The world’s premier Download Festival has announced their headliners for 2020: System of a Down, Kiss and Iron Maiden. The three-day festival will take place between the 12 – 14 June next year. The festival will take place at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire. Tickets go on sale at 2pm this Wednesday (25 September).
Iron Maiden will return to Donington next year to headline Download Festival on Saturday night. It will be one of only two homecoming UK festival shows in 2020 for the band. Iron Maiden can boast a wealth of No.1 records, including their most recent studio double album, 2015’s The Book of Souls, in over 40 countries. They are hailed as one of the greatest live acts of all time, this summer their historic and critically acclaimed Legacy of the Beast North American tour, has been deemed by fans and rock media as ‘Maiden’s most monumental show and best setlist ever’.
Bruce Dickinson Iron Maiden’s vocalist explained “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.”
With a vast and well documented 45-year career KISS will perform in the UK at Download Festival 2020, as a UK Exclusive. Embarking on their final ever tour earlier this year under the appropriately named End of the Road Tour, KISS have proven for decades why their iconic live show is one of the best in rock’n roll. With more than 100 million albums sold worldwide, it won’t just be KISS Army fans who will be blown away with, what will be their last, Download performance.
Another UK exclusive for 2020 is System of a Down. With their five studio albums, the Californian/Armenian band have earned themselves a worldwide following, never failing to put on a mind-blowing performance. Shavo Odadjian, System of A Down’s bassist said “From our appearances to many of my favorite bands’, Castle Donington has always had a special place in my heart. We’re proud and excited to continue its legacy.”
“I’ve said it before; Download Festival audiences are the best. They are up for whatever is thrown at them. KISS is going to come fully prepared to rock their world in 2020 to say Thank You for always showing up for us.” shares KISS Lead singer Gene Simmons. “Download will be the culmination of 47 years of unapologetic bombast and spectacle. We will make this a fitting farewell to a country and its people whose music remains the blood in our veins.” add’s rhythm guitarist Paul Stanley.
The three headliners are not the only artist to be announced today. Deftones, Korn, The Offspring, Disturbed, Black Veil Brides, Of Mice and Men, Gojira and Daughtry also were declared – phew!
Deftones’ drummer Abe Cunningham said “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!” Since Deftones’ inception, the multi-platinum, Grammy-Winning alternative rock band from Sacramento have released seven albums selling over 10 million albums worldwide.
With the release of their thirteenth studio album, The Nothing, last week, Korn continue to cement themselves as a creative force. Korn guitarist, James ‘Munky’ Shaffer revealed “I’m extremely anxious and enthusiastic at the same time, but I’m looking forward to getting back out there and returning to Download!”
The Offspring will be bringing with them punk rock anthems, French metallers Gojira, will deliver plenty of sonically dense sounds and bludgeoning heavy rhythms. Hard-hitting, multi-platinum-selling Disturbed return with their aggressive blend of hard rock, alternative, and nu-metal. Black Veil Brides renowned for their explosive live shows and tenacious fans are bound to bring something extra to their set.
Fronted by American Idol finalist Chris Daughtry, Daughtry, has sold over 8 million albums and 16 million singles, so have plenty to offer the Download audience. Dominating stages for over a decade, Of Mice & Men, have a new album on the horizon so could well be delivering their new tracks live for the first time at Donnington.
Download Festival’s Andy Copping disclosed his excitement about the announcement “Downloaders, your 2020 headliners are here! Rock ‘n’ roll legends KISS and System of A Down will both be headlining as UK Festival exclusives and after 4 years away from Donington, Iron Maiden will return bringing with them mascot Eddie and more fire than we can handle, I’m counting down the days already!” We are pretty sure Andy is not the only one.
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