Now is around the time we start making plans for June 2019. After a lot of research, FestivalMart has identified 5 HUGE bands that look increasingly likely to HEADLINE the Download Festival. We've taken lots into consideration - touring commitments, album releases, and the history of the festival to give you these 5 names who we THINK could appear next year. These could be HUGE - and there's a new face in there too...
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With their last release in 2014, the time is ripe for a new Slipknot album - and one is planned for 2019. Having headlined 3 times before, with the last in 2015, it could be the perfect time to return to Download in support of their forthcoming album. Or, with the 20th anniversary of their debut, self-titled record next year, we could see a full walkthrough of 'Slipknot'? Which would you prefer? Comment below!
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Apparently Pearl Jam is a band that booking chief Andy Copping has been trying to book for years. But we're not totally sure of that! Anyways, they've been touring this past year and will bring out a new album in 2019. As a band that have never played Download, Copping could seize the opportunity to book a fresh face with giant classic rock bands with new albums in short supply. Would you like to see Pearl Jam at DL2019? Comment below!
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Now we're going to throw the proverbial spanner in the works, and introduce a band that have been slowly rising the UK festival bill for years. We think 2019 could finally be their deserved chance to headline Download, and cement their place as one of the UK's top live acts. You could say it's now or never for BMTH - we're hoping it's now, as it would definitely be a fresh addition to the group of UK bands that can headline festivals, and we think the set would be amazing.
With Oli Sykes saying that the writing is currently 'falling into place' for them, the new album could possibly drop for mid-2019. We think there's a real chance Andy Copping might be giving them a call. Are they big enough to headline though? Tell us in the comments!
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Metallica's new album has been so well-received by everybody. It's been universally loved by the fans, and they are an absolute favourite at Donington too. We wouldn't be at all surprised to see them announced for Download 2019.
They last played in 2012, and seven years is too long for one of the biggest metal bands on earth. Would you take them back?
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We think KISS may be coming to an end. According to Blabbermouth, the Kiss Catalog company recently filed a patent for 'The End of the Road' - a patent which relates to live performances by a musical band. Having headlined Download twice before, it would be fitting for them to make the 2019 festival their last UK show. We shall see! Would you be happy with KISS?