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:
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:
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.