With Andy Copping Twittering about having “two Download headliners locked in” and Sonisphere’s people flyering at the Deftones gig in Brixton last night, the UK summer festival season of 2011 is well and truly under way.
But who’s gonna be headlining? That’s what everyone really cares about. Bon Jovi, Iron Maiden and Foo Fighters are all surely out of the festival picture seeing as they’ve got their own massive shows to sell but there are still plenty of options.
Insider tips have suggested that Slipknot have already been in talks to return to Europe and if that’s true, they’re a shoo in for any festival lineup in the country. Our money’s on Download and Reading & Leeds but they’ve been promoted by Sonisphere promoters, Kilimanjaro in the past so an appearance at Knebworth is certainly within the realms of possibility.
Ever since lanky System of a Down bassist, Shavo Odadjian spluttered something on his Twitter earlier in 2010 about a return, people have been talking about when, not if the Armenian American mentalists will be returning properly. It’s got to happen though. Right?
Soundgarden reformed earlier in 2010. They need to play in the UK at some point. Faith No More reunited and played Download Festival in 2009. Will Soundgarden be at Donington in 2011? Fingers crossed.
Rock festivals need a bit of heritage in their lineups so Ozzy Osbourne is looking like a good bet. Alice Cooper, AC/DC, KISS and Aerosmith have worked fantastically over the past few years so maybe it’s The Prince of Darkness’s turn?
Or maybe it’s Van Halen’s turn to steal every last bit of limelight? They’re recording a new album and they’ll be the biggest draw of the summer. It’ll be interesting to see who wins that contract.
My Chemical Romance have returned with an undoubtedly massive new album, as have Linkin Park, so expect to see them at at least one festival each. Linkin Park will headline one of the two big ones but MCR might settle for near the top of Reading & Leeds. Hmm…
Have your say. Pick up to three bands that you’d like to see headlining the summer festivals in 2011