DOWNLOAD 2016: Andy Copping eyeing Guns for 2017?

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.”