DOWN, LACUNA COIL, CHRIS CORNELL and JOURNEY are among the newly confirmed bands for this year's Download festival, set to take place June 12-14 at Donington Park, United Kingdom.
The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
BLACK STONE CHERRY
FAITH NO MORE
KARMA TO BURN
"We are absolutely thrilled to be coming back to Download this year," says LACUNA COIL singer Cristina Scabbia. "I've played there twice, once with LACUNA COIL and last year with my friends from APOCALYPTICA. There's always such an amazing atmosphere there and we have a total blast when we're in the U.K. We are really excited to be able to play some of our new songs live for the first time for you guys at Download. The lineup this year is awesome already and I'm looking forward to catching up with some friends! I'll see you down the front!"
PAPA ROACH frontman Jacoby Shaddix tells Kerrang! magazine: "We're psyched to be coming back once again. I think this is going to be our third time playing there and so far we've never had anything less than a fucking awesome time. The bands are always great, the vibe is really cool, and best of all the entire crowd always stinks after the first day!"
A two-and-a-half-minute video trailer for this summer's Download festival — featuring interview clips with members of SLIPKNOT, MÖTLEY CRÜE, KORN and DEVILDRIVER — can be viewed below.
The Download festival continues to take place at Donington Park, which has established itself as the original and "spiritual" home of all things rock since the first Monsters of Rock festival in 1980.
The benefit of Download festival at Donington Park in its seventh year is that it has enabled festival organisers to confirm some changes to the site layout, improving the festival experience of everyone attending this year. With the Download festival renowned worldwide for its excellent on site facilities and 24-hour entertainment, this year's event will more than ever reflect the recommendations from its fan base to make the festival bigger and better than ever.
"We have gone to great lengths to communicate with our core fan base and listen to what they want at Download in relation to facilities, activities and the bands," commented Live Nation COO and Festival Director John Probyn. "This year's festival is going to be better than ever with a brand new arena designed by our fans and a great line up of music." Live Nation VP of Promotions and Download festival Promoter Andy Copping added, "This year more than ever before, Download festival celebrates the history of Donington and all that is 'rock'. With acts such as SLIPKNOT, THE PRODIGY and MÖTLEY CRÜE already confirmed to play, this just shows how varied and diverse the rock genre can be and we are delighted to reflect this with our 2009 lineup."