It was announced via the official Download Festival Twitter last night that Black Sabbath would be headlining the Saturday slot at Donnington next year. This morning, following strong rumours that they would be playing, Rammstein were confirmed to be topping the bill on Friday. Black Sabbath’s appearance at Download represents part of their ‘The End’ farewell tour. Speaking about the gig, Ozzy Osbourne said, “Download is my absolute favourite summer festival It’s always like coming home. See you all there!”
Download Festival head-honcho Andy Copping also commented on the booking, “What can I say about Black Sabbath? They are probably the most influential band in rock music and have inspired many, many artists to start a band. The fact they are still as popular after all these years shows how much they are respected. The act that this is Black Sabbath’s final tour makes it even more exciting”.
Rammstein last played Donnington in 2013, also alongside Iron Maiden. The German industrial metallers are known for their bonkers live performances, featuring an insane number of pyrotechnics. Speaking about the booking, Copping stated, “Rammstein! In 2013 they delivered quite possibly the best Download headline performance ever! I know they will step up and deliver for us again. If you haven’t seen them before, don’t miss them – you will not be disappointed!”
Tickets for Download Festival go on sale this Friday at 9am.