First three bands for Download

The Prodigy, Trivium, and Bullet For My Valentine are the first acts to be confirmed for this year's Download festival - and tickets are on sale here from Friday.

Download 2006 takes place at Donington Park from 9-11 June and is expected to once again play host to some of the finest heavy rock acts from around the world.

Despite Bullet For My Valentine, The Prodigy and Trivium being the first acts to be announced, only The Prodigy have been confirmed as main stage headliner. The other two are expected to feature high up the bill, possibly even headlining the second stage.

Organisers have promised to announce bands as and when they are confirmed, so expect a flurry of announcements over the coming months.

Other bands doing the rounds as possibles for Download include Korn, Placebo, In Flames, and (don’t hold your breath!) Guns ‘N’ Roses.

Weekend tickets are priced £115 (£135 with camping and parking) and are available here from Friday 3 February. Click here for more info on Download 2006.