British rock festival Download will be returning to Donington Park in 2015, once again with an all star line up on offer. Since 2003, Download Festival has invited the cream of the crop to play for a rally of fans who annually attend for the same reason, to see and hear all stars of rock music playing in a wide expanse of likeminded music lovers.
Looking towards the line up, it would be foolish to class one single band per day as a headliner, as many of these would succeed in selling out arenas in no time. However, at the top of the bill on Friday we have the masked heavy metal seven-piece from Iowa, Slipknot. Famed for their image and on stage depiction of complete chaos, they will be an aggressive and energetic way to end a Friday. The rest of the day also welcomes Judas Priest, who were ranked by MTV as the second greatest metal band of all time, more American heaviness in the form of Five Finger Death Punch and Black Stone Cherry.
Saturday and we see things calm down a little, as American rock bands Faith No More and A Day To Remember build the base of the line up, helped along by the anarchistic talent of Marilyn Manson. Nominated for four Grammy Awards and ranked amongst the best heavy metal vocalists in the world, he has a plethora of singles and albums charted in the top 40, the most well to do of which was his 2004 single ‘Personal Jesus’. Finally, the headliners for the second day of Download Festival 2015 will be Muse. The rock band who hail from Devon are know for their all out, extravagant live shows that we will surely see here at Download next year.
On the final day, electronic rockers Enter Shikari will be beginning the proceedings, joined by Guns ‘N’ Roses guitarist Slash. Heavy metal hedonists Motley Crue will also be showing us what they’ve got as well as the final headliners of the weekend. Flying in from New York City, will be the hard rock band that has done everything on stage from fire breathing to shooting rockets and smoking guitars. We are of course talking about KISS...
This is far from it however, as these only make up the first wave of artists who have been announced for Download Festival 2015. Keep a close eye to find out who else will be joining this already exciting collection.
Words by Josh Plews
Images courtesy of Download Festival