'We’re doing this because we’ve committed our lives to this music. That’s what I felt from Fugazi and Nirvana.'
A fresh stack of bands have been dropped onto the stellar Download Festival bill including Devin Townsend Project, Suicide Silence, Code Orange and former Sepultura siblings Max and Igor.
Added to tbe line-up:
Devin Townsend Project
Machine Gun Kelly
Max & Igor CAVALERA
Tax The Heat
THE Fallen State
The Raven Age
TYLER BRYANT & THE SHAKEDOWN
Metal behemoth, Devin Townsend Project will be making their welcomed return to Download Festival, featuring living legend and ex Strapping Young Lad frontman, Devin Townsend.
On playing the festival, Devin said: "Download! Amidst a crazy year, we have been invited to play at one of my favourite festivals in the world. The band is rocking better than ever, and we are fired up to have some fun with you guys. We look forward to blowing the roof off the place. See you there!"
The hottest name in hardcore, Code Orange are torchbearers for their genre and will excite festival goers with a crushing set. Twenty years on from the release of ground-breaking album Roots, Max & Iggor Cavalera reunite to perform the seminal record in its entirety to the Download crowd.
Having influenced heavy music with their rapid twin vocal and tech metal, groove masters SikTh will bring the Main Stage mosh pit to life. Deathcore stalwarts Suicide Silence are back with tracks from their eponymous fifth album and are set to deliver an incomparably powerful live set at Donington this summer. Joining them are unmissable supergroup elite, Krokodil who are set to impress with their immensely forceful metal, and UK stoner rock legends, Orange Goblin with their heavy hammer, steel toed riffs and fistfuls of attitude.
Renowned for his wild live shows and fiercely loyal fan base, Ohio rapper Machine Gun Kelly has received waves of critical and commercial success with sophomore album General Admission, which he’ll be bringing in abundance to Download this June. Aussie rock heroes Sick Puppies will serve up their tooth rattling rock and hard hitting hooks that will send the Download crowd wild. Led by the incredible Johnny Hawkins, San Antonio rockers Nothing More have cemented themselves in the top echelons of modern rock and will be bringing their ferocious live performance to Donington.
Having previously supported Iron Maiden, metalcore outfit The Raven Age stride between melody and brute force, and will be returning to Download for another epic performance. They’ll be joined by tour de force of energy, Yonaka, and country rock n’ rollers Blackwater Conspiracy.
The dark and volatile Perturbator completes the trio of Dogtooth Stage headliners alongside the previously announced Exodus and Wednesday 13. Prepare to be lost in his technoir, dark synthwave as he closes the Dogtooth Stage for 2017. Dublin’s grunge pop rockers OTHERKIN will riff their way through infectious songs with a raucous energy, whilst London five piece, Drones will be out to deliver a barrage of hardcore punk for the Download Festival audience.
Having supported the likes of rock legends Black Stone Cherry and Halestorm, The Fallen State will bring soulful vocals and unapologetic rock to Donington. Expect a distinctive mix of pop, punk and new wave from London/LA duo Love Zombies, chaotic and energetic indie punk from Blackwaters, gritty modern blues fuelled rock from Bristol natives Tax The Heat and soulful rock n’ roll from Nashville’sTyler Bryant & The Shakedown.
Download Festival is the home of rock music and takes place on the sacred grounds of Donington Park, which have been associated with rock since the eighties. The festival attracts rock icons to its Main Stage, plus some of the best and hottest new acts in the world. AC/DC, KISS, Metallica, Def Leppard, Guns N’ Roses, Rage Against The Machine, Slipknot, Linkin Park and many more have all headlined its Main Stage.
Download Festival takes place on 9 - 11 June 2017 at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire. Tickets are on sale here.
New to 2017, The Avalanche Stage shines a spotlight on everyone from the biggest global acts, to the latest breaking bands. Headlined by the previously announced Sleeping With Sirens, Simple Plan and The Dillinger Escape Plan, the Avalanche Stage will be hosted by new music champions, Kerrang’s Fresh Blood.
DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL 2017 LINE UP
A DAY TO REMEMBER | AARON BUCHANAN & THE CULT CLASSICS | AEROSMITH | AFI | AIRBOURNE | ALESTORM | ALTER BRIDGE | ANATHEMA | AS IT IS | ASTROID BOYS | BARONESS | BASEMENT | BIFFY CLYRO | Blackwater ConspiracY | BLACKWATERS | BLOOD YOUTH | BRUTAI | CASEY | CLUTCH | CODE ORANGE | COHEED AND CAMBRIA | CREEPER | CROWN THE EMPIRE | DEAD LABEL | DEAD! | DEVILDRIVER | DEVILSKIN | DINOSAUR PILE-UP | DRONES | EVERY TIME I DIE | EXODUS | FALLEN STATE | FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH | FIZZY BLOOD | FOUR YEAR STRONG | FOZZY | GOD DAMN | GOOD CHARLOTTE | GREYWIND | GROVE STREET FAMILIES | HACKTIVIST | HOLDING ABSENCE | I THE MIGHTY | IDLES | IN FLAMES | ISSUES | JUNIOR | KNUCKLE PUCK | KROKODIL | KVELERTAK | LIKE A STORM | LOST SOCIETY | LOVE ZOMBIES | MACHINE GUN KELLY | MASTODON | MAX & IGGOR | MINISTRY | MOOSE BLOOD | M O S E S | MOTIONLESS IN WHITE | NOTHING MORE | NORMANDIE | NORTHLANE | OF MICE & MEN | ORANGE GOBLIN | OTHERKIN | OPETH | PERTUBATOR | PIERCE THE VEIL | PROPHETS OF RAGE | RED FANG | RED SUN RISING | ROB ZOMBIE | SABATON | SHE MUST BURN | SICK PUPPIES | SIKTH | SIMPLE PLAN | SLAYER | SLEEPING WITH SIRENS | STATE CHAMPS | STEEL PANTHER | STONE BROKEN | SUICIDAL TENDENCIES | SUICIDE SILENCE | SUM 41 | SYSTEM OF A DOWN | TAX THE HEAT | THE CADILLAC THREE | THE CHARM THE FURY | THE CONTORTIONIST | THE DEAD DAISIES | THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA | THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN | THE DEVON TOWNSEND PROJECT | THE KING BLUES | THE LAFONTAINES | THE LOUNGE KITTENS | THE ONE HUNDRED | THE RAVEN AGE | THE STORY SO FAR | TOUCHÉ AMORÉ | TRASH BOAT | VENOM PRISON | WALLFLOWER | WEDNESDAY 13 | YONAKA
Andy Copping has dropped a hint at next year's headliners after heaping praise on Axl Rose and acknowledging 2017 will be the 30th anniversary of their legendary début album 'Appetite For Destruction.'
The Download Festival booker took time out of the hustle and bustle of the festival to chat to Eric Mackinnon of the New Rock Times at Download last weekend to discuss 2017, Guns and Appetite.
“We are already planning for 2017 and although I haven't got anybody locked and confirmed yet we have been talking for a few months,” he began, “ and hopefully we can get them locked down soon.
“Everybody has been saying that (Appetite's 30th anniversary) and that would be amazing of course.”
He continued: “I saw AC/DC last week in London with Axl (Rose) and they were unbelievable. He has done an amazing, amazing job. He took a lot of stick but it's not his fault he was offered the chance to sing with AC/DC. I think he has totally given them a new lease of life.
“It's not a reflection on Brian Johnson but Axl has refreshed it and they are now doing songs they couldn't do before. A lot from the Bon Scott-era so it's great and Axl is doing a great job.”
Copping spent time with Guns N' Roses members Slash and Duff while backstage at the AC/DC gig in London, further fuelling rumours that the band, who are touring America with their 'Not In This Lifetime' tour this summer will be crossing the Atlantic in 2017 with a stop at Donington Park.
While Download has been hailed as yet another huge musical triumph the event was besieged by yet another one of Mother Nature's moodswings. A torrential downpour on Friday turned the turf into a bog which, by the final day on Sunday, had become an ankle deep swamp.
“It's been another great year at Download, three amazing days in which we have faced the weather and kicked it back,” beamed Copping.
“It's now a bit of a tradition - I don't particularly like it being a tradition but it seems to be here - but everyone seems to be having a good time and its an amazing atmosphere.”
Playing Download is a feat on the bucketlist on all rock and metal bands but how exactly do aspiring acts get the attention of the main man behind the Download curtain?
“I have a good network of people who tip me off about bands,” he said.
“I have a good network of what I call taste makers who tell me to look out for this band. I have a good relationship with the press who tip me off to what's good and bad and who to check out. We try our best to give as many up and coming bands a lift as we can.”