Download Festival is witnessing its fastest ever selling year, with Early Bird tickets and the much sought-after RIP packages selling out in record time, following the launch party on Monday at London’s NoMad hotel. Celebrating an incredible 20 years, the special 20th anniversary edition, taking place for the first time over 4 days on 8-11 June 2023, will feature headliners Bring Me The Horizon, Slipknot and Metallica, who will perform two headline sets with no repeat songs. Also announced were over 60 bands including the likes of Evanescence, Placebo, Parkway Drive, The Distillers, Within Temptation, Ghost, Disturbed, an exclusive reunion from The Blackout and many more.
Download Festival, the greatest rock and metal festival of all time, is back to celebrate its epic 20 year legacy with four headline sets for the first time ever. Announced today are headliners Slipknot, Bring Me The Horizon and Metallica, who will deliver two massive no-repeat performances. This year the festival will take place over four days on 8-11 June 2023 at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire. General tickets are onsale at 10am on Thursday 10 November at www.downloadfestival.co.uk.
“The Swedish band Ghost reliably hits the three Ps hard: proggy, punky and poppy. Its fifth album, IMPERA, packs the ambitious sprawl of ’70s rock epics into (relatively) bite-size packages with amusingly confounding story lines. ‘Spillways,’ one of the album’s most straightforward tracks, starts with a pounding piano straight out of Billy Joel’s ‘All for Leyna’ and quickly segues into a sweetly constructed rock tune. Think Bad Religion with ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ running through its veins.” —THE NEW YORK TIMES
Children of North America, rejoice… GHOST will once again bring the “euphoric spectacle” (ROLLING STONE) of its live ritual to North America for the next leg of its globally dominating IMPERATOUR. The North American IMPERATOUR will see the GRAMMY® Award-winning Swedish theatrical rock band headlining 19 arenas across the U.S. and Canada (plus an appearance at Virginia’s Blue Ridge Rock Fest), kicking off August 26 at San Diego’s Pechanga Arena and running through September 23 at the Resch Center in Green Bay.
“We Signal To Another Dimension… That We Stand Here Ready For Reply…”
IMPERA, the fifth album from GRAMMY-winning Swedish theatrical rock outfit GHOST, is out now, it was released March 11 2022, via Loma Vista Recordings.
IMPERA’s arrival coincides with the conclusion of Ghost’s recent 26-date U.S. arena tour — a resounding triumph of the Ghost live experience that recently moved ROLLING STONE to rave “Their concerts are euphoric spectacles of fire, smoke, and confetti, with Forge changing costumes regularly — out of Papa’s pope get-up and into sequined sportcoats. Onstage he shimmies like an old-time vaudeville star. It can be mesmerizing.”
“Twenties” is the latest advance offering from IMPERA, the imminent fifth album from GRAMMY-winning Swedish theatrical rock outfit GHOST, heralding its arrival March 11 via Loma Vista Recordings.
With its messianic promises of reigns of pennies and piles of moolah set to an appropriately manic musical backdrop, the unrelenting and propulsive “Twenties” stands in stark contrast to its Pre-IMPERA predecessor, the eerily hypnotic “Call Me Little Sunshine.” In fact, the apocalyptically prophetic vibe of “Twenties” – particularly its lyrical relevance to to historical events unfolding on the world stage (however incidental) – render the song utterly unique in the Ghost canon.