Download Festival announces 2023 line-up

The festival returns to Donington Park next summer from 8-11 June

Download Festival has announced their line-up for the 20th anniversary edition of the festival, and it’s already looking huge. Now spanning four days instead of three, the monster event will see some of the biggest names in rock and metal heading to Donington Park between 8-11 June, with 60 acts confirmed and loads more on the way.

Headlining the festival will be Bring Me The Horizon, Slipknot and Metallica, with Metallica returning to the festival for the first time in 13 years to play two nights – with two completely unique sets. Metallica will headline on the Thursday and Saturday nights, whilst Bring Me The Horizon take on Friday night and Slipknot closes on Sunday.

“We are next-level honoured to once again come back and partake in the Download shenanigans on the hallowed grounds of Castle Donington, which has an unparalleled place in rock history,” Metallica said in a statement.

Other big names on the anniversary line-up are Architects, Disturbed, Placebo, Evanescence, Ghost, Parkway Drive, Alexisonfire, Pendulum and Within Temptation.

Completing the first batch of names released in the line-up 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 and Witch Fever.

Tickets for next year’s Download festival go on general sale at 10am this Thursday 10 November. Get tickets for Download 2023 here.