Download Festival 2023: Over 60 bands announced including headliners BMTH, Metallica and Slipknot

Bring Me The Horizon, Metallica (twice!) and Slipknot will be headlining the 20th anniversary four-day edition of Download Festival, while the likes of Ghost, Evanescence, Architects, Parkway Drive and a reunited The Blackout will also be playing…

Download Festival 2023: Over 60 bands announced including headliners BMTH, Metallica and Slipknot
Kerrang! staff

Download have announced over 60 bands for next year’s 20th anniversary edition of the festival, including all three (well… four!) headliners.

Bring Me The Horizon and Slipknot will be performing on the Friday and Sunday of the June bash respectively, while Metallica are doing double duty – playing two unique sets with no songs repeated on Thursday and Saturday.

Elsewhere, across the festival’s four days from June 8 – 11, Donington Park will host the likes of Evanescence, Parkway Drive, Disturbed, Pendulum, Architects, Ghost, The Distillers, Placebo, Alexisonfire, Asking Alexandria, Motionless In White, I Prevail, FEVER 333, Stray From The Path, Lorna Shore, Nova Twins, Within Temptation and a reunited The Blackout.

“We are next-level honoured to once again come back and partake in the Download shenanigans on the hallowed grounds of Castle Donington, which has an unparalleled place in rock history,” say Metallica. “On top of that, to be able to share our double show format with two completely unique sets with no repeat songs for the first time ever in the UK is way fuckin’ cool. Bring it on!”

Bring Me frontman Oli Sykes continues: “Download Festival was one of the first festivals I ever attended as a punter. It was our first amazing festival experience to play as a band, and now the fact that we are headlining such a prestigious event blows my mind. We can’t wait to bring a whole new sound and show for the Download audience.”

“Download Festival!” adds Slipknot’s Sid Wilson. “So many great memories, one of the most amazing crowds to play in front of, always an honour to share the bill with so many amazing bands, and of course, I’ll never miss the opportunity to play my homeland.”

Check out the full line-up below, and get your tickets right here from Wednesday, November 9 at 9pm, before the general on-sale from 10am on Thursday, November 10.

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