System Of A Down, Iron Maiden And KISS To Headline Virtual Download Festival

Download Festival 2020 lives on! Festival organizers have announced a virtual edition of the festival called Download TV Festival set to happen June 12 – 14th on YouTube and social media.

System of a Down, Iron Maiden, and KISS will headline the event; all three bands were set to headline the 2020 festival. The virtual festival will feature footage from prior Download appearances, socially distant performances, interviews, and exclusive content from the bands that were initially slated for this year’s lineup.

The Download TV weekend will be split into day and evening programming. The day content “celebrates the spirit of Download Festival” and the evening will feature hours of “tailor-made programming” exclusive to Download TV, according to a press release.

KISS’ 2015 headline set will air on Friday, June 12th while Iron Maiden’s Saturday (June 13th) set will feature classic performances, “Legacy of the Beast” snippets, as well as “something just for Download TV.” The even closes with System of a Down on Sunday (June 14th) with footage from their performances in 2005, 2011 and 2017.

Deftones, Korn, Babymetal, Baroness, Mastodon, Disturbed, Killswitch Engage, Gojira, The Offspring, and Volbeat, will also take part in the festival. Download TV will also feature interactive content, like as celebrity “cookalongs,” artist Q&As, tutorial and “mindfulness” sessions, as well as user created content from Download attendees.

Check out the full lineup at Download’s website and watch the trailer below.

Ashley Perez Hollingsworth

Ashley Perez is a freelance music journalist based in Chicago. Her work has appeared on AXS, The Crypt 1331, Chicago Innerview, New City, The Millions, and Reality-Comics. She also runs her own music blog at Radio Not Found. Some of her favorite bands include Nirvana, The Cure, Muse, Marilyn Manson, and Green Day.

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