Download Festival organiser: 'I'd love to book Zeppelin'

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Download Festival organiser: 'I'd love to book Zeppelin'

Photographer: Bob RoseChris Swindells on 17 June 2013

The head talent booker for the three day hard rock and metal festival at Donington Park, Leicestershire, Andy Copping, said he would love to see a reunited Led Zeppelin and Van Halen headlining the festival in the future. The Live Nation employee also said he was already in the process of signing his headline acts for 2014.

In conversation with the NME, Copping revealed that he'd like to see the original Guns n' Roses line-up playing Download Festival at some point. This would mean Axl Rose, Izzy Stradlin, Slash, Duff McKagan and Steven Adler playing together again for the first time since 1990.

Copping said: "I’d love to get them (Van Halen), but who knows when? Maybe one year we can get them to come over and it’ll happen, I live in hope. You can’t rule any bands at that level out: Led Zeppelin, the original line-up of Guns N’ Roses, I’d love to get them, hopefully it’ll happen one day."

Download Festival organisers have a rich history of encouraging formerly disbanded acts to reform, a history that includes playing a notable part in the reformation of Faith No More, who headlined the festival back in 2009.

Metallica have also been linked to the festival as they look likely to return to the European festival circuit in 2014 in support of the as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2008's 'Death Magnetic', scheduled for release in early 2014.

Download Festival 2014 takes place from 13-15 June, and as a thank you to their fans, Download Festival organisers are offering £10 off the current 2013 prices for a limited number of 5-day camping tickets, 3-day camping and weekend arena tickets. There will only be a limited 5,000 tickets available in the sale, which starts 9am this Friday (June 21).

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