Kiss, Iron Maiden and System of a Down all to headline Download Festival 2020.
Festival Republic have officially announced the three bands that will headline Download Festival 2020 next year.
Here’s a run down of the bands you’ll find occupying those coveted headline spots at the spiritual home and rock and metal in 2020.
Friday night – KISS
Glam rock gods Kiss will take to the stage on Friday night, donning their traditional black and white face-paint to an audience over well over 80,000 rock and metal fans.
The New York band are passing through Donington as part of their End Of The Road Tour, their appearance on Download Festival is is the last time EVER that Kiss will perform in the United Kingdom.
Having made their first appearance at Donington Park in 1988 when Download Festival was known as Monsters of Rock, these rock and roll legends may have aged, but they’ll bring their a-game as they look to sign off in style.
Saturday night – Iron Maiden
A bit of a strange one in our eyes, don’t get us wrong, people LOVE Iron Maiden. They truly are legends and will always deserve a headline spot at any festival they choose to play at.
However, with this being their SEVENTH time headlining Download Festival, with only a four year gap since their last performance it perhaps feels a bit too soon in our eyes.
Considering another classic band in Kiss are playing the night before it just seems a bit much, call us awkward, but we’d like see some younger up-and-coming bands.
Let’s be honest though, Iron Maiden are incredibly special, they’ve earned their place in rock and roll folklore and whether we, or anyone else likes it or not, they’ve earned their spot at the top of the bill.
Sunday night – System of a Down
We LOVE System of a Down here at Festival Empire, they’re peak 2000s metal, however we are surprised to see them top of the bill again so soon.
System of a Down are energetic, nostalgic and they’re genuinely fantastic headliners, however closing Download Festival on Sunday night doesn’t seem quite right.
This isn’t because they’re not good enough, but because the pure energy they inject into a crowd seems wasted on a Sunday night.
Tens of thousands of somewhat sober, tired metal heads leaving early to beat the traffic doesn’t quite compare to the buzz of tens of thousands of drunk, excitable metal heads on a Saturday or Sunday night.
Swap Iron Maiden or Kiss, who will both attract a much older crowd with System of a Down and we think that’s a pretty solid Download Festival 2020 line up right there.