Download Festival has today (September 23) announced Iron Maiden, Kiss and System Of A Down as its 2020 headliners. A host of others bands have also been confirmed for the bill, including Deftones, Korn, The Offspring and Disturbed.
Speaking about next year’s bill, Download Festival’s Andy Copping said: “Downloaders, your 2020 headliners are here! Rock ‘n’ roll legends KISS and System of A Down will both be headlining as UK Festival exclusives and after 4 years away from Donington, Iron Maiden will return bringing with them mascot Eddie and more fire than we can handle, I’m counting down the days already!”
The three-day festival is set to take on place on June 12 - 14 2020 at Donington Park, Leicestershire. Tickets will be on sale at 2pm on Wednesday September 25.
An official press confirmed that Iron Maiden’s appearance “will be one of only two homecoming UK festival shows in 2020.”
Speaking about their performance, Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson said: "Next year we will play a number of countries and cities we have yet to visit on this incredible tour, so it is terrific to be able to accept the invitation to return to Download in 2020 and we will certainly go to town and add a few extra items to the show. This will be our seventh time headlining at Donington Park. It's home turf and we all really enjoy playing this Festival, the vibe from the crowd is always fantastic."
Both Kiss and System Of A Down’s headline set will be UK exclusives.
Gene Simmons, of KISS said: “I’ve said it before, Download Festival audiences are the best. They are up for whatever is thrown at them. Kiss is going to come fully prepared to rock their world in 2020 to say Thank You for always showing up for us.”
Shavo Odadjian of System of A Down added: “From our appearances to many of my favorite bands’, Castle Donington has always had a special place in my heart. We’re proud and excited to continue its legacy.”
You can see the full list of bands confirmed for Download 2020 below:
System Of A Down
Black Veil Brides
Of Mice & Men
Subscribers can read our full interview with Andy Copping and the bands of Download 2019 here.