Download Festival drop an announcement of nearly twenty out of the blue on unsuspecting fans! Acts joining the festivals’ 2018 line up come from an array of genres and sizes, including shock rock legend Marilyn Manson, and a different type of Aussie, metalcore festival favorites Parkway Drive will make their return to the festival in 2018. While Parkway are known for an exceptional live show, Alexisonfire will finally return to Download and they will easily give them a run for their money, alongside Punk Rock titans Rise Against also returning, with their huge choruses and savage socio-political breed of music to Donington.
For those after something easier going, UK Pop-Punk torchbearers, Neck Deep will be returning to Download, having recently wrapped up a huge UK headline tour, and set to make their first appearance at the festival are their protegees WSTR. Mayday Parade will bring their poppy take on emo to the festival, and fans of the band should be sure to check out rising stars Dream State who will make their debut appearance next year. The Hives will bring their energetic Rock N Roll, and daughter of Guns N’ Roses star Duff McKagan, GRAVE, will bring her band The Pink Slips and their fusion of punk, dance, vintage Rock and Roll and synth-pop.
BABYMETAL will perform a UK festival exclusive set, rising to prominence for their young female singers and unique blend of J-Pop and metal. Modern British metal act, Bullet For My Valentine, tech-metal revolutionaries Meshuggah and gothic metal group In This Moment make up the rest of the announcement’s metal acts.
Asking Alexandria and Black Veil Brides are both set to return, both heavy weights worldwide when it comes to heavy rock, or if you’re into something a bit more in your face, Body Count featuring Ice T bring their unnerving politically motivated rap rock to the festival.
Download Festival will take place at Donington Park from June 8th-10th with headline acts, Avenged Sevenfold, Guns N’ Roses and Ozzy Osborne already announced. Tickets can be purchased here