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I Wish I Could Attend Download This Summer

Someday I'll go to Download. I mean, I could go this year, but I'm saving my money for another Hawaii trip. Choices, choices.

DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL has confirmed a whopping 37 incredible additions to its 2013 line-up, including LIMP BIZKIT, JIMMY EATWORLD, DOWN, KORN, AIRBOURNE, ENTER SHIKARI and CANCER BATS. They join headliners Slipknot, Iron Maiden, and Rammstein, as well as Bullet for My Valentine, Mastodon, Stone Sour,Volbeat and Coal Chamber, for what’s set to be THE biggest weekend in the rock calendar on 14-16 June 2013 at the ‘home of rock’, Donington Park.

Download is pleased to see the return of Fred Durst and co, as Limp Bizkit are confirmed for 2013. This year also sees the return of alternative rockers Jimmy Eat World, Southern metallers Down and nu metal legends Korn, who are coming back to Donington with their founding guitar player Brian ‘Head’ Welch. 

Ahead of their 2013 album release, British metalcore band Asking Alexandria will join the likes of Australian hardcore band Parkway Drive, UK tour buddies Motionless in White and raucous residents on the rock scene, Young Guns on the Download bill. Proving that loud, gritty and ranting punk rock is very much alive, Cancer Bats are also confirmed for their fourth appearance at the mighty Download Festival. With their grime style vocals, ferocious riffs and hard-edged British style, Hacktivist will make their Download Festival debut in 2013.

Post hardcore legends Enter Shikari join the incredible line up alongside Five Finger Death Punch whose infamous live sets are not to be missed. Returning to Donington for asecond year in a row, Duff McKagan will debut his new blues rock band Walking Papers who took the Seattle music scene by storm in 2012. Led by the stunning ‘operatic banshee’ that is Jill Janus, the incredible Huntress join the line up alongside sleaze rock Swedish 4 piece Hardcore Superstar. Their live set is set to pack a punch for punk, and Download fans won’t be disappointed with the addition of the mighty Converge to the line up.

Joining the brutal bill are Aussie rockers Airbourne, melodic death metallers Amon Amarth and the aggressively melodic Black Dogs. Critically acclaimed for their recent album ‘Blood’, industrially inspired In this Moment, will be joined by feel good rock ‘n’ rollers HellYeah. Fronted by ex Dragonforcevocalist, I AM I will see ZP Theart introduce his new band to the Donington crowds. Also joining the incredible line up at the ‘spiritual home of rock’ with their heavy beatdown hardcore are Last Witness.

Stylish Swedish rockers The Hives are confirmed, along with Heaven’s Basement who will bring their ferocious rock ‘n’ roll to Donington, Nottingham’s finest Earthtone9 and U.S.rockers 3 Doors Down.

Making their first Download appearance are metalcore rockers Goldsboro. Also added to the bill are classic British metal rockers UFO, Vision of Disorder - known for their intense live shows - the muscular riffing of Texan heavy metallers The Sword, and souful rockers Buffalo Summer.

Weekend and Day tickets for Download 2013 are on sale now and available from

Reader Comments (28)

Eh, as my Dad (RIP) used to say, "It sounds like an awfully long way to go for a drink." And I say that because, honestly, I don't think you're missing that much...

Certainly, Hardcore Superstar, Airbourne, Volbeat and Walking Papers are worth the trip but not much else, really.

Don't fret over skipping it and save your money for a Rockfest in Sweden with all our Swedish faves in the line-up.
January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
And, besides, Metalboy! has a laser-disc of "Live After Death" to watch if things turn anxious that weekend.

I kid because I care (. . . and still think you are far off the mark on Maiden).
January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHim
Went a few times as a youngster - when it was Monsters of Rock, been to download as an adult - wont go again - cant abide the mud anymore.

only a few bands grab me from the line up.
January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRed6ixx
Will be my third trip from Australia to Download & Swedenrock. Going to Hellfest for the first time. Cant wait.
January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAce
I'm hoping a lot of these same bands are signed for Rock on the Range.
January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBryon
@Him Very Funny! Can't wait to see Matalboy's! response ....
January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShawn
I am missing ROTR because I will be in the UK. And missing Download b/c I'll be here. Sucks. Some awesome bands on there. Bullet for my valentine I am seeing next month, and Stone Sour, but not a full show, sadly. I love those guys, their latest CD is amazing. Five Finger Death Punch are also amazing, live. I know Metalboy doesn't like any of those bands. They are metal....
January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChristian
Hahaha!!!, Christian! If Black Sabbath was there I might think about it, but at least there's ONE Glam METAL band and ONE Hair METAL band worth seeing, you won't want to miss, and that's Hardcore Superstar and Airbourne, respectively.

Again, your passive aggressiveness can't alter what everyone knows about me -- I am Metalboy! And that means I'm all about METAL of any kind -- as long as it's GOOD.

Hey HIM, just so you know what kind of chump change you'd be wasting on an Iron Maiden "Live After Death" Laser Disc as one just went for $39.88 on December 23, 2012.

That sure is an expensive frisbee!
January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Airbourne are hair metal ? Seriously ? They are Aussie pub rock, straight out of the AC/DC play book. See how insane things get when we insist on labelling everything ? They don't have the hair, or the chops. They are great, I love them, but they have only the most superficial things in common with Poison.

Why would you buy a Laser disc, when it's on DVD ? Sure, before that, they were worth something. Live after death is, hands down, the best concert CD/DVD of all time. No contest.

By all means, you are metalboy. You chose the name, so it makes sense that it should be defined by your strange ideas of what is metal :-)
January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChristian
Dude, you really don't know how to read the threads do you?

