Slipknot to headline Download Festival 2013

Friday night headliner confirmed

Photographer:Sophie Paterson

Chris Swindells - 27 September 2012

The metal band last played the festival in 2009, a headline performance which was released on DVD in July of this year. Since then the band from Des Moines, Iowa have lost their bassist Paul Gray, who died in May 2010, and have only played the one UK festival - Sonisphere in 2011.

The announcement comes a day after festival partners Vodafone posted an email and message to their users claiming Pearl Jam to be the third Download Festival headliner.

Slipknot will headline the Friday night at Download Festival and join Rammstein (Sunday) and Iron Maiden (Saturday) as the final headliner to be announced for the three day metal festival in June.


Slipknot’s Clown said: "We are extremely honored to have been asked once again to headline the Download Festival. This most definitely will be an experience not to be missed. Every time we've played Download we have created memories. Its always good to have the church of the Knot, the alter of the Knot, giving the sermon of the Knot to the congregation of the Knot, the culture of the Knot. This summer cannot come soon enough. Partake in the imagination or don’t bitch.”

Andy Copping, VP of Promotions at Live Nation commented: "Slipknot's last appearance at Download has gone down in the festival's history as one of the best ever headline sets. God knows what they'll have in store for 2013 but I'm looking forward to seeing how they'll top the last one."

Download Festival 2013 takes place at Donington Park, Leicestershire from 14th - 16th June 2013.

Iron Maiden were confirmed to play Donington for the fifth time in their career, 25 years after they played their first Monsters Of Rock festival there in 1988.

Download Festival weekend tickets without camping are priced at £170, plus a booking fee. Disabled and family camping will also be available.

Download Festival tickets go on general sale tomorrow (September 28) at 9am.


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