Both of the major heavy music festivals have announced all of their headliners now. Sonisphere Festival came straight out with Metallica and Linkin Park while the acts appearing at Download Festival 2009 were dripfed to us much more slowly.
Claiming Slipknot, Def Leppard and Faith No More as headliners, with the mighty, reformed Limp Bizkit (pictured) also hitting the stage, Download is looking good. Sonisphere, however, is an unknown quantity but has the strong names of Lamb Of God, Machine Head and Mastodon on the undercard.
Just because the two big ones are being hyped up beyond all recognition, Bloodstock Festival 2009 should not be forgotten. With Amon Amarth, Satyricon, Arch Enemy and Carcass on their bill, it’s a metal force to be reckoned with.
Does this all mean that Reading & Leeds are left with no metal on the Main Stage? Will Metallica ever headline the event formerly known as Reading Rock again? Who knows. Tell us where you’re planning on going this summer.