious Creeper, who have recently returned from hiatus, punk legends Rise Against, internet sensation Poppy, and many more.

The Darkness perform at Ramblin Man Fair - Friday 19 July 2019 (Simon Reed | Musical Pictures)

The Darkness perform at Ramblin Man Fair – Friday 19 July 2019 (Simon Reed | Musical Pictures)

Returning to Donington in 2021 are Deftones. Since their inception, the multi-platinum, Grammy-Winning alternative rock band from Sacramento has released seven albums and sold over 10 million albums worldwide which include fan-favourite tracks My Own Summer (Shove It), Change (House Of Flies), and Swerve City.

With 13 albums behind them already, KORN will be back too. The two-time Grammy Award-winning band have toured the world countless times and have continued to push the limits of the rock, alternative and metal genres while remaining a pillar of influence for legions of fans and generations of artists around the globe.

Welsh band FFAF play live at Alexandra Palace, London, 10th November 2012 as part of the Vans Warped Tour (Photographer Simon Jay)

Welsh band FFAF play live at Alexandra Palace, London, 10th November 2012 as part of the Vans Warped Tour (Photographer Simon Jay)

Also returning are the one and only The Darkness, LA punk rockers The Distillers, Hollywood favourites Black Veil Brides, Scottish pirate metallers Alestorm, Maryland death metallers Dying Fetus, metalcore heroes Killswitch Engage, Brazilian heavy metallers Sepultura, Welsh icons Funeral For A Friend in their last ever festival appearance, and many more.

With over 70 bands confirmed to return to Donington in 2021 and much more in the works, Download Festival could not be more ready to reunite with its incredible community. COVID-19 might have put a stop to Download 2020, but the spirit of Download never died.

Airbourne perform at Ramblin' Man Fair Day Three: Sunday 21 July (Simon Reed)

Airbourne perform at Ramblin’ Man Fair Day Three: Sunday 21 July (Simon Reed)

Download Festival is the home of rock music and takes place on the sacred grounds of Donington Park, which have been associated with rock since the eighties. The festival attracts icons of rock and metal to its main stage, plus some of the best and hottest new acts in the world. For further information, please visit downloadfestival.co.uk.

JUST ANNOUNCED ACTS:
KISS, Biffy Clyro, System Of A Down, A.A. Williams, A Day To Remember, Airbourne, Alestorm, Anchor Lane, Baroness, Blackout Problems, Black Veil Brides, Bleed From Within, Blues Pills, Bokassa, Bush, Cellar Door Moon Crow, Cemetery Sun, Control The Storm, Creeper, Daughtry, Dead Label, Dead Posey, Deftones, Dirty Honey, Dying Fetus, Electric Wizard, Employed To Serve, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Funeral For A Friend, Gender Roles, Gojira, Haken, Hatari,
Higher Power, Holding Absence, Hot Milk, Killswitch Engage, Kill The Lights, KORN, Jamie Lenman, JJ Wilde, Joyous Wolf, Lacuna Coil, Loathe, Lotus Eater, Marianas Trench, Mastodon, Modern Error, Myles Kennedy & Company, Obituary, Of Mice & Men, Phoxjaw, P.O.D., Poppy, Powerwolf, Press Club, Rise Against, Sepultura, Skillet, Sleep Token, Spiritbox, Steel Panther, Stone Broken, Temples On Mars, Tempt, Theory, The Darkness, The Distillers, The Faim, The Hara, The Pretty Reckless, The Wildhearts, Those Damn Crows, Tiny Moving Parts, Twin Temple, Volbeat, Wage War, Wargasm, Wayward Sons, Will Haven

By Edyta K

Music addicted, heavy coffee drinker, photographer. Always on the road, wherever music plays.

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