Following on from confirming it’s return next year, the world’s premier alternative music event Download Festival has confirmed it’s first wave of bands for next year and it's an utter tsunami of names.
Returning to Donington Park for what is set to be their final headline performance on the Friday are glam-rock veterans Kiss. 2019 saw the band announce their farewell tour, but as expected, the band couldn’t be laid to rest without gracing Donington Park one final time. On top fo this, nu-metal legends System Of A Down will once again be closing the festival on Sunday with their unapologetic unique take on the genre now being more relevant than ever. Finally, returning for their second headline set on Saturday are freshly announced Scottish titans Biffy Clyro, who are set to return following the release of their ninth record A Celebration Of Endings later this month.
In regards to headline sets, Funeral For A Friend will be returning to headline the Avalanche Stage for a belated celebration of the fifteenth anniversary of their 2005 sophomore record Hours. Despite only just returning to the stage, their headline set is to be their final festival performance. On top of this, Killswitch Engage and Steel Panther will be headlining the second stage next year alongside Electric Wizard, Sepultura and Alter Bridge’s Myles Kennedy headlining the Dogtooth Stage.
Also set to appear across the weekend are easy-core pioneers A Day To Remember, the Grammy winning Deftones, nu-metal trendsetters Korn, French metal connoisseurs Gojira, internet sensation Poppy, the infamous Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes and prog-metal heroes Mastodon.
They will be joined by – deep breath - A.A. Williams, Airbourne, Alestorm, Anchor Lane, Baroness, Blackout Problems, Black Veil Brides, Bleed From Within, Blues Pills, Bokassa, Bush, Cellar Door Moon Crow, Cemetery Sun, Control The Storm, Creeper, Daughtry, Dead Label, Dead Posey, Dirty Honey, Dying Fetus, Employed To Serve, Gender Role, Haken, Hatari, Higher Power, Holding Absence, Kill The Lights, Jamie Lenman, JJ Wilde, Joyous Wolf, Lacuna Coil, Loathe, Lotus Eater, Marianas Trench, Modern Error, Obituary, Of Mice & Men, Phoxjaw, P.O.D., Powerwolf, Press Club Rise Agains, Sepultura, Skillet, Sleep Token, Spiritbox, Stone Broken, Temples On Mars, Tempt, Theory , The Darkness, The Distillers, The Faim, The Hara, The Pretty Reckless, The Wildhearts, Those Damn Crows, Tiny Moving Parts, Twin Temple, Volbeat, Wage War, Wargasm, Wayward Sons AND Will Haven. Now thats a lot of big hames.
Whilst today’s announcement is easily up there with some of the festival’s biggest, Download suffered a major blow this year with the global Covid-19 Pandemic. This year’s cancellation was the first time Download has ever missed a year since the festival’s inception in 2003 and it’s thought to be the first time a festival at Donington Park has ever been canceled following the confirmation of a line-up. Despite this, Download 2021 is shaping up to be one the festival’s biggest events so far and will see the it’s community reunite once again stronger than ever.
“2020 has been a tough year for us all, and we were beyond gutted not to be able to experience Download Festival with you all.” States festival organiser Andy Copping. “We gave you Download TV to reflect on memories of the past, and what the festival means to all of us. Download 2021 is going to be something special and go down in the history books as when the Download family reunited. We’re going to be working hard behind the scenes to make Download 2021 an unforgettable experience and a celebration of the festival we all love.”
As always, Download Festival 2021 will take place at it’s spiritual home of Donington Park, Leicestershire, between the 4th-6th July 2021. Tickets are set to go on sale at 9am Friday 7th of August via downloadfestival.co.uk/tickets.
For the mean time, check out the day and stage splits below.