DOWNLOAD 2018 ANNOUNCE THE FIRST BANDS TO SUPPORT THE HEADLINERS!
We were already getting hyped for Avenged Sevenfold, Guns'N'Roses and Ozzy and Download Festival decided to drop some EARTH SHATTERING names to the lineup!
We're being treated to the almighty return of Marilyn Manson to the hallowed grounds of Donnington, to which he will be welcomed with open arms. Alongside him will be the unstoppable Bullet For My Valentine, who are set to storm the stage and blow us all away.
It's no surprise that Rise Against are hitting the festival after their phenomenal UK tour and it's great to see fellow legends Parkway Drive are on the bill as well.
Babymetal are going to be playing a full set, which is going to draw out some more niche fans and Alexisonfire is back to rip up some crazy crowds.
The lineup doesn't even dilute after that. We're talking Black Veil Brides and Asking Alexandria (who will be co-touring soon), Neck Deep and In This Moment who are popping by and the almighty Meshuggah will be smashing up whichever stage they end up on.
I can't believe I've got this far without mentioning that THE HIVES ARE PLAYING. GUYS. THE HIVES ARE PLAYING. Seriously, these guys are an absolute storm live, don't miss them. Body Count with the epic Ice.T are back, potentially bringing his son alongside once again!
Mayday Parade will be gracing Download with their presence and we're finished off with the inclusion of WSTR, Dream State and The Pink Slips.
This announcement wasn't an announcement. It was a mind F**k. Download, keep them coming.