Download 2017: No. 15 - Airbourne - 50 bands in 50 days


By Eric Mackinnon



Download Festival

Main Stage

Sunday, June 11, 2017


Rock’s Wizard’s of Aus, Airbourne will play Download this summer with a new man on guitar after Matt ‘Harri’ Harrison joined the band in place of David Roads.

Roads has quit both the band and the music industry to work on his family farm in rural Australia and the new Airbourne line-up will be unveiled this spring / summer when the band return to European touring action for a run of selected headline and major festival appearances.

This includes a must-see slot at the Download Festival but on the continent Airbourne will also be busy as they trek across Europe for Rock Im Park / Rock Am Ring & Full Force in Germany,, Nova Rock in Austria, Hellfest in France, Graspop in Belgium, Copenhell in Denmark and Provinssirock in Finland.

Roadshas been a part of the ever-growing Airbourne story across four studio albums and extensive global touring, helping to establish the band (formed by brothers Joel and Ryan O’Keeffe in Warrnambool, Regional Victoria Australia 2003, and completed by bassist Justin Street) as one of the hard rock domain’s most potent live outfits.

A statement from the band reads “Roadsy has always loved rural Australia, his second passion being his family farm, and now he has decided to return to his roots to work alongside his father in the family business. We wish him well on his future endeavors.

 “As the old saying goes, ‘you can take the boy out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the boy’. We say, good on ya mate, well-played and good luck!

 “Now to the future, and it’s all guns blazing foot to the floor! In the coming months, we look forward to introducing you to our new Airbourne Brother, he’s our long time staunch mate Harri ‘The Riff Doctor’ Harrison. Possessing a gifted Rock’n’Roll right hand motor he already ‘fits in like a well-greased piston into a V8’ and we are all pumped to be bringing his powerful locomotive-like rhythm with us to rock the summer festivals!

 “Cheers and see ya soon rockers!”

David commented: “Many thanks to all the fans. It has been an absolute pleasure rocking out with you guys over the years. It was great to be a part of this wild Airbourne ride! Cheers!”