Thrash Hits

April 1st, 2012

Refused, Gallows and Kids In Glass Houses among 13 new bands named for Download

Refused promo photo 2012 Thrash Hits

Somewhat unsurprisingly, the first Download Festival announcement following the cancellation of their chief 2012 rival has at least one major coup picked from Sonisphere’s carcass – Refused are now going to be making their only UK festival appearance of 2012 at Download Festival. They’re just one of the thirteen new acts that the festival announced today.

Refused head up a big wedge of today’s announcements as being from the punk/hardcore end of the spectrum – Gallows, Kids in Glass Houses, Four Year Strong, Don Broco, and everyone’s favourite head-butt threateners, Lower Than Atlantis (who might not sound that punk or hardcore anymore, but they share the same fanbases as the above) all join the Download Festival bill today.

Also added today are Black Spiders – hopefully we’ll be able to interview them this year without our editor interupting our own video. We can’t think of a suitable segue between them and the OTT awfulness of Fearless Vampire Killers and Edguy, but all three have also been announced today, and we want to get this news piece over in as few paragraphs as possible, whilst still retaining at least some commentary on the quality of the line-up announcement. If you wanted just a list of bands, there are other, not-quite-as-good, don’t-care-that-much-so-they’ll-just-copy-paste-the-press-release websites you can read.

Watch Raz interrupt our interview with Black Spiders at Sonisphere 2011:

Speaking of not-caring-very-much, Download also took today’s line-up additions as a chance to announced electronic producer Porter Robinson, and rapper T. Mills to their bill. No, we don’t know who they are either. Does that mean we’re showing our age here at Thrash Hits? Does this mean we are grumpy old men? Is one of them some kind of big, actual, real-world phenomenon that’s passed us by, and we should at least have bothered to type their names into Google to check that we weren’t exposing some huge hole in our pop culture knowledge by posting this dismissive commentary? No, we don’t particularly care enough to do that, either.

Download finished up it’s baker’s dozen by “officially” confirming the presence of Rival Sons and Kobra & The Lotus on the bill, even though the festival’s chief booker, Andy Copping, had already announced both of them via his Twitter account a few days ago. Ho hum. Here’s how the line-up poster looks with these new additions:

Download Festival Poster 01 April 2012 Thrash Hits

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 and pretty much all the VIP options for the festival have already sold out. As always, Download Festival takes place at Donington Park, this year from June 8-10.


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