Download Festival, the world’s premier rock event, has made a huge announcement of acts for 2020.
Download takes place between 12 and 14 June 2020 at the spiritual home of rock: Donington Park, Leicestershire.
Joining headliners Iron Maiden, Kiss and System of a Down this summer are some Flick Of The Finger favorites including Holding Absence, Sleep Token, Loathe and Bowling For Soup. As well as Alter Bridge, Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, Mastodon, The Distillers, Sepultura, Motionless in White and Funeral For A Friend.
US heavyweights Alter Bridge will return to Download with their breed of blistering and technical rock. Alter Bridge’s Mark Tremonti “We are very proud and honoured to be a part of the 2020 lineup. Download has always been the highlight of our touring schedule over the years, thanks for another opportunity to perform for some of the best rock fans in the world!”
The brilliantly chaotic Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes will certainly bring some pit-starters to Download. Australia’s ferocious Thy Art Is Murder, rising Florida metal core creators Wage War, and providing some fresh melodic metal The Raven Age will join the likes of Motionless in White who’ll bring a good dosage of theatrics.
Chris Cerulli, lead vocalist for Motionless In White shared “Playing Download is an accomplishment that bands of every level still write home about. It is THE festival to be a part of, and I’m so proud to announce that we will be making an appearance again for the first one of the new decade. See you in a few months!”
Following their disbanding in 2016, Download are beyond excited to reveal that Welsh post-hardcore perfectionists Funeral For A Friend will make their euphoric return by headlining The Avalanche Stage. Joining them are Texan troopers Bowling For Soup who are sure-fire to get Donington singing along to their tongue-in-cheek pop punk anthems.
Ryan Richards from Funeral For A Friend said “As a band, and as individuals – we’ve made some incredible memories at the hallowed grounds of Donington through the years, so it’s going to be nice to come back and make a few more together. Those trademark black fringes are a bit greyer/balder these days, but we’ll still be able to show these young ‘uns a thing or two!”
While, Jaret Reddick from Bowling For Soup explained “Download Festival is always something special for Bowling For Soup. So many of the stories we share with other bands and family members back home come from our time spent playing or hanging out at this festival. Very much looking forward to making more memories this summer…and of course bringing something special to our show, that only BFS can get away with!”
Elsewhere on the Avalanche Stage we’ll be able to enjoy the anonymous collective Sleep Token, Wales’ truly incredible post-hardcore quartet Holding Absence, Liverpool prog-metallers Loathe, mysterious emo rapper Sullii, London ska-punks The Skints, alt-pop-rock Mancs The Hara and Brighton indie punks Gender Roles.
Headlining The Dog Tooth Stage are the genre defining heavy music titans from Brazil Sepultura. Singer Derrick Green shares his feeling about their addition “We are ecstatic about our return to Download Festival. It’s an honour and pleasure to be a part of a festival with such a rich music history. We look forward to rocking out with you all!!”
In addition, Kerrang! Radio will once more host Finding Fresh Blood, the search to bring the hottest emerging talent to Donington. 2019 was its inaugural year and grime-punks PENGSHUi triumphantly opened the Avalanche Stage. UK acts can now upload their tracks online to be in with the chance of playing this year’s festival on the same stage. To apply, and for more information please visit their website. The chance to apply closes on Saturday 1 March at 23:59, and winners will be announced in April.
Kerrang! Radio’s Alex Baker explains “Playing at The Download Festival is a benchmark moment in any bands career, it is the most important festival in the country for alternative music and a performance on any of the hallowed stages can catapult your career as a musician to new heights. I only like working with people who share my unyielding spirit for supporting new artists, and the absolute dedication that Andy and the team from Download have in this field is truly inspiring. When Pengshui walked out on the Avalanche Stage last year, the atmosphere on the stage, in the crowd AND in the wings was absolutely electric – it is a moment that will never be forgotten.”
For all your Download needs: tickets, access and information covering camping to lost property is available via the official website.