While the festivites were getting going at Download and the Donington spirit was starting to shine through after the rain finally eased off, we were hit by a deluge of new rock and Metal news, so before we bring you further Download updates, here’s a round up of what’s happening.

Kahmel Farahani and Dany Jones
14th June 2019: 6.00pm

Michael Schenker Fest have completed the recording sessions for their second studio album, ‘Revelation’, which is scheduled to be released on September 20th this year via Nuclear Blast. Today, the band have released their first single, ‘Rock Steady’, and you can see the official video, along with several other new videos out today on our front page here.

Edenbridge will release their new, tenth studio album, ‘Dynamind’, via Steamhammer/SPV Records on October 25th 2019. The Austrian band surrounding vocalist Sabine Edelsbacher have once again succeeded in raising the bar for symphonic melodic Metal even further with their forthcoming album that will, without a doubt, go down in their history as their toughest release to date.

Horror punk rockers, Wednesday 13, have announced the re-release of almost their entire back catalogue with Napalm Records. It will be the first time some of Wednesday 13’s records have appeared on vinyl and on digital platforms.

Blackberry Smoke on the Main Stage earlier today

German hard rockers The New Roses are back to climb the rock Olympus with their fourth studio album, ‘Nothing But Wild!’. After successful live appearances all over the world, lately opening for Kiss, and the invitation to tour with the legendary Scorpions in summer, the four piece around Timmy Rough is ready to deliver the long awaited follow up for 2017s ‘One For The Road’, which hit the Top 20 in Germany.

Sabaton release their new album, ‘The Great War’, on 19th July and have released our favourite track from the album, ‘The Red Baron’, today while Gloryhammer have releasd ‘Masters Of The Galaxy’ from their third album, ‘Legends From Beyond The Galactic Terrorvortex’. Check them all out, along with the Michael Schenker Fest video, on our front page here.

Alter Bridge will return with their sixth studio album, ‘Walk The Sky’, on October 18th via Napalm Records. The fourteen-track opus marks a creative high point for the quartet whose vocalist, Myles Kennedy, will play Download’s Main Stage at 7.00pm today with Slash.

‘Walk The Sky’ draws upon elements from each of the band’s previous releases to create something new. Alter Bridge have announced tour dates this morning and hit the UK in December.

Clutch also have a Download Main Stage slot today and are on stage as we write, so we’ll come back to them shortly. In the meantime, they have also announced tour dates for December, while Delain, who are playing the Zippo Stage right now, have announced February dates.

That was better than the regular news, which is focussing today on which rubbish self-serving politician will be the next Prime Minister. It doesn’t matter who you vote you, you will get a bad government. It’s just showbiz for ugly people so meanwhile, back at Donington Park…


Clutch are absolutely cooking this afternoon, turning out great grooves and riffs on what is now a clear Friday afternoon. “This next song is a tribute to the glories of fried food,” jokes frontman Neil Fallon before they kick into overdrive with ‘High Bottom Feeder’.

Fallon’s spirited eyes make it appear like he is possessed and a very healthy Main Stage turnout go into a frenzy during the brilliant set closer ‘Electric Worry’.

Deadland Ritual are sounding really good as they open with Sabbath’s ‘Symptom Of The Universe’. Steve Stevens is on fire as he peels off extended solos with lightning speed and the whole band works superbly well as a unit playing only their seventh show. Stevens is a force of nature however and is completely steaing the show.

Geezer Butler looks just at home here on the Main Stage as he did three years ago when Black Sabbath headlined in the rain, but that has stopped for now and the crowd are really getting into the spirit of things.

Even with this rich selection of top quality bands, there is massive anticipation for someone else who has headlined Donington before as the sun shyly makes a cameo appearance and David Coverdale & Associates make their way to the Main Stage. We are most definitely ready and willing for this and Whitesnake will feature in the next article of our Download coverage.

The Nottingham Post have already declared a well-spirited festival-goer as ‘The Mud King’ and you can see how the title was rightfully claimed right here.

Click here for our Download 2019 coverage so far…



Friday 14th June
Main Stage
Def Leppard – 9.10pm
Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators – 7pm
Whitesnake – 5.20pm

Zippo Encore Stage
Rob Zombie – 8.55pm
Eagles Of Death Metal – 7.35pm
Opeth – 6.15pm

The Avalanche Stage hosted by Kerrang! Radio
Me First And The Gimme Gimmes – 8.35pm
Reel Big Fish – 7.15pm
The Interrupters – 6pm

The Dogtooth Stage
At The Gates – 10.10pm
Ne Obliviscaris – 9.10pm
Jinjer – 8.15pm
Twelve Foot Ninja – 7.20pm
Vega – 6.30pm

Saturday 15th June
Main Stage
Slipknot – 9.10pm
Die Antwoord – 6.40pm
Trivium – 5pm
Skindred – 3.35pm
Behemoth – 2.20pm
Power Trip – 1.10pm
Royal Republic – 12pm
Alien Weaponry – 11am

Zippo Encore Stage
Halestorm – 7.45pm
Stone Temple Pilots – 6.20pm
Three Days Grace – 5.10pm
Brothers Osborne – 4pm
Epica – 2.55pm
Animals As Leaders – 1.50pm
Elvana – 12.45pm
Bad Wolves – 11.50am
The Inspector Cluzo – 11am

The Avalanche Stage hosted by Kerrang! Radio
Simple Creatures – 8.40pm
The Wonder Years – 7.25pm
nothing,nowhere. – 6.10pm
Trash Boat – 5.05pm
Roam – 4pm
Palisades – 2.55pm
The Beaches – 1.55pm
Hot Milk – 12.55pm
Yours Truly – 11.55am
Parting Gift – 11am

The Dogtooth Stage
Carcass – 7.40pm
Batushka – 6.35pm
Intervals – 5.35pm
The Hu – 4.35pm
Riding The Low – 3.35pm
Lovebites – 2.40pm
Queen Zee – 1.45pm
Underside – 12.50pm
Cloud – 11.55am
Vambo – 11am

Sunday 16th June
Main Stage
Tool – 9.25pm
The Smashing Pumpkins – 7.10pm
Lamb Of God – 5.20pm
Amon Amarth – 3.50pm
Godsmack – 2.30pm
Underoath – 1.10pm
I Prevail – 12pm
Cane Hill – 11am

Zippo Encore Stage
Slayer – 8.45pm
Dream Theater – 7pm
Anthrax – 5.35pm
Beartooth – 4.20pm
State Champs – 3.10pm
Starset – 2.05pm
Badflower – 1pm
Dinosaur Pile-Up – 12pm
Like A Storm – 11am

The Avalanche Stage hosted by Kerrang! Radio
Enter Shikari – 8.20pm
Fever 333 – 7.10pm
Palaye Royale – 6pm
The Amity Affliction – 5pm
Our Last Night – 4pm
Black Peaks – 3pm
Heart Of A Coward – 2pm
Allusinlove – 1pm
Black Futures – 12pm
RedHook – 11am

The Dogtooth Stage
Municipal Waste – 7.50pm
Whitechapel – 6.50pm
coldrain – 5.50pm
Alcest – 4.50pm
Toska – 4pm
Crystal Lake – 3.10pm
Kim Jennett – 2.20pm
Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics – 1.30pm
Blurred Vision – 12.40pm
Wolf Jaw – 11.50am
Lost In Stereo – 11am

Download takes place at Donington Park, which is just off the M1 and right next to East Midlands Airport on Friday 14th to Sunday 16th June 2019.

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