The Prodigy, Slipknot for Download

As predicted on Virtual Festivals, The Prodigy will play this year's Download, as organisers release the festival's first acts.

Masked rockers Slipknot will return to the heavy rock festival for a third time, headlining the main stage on the Saturday (13 June) night.

Motley Crue are set to play Donington for the second time in three years, while Korn and Dragonforce will also appear – both names were previously reported as targets by organiser Andy Copping.

Pendulum will be back at the event after wowing crowds in 2008 along with Devildriver.

Click here to see the latest Download 2009 line-up and rumours.

Download Festival 2009 will take place at Donington Park, Castle Donington in Leicestershire from 12-14 June.

Tickets for the festival will go on sale this Friday (13 February) priced at £135 for an early bird camping pass.