HRH Award-winning Download Festival has added more than 60 of the world’s biggest rock acts to its monster 2018 bill. Arena fillers Shinedown, You Me At Six and Black Stone Cherry join legendary metal outfits Hatebreed and Cradle Of Filth.
Kerrang! Radio Fresh Blood returns to host The Avalanche Stage with seminal bands such as The Bronx, Less Than Jake and Cancer Bats among many more. With headliners Neck Deep and The Hives already announced, latest additions include The Bronx who will sink their teeth firmly into the stage with a gut-wrenching performance, the electrifying Cancer Bats bringing with them circle pits and crowd surfing aplenty, as well as the youthful punk rebellion of Milk Teeth, ska-punk favourites Less Than Jake, and the ever-growing popularity of Jamie Lenman, plus many more.
Fresh from a world tour, the unstoppable Shinedown are returning to Download with massive riffs and huge anthems led by rock machine Brent Stephen Smith. Also coming to Donington are the relentless Volbeat who’ve carved their own way to massive stages across the globe through their incredible genre melding fun.
You Me At Six return perform anthems from their number one album Cavalier Youth, their top three album Night People and many, many more. The Surrey five-piece have long been at the forefront of breaking British rock and are ready to step it up a notch.
Legendary Korn frontman Jonathan Davis will be making his first Download appearance as a solo artist after recently revealing plans to release a solo record in 2018 and black metal legends Cradle of Filth hit Donington with the unmissable Dani Filth to the fore.
UK power metal shred lords DragonForce are back for a gloriously fast and absurdly entertaining show. Also added are Kentucky boys Black Stone Cherry who have seen stratospheric success blending Southern-rock and alternative metal and they’ll be joined by trad-rockers Inglorious and Monster Truck – who will provide an amped-up, modern take on bluesy rock with vintage appeal.
With third album A Deeper Cut due for release next month, The Temperance Movement are back and they’ll be joined by British rock legends Thunder. The Struts’ brand of glam rock and hugely classic hooks are coming to the Main Stage alongside Texan southern-rockers Whiskey Myers.
Hugely influential grunge pioneers L7 will deliver a must-see set while Hatebreed have been a vital unifying force in heavy music for decades and will tear up the Main Stage. And classic rockers Greta Van Fleet are a hotly anticipated addition to the line-up.
Boston Manor join British post hardcore quintet Marmozets and American post-hardcore legends Thrice – back at Donington for the first time since 2003.
Headlining The Dogtooth Stage across the weekend, Australian deathcore mob Thy Art Is Murder join Grammy nominated, heavy metal outfit Baroness. TesseracT are one of progressive metal’s elite and will jostle for position alongside Higher Power and Rolo Tomassi.
Also announced today: Bury Tomorrow, Kreator, Dead Cross, Stick To Your Guns, The Maine, blessthefall, Stray From The Path, Employed To Serve, The Bottom Line, Emmure, Plini, Myrkur, Knocked Loose, All Them Witches, Malevolence, Wayward Sons, Puppy, Zeal & Ardor, Miss May I, SHVPES, No Hot Ashes, Gold Key, The Hyena Kill, Sun Arcana, Tigress, Death Blooms, The Faim, Turbonegro, Corrosion Of Conformity, Savage Messiah, Myke Gray, Von Hertzen Brothers, Woes, Powerflo, Sleep Token and Koyo.
The three-day festival takes place 8-10 June 2018 at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire. Tickets are on sale now at downloadfestival.co.uk/tickets