I'm responding to a "humorous" remark made by HIM about me owning a laser disc of "Live After Metal".

I'm glad you are letting me keep my name, Christian. Otherwise, Allyson would have to change the name of this site to:

Bring Back NWOBHM! because of your endless posts about some of THE crappiest Metal bands to ever drag their knuckles across the earth.

And that's Metalboy! with an exclamation point!

Are you sure you don't need to talk to a Judas Priest or something to sort out your inability to suppress your passive aggressive behavior?

AC/DC are Heavy Metal even though they don't claim to be, nor you or most on here will care to admit. Exhibit A: "Ballbreaker".

Let me break it down for you -- Airbourne has long Hair. They play 80's Style Hard Rock that could also be argued to be a form of Metal, thus Airbourne = Hair Metal.

I don't expect you to understand it. You have your head so far up Steve Harris' a*s, how would you possibly be able to?
January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
I can't remember the last time I talked about NWOBHM ( although I love it ). Ballbreaker ? Seriously ? Um.... no. Either way, Airbourne sound like AC/DC with Bon. Which is a good thing.

I see. Long hair == metal. No wonder you're so confused.
January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChristian
I am hardly confused. I stand by my contention that "Ballbreaker" IS Heavy Metal. It's not based on what I read in a magazine. It's not based on what I read in a book. It's based on what I hear. And it's an opinion.

There's a reason why AC/DC is in Sam Dunn's Metal Family Tree. Huh-uh-lo-oh!

You wouldn't know METAL if you were electrocuted by it!
January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Yeah, they belong in the tree. So do Sweet. I would say, on reflection, that back in black was metal, in 1980. But Ballbreaker is really just them rehashing those riffs
January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChristian
Opinion-duel, table for two? I almost feel left out after deciding to just go for some yucks.

So let me just stir things up a bit more: awhile back some of us agreed that most music is derivative of past music, with some a better copy and some a cruder facsimile. Opinions differ and levels of aesthetic judgment differ as well (in so far as the latter are just another version of the former in most cases).

Opinions often shift as one listens to more, reads more, interacts more with others. Sometimes, however, they do not. Case in point: my enjoyment of IM. I do, however, have another of Metalboy!'s whipping posts to thanks for a change in perspective on why I like IM. _That Metal Show_ had a segment where several people brought up the fact that IM owes quite a bit to Thin Lizzy (another band I like regardless of category). I had never considered that. I went back and listened to both bands. They were right. Guitar-wise, there is a clear influence. Not derivative so much as inspired in this case.

My overall point? I can rhetorically box with the best of them (it is, after all, 'war by other means'). But I tend to stop riding the horse after it is past its prime and certainly after it has died. So I turn to jokes and puns. They are a lot more agreeable and tend to include rather than exclude when based on one's opinions.

Who would even bother to argue about whether or not IM is prog? King Crimson is prog (another band I enjoy). Oh no, I am taking the bait . . .
January 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHim
Yeah, the Lizzy influence is in all the harmony guitars, apart from any thing else. I love TL too. Here's a question - some people think they are metal. Do I have to agree, to like them ? I don't think so.

New IM is more prog and less metal, for what it's worth. But I agree that trying to argue over labels is ultimately stupid. I don't have to think it's metal, to like it, and I think MetalBoy's main issue is remembering arguing with metal heads in the 80s who said Poison is not metal, and also meant, they suck. I agree with the former statement, but not the latter, and therein lies the disconnect
January 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChristian
A nicely reasoned and reflective reply Christian. I think a roundtable of posters like you and others, a face-to-face sort of thing, would be fascinating.

I like the jousting as much as the next, but what I admire most is the depth of knowledge that all of you bring to the mix here on BBG. It is a big enough tent to include Allyson's love of Jackson Browne (just posted); so I suppose it is big enough to include a lot that is/is not metal/glam/thrash/prog depending on how you squint and turn your head.

[Sidebar: some of the stuff that Sykes did with the leftovers of TL is definitely metal. The rest? More an influence on certain bands that are metal . . . just my opinion.]
January 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHim
Iron Maiden is Prog turned up loud.

And that's what makes it Metal. I never said Iron Maiden isn't Metal. I just said it isn't GOOD METAL.

Thin Lizzy is 70's Classic Rock.

Christian continues to disappoint by assuming scenarios took place in MY Metal World that NEVER OCCURRED. The only arguing that's ever gone on regarding Metal is pretty much on here.

Honestly, I only really like Poison's first album, "Look What The Cat Dragged In". And no matter how you guys want to view 'em, classify 'em and chastise 'em, that album is considered a definitive Glam METAL Classic.
January 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Again, very astute comments, HIM!
January 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
I've seen AC/DC 14 times from 1978 to 1996, including the 3rd and 4th Night they ever played out in public with Brian Johnson. The shows took place at Capital Centre in Largo, Maryland in 1980, which was also the 3rd and 4th time they ever played "Back In Black" in front of an audience. And it was a sold out audience of 22,000 people both nights. That ain't "Pub Rock", clown. That's "Arena Rock" while at the same time, something more...

Just as Christian finally concedes here, it was Metal. Molten Metal. And so is "Ballbreaker".
January 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
I met AC/DC once and a buddy of mine is a very good friend of Brian Johnson. Like I said, these guys would never admit their Metal. They insist they are merely a Rock & Roll Band.

But it's all said with a bit of a wink, considering how they blow the roofs of the largest arenas in the world on a regular basis to this day!

p.s. Even if people who want to form their opinions based primarily on sheep following rather than what their ears tell them cannot concede AC/DC are in fact, METAL of the highest order, it can at least be acknowledged that they are indeed "Pioneers of Heavy Metal"*

*Source: Wikipedia
January 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!

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