From Planet Rock.
Iron Maiden, KISS and System of a Down have been unveiled as the blockbuster headliners of Download Festival 2020.
Having wowed on their swansong arena tour this summer, KISS will play their last UK show EVER when they headline the opening night at Donington Park on Friday 12th June.
Part of the band’s multi-year End of the Road World Tour, bassist Gene Simmons says their UK exclusive slot at Download Festival in 2020 will be a perfect goodbye.
“I’ve said it before, Download Festival audiences are the best,” The Demon says. “They are up for whatever is thrown at them. KISS is going to come fully prepared to rock their world in 2020 to say ‘Thank You’ for always showing up for us.”
Friday headliners KISS
Singer Paul Stanley adds: “Download will be the culmination of 47 years of unapologetic bombast and spectacle. We will make this a fitting farewell to a country and its people whose music remains the blood in our veins.”
The mighty Iron Maiden will have the honour of headlining the Main Stage the Saturday night four years on from their last triumphant appearance at Download Festival. Including Monsters of Rock, it’s the seventh time they’ve headlined the hallowed grounds of Donington Park.
Frontman Bruce Dickinson enthuses: “Next year we will play a number of countries and cities we have yet to visit on this incredible tour, so it is terrific to be able to accept the invitation to return to Download in 2020 and we will certainly go to town and add a few extra items to the show.
“This will be our seventh time headlining at Donington Park. It’s home turf and we all really enjoy playing this Festival, the vibe from the crowd is always fantastic.”
Download Festival is one of two homecoming UK festival shows Iron Maiden are playing in 2020. They also play Belsonic at Ormeau Park in Belfast on Monday 15th June two days after Download Festival.
Armenian-American metal titans System of a Down are the third headliners and they will bring Download Festival 2020 to an emphatic close on the Sunday night.
Sunday headliners System of a Down
Bassist Shavo Odadjian comments: “From our appearances to many of my favourite bands’, Castle Donington has always had a special place in my heart. We’re proud and excited to continue its legacy.”
Alongside the big-name headliners, also confirmed today are Deftones, Korn, The Offspring, Disturbed, Gojira, Alestorm, Black Veil Brides, Daughtry and Of Mice & Men.
Deftones drummer Abe Cunningham says: “Download has been a big part of our history. The fans and organisers have always shown us so much love and support, so when the opportunity to play arises, we answer the call!”
Korn guitarist, James ‘Munky’ Shaffer, adds: “I’m extremely anxious and enthusiastic at the same time, but I’m looking forward to getting back out there and returning to Download!”
Download Festival takes place at Donington Park from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th June 2020.
Download Festival’s cowboy hat-wearing head honcho, Andy Copping, says:“Downloaders, your 2020 headliners are here! Rock ‘n’ roll legends KISS and System of A Down will both be headlining as UK Festival exclusives and after 4 years away from Donington, Iron Maiden will return bringing with them mascot Eddie and more fire than we can handle, I’m counting down the days already!”
The Download Festival 2020 line-up so far is as follows:
KISS (Friday headliner)
Iron Maiden (Saturday headliner)
System of a Down (Sunday headliner)
Of Mice and Men
Black Veil Brides
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- Iron Maiden - The Number Of The Beast - Red Vinyl + P/S - UK - 7" vinyl - £60.00, $82.80, €70.20 (New Item) (arrived 20-Jul-2021 11:39)on July 24, 2021 at 10:27 pm
IRON MAIDEN The Number Of The Beast (1982 UK limited edition 7" single pressed on Red Vinyl with picture labels and intact four prong centre, also including Remember Tomorrow recorded live in Italy. The paper picture sleeve features the classic image of Eddie holding the decapitated head of the Devil. These sleeves are always prone to damage over time, however this copy has just light general wear but has no splits of rips, and the vinyl looks barely played. A fantastic copy and one of the best we have seen for a long time! EMI5287)
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IRON MAIDEN Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son (1988 UK first press 8-track LP, the classic seventh album from Maiden, including the singles Can I Play With Madness, The Evil That Men Do & The Clairvoyant, complete with illustrated lyric inner. The picture sleeve is Excellent with some minor edge scuffing & the vinyl is in Excellent condition with barely any play EMD1006)
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IRON MAIDEN The Number Of The Beast (1982 UK limited edition Red Vinyl 7" single with picture labels and intact four prong centre, also including Remember Tomorrow recorded live in Italy, in a plain die-cutpaper sleeve. The vinyl remains excellent with only a few light cosmetic surface scuffs EMI5287)
- Iron Maiden - Sanctuary - Censored P/S - VG - UK - 7" vinyl - £30.00, $41.40, €35.10 (New Item) (arrived 10-Jun-2021 15:28)on July 24, 2021 at 10:27 pm
IRON MAIDEN Sanctuary (1980 UK 3-track 7" vinyl single with 'Eddie' picture labels and intact four prong centre, also including live versions of Drifter and I've Got The Fire recorded at London's Marquee Club on 3rd April 1980, censored 'Thatcher' picture sleeve. The sleeve shows general storage wear and creasing, more noticeable on the back, whilst the vinyl has some minor surface marks mostly on the B-Side, overall a Very Good example EMI5065)
- Iron Maiden - Flight Of Icarus - EX - UK - 7" vinyl - £10.00, $13.80, €11.70 (New Item) (arrived 10-Jun-2021 15:31)on July 24, 2021 at 10:27 pm
IRON MAIDEN Flight Of Icarus (1983 UK 7" vinyl single with an intact four prong centre featuring the black label with red text design, also imcluding I've Got The Fire. The paper picture sleeve features the flame-thrower wielding flying 'Eddie' shooting poor old Icarus from the sky image. The sleeve displays some wear and the vinyl appears in Excellent condition EMI5378)