So, we’ve been waiting a while for confirmation of the first line-up announcement (did you really think the leak was going to be that accurate?).
But now it’s here and we know now who the headliners are and there’s been more than 60 other acts announced!
Headlining the festival on Thursday and Saturday will be Metallica. They will be performing two completely different sets on either night. Friday sees a new headliner in Bring Me The Horizon and Sunday sees Slipknot return to close out the festival.
Announced alongside the headliners were: Alexisonfire, Architects, As December Falls, Asking Alexandria, Aviva, Bambie Thug, Beauty School Dropout, Behemoth, Blackgold, Blind Channel, Bloodywood, Brutus, Crashface, Crawlers, Dead Sara, Disturbed, Elvana, Enola Gay, Evanescence, Fever 333, Fixaation, Ghost, Graphic Nature, Gwar, Hawxx, Ingested, I Prevail, Jazmin Bean, Kid Bookie, Kid Kapichi, Lake Malice, Lorna Shore, Mod Sun, Monuments, Motionless In White, Municipal Waste, Nothing,Nowhere, Nova Twins, Parkway Drive, Pendulum, Placebo, Polaris, Pupil Slicer, Seether, Sim, Simple Plan, Soen, Soul Glo, Stand Atlantic, Set It Off, Stray From The Path, Taylor Acorn, Terror, The Blackout, The Distillers, The Meffs, Three Days Grace, Touché Amoré, VV, Witch Fever and Within Temptation.
Download 2023 – known as Download20 because it will be the 20th year since the festival began – will be held as a four-day music event for the first time and will take place from June 8-11.
Various pre-sale tickets are on sale from 9pm tonight (Tuesday) and general tickets go on sale from 10am on Thursday, November 10. Head to www.downloadfestival.co.uk for more information.