Metallica to headline Download Festival 2012 line up

Metallica have been confirmed for Download Festival 2012 and will play 'The Black Album' in full during their set.

The news was confirmed on Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 show, with drummer Lars Ulrich excited about returning.

Lars Ulrich said: “We have not been to the hallowed ground of Donington since 2006, we’re so looking forward to coming back.”

Speaking about ‘The Black Album’, he added: “We are playing the one that’s called ‘The Black Album.’ We’ve never played ‘Don’t Tread On Me’ and we’ve never played ‘The Struggle Within’ [or] ‘My Friend Of Misery’. That’s three songs we’ve never played, I guess we’re going to have to rehearse!”

With no other acts confirmed, Download Festival 2012 rumours include Black Sabbath, who are expected to make an reformation announcement on Friday (11 November), as well as Van Halen.

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Download Festival 2012
will take place at Donington from 8-10 June.

Download Festival 2012 tickets
will go on sale on Friday 18 Novemeber at 9am.

Links to buy Download Festival tickets will be on VF when they’re available.