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Download Festival, the world’s premier rock event, has announced further acts including Alter Bridge, Bowling For Soup, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Mastodon, The Distillers, Sepultura, Motionless In White and Funeral For A Friend, to join headliners Iron Maiden (Legacy of the Beast Tour), KISS and System Of A Down this summer. NXT UK is returning to deliver more knockout entertainment over the weekend, and Kerrang! Radio will host Finding Fresh Blood for another year – searching for the best emerging acts in the world of rock to perform on The Avalanche Stage.
Download takes place on 12 - 14 June 2020 at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire. Tickets are on sale now at downloadfestival.co.uk/tickets.
The Main Stage just got even better with a host of new names which are sure to stir the crowd into a frenzy. US heavyweights Alter Bridge will return to Download with their breed of blistering and technical rock completed with incredible showmanship courtesy of Miles Kennedy.
The brilliantly chaotic Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes will wreak havoc at Download, with pit-starter anthems such as ‘Juggernaut’, ‘Crowbar’ and ‘I Hate You’. Motionless In White are staggeringly heavy, with a good dosage of theatrics that will no doubt fuel a memorable performance. Also performing rare Australia’s ferocious Thy Art Is Murder, rising Florida metalcorers Wage War, and melodic Brit metallers The Raven Age.
Looking towards The Zippo Stage, Atlanta’s finest Mastodon have garnered a reputation as a formidable live force, and their performance at 2020 is sure to be enormous. Fronted by the infamous Brody Dalle, The Distillers are a household name in modern punk and make their anticipated return to Donington. The Darkness are also set to bring a healthy dose of classic rock and roll bombast., Italian goth icons Lacuna Coil, melodic rockers Amaranthe, bondage-punks Hatari and rock n roll revivalists The Glorious Sons. They’ll be joined by Mississippi rock stalwarts 3 Doors Down.
Following their disbanding in 2016, Download are beyond excited to reveal that Welsh post-hardcore and crowd favourite Funeral For A Friend will make their euphoric return to the festival by headlining The Avalanche Stage. Joining them are Texan troopers Bowling For Soup who are sure-fire to get Donington singing along to their tongue-in-cheek pop punk anthems.
Elsewhere on the Avalanche Stage are Philadelphia’s The Menzingers who will draw a monstrous crowd with their honest melodic punk, Woking’s brutal Employed To Serve, anonymous collective Sleep Token, garage punk outfit Press Club, Welsh post-hardcore band Holding Absence, Liverpool prog-metallers Loathe, mysterious emo rapper Sullii, London ska-punks The Skints, alt-pop-rock Mancs The Hara, Northern Californian pop-rockers Cemetery Sun, and Brighton indie punks Gender Roles. They’ll be joined by punk trio Milk Teeth.
Headlining The Dog Tooth Stage are genre defining heavy music titans Sepultura who are set to be a crowd pleaser with huge songs such as Roots Bloody Root and Refuse / Resist.
Also on The Dog Tooth stage are Sydney metalcore innovators Northlane, alongside bruising Leeds hardcore collective Higher Power. If that wasn’t enough, further Dogtooth Stage additions are London progressive rock band Haken, virtuosic Texan quartet Polyphia, Sacramento noise metallers Will Haven, the hotly tipped Kill The Lights (featuring members from Bullet For My Valentine, Still Remains, Throw The Fight, Glamour Of The Kill and Threat Signal), self-proclaimed ‘Satanic doo wop’ trio Twin Temple, Texan hardcore outfit Fire From The Gods, Bristol post-punks Heavy Lungs, NYC rockers Tempt, Peterborough melodic hardcore act Modern Error, brutal Holy Roar signees London five-piece Renounced, mesmerising alt rock artist JJ Widle, and Brummie metalcore pack Shvpes.
Download Festival are pleased to announce the return of WWE NXT UK to this year’s festival. The first round of Superstars to be announced are title-holders WWE NXT UK Champion WALTER, NXT UK Women’s Champion Kay Lee Ray, and NXT UK Tag Team Champions Gallus. The first-ever WWE United Kingdom Champion Tyler Bate, and his Tag Team partner Trent Seven, will no doubt bring a stunner of a show. Also set to perform is Finn Bálor’s protégé Jordan Devlin, the highflyer Mark Andrews, and his Tag Team partner Flash Morgan Webster. Toni Storm is also confirmed, alongside powerhouse Piper Niven – both of whom will bring the energy to Donington Park. NXT UK has made a massive impact at Download in previous years, full of tense moments and adrenaline-soaked performances, it’s the ultimate spectacle for fans of loud music and even louder sport.
In addition, Kerrang! Radio will once more host Finding Fresh Blood, the search to bring the hottest emerging talent to Donington. 2019 was its inaugural year and grime-punks PENGSHUi triumphantly opened the Avalanche Stage.UK acts can now upload their tracks online to be in with the chance of playing this year’s festival on the same stage. To apply, and for more information please visit their website. The chance to apply closes on 1 March at 23:59, and winners will be announced in April.
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
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