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The UK's biggest rock and metal fest is back in June 2018 for another weekend of amazing live music.
Download Festival is the home of rock and metal and takes place on the sacred grounds of Donington Park, which has been associated with rock since the 80's. The festival attracts icons of to its main stage, plus some of the best and hottest new acts in the world. AC/DC, KISS, Metallica, Aerosmith, Guns N’ Roses, Rage Against The Machine, Slipknot, Linkin Park and many more have all headlined its main stage.
The first headliner to be announced for 2018 is the legendary Ozzy Osbourne. No stranger to the hallowed grounds of Donington, The Prince Of Darkness Ozzy Osbourne will headline the Sunday night. Having previously graced the main stage in previous years fronting Black Sabbath, this will be his first ever Download headline solo appearance.
The second headliner to be confirmed is Avenged Sevenfold who will return to Download Festival once more, to give a momentous Friday night headline performance that will be talked about for years to come.
The third and final headliner to be announced is the mighty Guns N' Roses who will take to the stage on the Saturday night. Reuniting last year for the first time since 1993, the inimitable Axl Rose, guitar legend Slash and original bassist Duff McKagan, plus Dizzy Reed, Richard Fortus, Frank Ferrer and Melissa Reese, have been blowing audiences away worldwide on the aptly named Not In This Lifetime Tour, and will stop by Donington on the Saturday night for their first UK Festival appearance of the classic line up.
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Californian metalcore warriors Avenged Sevenfold fuse the pulsating elements of Pantera, Metallica and Maiden with Bad Religion, The Misfits, Guns & Roses and Nofx. They've been hailed by Ultimate Guitar as one of the top ten bands of the decade. The band have also become known for their spectacular live shows, routinely selling out arenas worldwide and headlining some of the biggest and most prestigious music festivals. Following the tragic death of original drummer James "The Rev" Sullivan, the band chose to carry on and recruited Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater to replace Sullivan for their fifth studio album, 2010's 'Nightmare'. The band have achieved worldwide success with a string of best-selling albums - including their 2005 platinum breakthrough City Of Evil, 2007’s Avenged Sevenfold, Nightmare (2010) and their most recent, Hail To The King - achieving Diamond, Platinum and Gold awards for album sales in nearly a dozen countries.
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Guns N' Roses
Following the group’s 1985 formation, Guns N’ Roses injected unbridled, unrivalled, and unstoppable attitude into the burgeoning Los Angeles rock scene. The spirit went on to captivate the entire world with the release of their 1987 debut Appetite for Destruction –the best-selling US debut ever, moving 30 million copies globally. In 1991, the seven-time platinum Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II occupied the top two spots of the Billboard Top 200 upon release. Over the course of the past decade, Guns N’ Roses have performed sold out shows and headlined festivals worldwide following the critically acclaimed release of 2008’s RIAA platinum-certified Chinese Democracy. Six studio albums later, Guns N’ Roses are one of the most important and influential acts in music history and continue to set the benchmark for live performances connecting with millions of fans across the globe. Since reuniting in 2016, Guns N’ Roses has gone on to sell over 5 million tickets worldwide on the Not In This Lifetime Tour. Guns N’ Roses’ are Axl Rose (vocals, piano), Duff McKagan (bass), Slash (lead guitar), Dizzy Reed (keyboard), Richard Fortus (rhythm guitar), Frank Ferrer (drums), and Melissa Reese (keyboard).
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Ozzy is.. well, just Ozzy! The original, the best, wild man of rock of whom the stories are legendary. Founder member of heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath in the early 70s, Ozzy has also has had a highly successful solo career with his own band, leaving and rejoining The Sabbs on a regular basis. Also well known for his reality TV show, The Osbournes, Ozzy remains one of a kind.
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