Kiss, Iron Maiden and Sysyem Of A Down have been announced as the headline acts for Download Festival 2020. Deftones, Korn, The Offspring, Disturbed, Gojira, Black Veil Brides, Daughtry, Of Mice And Men and Alestorm have also been confirmed.
Iron Maiden will return to Donington next year to headline Download Festival on Saturday night, in what will be one of only two homecoming UK festival shows in 2020. They’ve spent the summer on their historic and critically acclaimed Legacy Of The Beast North American tour,
Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson says, “Next year we will play a number of countries and cities we have yet to visit on this incredible tour, so it is terrific to be able to accept the invitation to return to Download in 2020 and we will certainly go to town and add a few extra items to the show. This will be our seventh time headlining at Donington Park. It’s home turf and we all really enjoy playing this Festival, the vibe from the crowd is always fantastic.”
KISS will perform in the UK at Download Festival 2020, in a UK Exclusive. They embarked on their final ever tour earlier this year under appropriately titled The End Of The Road.
Kiss’ Gene Simmons had this to say – “I’ve said it before, Download Festival audiences are the best. They are up for whatever is thrown at them. KISS is going to come fully prepared to rock their world in 2020 to say Thank You for always showing up for us.”
Also headlining Download Festival 2020 will be System Of A Down in a UK Exclusive. With 5 studio albums to their name the Californian/Armenian band have earned themselves a passionate worldwide following,
Shavo Odadjian, System of A Down said: “From our appearances to many of my favorite bands’, Castle Donington has always had a special place in my heart. We’re proud and excited to continue its legacy.”
Since Deftones’ inception, the multi-platinum, Grammy-Winning alternative rock band from Sacramento have released seven albums selling over 10 million records worldwide. Devolution favourites Korn will also be joining the Download 2020 line up. The two-time Grammy Award winning band have toured the world countless times and have continued to push the limits of the rock, alternative and metal genres. Also announced are Gojira, the French metallers who have become famous for their sonically dense sounds and bludgeoning heavy rhythms.
Elsewhere punksters The Offspring, pirate loons Alestorm and metal stalwarts Disturbed add real variety. Black Veil Brides will be making a much anticipated return to Donington Park along with alt rockers Daughtry. Metalcore heroes Of Mice And Men complete the current crop of bands announced.
Download Festival’s Andy Copping had this to say “Downloaders, your 2020 headliners are here! Rock ‘n’ roll legends KISS and System of A Down will both be headlining as UK Festival exclusives and after 4 years away from Donington, Iron Maiden will return bringing with them mascot Eddie and more fire than we can handle, I’m counting down the days already!”
The three-day festival takes place 12 – 14 June 2020 at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire. Tickets will be on sale at 2pm on Wednesday 25th September viadownloadfestival.co.uk/tickets