Why Download Festival UK Is Not To Be Missed!
So the time is almost upon us for the UK’s biggest and loudest rock festival, Download Festival. Taking place this year on the 9th-11th June, there are plenty of highlights across the weekend…
System Of A Down Return To Headline First Day
System Of A Down make their return to Donnington, with this marking their third appearance, having played as headliners back in 2005 and their reunion show in 2011. Now is a great time for them to headline again, following rumours of a new album which in turn hopefully means they are coming back for good in a long time scale. There is no other band that sound like System Of A Down and they are known for their high-octane and energetic sets previously, and will surely treat us to some new songs on the main stage, as well as their unique mental metal offerings, such as the ever popular ‘Chop Suey’, ‘Toxicity’ and ‘B.Y.O.B’ to name but a few. They will have the crowd going wild and is the perfect way to kick off the first day and close it!
Aerosmith To Play their final UK performance At Download
These American rock legends impressively have been going since 1970 and have in that time achieved so much, playing countless tours and festivals, releasing fifteen albums and earning the title of ‘America’s greatest rock and roll band’. Unfortunately, it had to end sometime, and this show marks just that for the UK, as part of their farewell tour in Europe. They have played Download a fair bit, but this will probably be by its very nature their biggest and best yet, as they need to go out in style after all. They are bound include their classic hits such as ‘Dream On’, ‘I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing’, ‘Walk This Way’ and ‘Crazy’. You would be mad to miss this momentous goodbye.
Pirate Metallers Alestorm Make Download Debut
Piratical masters Alestorm who hail from Scotland are bringing the shenanigans and the party to Download, as they are known for their fun party drinking vibes with their brilliantly absurd and random songs about pirates. This will without a doubt be one of the funniest and merriest sets of the whole festival, especially as this is their first venture at Download. They have just released their new and potentially best album yet with their fifth release ‘No Grave But The Sea’. Luckily the new album has some instant crowd favourites to grace us with such as singles ‘Mexico’, ‘Alestorm’ and their most ridiculous song ever ‘Fucked With An Anchor’ with lines such as “Fuck you, with a fucking anchor, you’re all cunts so fuck you all!” which is perfect for the crowds to singalong too, along with their classics such as ‘Drink’ and ‘Keelhauled’.
Of Mice And Men Play First UK Show Without Austin
Following the sad departure of vocalist Austin Carlie, the band vowed to carry on and prove that they are still going strong with their new track ‘Unbreakable’. Now with bassist Aaron Pauley as the main vocalist, making the transition easier and familiar, Download will mark their first UK show without him, so it’s a special and big moment for both the band and fans.
Final UK show for The Dillinger Escape Plan
Modern metalcore act The Dillinger Escape Plan are unfortunately calling it quits after a long twenty-year career. They have made quite a unique impact on the scene since their formation. They have been known to cause controversy at live shows and festivals in the past, and combine that with the fact Download Festival will be their final show ever, it is not to be missed and is certainly a way to go out with a bang!
Biffy Clyro Play Their First Headliner Slot At Download
The Scottish rock trio will play their first ever headline slot at Download Festival. They are known more for their mainstream rock and last year co-headlined Reading and Leeds Festival UK with Fall Out Boy and now they are breaking more boundaries. With Download, I’m sure they will be bringing their heavier offerings to the set list and will go out of their way to make sure this is a special headline set that will be remembered.
Super-group Prophets Of Rage Sub-headline At Debut Appearance
American rap rock super-group which consists of members of Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill formed last year and are making their Download festival debut, with a sub-headline set nonetheless. Expect to hear the biggest songs from each member’s band. Many bands are influenced by politics and their hatred of the system, but Prophets Of Rage formed solely for this purpose and with an election taking place the day before on June 8th and events like Brexit and the happenings of Trump, they will have plenty to rage about.
Lots of New Upcoming Bands To Check Out
There are so many new and upcoming bands on the bill, with acts such as Creeper, Hacktivist, and Northlane making their main stage debuts and giving them the chance to share the stage amongst the heavyweights. Whilst elsewhere over the weekend Greywind, The One Hundred, Blood Youth and much more are playing. There are too many new bands to list in fact! So make sure you go and check them out and discover some awesome new music, festivals are the perfect platform for this!
So these are just some reasons why Download Festival is the place to be on 9th-11th June!
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