Download 2014: Avenged Sevenfold named as first headliner

Avenged Sevenfold have been been announced as the first headliner for Download Festival 2014.

The band will headline the mainstage on Friday night, and will be joined on the first day by rock icon Rob Zombie.

It’s the first time the band have ever headlined a UK festival and follows the recent success of their latest album Hail To The King, which reached number one in the UK charts.

Avenged Sevenfold Tweeted that they are “proud and excited” to be headlining Download Festival.

Next year’s Download will be held on 13-15 June 2014 in Donington Park, Leicestershire and tickets are already on sale at an Earlybird rate of £10 off 2013 prices until 9am Friday November 8.

The other main stage headliners will be announced at 8am tomorrow (Tuesday 5) and Wednesday 6.