Kiss, Biffy Clyro and System Of A Down confirmed as Download 2021 headliners

Download Festival 2020
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Organisers of the UK’s Download festival (opens in new tab) have today confirmed the names of 80 artists who’ll play at next year’s event.

This year’s festival had to be shelved due to lockdown restrictions, with Kiss (opens in new tab), System Of A Down (opens in new tab) and Iron Maiden (opens in new tab) due to headline. But while Maiden won’t be on the 2021 bill, Kiss and System Of A Down will be there to headline – and they’ll be joined by Biffy Clyro (opens in new tab), who previously headlined Download in 2017.

Download 2021 will take place on June 4-6 (opens in new tab) at Donington Park, Leicestershire. 

System Of A Down bassist Shavo Odadjian says: “We’re disappointed we weren’t able to make it over this year, but we’re looking forward to next. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. 

“Mostly, we all just want to make sure everyone is provided with a safe and secure environment, so we were prepared to wait as long as we needed to.”

Biffy Clyro add: “We can’t wait to return to headline Download in 2021! It’s a highlight of the festival calendar and a big part of our history as a band. Headlining in 2017 was special and now it’s time to celebrate again!"

Dozens of other artists have also been confirmed for the weekender, including Korn, Deftones, The Darkness, Mastodon, Killswitch Engage, Myles Kennedy & Company, Lacuna Coil, The Wildhearts, Airbourne, Baroness, Volbeat, Bush, Gojira, Funeral For A Friend and Sepultura.

Check out the full list of confirmed artists below.

Download’s Andy Copping says: “2020 has been a tough year for us all, and we were beyond gutted not to be able to experience Download with you all. We gave you Download TV to reflect on memories of the past, and what the festival means to all of us. 

“Download 2021 is going to be something special and go down in the history books as when the Download family reunited. We’re going to be working hard behind the scenes to make Download 2021 an unforgettable experience and a celebration of the festival we all love.”

Tickets for Download 2021 will go on sale from the official website from 9am this coming Friday (August 7) (opens in new tab).

Download 2021: Confirmed artists
A.A. Williams
A Day To Remember 
Anchor Lane
Biffy Clyro
Blackout Problems
Black Veil Brides
Bleed From Within
Blues Pills
Cellar Door Moon Crow
Cemetery Sun
Control The Storm
Dead Label
Dead Posey
Dirty Honey
Dying Fetus
Electric Wizard
Employed To Serve
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
Funeral For A Friend
Gender Roles
Higher Power
Holding Absence
Hot Milk
Killswitch Engage
Kill The Lights
Jamie Lenman
JJ Wilde
Joyous Wolf
Lacuna Coil
Lotus Eater
Marianas Trench
Modern Error
Myles Kennedy & Company
Of Mice & Men
Press Club
Rise Against
Sleep Token
Steel Panther
Stone Broken
System Of A Down
Temples On Mars
The Darkness
The Distillers
The Faim
The Hara
The Pretty Reckless
The Wildhearts
Those Damn Crows
Tiny Moving Parts
Twin Temple
Wage War
Wayward Sons
Will Haven

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