Slipknot, Def Leppard and Tool have been announced as the headliners for Download Festival 2019.
The three bands will headline across the traditional weekend of 14-16 June, as Download becomes the first major festival to show its hand for next year.
Twenty bands are confirmed in total today, including long-established heavyweights like Rob Zombie, Trivium and melodic death metal band Amon Amarth.
Symphonic metal group Delain, ska-punk legends Reel Big Fish and guitar hero Slash add variety to the announcement.
Your first #DL2019 announcement is HERE!! 🤘🔥 GET READY for an EPIC weekend with @DefLeppard, @slipknot, @Tool and MORE!! Tickets on sale this Thursday 25th – 2pm 🤘🔥 Full details HERE 👉https://t.co/egMK12XHAM pic.twitter.com/FL7DCqOYBU
— Download Festival (@DownloadFest) October 23, 2018
There’s also a spot, more controversially, for Die Antwoord, whose hip-hop style is out of step with the bands that usually play the event.
So far, the reaction has been positive, especially to the announcement of a set by Tool on the final night of Sunday 16 June.
Tool haven’t released an album since 2006, but continue to have a huge following, with 1996’s Ænima and 2001’s Lateralus widely considered two of the best metal albums of their respective decades.
TOOL are going to Download. I can now die happy
— Scott Smart (@Smart_Scotty) October 23, 2018
Def Leppard will perform on the opening night, playing their 1987 album Hysteria in full and making their only UK appearance of the year, and Slipknot take to the stage on the Friday.
Tickets for Download Festival go on sale on Thursday at 2pm UK time, with a price spike set for 6 November.
The full Download Festival 2019 lineup so far:
- The Amity Affliction
- Amon Amarth
- Die Antwoord
- Def Leppard
- Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
- Power Trip
- Reel Big Fish
- Rob Zombie
- Slash (featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators)