Fourteen New Bands Including SikTh and Volbeat Join The 2014 Download Festival Line Up

Anyone caught having a lie in on Monday morning may well have missed the latest good news to come out of Live Nation HQ, where Andy Copping and the Download Festival team have given all their fans an early Christmas present.
 
Another fourteen bands have been booked for the 2014 event at Donington Park, and in true Download style there is a wide range of variety amongst the bands who have come on board. 
 
The two bands who have raised the most interest so far, and deservedly so, are SikTh and Volbeat. Six years after disbanding, Hertfordshire prog metal group Sikth have announced a reformation to headline the Red Bull Stage on the Saturday night of Download Festival 2014. Their guitarist Dan Weller gave his input on why now was the time for SikTh to resurface:
 
We've always said that one day we would get SikTh back together and do another show and next year just feels like the right time to stop the talking and do it. To be honest we really miss playing those songs.

Not to be outdone, Volbeat guitarist and singer Michael Poulsen also wanted to offer his thoughts on Volbeat returning to play Download once again:

2013 has been an amazing year for Volbeat. We had an absolutely fantastic UK tour in October this year, with some of the most passionate crowds ever. We can’t wait to get back there in 2014 and tear up the Download Festival!

A number of the new bands announced will bemaking their Donington debuts in 2014; These include US metalcore act Miss May I, their compatriots, the all action heavy metal machine that is Battlecross, and a double dose of music from down under in the shape of Australian rockers The Amity Affliction and deathcore group Thy Art Is Murder. Also making their first Download appearances are Swedish metal act Avatar, and former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Jake E. Lee with his Red Dragon Cartel group. 

Another band making a debut of sorts are the new incarnation of American extreme metal act Suicide Silence. In their first trip to the UK since the death of former vocalist Mitch Lucker, Suicide Silence will be appearing at Download for the first time with new vocalist Eddie Hermida. It's fair to say Eddie is very excited about the prospect:

UK!  You aren’t even ready for us!  Download Fest '14, wow!  What a dream come true.  I am so happy to be a part of such an amazing line-up and to see all you crazy English fucks tear it up with us!

Making their third appearance at the festival will be US rockers Buckcherry, who had to pull out of this years' festival and will be back one year later than planned. There's also a trio of homegrown talent who'll all be lighting up the various stages of Download 2014, as rockers Arcane Roots, UKHC stars Feed The Rhino and Cambridge rockers Lonely The Brave will be appearing across the weekend. 

Last but most certainly not least, one of the originators of mathcore metal in the shape of The Dillinger Escape Plan will be making their first Download Festival appearance for many years, and they're another act who just can't wait to get back on Donington soil:

It's been a while since we have done the Festival thing in the UK and Download has always been a highlight for us. Last time we played was my first time seeing the legendary Aerosmith and this time will be my second. Such an honour and privilege and we shall surely bring the fucking Ruckus!

All of the above bands join headliners Avenged Sevenfold, Linkin Park and Aerosmith, as well as Rob Zombie, Fall Out Boy, Alter Bridge, Status Quo, Trivium, In Flames, While She Sleeps, Crossfaith, Steel Panther and many many more with dozens more bands still to be announced. Get your tickets from www.downloadfestival.co.uk - they'd make great last minute Christmas presents! Further updates will follow as we get them!

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