SCCCRRREEEEAMMMM FOR ME DOOONNINNNGTTTOONNN!! One of the most iconic statements delivered by one of metal's most legendary frontmen will once again be heard bellowing across the fields of Donington next Summer. That's right, Iron Maiden will be once again headlining the Download Festival in 2016, closing the festival on Sunday the 12th of June. This appearance at Download will be Iron Maiden's only UK show of 2016.
For the fourth time in their history, Iron Maiden will be atop the bill of the UK's premiere rock and metal festival. It's also a case of double duty, as Iron Maiden will be headlining the first ever Download Paris in France two days earlier on Friday the 10th of June.
Here's the man himself, Bruce Dickinson, on the news:
“Download is a very special place for us. Not just because it’s always great to play on home turf but because there’s a truly unique vibe there, it’s the very heart of England and of Metal, so a fitting place for Iron Maiden! The crowd is always fiercely passionate and the whole band feeds off that famous Donington energy. We aim to deliver a really memorable show for our fans to close the 2016 Festival. Although this is our sixth time headlining at Castle Donington, it’s the first time we’ve been able to land Ed Force One right on the doorstep of the Festival site!We haven't decided on the set list as yet and won’t until we start rehearsing but we really look forward to playing a number of new songs live, especially as the recording was so much live. However, as it’s been a while since we saw you all, I am sure we will include plenty of older fan favourites too. I think the fans will be delighted by what we have in mind. We are also in the middle of creating the new show and rest assured we are working hard to bring you all something spectacular, something with a lot of heart !!! You certainly deserve it for your patience.”
Tickets for Download will go back on sale at 9am on Friday (23rd October) at www.downloadfestival.co.uk. The second headliner for Download 2016 will be revealed at 7pm tonight so be sure to check back in for the next showstopping act for next years' Donington festivities.