Preview: Download Festival 2012

By on Thursday, 1st March 2012 at 9:30 am

Now in its tenth year, Download Festival graces the hallowed soil of Donington Park for a three day extravaganza of the best in alternative music. From Friday the 8th to Sunday the 10th June 2012, more than 100 bands will play over three stages to thousands of metalheads, punks and rockers.

Headlining the Main Stage this summer are the dance-rock pioneers the Prodigy (pictured above), the thrash titans Metallica (performing The Black Album in its entirety), and the originators of heavy metal Black Sabbath. Download is the only show that Black Sabbath will be playing this year since it was revealed that guitarist Tony Iommi was diagnosed with early stage lymphoma.

Supporting these living legends across the Main Stage are drum and bass enthusiasts Chase and Status, stadium rockers Biffy Clyro and grunge maestros Soundgarden. But it’s not just the headliners and support to come for, some of the biggest and hottest names in alternative music are heading to Donington for this amazing showcase. The likes of Machine Head, Tenacious D, Megadeth, Slash, NOFX, Billy Talent, Steel Panther, Lamb Of God, Killswitch Engage, Black Label Society and more!

Weekend tickets with camping are priced at £200 for 5 nights, £190 for 3 nights and just £165 without camping. Day tickets and RIP packages can also be purchased from the official Web site. TGTF will be there this year so come and throw the horns with us as ‘War Pigs’ rings out on Sunday night to 80,000 screaming metallers. Bring it on.

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