Zwan, Ministry, Less Than Jake, InMe, Disturbed, Murderdolls, Stone Sour and (hed) Planet Earth have been added to the lineup of the UK's new Download Festival which takes place in Donington, from 31 May to 01 June 2003.
[r-zone1]Zwan, ex-Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan‘s new band, are coming to Download Festival for their debut UK festival appearance. They will appear on the main stage on Sunday 1 June, before Audioslave and headliners Limp Bizkit. Also added to the Main Stage bill are two Slipknot sideprojects – guitarist Joey Jordison‘s “other” band Murderdolls (Saturday 31 May), plus singer Corey Taylor’s Stone Sour (Sunday). British rockers InMe and Industrial pioneers Ministry will also appear on the main stage on the Saturday, with power-pop punk rockers Less Than Jake, the old-school metal showmanship of Disturbed, and ‘G-punk’ rockers (hed) PE on the Sunday.
[l-zone2]Already confirmed headliners Iron Maiden will be making their only UK appearance of the summer, promising a spectacular show on the Saturday night, and Limp Bizkit are returning to the UK for their first show in more than two years where they will debut tracks from their forthcoming new album, Bipolar. As previously announced Marilyn Manson and Deftones round out the Saturday acts confirmed to date for the main stage.
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Over the next few weeks the line-ups for the other two stages – the Scuzz Stage, and the Radio 1/Kerrang! Stage – will be confirmed along with the remaining acts for the main stage. There will now be more than 70 bands play at Download across three stages over two days – making it one of the largest festivals this summer in the UK.
Furthering the cutting-edge New Media aspect of the Download Festival, Clear Channel Entertainment has announced the launch of the Digital Download Dog created by Skinkers Communications. Fans simply download the animated character to receive the latest news, audio and video clips, gossip and post-festival performance clips from Download Festival that takes place at Donington Park from 31 May to 1 June 2003. It is being distributed on www.downloadfestival.co.uk and will enable Download Festival to send targeted messages at scheduled times, placing related content in front of all applications on fans’ desktops regardless of whether they are online.