The powers that be at Live Nation and Download Festival HQ have spoken once again and another fifteen bands of all shapes, sizes and genres have been added to the rock and metal cavalcade that is the Download Festival 2014!
Heading the announcement is the returning to Donington of everyone’s favourite Texan pop punk band Bowling For Soup. Having completed their last full scale UK tour in October 2013 front man Jaret Reddick had promised the band would return for festivals and true to his word BFS are back for their fifth appearance at the Download Festival! Here’s Jaret’s thoughts on their return:
We are really stoked to be coming back to Download this year…first and foremost, our little band turns 20 this June, so what better way to celebrate! Music, beer and Portaloos! Also, it’s a great opportunity to show our amazing UK fans that, although we don’t have plans to tour any time soon, they will still get to see our pretty faces once in a while. Can. Not. Wait!
Fresh off the back of the announcement of their third album Runes and THAT performance at Download last year, UK metalcore heroes Bury Tomorrow will return to the scene of one of their greatest triumphs so far. Taking a step up to play the second stage this year, carnage is guaranteed for that set. Two more bands announced that will be extremely popular among those who like their metal are the return of Swedish prog metal giants Opeth, who will be headlining the Pepsi Max stage on the Friday night, and Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society, and both bands are likely to be armed with new albums!
Making their Download debut are US industrial metallers Powerman 5000, who will be familiar to many fans with various songs of theirs being used by the WWE during the “Attitude Era”, along with the fact that their frontman Spider One is Rob Zombie’s little brother. Also on board for the first time is Pantera and Down legend Phil Anselmo’s solo project PHA and The Illegals, newcomers Anti Mortem and incredibly, punk rock legends Bad Religion will play Download for the very first time as well.
Currently on the road in the UK with Lamb of God, the wonderfully unique Huntress will be appearing at Download in 2014, alongside classic rockers Skid Row, Tesla and Danger Danger. Aussie Londer based rockers The Graveltones have also been confirmed, along with two more returning acts; Celtic punk veterans Flogging Molly and country punk rockers The BossHoss.
All of these bands join headliners Avenged Sevenfold, Linkin Park and Aerosmith alongside special guests Rob Zombie, Fall Out Boy and Alter Bridge plus dozens more bands at the Download Festival 2014 (please see the poster below). There’s still dozens more bands to be announced too!
Tickets are on sale from the official festival website www.downloadfestival.co.uk with 3 night camping tickets priced at £195 and five night camping at £205 plus fees and postage. Further announcements on the 2014 Download Festival will follow as soon as we have any more news to bring our readers.