Download Festival 2012 organiser Andy Copping has vowed that fans will be won over by Chase & Status at this year's festival, comparing them to previous dance crossover successes The Prodigy and Pendulum.
The dubstep duo were one of the new announcements for the event last night, alongside the likes of Soundgarden, Biffy Clyro and You Me At Six, prompting a fierce online reaction from fans. Some took to Twitter to voice their disapproval at Copping directly, while Facebook groups calling for Chase & Status to be removed from the bill and attempting to organise a bottling of the group have also been set up.
Defending the booking, Copping told NME: “They’re a great live band. They totally fit with what we’ve done before with bands like Pendulum and The Prodigy. I know they’re going to step up and win people over. I saw them perform in Hyde Park last year and they totally blew me away with the intensity of their show.”
He urged festival-goers to give the band a chance: “They even had circle pits going on, and that’s what Download’s all about. To those people who are unsure, I say go and have a look and you’ll be blown away. If not, we’ve got four other stages for you to choose from. But you should go and watch Chase & Status.”
Copping then also spoke about the festival’s other two headliners, reassuring fans that Black Sabbath were still set to play, despite guitarist Tony Iommi being diagnosed with cancer.
“As far as I’m aware everything is fine,” he said, adding: “I’ve been told that Black Sabbath are going to be playing Download. I don’t want people to worry unduly about that, we should all just send our thoughts and best wishes to Tony Iommi.”
He then spoke of how he had persuaded Metallica to play ‘The Black Album’ live in full for the first time: “It was my idea, I went and spoke with management, pitched the idea and the band absolutely loved it. There are tracks on that album they’ve never played [live] before, it’s one of the biggest rock albums ever released. It’ll be a great show.”
Download Festival 2012 takes place at Donington Park on June 8-10.
Download 2012 tickets start at £155 (including £10 booking fee) for an arena-only (non-camping) ticket. A three-day camping ticket priced at £180 (including £10 booking fee) and £190 (including £10 booking fee) for a five-day camping ticket.
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