Metallica to play two unique sets at Download 2023

Bring Me The Horizon, Slipknot, and Metallica will headline the lineup for Download 2023, set for 8-11 June 2023. Tonight, it was also announced that Metallica will play two unique sets on Thursday and Saturday in what promises to be an exhilarating 20th Anniversary weekend.

“We are next-level honoured to once again come back and partake in the Download shenanigans on the hallowed grounds of Castle Donington,” Metallica said, “which has an unparalleled place in rock history. On top of that, to be able to share our double show format with two completely unique sets with no repeat songs for the first time ever in the U.K is way fuckin’ cool. Bring it on!!”

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“Download Festival! So many great memories,” Sid Wilson said. “One of the most amazing crowds to play in front of. Always an honour to share the bill with so many amazing bands, and of course, I’ll never miss the opportunity to play my homeland.”

“Download Festival was one of the first festivals I ever attended as a punter,” Bring Me The Horizon frontman Oli Sykes said. “It was our first amazing festival experience to play as a band, and now the fact that we are headlining such a prestigious event blows my mind. We can’t wait to bring a whole new sound and show for the Download audience.”

“This year marks a huge milestone for Download,” Download Festival’s Andy Copping said. “Celebrating the incredible 20 years of the festival is no small feat. We really wanted to up the ante for this special anniversary, adding an extra day for the fans to experience the unforgettable lineup that once again brings together unparalleled talent from the rock music world back to Donington Park!”

The further bands which have been announced are:

As December Falls, Asking Alexandria, Aviva, Bambie Thug, Beauty School Dropout, Behemoth, Blackgold, Blind Channel, Bloodywood, Brutus, Crashface, Crawlers, Dead Sara, Elvana, Enola Gay, Fever 333, Fixation, Graphic Nature, GWAR, Hawxx, Ingested, I Prevail, Jazmin Bean, Kid Bookie, Kid Kapichi, Lake Malice, Lorna Shore, Mod Sun, Monuments, Motionless In White, Municipal Waste, nothing, nowhere., Nova Twins, Polaris, Pupil Slicer, Seether, Set It Off, SiM, Simple Plan, Soen, Soul Glo, Stand Atlantic, Stray From The Path, Taylor Acorn, The Blackout, The Distillers, The Meffs, Terror, Three Days Grace, Touche Amore, VV, Witch Fever.

Download presale will start at 9 PM Tuesday, 8 November 2022.

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Download Festival 2023 was a record breaking year.

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