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What to Expect from Download 2020 Lineup UK: A Preview of the Rock Legends and Newcomers

2020 will see Iron Maiden headline Download Festival on the Saturday night. The Bruce Dickenson led-band have a long history with the festival, having headlined the first Download back in 2003. The band have just completed a sell out tour of the US and their set at Download will be one of only two UK festival appearances they make in 2020.

Completing the headliners for 2020 will be California rockers System Of A Down. Their set is a UK Festival exclusive and will mark the first time the band has played in the UK for three years. Fans can look forward to hearing tracks from their five platinum-selling albums such as Chop Suey!, B.Y.O.B. and Toxicity

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Kawaii metal superstars BABYMETAL will be returning to Download for another flawless and unique performance of J-pop and metal fusion. Their announcement follows the success of their latest album Metal Galaxy and will follow on from their highly-anticipated UK tour in February 2020.

The 2003 festival tickets had a code on them, which would allow festival goers to download tracks from bands which had played. Although this idea has been dropped in subsequent years, the festival organisers have nurtured an online community through the Download Festival Forums. Initially a sounding board for the fans (and critics) of the festival, the boards have become an integral part of the festival organisation with regular contributions from festival director John Probyn and promoter Andy Copping. The forums also provide face to face feedback through the Fan Forum meetings (started in 2006) and organise the Boardie BBQ (2006 on) and the Boardie Takeover night (2009), football tournaments and a pub quiz for the R.I.P. campers who arrive on a Wednesday night.

Chris Cornell was scheduled, but cancelled his European tour to focus on a new album. Twin Method, and Finger Eleven were announced but removed from the official website's lineup. On the Friday of the festival, Kid Rock was meant to appear between Seether and Disturbed on the Main Stage but pulled out at the last minute. At first it was announced that this was due to illness.[26] Rock later claimed he left the festival grounds after becoming dissatisfied with the amenities.[27] But, the following year, Download's booker theorised that it had been due to a broken heart.[28] Rock's no-show allowed two bands following him, Disturbed and Judas Priest, to play longer sets.

In Flames were scheduled to sub-headline the Zippo Encore stage on Sunday, but they were quietly removed from the line-up poster on 26 February. It was later revealed that they had cancelled all of their Summer shows to finish recording their new album. On 22 March the latest announcement was leaked by Classic Rock Magazine. Shortly after the leak, Defeater, who were scheduled to play on the Pepsi Max Stage Sunday, were confirmed to have pulled out due to their lead singer, Derek Archambault, suffering an injury and having to undergo hip replacement surgery. Danger Danger were originally confirmed, but pulled out on 7 April, claiming that bookings had been erroneously made for various dates. September Mourning were confirmed for the Pepsi Max Stage on the Friday but were removed from the lineup on 2 May (as they wished to focus on getting their sophomore album completed), they were replaced by I Am Fire. Cage the Gods also pulled out on 2 May. King 810 pulled out the day before they were due to play because their lead vocalist and bassist were arrested. Upon a Burning Body were scheduled to appear on the Pepsi Max stage on Saturday, but were forced to pull out because singer Danny Leal was taken seriously ill with an inner ear infection that meant doctors would not clear him to fly to the UK.

The unknown band 'Iceman Thesis' were subtly added to the lineup poster in the buildup to the event. They were scheduled to perform for five minutes on both the Pepsi Max and Red Bull Studios Live Stage on the Saturday at the same time. The band performed both sets as scheduled with all ten (two bands of five) member's identities hidden using balaclavas. They performed one song known as 'Return to Harmony' before leaving the stages.

In addition to the annual UK edition of Download Festival, it was also announced that in 2016 there would also be a Download held at the Longchamp Racecourse (French: Hippodrome de Longchamp) in Paris on the same weekend as the UK Festival. The lineup will be similar to the UK Festival, but not identical. Iron Maiden were announced as the Friday headliner on 19 October 2015, part of their The Book Of Souls Tour. Rammstein were announced as Sunday headliners on 21 October 2015.

Returning for its second year, Download Festival France takes place just south of Paris the same weekend as the Donington event. So far five bands have been announced including headliners System Of A Down, Linkin Park, and Green Day the lineup reads as follows:

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The 2020 Download events were due to be held in the UK, Australia and Japan. They were all cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A return of the Paris edition was also planned but was cancelled in September 2019 due to construction work on the festival site by French transportation company SNCF.

The 2020 festival was replaced by Download TV, a 3 day virtual festival showing old performances, unseen interviews, new performances and more. The online festival started on the same day the festival was due to take place.

The 2020 event was scheduled to take place in Melbourne on 20 March and in Sydney on 21 March. However, due to headliners My Chemical Romance withdrawing from the festival due to fears regarding the pandemic, and the organisers unable to secure a replacement headline act in such a short time, Download Australia 2020 was cancelled. The other headliners were to be Deftones and Jimmy Eat World.[80]

For 2021, only a UK Download event was scheduled to take place from 4 to 6 June.[69] The dates for the 2021 Download event in the UK were announced on 3 June 2020.[81] The announcement revealed that two headliners, KISS and System of a Down, as well as many other acts, would be returning to the festival after its cancellation in 2020.[82] As was the case with the previous year, the 2021 event was cancelled on 1 March 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom.[83]

The 2021 event was replaced with another virtual event similar to 2020. It was announced on 14 May 2021 that there would be two special programmes on Sky Arts on 5 and 6 June featuring the best headliners from the past 10 years of Download.[84]

As part of the second phase of the UK Government's Event Research Programme, a pilot testing event of Download Festival 2021 was announced on 26 May 2021 called Download Festival Pilot. The event was held from 18 June to 20 June with an all-British lineup headlined by Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes, Enter Shikari and Bullet For My Valentine.[85] The main stage on the Sunday experienced a few sound issues, notable during Loathe's set which saw them lose their sound during the final song of their set,[86] and The Wildhearts who ended their set early and left the stage.[87]

Well, 2020's edition looks to reinforce this colossal stature, revealing heavy metal mammoths Iron Maiden, nu-metal four-piece System Of A Down, and glam-rock legends KISS as their three major headline acts:

'Maiden return to Download as one of two homecoming UK festival shows in 2020, with Bruce Dickinson and co demonstrating their unwavering, scintillating form throughout their Legacy Of The Beast tour this year.

Download Festival, the celebrated rock festival in the U.K., has announced the lineup for its Download TV virtual festival. The three-day online event, running June 12-14, will feature headliners KISS, Iron Maiden and System Of A Down, who were all scheduled to headline this year's Download Festival before it was canceled in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

2020 headliners Iron Maiden, KISS and System Of A Down will be taking part in Download's virtual event on June 12-14, with other huge names on the bill like Deftones, BABYMETAL, Alter Bridge and Korn also getting involved in the festivities.

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Just when we thought no other year would compare to 2019 for rock and metal, we can put our worries to rest. Part of the U.K.'s 2020 Download Festival lineup has just been announced, with System of a Down, Iron Maiden and KISS set to headline.

Download Festival has been one of the standout events in the rock and metal world for over a decade, and has always had outstanding lineups. Tickets for the festival go on sale Sept. 25, and the rest of the lineup is to be announced.

"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," Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson says.


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