Iron Maiden, Rammstein Confirmed For Download 2013

Iron Maiden, Rammstein confirmed for Download 2013! Metal legends set to headline Donington.

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Download Festival organizers have revealed that the first two headliners of next year's festival event will be British metal legends Iron Maide and German outfit Rammstein. According to NME, Maiden will close out the first night of the festival on June 14th while Rammstein will headline the Sunday night.

As NME notes, Maiden's performance comes exactly 25 years after the band first headlined Donington in 1988, back when it was known as the Monsters of Rock festival. The band will be performing their Maiden England set at Donington, which is based around the setlist that they used on their 1988 tour. Dickinson explained that the band had chosen to return to Donington because it is the only place in the UK where the band can make some proper noise:

"It's the only place in the UK where you can make a proper racket. There might be places in Highlands of Scotland, but at Reading, if the wind blows the wrong you have to go and stand at the other end of the field".

"And at Hyde Park if you ruffle a crisp packet you can't hear the music, it's all gone a bit PC. But not at Donington, where you can make a suitably loud racket".

Rammstein, meanwhile, have been rather more subdued in their response to playing Download festival, as Classic Rock reports. Asked to comment on the news, the band responded: "It's only a festival - not a moon landing". Download festival organizer Andy Copping seems more enthusiastic about the band's appearance: "We're excited to welcome Rammstein to Donington for the very first time. They're an epic live act and a perfect Sunday headliner to cap off what's shaping up to be a fantastic festival".

Download tickets are available from 9am on September 28 at Www.Downloadfestival.Co.Uk RIP ticket packages are already on sale via Www.Livenationexperience.Co.Uk.

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    THE BULGE
    Same headliners from sonisphere 2010. Hope the sat night are worthy too. Download has had some awful headline acts over the years.
    Skuzzmo
    I don't like Download but I may go on a day ticket for Maiden.....depends when Maiden do a UK tour.
    de-fexxx666
    When Maiden do a major festival like this, that is their date in that country for that tour. No UK tour next year, that is a guarantee. Take my advice and get a day ticket for Maiden, this tour is as good as it gets. I did 13 gigs on this year's North American leg and will be coming over to Europe for another 5-6 gigs on the European tour next summer. This is just the most perfect setlist, stage show, everything. Can't miss this one!
    Skuzzmo
    Thinking about it I think you're right....the caught back in somewhere in time was a one date only in the UK.... Cheers for the heads up buddy. I think you have just stopped me from making a very big mistake.
    de-fexxx666
    I'm a festival guy by no means, but if its your only chance to see this amazing tour, I'm sure you'll love it all the same! ;
    Braykah
    By the way, if androovr is indeed right, then it means Bullet for My Valentine are going to be the third headliner. God ****ing dammit.
    Braykah
    Great to see Iron Maiden headlining, but Rammstein? While they have a big selling value and will attract a lot of people to this year's Download, I think their music is pretty mediocre.
    link no1
    You said it yourself. They have big selling value and will attract alot of people, THIS IS HOW YOU DECIDE HEADLINERS!!!
    The_Locker
    If I could choose the 3 headliners: Friday: System of a Down Saturday: Metallica (Playing RtL and MoP in full) Sunday: Tool