Download Festival 2021 Canceled, Announce 2022 Headliners

Download Festival 2021 has been canceled for the year in a row.

The event was set to take place June 4th – 6th but has since been canceled due to the ongoing pandemic. The good news is organizers have announced the headliners for next year’s event.

KISS, Iron Maiden and Biffy Clyro, will headline the festival in Donington Park June 10th – 12th next year. Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 5th via

“Downloaders, your 2022 headliners are here!” announces festival boss Andy Copping. ​“Rock’n’roll legends KISS will be kicking off Friday in style, Iron Maiden will return bringing with them mascot Eddie and more fire than we can handle, and what better way to end the festival than with Biffy who will leave us awestruck with their energy. I’m counting down the days already!”

“Like everyone, we were all hugely disappointed when the global pandemic forced the cancellation of Download 2020 which would have been Maiden’s seventh time headlining here,” says Bruce Dickinson. ​“So we are delighted to be invited back and fulfill our ambition of playing Donington Park in every decade since the 1980s!

More bands will be announced at a later date.

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Ashley Perez is a freelance music journalist based in Chicago. Her work has appeared on AXS, Chicago Innerview, New City, The Millions, and Illinois Entertainer. She also runs her own music blog at Radio Not Found. Some of her favorite bands include Nirvana, The Cure, Muse, Creeper, and Green Day.

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