First headliners announced for Download 2017 – and it’s going to be epic!

System of a Down, Biffy Clyro and Aerosmith have been announced as the first major headliners for Download 2017.

The world’s premier rock and metal event will take place on 9 – 11 June 2017, when it again returns to the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire.

The return of System of a Down will mark the third time the band have headlined the festival, and the alt-rock/metal favourites always put on a live performance of epic proportions. Expect a flurry of metal hits including Toxicity, Chop Suey, BYOB and Aerials when they take to the stage on 9 June next year.

Meanwhile, Biffy Clyro will make their headline debut for Download on Saturday 10 June, bringing their full-throttle stadium-sized show to the festival crowds. Having scored their second No. 1 album with Ellipsis in 2016, the band are embracing stratospheric success built on a foundation of huge hits such as Wolves Of Winter, Bubbles, Mountains and many more.

The weekend will close courtesy of Aerosmith on Sunday 11 June, in what will be the classic rock powerhouse’s only UK appearance of 2017. After consistently proving they are one of the best bands in the world, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Joey Kramer, Tom Hamilton, and Brad Whitford will close the festival weekend with style and panache as they rip through Dude (Looks Like a Lady), Walk This Way, Don’t Want to Miss a Thing and more.

Other acts announced on the line-up include: Slayer, Rob Zombie, Prophets of Rage, Five Finger Death Punch, AFI, Of Mice & Men, Sleeping With Sirens, Motionless In White, Simple Plan, Every Time I Die, The Story So Far and Fozzy.

Make sure you’re there next year. Tickets on sale now at