Black Stone Cherry & Ghost Head Up Seventeen New Bands For Download Festival 2013

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The gift that is Download 2013 just keeps on giving! Courtesy of Mr Andy Copping and the Download powers that be, another seventeen bands have been added to the UK’s annual rock, metal and alternative festival pilgrimage to Castle Donington.

Heading up the latest batch as US southern rockers Black Stone Cherry. The band, who have graced the main stage at Download on previous occasions are taking a huge step up in the festival world as they have been announced as headliners of the second stage for the Friday night. Black Stone Cherry will be joining Enter Shikari on the Saturday and Limp Bizkit on the Sunday as this years’ trio of headliners for the second stage.

That’s great news, but we’re just getting started! So what else do they have for us this time? Well, fresh from headlining the Jagermeister Music tour 2013, the mysterious Ghost will be returning to Download to cast more metal heads under their spell, while Satyricon return for the first time since 2006 to bring their brand of black metal to the masses. Keeping up the international flavour, Chthonic & The Oriental Orchestra are flying in from Taiwan for this years’ Download, and we’ll also have some power metal from closer to home in the shape of Dragonforce, making their first appearance at Download since new vocalist Marc Hudson took on singing duties.

The US are sending another contingent of bands to grace the Donington turf as they do every year, and the latest American additions to the line up are classic rockers Rival Sons, pop punkers Patent Pending, Little Caesar, Fidlar and Masters Of Reality. Red, White & Blues are also on-board for a Download return, while Fearless Vampire Killers, fresh from their Kerrang Tour 2013 appearance will also be showcasing their unique sound at Donington this year.

Rounding off the announcement, another clutch of homegrown talent will be joining the line up in the shape of Voodoo Six, Hammer Of The Gods, Palm Reader, Idiom and last but not least new UK supergroup Krokodil.

All these new bands join the masses of already announced acts joining forces with headliners Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Rammstein in what could be the biggest and boldest Download Festival so far. Tickets for the festival are currently on sale from the usual ticketing websites. Anyone who is interested in just going to Download for a single day this year will be pleased to know they can pick up a day ticket for this years’ festival from Thursday onwards.

As always, the latest UK metal festival news from Download, Bloodstock, Hard Rock Hell and the rest can be found here at Stay tuned for more major updates as and when we get them.

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