Def Leppard, Slipknot and Tool confirmed to headline Download Festival, tickets on sale
- Becki Crossley
- 25 October 2018
Trivium, Slash, Die Antwood, Underoath and more also confirmed for 2019
Earlier this week the first wave of bands to play iconic rock event Download Festival were revealed. Legendary bands Slipknot and Tool joining Def Leppard at the top of the bill and will take to the stage at Donnington Park next summer. The 2019 festival will run from from Fri 14--Sun 16 June in Leicestershire and though no presale tickets were available, tickets for the festival are on sale now.
It was announced that legendary English rockers Def Leppard will headline Download Festival 2019 and play Hysteria in full. Frontman Joe Elliott confirmed the legendary group will be performing their classic 1987 album – which features 'Pour Some Sugar On Me' and 'Animal' – in full at what will be their only UK appearance of 2019.
Speaking of the event Elliott said: 'We are delighted to be going back to headline Download in 2019! The festival has a very special place in our hearts and it's such a great place to play. We will be playing Hysteria in full – yes, in full! – plus a load more of the hits, and we are going to put on a very special show for our UK fans. Can't wait to see you all there!'
Elsewhere, the likes of Slash – teaming up with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators – and Whitesnake will be entertaining crowd at the extravaganza.
Rob Zombie has also been announced, alongside Trivium, Amon Amarth, Carcass, Delain, Die Antwoord, Opeth, Power Trip, Skindred, Underoath and The Amity Affliction. Rounding off the initial lineup reveal are Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Starset, Telsa and Reel Big Fish.
Download Festival organiser Andy Copping said: 'We're incredibly excited to announce three legends as Download 2019 headliners. It's not quite been 10,000 Days since we have been able to indulge in one of our favourite alt-rock bands, but after 13 years I am thrilled to announce Tool are finally making their long-awaited return to Download.'