Download Festival has announced a further 43 acts including Halestorm, FEVER 333, Beartooth, Skid Row,Brothers Osbourne, Stone Temple Pilots, Clutch and many more, joining headliners Slipknot, Tool and Def Leppard for the annual rock extravaganza. The three-day festival takes place on 14-16 June 2019 at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire. Kerrang! Radio have also launched a talent search for a chance to open the Avalanche Stage at the festival, head to Kerrang! Radio for more info.
Rockers Halestormwill make their return to Download delivering break-neck riffs and lung-busting vocals courtesy of the incredible Lzzy Hale. Stone Temple Pilots, responsible for hits songs ‘Plush’, ‘Interstate Love Song’ and ‘Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart’ will make their first Download appearance with new vocalist Jeff Gutt. Festival favourites Clutch will make their sixth appearance, as well as classic grunge rock revivalists Aaron Buchanan & the CultClassics led by the former Heaven’s Basement frontman.
Beartooth have ascended to star status and the release of their third album ‘Disgusting’. FEVER 333 have gained a reputation for their hyperactive, political ‘demonstrations’ which will not be forgotten in a hurry. The band are very much on the Devolution radar. Palaye Royale are name on everyone’s lips as the unanimous kings of ‘fashion-art’ rock. Brighton’s Black Peaks will thrill fans, having previously impressed with their mastery of melody and raw power that have seen them become one of the UK’s brightest metal prospects. Japanese veterans Coldrain will whip up the crowd with their punchy metalcore.
Legendary rockers Skid Row are on course for a hit-filled set. Supergroup Deadland Ritual, featuring former members of Black Sabbath, Guns N’ Roses, Billy Idol and Apocalyptica, are set for a seismic performance. Country rock dynamos Brothers Osbourne will add some killer licks to the proceedings, plus the heavy metal Last in Line,featuring members of the original line up of Dio, and Wolf Jaw will also be on hand to deliver some dirty rock n’ roll.
Fans of all things black and death metal will be thrilled with the additions of pioneers Behemoth and At The Gates, both famed for their respectivefirst-of-their-kind mastery of the genres. They’ll be in good company with UK upstarts Conjurer whose amalgamation of sludge, hardcore and black metal have labelled them as massive ones-to-watch. Also added are the ominous Swedish outfit Batushka and Ne Obliviscaris who’ll usher in a new era in extreme music to Donington.
Ascending pop punk rockers Trash Boat have been pummelling the road as one of the leading, forward-thinking bands in the scene and the quintet’s claim to the throne is on the horizon. Rock radio mainstays Three Days Grace are on hand to deliver a powerful performance, as areGodsmack with choruses so anthemic they grant no immunity, alongside Bad Wolves whose viral cover of ‘Zombie’ by The Cranberries shot them into the spotlight in 2018.
For those who like their metal delivered with laser-like precision, Animals as Leaders will astound with their technical virtuosity. Heart Of A Coward return to lay waste to the fields of Donington with new vocalist Kaan Tasan. They are joined by tech metal instrumentalists Intervals andUK prog metallers Toska, who have quickly become anexciting force in the ever-growing scene.Newcastle post-hardcore band GroundCulturehave been grafting away, building a fierce reputationready to take on Download, and forward-thinking nu-metal act Cane Hill are also confirmed, whose visceral approach has helped reignite the genre.
Download 2019 will be a truly international affair with the addition of thrash heroes Municipal Waste, French post metal/shoegaze Alcest, and Sumo Cyco who have made waves with their fusion of rhythm, dancehall hooks and metal riffs.Flying the flag forJapan are all female power metal stars Love Bites as well as Japanese metalcore titans Crystal Lake. Australian natives Redhook,and Twelve Foot Ninja will also be making the long trip to get the mosh pits started, while Representing New Zealand arehard rockers Like A Storm.
Electronic-infused industrial duo SKYND are ready to make things dark, creepy and sanguine all at once. Bridgend five piece Those Damn Crowsare purveyors of melodic, in-your-face and exhilarating hard rock. Icon For Hire have been breaking down boundaries worldwide and are ready to stamp their mark on their Download debut. Up next are pop-punk new comers Lost In Stereo, Manchester’s hottest new band Parting Gift,and last but not least are melodic rockers Vega.
Kerrang! Radio have launched Finding Fresh Blood to discover new and exciting talent to open the Avalanche Stage this year, acts such as Reel Big Fish, Trash Boat, FEVER 333, and more. Closing on March 1st, UK acts can upload their tracks online and have the Download team decide who would best fit the bill. To apply and for more information please visit the Kerrang! Radio website (T&Cs). The winner will be announced in April.