Slipknot, BMTH and Metallica headline Download Festival 2023

Slipknot, BMTH and Metallica headline Download Festival 2023

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Metallica will give two ‘no-repeat’ headline shows (Image: NDZ/Star Max/GC Images)

Rock and metal music titans Slipknot, Bring Me The Horizon and Metallica will headline the 20th anniversary Download Festival, organizers have announced.

The 2023 festival will feature four headliners for the first time ever when it returns to Donington Park in Leicestershire in June.

Metallica will deliver two ‘no-repeat’ shows on Thursday and Saturday, with BMTH headlining on Friday and Slipknot on Saturday.

The three bands will be joined by over 60 other UK and international heavyweights including Evanescence, Parkway Drive, Disturbed, Pendulum, Asking Alexandria and many more.

Metallica, whose song Master of Puppets enjoyed a revival earlier this year thanks to season four of Stranger Things, will return to the festival after over a decade away and said they were “next level honoured” to be invited back to the “hallowed grounds » ‘ from Donington Park.

Bring Me The Horizon frontman Oli Sykes said: ‘Download Festival was one of the first festivals I ever attended as a punter.

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Slipknot is also part of the headlines (Image: Venla Shalin/Redferns)

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BMTH’s Oli Sykes said the band “can’t wait” to perform (Image: Shy McGrath/WireImage)

“It was our first amazing festival experience playing as a band and the fact that we’re headlining such a prestigious event blows my mind.

‘We can’t wait to bring a brand new sound and show to the download audience.’

Download Festival’s Andy Copping added: “This year marks a huge milestone for Download, celebrating an incredible 20 years of the festival is no small achievement.

“We really wanted to upgrade this special anniversary, adding an extra day for fans to experience the unforgettable line-up, which once again brings together outstanding talent from the world of rock music back to Donington Park.”

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Happy punters back on a full strength download last year (Image: Joseph Okpako/WireImage)

In 2021, the festival partially returned as part of the government’s “pilot” scheme for non-socially distanced events, following the restrictions placed on gatherings due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The 10,000-person capacity saw moshing allowed again, with each ticket holder having to be over 16 and receive a negative side-stream test.

Last year it was back in its full glory with headliners Iron Maiden, Kiss and Biffy Clyro.

General tickets for Download Festival 2023 go on sale online at 10am on Thursday 10 November.

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