Download Festival Announces Headliners And First Wave Of Bands For 2020!

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If you where to cast your mind back to this year’s Download Festival you might remember things being a little...moist. However, the legendary festival have just announced their first wave of bands for 2020 and it’s certainly enough to blast anyway any potential dark clouds.

Returning to headline the world’s most esteemed celebration of heavy music once more are Iron Maiden, with their performance set to be one of only two UK shows next year. Joining them are the iconic KISS and the colossal System Of A Down, with both respective headliners being UK exclusives.

On the subject of returning to Castle Donington, Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson has said, "Next year we will play a number of countries and cities we have yet to visit on this incredible tour, so it is terrific to be able to accept the invitation to return to Download in 2020 and we will certainly go to town and add a few extra items to the show. This will be our seventh time headlining at Donington Park. It's home turf and we all really enjoy playing this Festival, the vibe from the crowd is always fantastic."

Also appearing at Download Festival 2020 are Deftones, Korn, The Offspring, Gojira and Disturbed. When asked about returning to Download for their sixth time, Deftones drummer Abe Cuningham responded, “Download has been a big part of our history. The fans and organisers have always shown us so much love and support, so when the opportunity to play arises, we answer the call!” If that wasn't enough, also making an appearance are Black Veil Brides, Alestorm, Daughtry and Of Mice And Men.

Download Festival will take place at Donington Park, Leicestershire between the 12th and 14th of June. Tickets are on sale Wednesday 25th September at 2pm.