Download Festival has annouced its three headliners plus 40 UK bands who’ll play over two stages.

Taking place between 18 – 20 June 2021 the three-day test event will allow 10,000 to ditch the masks and mosh to their heart’s content.

We are not going to lie we would find plenty positive about standing in a muddy field in the rain seeing any band live right now. But we are ecstatic that Download is hosting a bunch of sensational bands for next month’s incredibly special festival line-up including FOTF’s favourites Enter Shikari, Creeper and Holding Absence.

This is just the tip of the creme de la creme of fabulous bands that will grace those two stages. The always entertaining Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes and Welsh heavy rock masters Bullet For My Valentine will headline on Friday and Sunday nights.

“We’re incredibly excited to safely welcome back fans to Donington Park and honoured to play a vital part in the return of live music to the UK. Putting together a line-up of 40 outstanding bands including headliners like Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Enter Shikari and Bullet For My Valentine, is something the Download brand is uniquely able to do and made possible by a thriving UK rock scene and deep pool of in-demand talent. With moshing back on the cards, this is going to be a true celebration of festival spirit and something special to be a part of.” explains Download booker Andy Copping.

Headlining the Friday are UK punk-rock icons Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes. A live powerhouse with a socially conscious message, Frank continues to be revered as one of the UK’s most prolific and esteemed frontmen in rock today. The Watford crew staged a hugely ambitious lockdown live-streamed show from Brixton Academy, and following the success of their third album End Of Suffering and new single ‘My Town’, they’re primed to kick down the doors for the return of live music in celebration.

Joining them are beloved UK pop-punk outfit Neck Deep, as well as Holding Absence who made huge waves this year with the release of acclaimed second album The Greatest Mistake of My Life.

Enter Shikari will take the headline crown on Saturday: the genre-melding agit-rockers who scored #2 with their 2020 album Nothing is True and Everything is Possible.  Renowned for their spectacular shows, off the wall mash-ups and community spirit, they are set to close the Saturday main stage in style. Rou Reynolds of Enter Shikari shared: “After 18 months trapped inside, we cannot wait to be back in our favourite element; playing music beneath an open sky. It’s also fitting, as we have a long history with Download… 2021 being the 15th anniversary of our first time there – which also happened to be our first ever festival show! We’re incredibly proud to be headlining an event that helps to get live music back on its feet in the UK”.

Sheffield metalcore mob While She Sleeps have had one of their biggest years following their independently released album Sleeps Society and are destined to welcome many more fans into the family. Twin Atlantic will bring stadium-sized anthems, alongside Brighton’s Yonaka who have sprung back into action with new single Seize The Power, whilst nu-metal upstarts Wargasm and melodic metalcore veterans Bleed From Within also make their long-awaited return to the stage.

Goth-punks Creeper step up as second stage headliners as the Sex, Death and the Infinite Void era resumes in full swing. Burgeoning metal stars Conjurer and lauded post-hardcore newcomers As Everything Unfolds are also added to the bill. Glasgow’s uncompromising hardcore heroes Lotus Eater are ready to hit the second stage, as well as hard rockers Stone Broken and Scottish pop-rock duo Vukovi.

The very first major camping event of its kind, the specially created Download Pilot event will form part of the second phase of the Government’s scientific Events Research Programme. This ground-breaking study will look to build on the evidence base gathered from the successful first phase and apply findings on a greater scale with greater crowd numbers than before. The attendance at the Download Pilot will provide additional evidence for government, event organisers, and consumers on the logistical and practical considerations of reopening events safely, including multi-day events.

Working closely with the Government to adhere to safety guidelines, this Download Pilot, as the first 10,000 capacity camping festival event, will play an important role in paving the way for the return of large-scale music events and festivals as the UK emerges from the past year’s restrictions. As a Government scientific Events Research Programme event, festivalgoers need to consent to take part and must be over 16. There will be no day tickets available with all festivalgoers expected to camp on-site for the duration of the event. Full details will be available via www.downloadfestival.co.uk/download-pilot.

Moshing will be allowed

Big Green Coach is providing safe coach travel to the event from Birmingham, Birkenhead, Bradford, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London (Victoria), Manchester and Sheffield, straight to the heart of Donington Park. Visit https://www.biggreencoach.co.uk/events/download-pilot-test-event-coach-travel for more details.

Full details can be found at www.downloadfestival.co.uk/download_pilot.