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Who will headline Download Festival 2019?

2nd August 2018

Download Festival 2018 has come and gone, and it was a blast! Ozzy, G’n’R and Avenged Sevenfold each individually nailed it, as you’d expect!

However, we’re already looking towards the future and making our own predictions for #DL2019! Malcolm took a shot at this for 2018, but miserably failed with his choices, so I’m guessing he’s too embarrassed to take the helm this time.

So without further ado, here’s how I think Download 2019 could look next summer! Just remember, at the end of the day this is slightly biased in favour of my own opinion… I could (and likely will) get this horribly wrong.


Headliner: Foo Fighters
Support: Queens of the Stone Age

Foo Fighters are long overdue a headlining spot at Download festival, and I feel a lot of people may agree here. Personally, I wasn’t a huge fan of their latest LP, but to see Dave and the gang holding up one of the biggest rock, metal and alternative festivals Britain has to offer would be insane.

Queens of the Stone Age feel like a fitting choice to support a Foo Fighters headlining slot. To see these two bands performing back-to-back in Donnington would be a dream come true. Let’s just hope Josh doesn’t feel the need to kick any more photographers though.

2nd Stage: Alice in Chains

Due the tragic death of original vocalist Layne Staley back in 2002, we all thought that an Alice in Chains comeback from their extended hiatus would be impossible. That was until 2005, and Jerry Cantrell revived the band – then later joined by vocalist and guitarist William DuVall. Some of us were skeptical on how it would go, but personally I think it has worked out very well.

Since their official return to the music scene, AiC have released two spectacular albums, with their newest addition – Rainier Fog – hitting the shelves later this August. I feel they deserve to be headlining that second stage at the very least, and hopefully many of you agree.

Foo Fighters

Image: juswatch


Headliner: Slayer
Support: Gojira

This is quite a long shot if I’m honest, but 2019 will be the last chance we get to see these thrash titans performing live. Ever. Slayer are currently embarking their farewell tour across arenas around the world, and I feel that a Download headlining slot would make a nice touch to their final set of shows. People may feel they’re not big enough for the position, but you’ve all heard of them! So, why not?!

A perfect run up to metal legends like Slayer would have to be a titan themselves, and for me that titan is the one-and-only Gojira. Probably the best thing to come out of France for me, Gojira are ridiculously tight when performing live and have one of the biggest sounds you can imagine. Their headline slot for Bloodstock this year suggests they’re more than ready to take that step further.

2nd Stage: Architects

Architects are quite the hidden gem in British heavy music. They don’t get the greater attention they deserve, so to see them headline that second stage would be brilliant. They’re most certainly more than capable, and have been pulling through strong since the passing of their original guitarist, Tom Searle.


Image: zimbio


Headliner: Slipknot
Support: Korn

Okay… so Slipknot have headlined Download three times since 2009. Why would we want that yet again? Well, 2019 has potential to be much different – with a new album in the works, as well as the 20th anniversary of their self titled debut album, they could have something extra special in line for us. If given the opportunity, of course.

Who else but Korn to warm us up before a Slipknot show? Ever since I saw both bands on Slipknot’s “Prepare for Hell” tour in 2015, I’ve just wanted to see them both back-to-back again, and again, and again. Download should take note of that tour’s success. I know I’d be down for reliving that moment.

2nd Stage: Ghost

With a new set of nameless ghouls, spectacular new music, largely improved stage shows, and brand “new” frontman, Cardinal CopiaGhost have big things coming their way. While they’re not your typical “metal” band, they still offer a softer and more unique sound to the table – more reminiscent of ABBA crossed with Black Sabbath. Even if you’re not a fan of the music, you’ll love them live anyway. It’s great fun!


Image: Telegraph

So there you have it. That’s what I would love to see at next year’s Download festival. I’ve done the best I can to be realistic about it, but we all have our favourites we want to see make it big!

Who would you like to see headline #DL2019? Do you agree with my choices? Let us know in the comments below!

Edit: So the lineup has been announced to be Def Leppard, Slipknot and Tool. Well, we got Slipknot right anyway! Slayer seem to be main support to them too, so we almost got that right. Having Slayer headline was a little ambitious anyway. Everything else? Safe to say we miserably failed.