Download Festival announce secret bands

The secret isn’t so secret any more as the organisers of the Download Festival have revealed the two secret bands that will play over the course of the weekend. Friday will see Dancecore superstars Enter Shikari at 5:30pm while Saturday plays host to legendary British Rockers Thunder at 18:40, both on the Tuborg Stage.

The festival runs from the 12th to the 14th June at Donington Raceway and is headlined by Faith No More, Slipknot and Def Leppard.

Faith No More To Play Brixton For Warm-Up Show

Recently reformed Faith No More have just announced that they will playing a special warm-up show ahead of their headline appearance at Download Festival this Summer.

Faith No More bassist Billy Gould broke the news on his official twitter account, posting: “Okay, kids, you knew it was gonna happen, and now I’m happy to confirm it: June 10, Brixton Academy!!”.

The warm-up show will note the band’s return to the UK and will be fans’ first chance to see the band since they called it quits 11 years ago. Tickets go on sale for 02 Academy Brixton this Friday at 9am, get them quick!

Download Announce Trigger The Bloodshed, Steel Panther Plus 15 More Acts

Download Festival have released the latest batch of bands that will storm Donington Park this year. At the top of the list are Download 2008 alum death-metallers Trigger The Bloodshed, LA glam-rock favourite’s Steel Panther and day-glo screamo-crunkers Hollywood Undead.

Other acts in the mixed bunch are Iron Maiden offspring Lauren Harris, who will play her third year of the festival this year, British punk/hardcore band Hexes (who boast A/Radio 1’s Daniel P. Carter on vocals). Hunting The Minotaur, White Man Kamikaze, Sacred Mother Tongue, Japanese Voyeurs, Loverman, Black Spiders, General Fiasco, 69 Eyes, Dear Superstar, Puller Apart By Horse, Brides and Violent Soho will also join headliners Faith No More, Slipknot and Def Leppard this June.

Faith No More self-confirm Reading and Leeds appearances

90s Alternative Metallers Faith No More have self-confirmed appearances at the Reading and Leeds festivals in August. The listing appeared in the band’s tour dates section before being removed, but not before the whole world seeming to have read it first.

The announcement has surprised many, with the band believed to have signed an exclusive contract with Live Nation to play the Download Festival. It is unclear at this time whether this contract is in relation to main stage headliner status only, with FNM though to be a second stage candidate at Reading.

The Reading and Leeds festivals take place 28-30 August. Though the lineup sucks to be honest. Sue me.

Download announce 17 new bands: Tim “Ripper” Owens, A Day To Remember and Hatebreed

Download Festival have revealed a cavalcade of new bands for their upcoming June shindig. They have also revealed how the stages break up so you can start panicking about who you might have to miss. A Bring Me The Horizon/Limp Bizkit clash would upset Fancore deeply. To see how the stages break up click  HERE

And the new bands you ask? Well here for your viewing pleasure is the announcement straight from the Download Dog’s mouth:

“With a truly impressive bill of top rock acts from all over the world already in place for this year’s DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL AT DONINGTON PARK, we’re proud to announce another seventeen acts to join the likes of Faith No More, Slipknot, Def Leppard, Whitesnake and Trivium at this year’s event, taking place 12-14 June.

Returning to Download are US metal-core outfit HATEBREED, pop-punkers A DAY TO REMEMBER, Century Media darlings IN THIS MOMENT, Northern Irish rockers THERAPY?, US metallers GOD FORBID, Swedish rockers BACKYARD BABIES and new Brit metallers HOSTILE.

They are joined by Download first-timers Cali-rockers MIDDLE CLASS RUT, Brit-rockers NO AMERICANA, the Tool-influenced ESOTERICA, deathcore newcomers SUICIDE SILENCE, rock singer TIM ‘RIPPER’ OWENS, Canadian heavy metallers VOIVOD, Nuclear Blast-signed SYLOSIS, electro-rockers TURBOWOLF, and British hardcore outfit WE ARE THE OCEAN.

The only musician so far officially playing two slots at Download this year, will be Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen, who in addition to headlining the Sunday night with his main band, will be also performing the day before with his side project MAN RAZE.”

If you ask Fancore, that is one heck of a lineup. “Ripper”, Hatebreed, ADTR, Sylosis and Voivod all come with the great big stamp of ‘Core approval. See you in the pit!