Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes Join the Downloads Lineup


Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes have joined this year’s Download Festival lineup.

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They will be joined by newly announced bands including Napalm Death, Kris Barras Band, I Pengshui and Aniilmalia. KISS, Iron Maiden and Biffy Clyro were previously announced as the headliners for this year’s festival.

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes will now headline the second stage on Friday June 10, replacing The Distillers who announced last week that they had postponed all of their European festival appearances, as well as their June tour.

Brody Dalle’s band shared a statement on social media which read: “It is with great regret that The Distillers have been forced to postpone their upcoming European festival appearances and June tour.”

“The band sends sincere apologies to all fans and hope to return to Europe to play the big hits as soon as they can, so please hold on to your tickets.” No reason was given for the postponement.

Last year, Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes headlined the first night of the historic Download Pilot event, which welcomed the return of camping festivals to the UK.

The Download Festival will take place June 10-12 at Donington Park, Leicestershire. Tickets for the event are now on sale here.

“There are just over 50 days left until we open the doors to the campsite, and there are many, many people counting down each of those days,” said Festival Republic boss Melvin Benn. NME recently. “Also, it’s been almost 1,100 days since Tool closed in 2019 and Heriot opened in 2022. It’s definitely too long without this festival.”

With the festival fast approaching, Download has announced major new site improvements for accessibility, inclusivity and green concerns – including moving The Village camping area closer to The Arena, bringing it closer Access Camping Zone for disabled fans, and a range of new more environmentally friendly camping programs.

“The Download community embraces fans with disabilities probably more than any other festival, I would say,” Benn said. NME. “We listened to enthusiasts, and before the accessible campsite was far from the campsite village and almost impassable in wet years, we therefore redesigned the entire campsite. The two are now much closer and it’s closer to the heart of the camping world.

“The walk from the campsites to the arena is now much shorter than it was before. It was a trek, but it’s much better now.

“We already have all of our headliners booked for 2023,” said Download Festival Manager Andy Copping. NME. “This is the first time that I have booked all the headliners in advance before last year’s event. This news will come out shortly after this year’s festival, hopefully.

“We’re way, way down the line – because next year is basically our 20th year, so we wanted to do something a little bit special. All I can say is that it’s going to be very, very exciting.


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