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27th March 2018


WWE NXT LIVE will return to Download Festival this year on the hallowed grounds of Donington Park. Fans will be electrified with incredible displays of skill and athleticism, as the hugest names in sports entertainment deliver the fully-fledged NXT show to a full-scale ring in the festival arena.

Also, twenty-one more exciting names have been added to the bill including Andrew WK, Hell Is For Heroes, Avatar, Bad Religion and more. Download Festival is the only place in the world where fans can experience the exhilarating world of WWE NXT alongside the world's biggest rock stars.

This year's festival is headlined by Avenged Sevenfold, Guns N' Roses and Ozzy Osbourne adn takes place between June 8th and 10th. FestTicket offer the best deals and packages for Download and you can check them all out right here.

Alongside the headliners, massive NXT names Aleister Black, Adam Cole, Velveteen Dream, Ricochet, Nikki Cross, Shayna Baszler, Kairi Sane, The Undisputed ERA and many more will descend upon Download for a weekend of high flying manoeuvres, action-packed matches and unexpected surprises along the way.

NXT has made a massive impact at the festival in previous years, performing to capacity crowds throughout the weekend, featuring impressive debuts, shocking returns and the exciting action even spilling over to band's performances. This year is set to be even bigger and better.


Download promoter Andy Copping said:

"I am incredibly fired-up to welcome WWE NXT back to Download Festival. This festival exclusive marriage of rock and wrestling is totally unique and the only place where you can see the world's most legendary rock stars and the brightest WWE prospects together. If previous years are anything to go by this is going to be the biggest most fun weekend ever."

WWE NXT superstar Aleister Black said:

"I've been a music guy all my life. Getting to combine the two things that I love the most, Metal and sports entertainment, on one of the most exciting stages in the world and to perform for a fanbase that understands me and is responsible for my success will make this an unforgettable experience."

As well as Avatar making their first Download Main Stage appearance and final headliners Bad Religion, also confirmed today are Culture Abuse, Lawnmower Deth, Starcrawler, Ded, Being As An Ocean, Ecca Vandal, Igorrr, Loathe, Kaiser Franz Josef, Helpless, Cellar Darling, Anchor Lane.

The best and hottest new acts in the world have become synonymous with Download with AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Kiss, Metallica, Def Leppard, Rage Against The Machine, Slipknot, Linkin Park and many more having all headlined the main stage.

The WWE collaboration provided one of the most touching moments in Download history when Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events & Creative and WWE icon Paul 'Triple H' Levesque was awarded the Metal Hammer 'Spirit Of Lemmy' award on the main stage two years ago, in honour of his relationship with the late legendary Mot├Ârhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister and to acknowledge the affinity between the rock and wrestling worlds. You can see what happened right here.

FestTicket offer the best deals and packages for Download and you can check them all out right here.

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