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Download Festival returns for 2024 with Queens Of The Stone Age, Fall Out Boy and Avenged Sevenfold headlining

Download Festival returns for its 21st edition in 2024 as DLXXI, with headliners Queens Of The Stone Age, Fall Out Boy and Avenged Sevenfold, as well as more than 70 more huge names from the rock world.

Dubbed ‘the greatest rock and metal festival of all time’, next year’s event will take place on June 14-16 at the ‘spiritual home of rock’ in Donington Park, Leicestershire. General tickets are on sale now here.

Also announced so far are UK and international heavyweights Royal Blood, The Offspring, Sum 41, Corey Taylor, Machine Head, Pantera, BABYMETAL, Fear Factory, While She Sleeps, Billy Talent, Bowling For Soup, The Used, Hoobastank, Atreyu, Counterparts, Bad Omens, The Black Dahlia Murder, Those Damn Crows, Holding Absence, Silverstein, Charlotte Sands, Thy Art Is Murder, Fit For A King and many more, with other acts also still to be announced.

A huge crowd at the 2023 event.
A huge crowd at the 2023 event.

Queens Of The Stone Age will be headlining Download for the first time, having last played at Castle Donington in 2013. Formed in 1996, the band have been a driving force in modern rock music. They achieved success with albums such as ‘Songs for the Deaf’ and ‘Rated R’, featuring crowd-rousing hits such as ‘No One Knows’ and ‘Go With The Flow’. This year’s critically acclaimed ‘In Times New Roman...’ saw the band once again at their heaviest, darkest and twisted best. Known for their dynamic live performances, QOTSA have maintained a devoted fan base throughout their career.

Fall Out Boy will also be headlining at Download for the first time. The last time they played the festival was in 2014 when they were main support to headliners Linkin Park. Formed in Chicago in 2001, the Grammy-winning pop punk band have gone from strength to strength, selling millions of records and winning countless awards for their energetic live shows.

The festival’s grand finale will come at the hands of Avenged Sevenfold, who last headlined Download in 2018. Six years on and their return is set to be even more explosive than when they last played. The Californian heavy metal five-piece have sold more than eight million albums since they formed in 1999 and are well known for their incendiary live shows. The band recently released their eighth studio album and will be sure to play hits new and old at DLXXI.

Following on from last year’s triumphant 20th anniversary, Download’s legacy does not only include the sensational artists who have performed there over the years but also its unrivalled community, warm atmosphere and amazing after-hours entertainment at District X. Recently described as “the last sincere festival experience” by VICE, it continually proves just why people keep coming back for more.

This year, Download welcomes Liquid Death as its first-ever headline partner in the festival’s 21-year legacy. The sustainable beverage company partnered with Download for the first time in 2023, reducing plastic by hundreds of thousands of bottles. Liquid Death’s commitment to eliminating single-use plastic will be at the heart of the Download partnership.

Download’s Andy Copping said: “After our unbelievable 20th-anniversary celebrations last year, we couldn’t be more excited about what DLXXI has in store. This year we have two brand new headliners in the form of Queens Of The Stone Age and Fall Out Boy, as well as the mighty Avenged Sevenfold and a whole host of huge names that make every second of Download Festival memorable.

“I can’t wait to join the fans there – it is our home. With first-time headliners and our first headline partner with Liquid Death we are embracing the evolution of Download Festival. We have the best and friendliest community together and we can’t wait to celebrate the next 20 years of Download with you all.”

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