03 August 2020 10:49
The video will start in 8 Cancel Want the best food, film, music, arts and culture news sent straight to your inbox? Sign up for regular updates of events happening in Wales Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Download Festival has announced KISS, Biffy Clyro and System of a Down as the headliners for 2021. The festival was canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic with bands KISS, Iron Maiden and System of a Down due to headline. However, the first announcement for Download Festival 2021 has revealed most of the artists due to play 2020 will return. (Image: (Photo by Joseph Raynor/ Nottingham Post)) The full list of bands includes: KISS, Biffy Clyro, System of a Down, A.A. Williams, A Day To Remember, Airbourne, Alestorm, Anchor Lane, Baroness, Blackout Problems, Black Veil Brides, Bleed From Within, Blues Pills, Bokassa and Bush.
Also announced are: Cellar Door Moon Crow, Cemetery Sun, Control The Storm, Creeper, Daughtry, Dead Label, Dead Posey, Deftones, Dirty Honey, Dying Fetus, Electric Wizard, Employed To Serve, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes and Funeral For A Friend. Gender Roles, Gojira, Haken, Hatari, Higher Power, Holding Absence, Hot Milk, Killswitch Engage, Kill The Lights, KORN, Jamie Lenman, JJ Wilde, Joyous Wolf, Lacuna Coil, Loathe, Lotus Eater, Marianas Trench, Mastodon, Modern Error, Myles Kennedy & Company will join them across four stages. Also added were: Obituary, Of Mice & Men, Phoxjaw, P.O.D., Poppy,Powerwolf, Press Club, Rise Against, Sepultura, Skillet, Sleep Token, Spiritbox, Steel Panther, Stone Broken, Temples On Mars, Tempt, Theory, The Darkness, The Distillers, The Faim, The Hara, The Pretty Reckless, The Wildhearts, Those Damn Crows, Tiny Moving Parts, Twin Temple, Volbeat, Wage War, Wargasm, Wayward Sons and Will Haven. The festival is due to take place between June 4 and June 6, 2021 at Castle Donington, Derby. Formerly the home of the infamous 'Monsters of Rock' festival, Download has become the spiritual home of rock music in the UK since 2003.
The festival has since split off to have sister festivals in Spain, Australia, France and Japan in recent years. It has played host to some of the biggest names in rock and metal music, including Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Metallica, Megadeth and many, many more since it was formed back in 2003. 2021 will see major changes, originally planned for 2020 take place, including a brand new village and campsite layout. You can see more information about the new village in the video above. In 2019, the festival was heavily criticised after wet weather turned many areas into muddy pits, forcing some festival-goers to go home before the event had even started. However, in 2020, they revealed they were going to be moving the village to a concrete standing area to avoid another 'Drownload'. Ticket holders for Download 2020, who didn't claim a refund, will still have their tickets accepted for Download 2021, after the pandemic forced the festival to be abandoned. Tickets are on sale now via the Download Festival website. Download Festival is to return in 2021 with headliners Kiss, Biffy Clyro, and System Of A Down. The musical festival organisers have confirmed the show will go ahead between June 4 and 6 next year, after the coronavirus pandemic forced this year's offering to be cancelled. The likes of A Day To Remember, Mastodon, Control The Storm, Gender Roles, Jamie Lenman, Myles Kennedy & Company and The Pretty Reckless have also been added to the bill. Biffy Clyro said of their headline set: ''We can't wait to return to headline Download in 2021! It's a highlight of the festival calendar and a big part of our history as a band. Headlining in 2017 was special and now it's time to celebrate again! Whilst System Of A Down's bassist Shavo Odadjian added: ''We're disappointed we weren't able to make it over this year, but we're looking forward to next. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Mostly, we all just want to make sure everyone is provided with a safe and secure environment, so we were prepared to wait as long as we needed to.'' Over 70 bands have already confirmed their appearance at the festival, which will take place at Donington Park, Leicestershire. The festival's Andy Copping said: ''2020 has been a tough year for us all, and we were beyond gutted not to be able to experience Download Festival with you all. We gave you Download TV to reflect on memories of the past, and what the festival means to all of us. Download 2021 is going to be something special and go down in the history books as when the Download family reunited. We're going to be working hard behind the scenes to make Download 2021 an unforgettable experience and a celebration of the festival we all love.''