Download Festival has announced its three headliners and 11 further acts for next summer’s rock and metal extravaganza.
Topping the bill at Donington Park on Friday 9th June are the mighty System of a Down who previously headlined in 2005 and 2011.
The band enthused: "It’ll have been a couple of years since our memorable Wake Up The Souls show at Wembley, so returning to the UK to headline Download, a festival we always love to play, is really exciting for us. The energy and atmosphere there is always electric.”
Making their Download Festival headline debut, Scottish rock heroes Biffy Clyro headline on the Saturday night. It will be their sixth appearance having previously played smaller stages and further down the Main Stage bill.
In what will be their only UK live show of 2017, music legends Aerosmith will headline the Main Stage for a third time on Sunday 11th June ensuring the weekend ends on an emphatic high.
Joe Perry says: "Every time we go on tour I look at the schedule for cities, towns or events that I look forward to playing, Download Festival is always one of the ones I circle. Donington is like home to us. I have some great memories playing there and I can't wait to make some more."
Also confirmed across the weekend are thrash titans Slayer, horror rock behemoth Rob Zombie, the Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill supergroup Prophets of Rage and uncompromising metallers Five Finger Death Punch.
Completing the first wave of announcements are AFI, Of Mice & Men, Fozzy, Every Time I Die, Sleeping With Sirens, Simple Plan and The Story So Far.
Download promoter Andy Copping said: “We’re incredibly excited to announce the Download 2017 headliners. We have three giants of rock and metal topping the bill. As always, Download fans can expect world-class performances across the weekend. You won’t want to miss a thing.
|System of a Down made headline history back in 2011 and 2017 will no doubt see them bigger and better than ever. Saturday’s headliner, Biffy Clyro, have raised the bar for rock music – we’re always looking for bands to make their Download headline debut, and I have no doubt they’ll be worthy of the title.
“The mighty Aerosmith will be back, and their closing set will be something truly special. The band has a long history with Donington, and having them headline for us again is a real honour.”
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