Download Festival 2023: Slipknot, Metallica, Bring Me The Horizon And More

Download has announced its lineup for next year’s 20th-anniversary edition of the festival.

Headlining the 2023 event are Bring Me the Horizon and Slipknot performing on Friday and Sunday, respectively. Metallica will headline two unique sets on Thursday and Saturday.

Other acts on the bill include Evanescence, Ville Valo, Parkway Drive, Dead Sara, Disturbed, Pendulum, Architects, Ghost, The Distillers, Placebo, Alexisonfire, Asking Alexandria, Motionless In White, I Prevail, FEVER 333, Stray From The Path, Lorna Shore, Nova Twins, Within Temptation and a reunited The Blackout.

“We are next-level honoured to once again come back and partake in the Download shenanigans on the hallowed grounds of Castle Donington, which has an unparalleled place in rock history,” say Metallica. “On top of that, to be able to share our double show format with two completely unique sets with no repeat songs for the first time ever in the UK is way fuckin’ cool. Bring it on!”

Bring Me frontman Oli Sykes continues: “Download Festival was one of the first festivals I ever attended as a punter. It was our first amazing festival experience to play as a band, and now the fact that we are headlining such a prestigious event blows my mind. We can’t wait to bring a whole new sound and show for the Download audience.”

“Download Festival!” adds Slipknot’s Sid Wilson. “So many great memories, one of the most amazing crowds to play in front of, always an honor to share the bill with so many amazing bands, and of course, I’ll never miss the opportunity to play my homeland.”

Download 2023 goes down June 8th – 11th in Donington Park. Check out the full lineup below. Pre-sale tickets go on sale Wednesday, November 9th. General on-sale start Thursday, November 10th.

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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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