After the rumours and leaked posters from bassist Gene Simmons, the ‘hottest band in the world’ have finally taken their place on the bill as Sunday night headliners alongside Slipknot and Muse. It’s the band’s first UK festival appearance since their last slot at Download in 2008. Frontman Paul Stanley says “Download has become a tradition of stature that separates the pretenders from the contenders and the champs from the chimps. It will be an honour to take our turf and leave no doubt why we wear the crown.”
Simmons also added: “To all our fans – our intention is to get on that stage, blow the heavens to smithereens and take no prisoners”
Playing below them on the Sunday is Motley Crue, who will be making their final ever UK festival appearance before finishing their careers at the end of 2015. Bassist Nikki Sixx says “It’s always an over the top day and night at Download, and we’re really excited to be coming over to the UK and playing the show.”
Third on the Main stage will be Slash, bringing along Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators in tow. The legendary guitarist says “Download is a very special event for me. It’s been a major destination since I started and I’m always excited to be a part of it.”
The final band to be announced is Enter Shikari, who like Black Stone Cherry will headline the second stage for the second time in three eyars. Vocalist Rou Reynolds says “The thing I love more than anything is playing outside at night. We thank Download for the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the great outdoors and engulf and deluge festival-goers with our noise. It is an honour to be closing the night – and because of this we will bring illuminations with us. Do attend.”
Download tickets go on sale tomorrow at 9am. All details, including dates, other bands and prices, can be found at http://downloadfestival.co.uk and a limited amount of ‘RIP’ Luxury Tent & Hotel Packages also available at www.ticketmaster.co.uk/packages/rip_download_2015.html
Weekend Arena: £170
Weekend & 3 night camping: £195
Weekend & 5 night camping: £205
Now in its twelfth amazing year, RIP (Rest In Peace!) is the original and best rock experience. From sunup to sundown, RIP is the sweetest, most rocking campsite in the kingdom. Enjoy a greener patch of grass to pitch your tent (and park your car), superior amenities, and 24 hour assistance from our event management station. The RIP campsite at Park Farm also boasts a convenience shop (Little Shop of Horrors), refreshments area (Hell’s Kitchen), Eco Day Spa, Dressing room and Lockers. This year RIP expands into the Metal Meadow, a new field even closer to the Main Arena. As well as our many Park Farm and Metal Meadow options, Hotel Packages including our amazing Metal Hotel are also available. Head to: http://tinyurl.com/downloadrip to check them out.
About Download: Produced by Live Nation, the world’s leading live entertainment company, Download Festival has grown to be the second biggest festival in Europe. Over its 13 years, Download has garnered the reputation of providing fans with the very best the world of rock has to offer. The Download community has become one of the most loyal fan bases in the world, establishing the festival as a destination not only for great music, but to build lifelong friendships with likeminded people.