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Download 2018

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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.

Please visit downloadfestival.co.uk for more information.

Headliners

Avenged Sevenfold

Avenged Sevenfold appearing at this event

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

Guns N' Roses appearing at this event

After rising to fame in the late '80s, gaining worldwide recognition with their hit single 'Sweet Child O' Mine', the band went on to release five albums including the double 'Use Your Illusion I' and 'Use Your Illusion II', which was the first in history to walk off with both top spots on the Billboard chart. VHI has also named 'Welcome to the Jungle' Best Hard Rock Song - a fitting accolade for such a rock anthem. Guns N' Roses' most recent release, and fifth studio album, Chinese Democracy went straight to the top of the charts in thirteen countries, as well as going platinum in 15. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, GNR are still the most talked about hard rock band of the past 20 years. Rock legends? You'd better believe it.

See Guns N' Roses tour dates

Ozzy Osbourne

Ozzy Osbourne appearing at this event

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.

See 7 tour dates featuring Ozzy Osbourne

Donington Park

  • Castle Donington
  • Derby
  • DE74 2RP
Website:
donington-park.co.uk
Enquiries:
01332 810048