This Download article was written by Jamie Muir, a Gigsoup contributor. Edited by Zoe Anderson.
Purveyor of all things rock and heavy, Download Festival has strengthened it’s already stellar line-up with the addition of over 30 acts to the Donnington bash.
Leading the additions is festival favourites Killswitch Engage and Shinedown, both returning to Donnington Park after electric sets that landmarked their respective years at the festival, and the iconic Phil Anselmo bringing his shattering supergroup Down to the hallowed fields for yet another round of pounding metal mayhem. They’ll be joined by pop-punk revitalists Neck Deep, who’ve had a meteoric rise to rock’s premier league with fans piling up on both sides of the Atlantic. Fellow pop masters Don Broco, will also be gracing lineup. Their 2015 has seen them slay festival crowds, only for them to embark upon triumphant UK tour culminating in a massive Brixton Academy show later this month.
Glasgow’s finest, Twin Atlantic will be touching down at the festival with enough hooks to fish an ocean with, whilst Brighton’s influential trailblazers Architects will return for another energetic and relentless display of politically-charged rock. Prayer beads and confessions at the ready, as the enigmatic force of Swedish kings Ghost will be setting up for another sermon of heavy riffs, sweet melodies and satanic dreams to their dedicated congregation. They’ll be joined on the line-up by the hotly-tipped force of nature that is Ho99o9, and no festival of circle pits and anarchy would be complete without the Prince Of Punk that is Frank Carter, bringing his Rattlesnakes to the dusty savannah of Donnington Park.
Further names added today include rap-rock morphers Skindred, Halestorm, Atreyu, Beartooth, Black Foxxes, Gojira and Billy Talent. They join an untouchable line-up of rock pioneers and game-changers, with previously announced headliners Rammstein, Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden backed up by the likes of Deftones, Korn, Nightwish, Megadeth, Motorhead and Disturbed.
For those seeking the best in riffs, beers and circle pits, there really is nowhere better than Donnington Park and Download 2016.