Download Festival is the largest rock and metal festival in the UK, pulling crowds of over 70,000 and showcasing the very best in heavy music from all over the world.
With four stages, hundreds of line-up spots, and even the odd appearance from WWE, the festival brings in head-bangers from all over the world and has become a genuine spectacle of the United Kingdom’s music scene.
Over the years, many bands have had the honour of headlining the event, from 2000’s nu metal trailblazers like Slipknot and Linkin Park, to 1980’s hard rock mainstays like Def Leppard and Aerosmith, and more modern mainstream rock acts like Muse and Biffy Clyro.
But the same bands cannot possibly headline the event every year, as this would lead to the festival becoming predictable, stale, and ultimately boring, so a good variety of old legends and young up-and-comers is of paramount importance to the headline slots.
There are some young acts out there that are on a collision course with a headline gig at Download, and there are some iconic veterans that you won’t believe haven’t had the chance...