Today see's the third and final installment of headliner announcements from Download festival, previous days bought us Slipknot and Judas Priest for Friday, followed by Muse and Marilyn Manson on Saturday.
Sunday, classically known as the more "classic" day of rock will see long serving glamsters Kiss taking the headline spot, with Motley Crue as main support. For both bands this could well be the final chance to see them in a UK festival, Crue are set to disband in early 2016 so that doesn't leave a lot of time to squeeze in any more top slots. Confident in his bands status and billing, Kiss frontman Paul Stanley said:
Download has become a tradition of stature that separates the pretenders from the contenders and the champs from the chimps. It will be an honour to take our turf and leave no doubt why we wear the crown.
Bassist Gene Simmons (thanks for the early announcement leak Gene!) comments:
To all our fans - our intention is to get on that stage, blow the heavens to smithereens and take no prisoners.
No strangers to the UK, Slash ft Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators return for their second showing at Download, ramping up to a bigger slot on the main stage, Slash has been doing Download throughout his career on a regular basis (well, at least annually!) and he says:
Download is a very special event for me. It's been a major destination since I started and I'm always excited to be a part of it.
Probably the biggest announcement for Sunday though for those interested in homegrown talent is the 2nd stage headliner slot for UK electro-rockers (we refuse to use the term electronicore, too many 'cores about) Enter Shikari. With the excitement for their new album 'The Mindsweep' already rampant, this billing will see them cement their place in the upper rankings of the ladder of UK rock and metal bands. Singer Rou Reynolds comments:
The thing I love more than anything is playing outside, at night. We thank Download for the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the great outdoors and engulf and deluge festival-goers with our noise. It is an honour to be closing the night and because of this we will bring with us illuminations. Do attend.
And there we have it, 3 days worth of headliners. Before the festival has even finished adding bands, before the first note is struck - we've already got highs, lows, woos and boos. Let's see how the rest of the line ups start to form before drawing up our complex stage switching weekend planners. Tickets go back on sale tomorrow at 9am, however if you're considering upgrading you can get your RIP packages straight away over at Ticketmaster.