Download Festival just announced their headlining acts for the three-day rock festival at Donington Park taking place on the 9-10-11th of June. Plus an extra twelve bands announced!

Friday will see the return of System of a Down, the first time since their long-awaited comeback in 2011. Biffy Clyro headline the Saturday slot and Aerosmith on the Sunday, marking the third time in only six years that Aerosmith havs headlined the festival which begs the question; are Download organisers running out of ideas for headlining acts. It seems a lot of people are more excited for the Download Festival in France this year which features System of a Down, Blink-182 and Linkin Park.

Generally speaking, the announcement has been met with a lacklustre response. System of a Down is huge, that’s a given, even if they did play five years ago. Plus, there “COULD” be potential for some new material. Who knows? Also for fans that missed the opportunity the first time around, this is our second chance to catch SOAD.
Biffy Clyro aren’t as big as the bands playing Main Stage headline that weekend, but it’s good to see a different band in the Download cycle get given an opportunity. Still, I don’t see them as nearly a big enough to name to make me want to shell out over £200 for. Sure, there are an abundance of great acts playing the weekend. But these are your headliners, they should be universally popular and be an absolute MUST-SEE.

Most disappointingly would be Aerosmith. Like I said before, 3 headline sets in only six years (2010, 2014 and now 2016). I love Aerosmith, don’t get me wrong. But 3 times in six years has not only diluted any form of excitement for going to see Aerosmith. If the Sunday slot at Download is just turning into some sort of nostalgia sentiment, then let’s see some different older bands come back.

Anyway. Enough of my bitching and moaning. The extra 12 acts that have been announced are:
Slayer, Prophets of Rage, Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, AFI, Of Mice & Men, Sleeping With Sirens, Motionless in White, Simple Plan, Every Time I Die, The Story So Far and Fozzy, a band we reviewed a year ago fronted by Wrestling legend Chris Jericho. Guess what Download, you just made the list!

Stay tuned for more announcements from Download in the coming weeks.

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