Since its inception in 2003, Download Festival in the UK has managed to provide some of the best line-ups for rock and metal. And this year looks to be no different as legendary artists like Aerosmith, Slayer and System of a Down will show how the metal festival is still a very relevant force in 2017.
Unlike so-called alternative festivals like Glastonbury which have become watered down and feature nightmarish acts like Ed Sheeran, Download has kept its rock credentials thanks to its ability to attract the biggest names in rock.
Last year the festival gave many metal fans the chance to say their last goodbyes to the iconic Black Sabbath. And 2017 will be another emotional year as Aerosmith have stated that their Download show will be their final UK show on their farewell tour.
And thrash metal fans will get the chance to pay homage to one of the ‘Big Four’ when the almighty Slayer make a highly anticipated appearance on Sunday night. Whether they will use the festival to play any new tracks in the follow-up to 2016’s excellent Repentless album remains to be seen, but it’s sure to be a compelling performance.
Not that Download is all about vintage acts as many more superstars of 21st century metal will be making an appearance, with System of a Down headlining the Friday night, whilst the experimental metal titans Mastodon will hopefully be playing tracks from their forthcoming Emperor of Sand album.
It’s the sheer diversity of acts that makes Download such a compelling attraction on the metal calendar. Although the likes of Wacken in Germany have rightly made the shortlist at Lucky Nugget Casino’s top summer music festivals, the bookers at Download seem to excel in providing a few surprises.
Whilst the likes of Japan’s Babymetal were one of the more bizarre sights of last year’s Download, this year we can look forward to the comedy metal act Steel Panther performing all of the glam metal cliches whilst getting showered in beer missiles from the 90,000 rock fans.
And with plenty of other massive names in attendance like Scottish alt-rockers Biffy Clyro, as well as the weird pop punk double-whammy of Sum 41 and Good Charlotte, it’s clear that Download Festival should shortly be making an appearance in the next online casino’s list of top music festivals.