We're a little bit tardy on reporting this but Christmas is a fairly good excuse - or the one we're sticking to anyway!
A whopping thirty three new bands have been added to the line up of the UK's premiere rock, metal and alternative music festival aka Download. Andy Copping and the Live Nation team wanted to give Download Festival fans and ticket holders an early Christmas Present and so they teamed up with Dan Carter on the Radio One Rock Show before Christmas to unveil the start of this huge announcement. Ten bands were announced on radio one including the likes of Beartooth, Architects, Ghost and Gojira, before Mr Copping spilled the beans on a ton more bands on Twitter after the show had finished. The full list of bands, which notably also includes Killswitch Engage, Halestorm, Tremonti and Skindred, can be found below:
- The Amity Affliction
- Billy Talent
- Breaking Benjamin (first ever show outside of the US)
- Black Foxxes
- Counting Days
- Don Broco
- Fort Hope
- Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
- Killswitch Engage
- Lawnmower Deth
- Milk Teeth
- Neck Deep
- Rival Sons
- Twin Atlantic
What will now happen to Motorhead's slot on the bill following the incredibly sad news of Lemmy's passing yesterday is as yet unclear - some form of multi-band tribute wouldn't surprise us at all.
All the above bands will join headliners Rammstein, Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden plus KoRn, Deftones, Megadeth, Nightwish and Disturbed at the 2016 Download Festival. Tickets, including deposit scheme, are available from the festival website www.downloadfestival.co.uk. Please stay tuned to Scribes of Metal for any further line up additions as we head into the new year.