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Here’s who we think will headline Download Festival in 2020

25th January 2019

What’s wrong with jumping the gun a little? We already know that Def LeppardTool, and Slipknot are headlining DL2019, so let’s look to the future and get guessing for next year’s festival early!

Anyone that has been around long enough will know that one of us had made a guess of this every year since we started up, and we keep getting it horribly wrong. I guess that’s just part of the fun though. Nothing like a bit of false hope!

So, without further ado, I’m going to try and predict 2020’s Download headliners with two realistic candidates, and one curve-ball that I’m absolutely desperate for. Here we go:

Friday – Ghost


Image: Ghost

Come on, surely it’s time for Cardinal Copia and his nameless Ghouls to make their mark as a large festival headliner? 2018 saw Ghost rise in popularity massively, and 2019 is only going to get even bigger for them, especially with them being Metallica’s main support on their upcoming stadium tour!

I’ll probably keep pushing this as I strongly believe it needs to happen, and with any luck 2020 will be the year we see it! Their headline show at the Royal Albert Hall last year was enough to prove their worth of a UK festival headliner, if you ask me.

Saturday – Metallica


Image: Metallica

It’s been a few years since Metallica ripped up the Donnington stage. 2020 seems like a good time to do it once again! Age is just a number to these guys, and they’re still a very enjoyable live experience even after 39 years of playing together by this point.

As mentioned before, Metallica are giving Europe the stadium tour treatment, so it would be pretty cool if they were to come back for download the year after.

Sunday – AC/DC


Image: AC/DC

I know that it’s unclear on what AC/DC’s future future holds right now since the unfortunate passing of Malcolm Young, legal trouble with drummer Phil Rudd, retirement of Cliff Williams and departure of Brian Johnson, but if the recent reports of Rudd and Johnson making a return are true, then a Download headline spot would be a brilliant return to form – even if it’s just a one off show.

It’s hard to say if this is possible, there’s no saying Rudd and Johnson are coming back just because they were saw with their former band mates in a recording space, but it’s a possibility. We’ll wait and see.

Do you think these are possible candidates for a good DL2020? Or do you have better ideas for who could be taking up the main stage next year? Let us know in the comments below.