Download festival 2012 gets MORE bands!

At this rate, the other summer Rock festivals should call it a day.

Download, which already has the likes of Metallica, The Prodigy, Black Sabbath (Although…), Chase & Status, Biffy Clyro, Soundgarden, Machine Head, Tenacious D, You Me At Six, Devin Townsend Project, the reformed Little Angels and Trivium playing have announced another 14 heavy hitters.

How do Megadeth, Slash & Myles Kennedy, Black Label Society, Kyuss Lives!, the mighty Steel Panther, As I Lay Dying, Billy Talent, Rise Against, Fear Factory, Five Finger Death Punch, Terrorvision, Periphery, Ginger Wildheart and gloriously retro Swedish glamsters, Reckless Love grab you?

Slash. His heart defibrillator kicks in during a gig, on the first page of his autobiography. It's that kind of book...

Not to be uncharitable, but are there any bands worth signing for the likes of Sonisphere, V Festival and Reading?  If I didn’t have an entirely justified fear of tents, camping, festival camp grounds and the great outdoors, I’d be all over Download tickets…



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2 responses to “Download festival 2012 gets MORE bands!

  1. Glad you sound so excited about the line up this year!

    Having regularly attended festivals for the last few years though, I am less than impressed.

    Although mahoosive headliners, the likes of Metallica and the Prodigy far too frequently appear on the festival radar (the former every bloody year!). That’s not to say that I wouldn’t enjoy watching them again live, but it’s hard to get too excited about another stagnant rendition of ‘Enter Sandman’ from Hetfield and the gang.

    The new additions are interesting, particularly Terrorvision (Tequila anyone?) and Fear Factory who have made welcome come backs, and Rise against, who I plainly love.

    Think I’ll keep my eyes peeled for a European festival again this year, or perhaps Reading – there’s always a good mix/clash of musical genres to be found there.

    • Well, Sonisphere haven’t played their cards yet – if there’s going to be a mash-up of heavy music styles, it’s almost certainly going to go down there, I guess.

      I’ve never seen Metallica live – I know, I know – and with a band of their size, it’s always possible that there’s a new generation of kids who want to see the set that Hetfield and co will be touting, so I tend to view their appearances as somewhat playing to a crowd who might not have had the chance to see them before or might view seeing them in a festival setting as a safer bet than springing for arena tour tickets.

      A lot of my friends are fond of the European festival circuit – Hell Fest in France and those kinds of bills are popular…

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