Avenged Sevenfold is confirmed to headline the 2014 Download festival at Donington Park, in Leicestershire, England.
Over it’s 12 years, Download has steadily earned the reputation of being one of the hottest annual venues in Europe. Last summer, the featured acts included Iron Maiden, Slipknot and Rammstein.
Avenged Sevenfold’s appearance at Download is expected to be the band’s first show since the August release of “Hail to the King”, their sixth studio album, which garnered a No. 1 status in the United Kingdom. It will be the band’s second appearance at Download.
Download is a three-day event that is scheduled for June 13-15, next year.
Rob Zombie is also committed to appear, marking his second appearance at the event. He performed back in 2011, and is slated to take stage on opening night.
Rumors are circulating on what other acts will headline the event. Andy Copping, Download’s primary organizer, has reportedly said his dream headline would include Led Zeppelin, (the original) Guns ‘n’ Roses and Van Halen. However, the likelihood of either of these three appearing is slim, at best. Robert Palmer will unlikely back down from his refusal to reunite Zeppelin, despite their historic show in 2007. Van Halen recently wrapped up their A Different Kind of Truth Tour. However, according to the Van Halen News Desk, they are “currently taking a break.” And, as for as GNR is concerned, nothing will happen until Axl Rose and Slash make peace.
Nonetheless, more announcements are expected to be made over the next few days.
Meanwhile, on the Western Hemisphere:
Veteran rockers, Twisted Sister recently announced that they will be headlining Hell & Heaven Metal Fest 2014 in Mexico City, on March 15th and 16th.
Dee Snider tweeted his excitement over the event, as it also falls on his birthday.
According to the event poster that accompanied Snider’s tweet, Twisted Sister appears to be the headline act, ahead of Lamb of God and Carcass.
More information can be gleaned from www.hellandheavenfest.com.