Another day, another festival announcement…today it’s Download Festival, who’ve confirmed a further six names for Donington this year. The five entirely fresh names are Killswitch Engage, Black Veil Brides, NOFX, Opeth, and Nightwish, with “official” confirmation also coming through on Shinedown, who had previously leaked their presence on the bill a few weeks back.
As far as festival announcements go, this is actually one of Download’s more interesting batches, overall (if we leave disregard the baffling yet eternal popularity of the snoozefest that is Shinedown). Barring any future shows/tours yet to be announced by the band, this will be Killswitch Engage’s first UK performance with Jesse Leach back on vocals. It’ll be the first time NOFX have been at the festival since 2003 (having basically been Reading & Leeds Festivals’ go-to main stage punk band for most of the years in between).
Black Veil Brides’ booking is special for two reasons – firstly, because it now means the band joins the somewhat exclusive club of bands who’ve played the festival two years running, and secondly, because it means we’ll get a chance to why they don’t return any of Facial Pudding’s phone calls.
While 2012 will be Opeth’s fourth Download Festival appearance, it’ll be their first since having headlined (albeit the much smaller) Bloodstock Festival, so
it’ll be interesting it’s a bit shocking to see how they fare over on the Second them booked for the Third (!) stage. They also seem to be getting billed there under another of today’s newly announced bands who also happen to be former Bloodstock headliners – Nightwish (to whom this will be their second time at Download).
Tickets for Download Festival 2012 are on sale now from the festival’s official website, and start at £155 for the most bare-bones packages (although that doesn’t include those pesky fees). If you’re thinking of going, it might be better to buy sooner rather than later – family camping packages for the festival have already sold out. This year’s Download Festival – as always – takes place at Donington Park from June 8-10.