Wandering through the village at four in the morning with a beer in one hand and a half-eaten lukewarm box of Sweet & Sour Chicken and Rice, chatting to the total strangers you met in the queue for the Chinese food only five minutes or so before, letting the night take you. Finding out just how stable your stomach is after downing some bevvies and braving the waltzer’s. Taking selfies with stuffed dinosaurs named Dexter with a water bottle of Disarrano wedged between your mouth. These are just some of the many things you can do at Download Festival when the bands aren’t playing their hearts out, the side of Download some of you don’t always see. Meeting and making friends for life who you’d otherwise have never bumped into out of the festival. Discovering a world where you’re accepted for being the metal-loving superstar you are – even if you are dressed as a member of Steel Panther, leggings and all.

If you’re as into your music as we are though, fear not for Download have finally put us out of our festival blues-riddled misery by announcing two of 2018’s Main Stage headliners.

Opening up the festival’s headlining duties on the Friday will be none other than the kings of alt-metal themselves, the death-bats of Donington: Avenged Sevenfold. Having blown away a sceptical crowd with their first-ever UK-festival headline slot at Download 2014, they’re making their return to the hallowed grounds of Castle Donington, following their conceptual epic ‘The Stage.’

Andy Copping said:

“A real career highlight of mine was giving Avenged Sevenfold their first ever UK festival headline slot, and I’m thrilled to welcome them back. You don’t often see bands like Avenged Sevenfold top the charts, but much like seeing them live, they’re not to be underestimated.”

Keeping with the theme of nocturnal animals, closing out the festival on the Sunday will be none other than the Prince of Darkness himself, Mr Ozzy Osbourne. All aboard the crazy train for what will be a sure-fire greatest hits set as part of his final farewell tour, having headlined back in 2015 with Black Sabbath as part of their own farewell tour.

Andy Copping commented:

We’re unbelievably excited to have Ozzy as one of the headliners next year. Already hailing from the midlands, Ozzy Osbourne is no stranger to Download, and after Black Sabbath closed the festival in 2016, how could I not ask The Prince of Darkness to come back all on his own? The Download family are without a shadow of a doubt, in for a treat.”

Booker Andy Copping has definitely thrown a couple of curveballs with the rumours hinting very much at Metallica and Guns N’ Roses before the announcements. However, there is one lucrative headline spot left for grabs: who will be making Donington scream for them?

Download Festival takes place at its annual home of Derby at Donington during 8th-10th June 2018.


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