Def Leppard, Tool and Slipknot to headline Download festival 2019

Metal band Slipknot and prog-rock group Tool will also headline next year’s event in Leicestershire

The UK’s largest rock and heavy metal festival has announced a trio of headliners for its 15th edition. They include Def Leppard, who will be performing their bestselling fourth album, Hysteria, in full, as well as cult prog-rockers Tool, and the masked metal group Slipknot.

Download festival takes place at Donington Park, Leicestershire, on 14-16 June. Tool’s appearance at the weekender marks their first Download gig since headlining the festival in 2006. In September, vocalist Maynard James Keenan hinted that the band are working on their first album in more than a decade, likely to be released next year.

Since they formed in Sheffield in 1977, Def Leppard have sold more than 100m records, with Hysteria (1987) selling more than 25m copies worldwide and spawning one of their most recognisable hits, Pour Some Sugar on Me. They have headlined the festival twice, in 2009 and 2011. Their forthcoming performance will mark their only UK performance in 2019.

Slipknot have performed at Download five times. The band’s most recent Download appearance was in 2015, five years after the death of their founding member and bassist, Paul Gray. Their 2019 performance will be one of their first live shows since singer Corey Taylor announced a new album, due for release next year.

The Download lineup also includes Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash (who is performing with vocalist Myles Kennedy), along with the South African duo Die Antwoord and Welsh ska-metal band Skindred.


Ammar Kalia

The GuardianTramp

Related Content

Article image
Download festival review – fire, fury and hymns to the dark side
Headliners Slipknot and Def Leppard lead the way on a long weekend of big riffs and shouting

Dom Lawson

17, Jun, 2019 @11:13 AM

Article image
Slipknot to headline Download 2013
Shock-metal troupe headline Download festival for the first time since the death of bassist Paul Gray

Guardian music

27, Sep, 2012 @10:05 AM

Article image
Download festival – review

Bleak, turgid and blisteringly loud, Black Sabbath reigned supreme at heavy metal's answer to Glastonbury, writes Ian Gittins

Ian Gittins

11, Jun, 2012 @10:03 AM

Article image
Download festival – review
Ironically, by the time the Cult rolled out their unofficial festival anthem, Rain, the downpour had eased up, writes Jamie Thomson

Jamie Thomson

14, Jun, 2011 @5:13 PM

Article image
Slipknot and a chilled muscadet? Hellfest, the metal festival that’s also a gastronomic paradise
With its wine and oyster pairings, lobster rolls, oozing cheeses and metal-themed supermarkets, Hellfest has turned the small French town of Clisson into a foodie destination for metalheads

Davey Brett

20, Jun, 2023 @12:05 PM

Article image
Download festival review – 20th birthday brings double Metallica, occult glam and a new breed
After travel chaos this proves to be an epic four-dayer, with an eclectic mix from Bring Me the Horizon to AA Williams plus Metallica spanning their career

Matt Mills

12, Jun, 2023 @11:32 AM

Article image
Download 2013 – review

It's hard to imagine this year's headlining performances will ever be topped, writes Dom Lawson

Dom Lawson

17, Jun, 2013 @4:30 PM

Article image
Download 2012: festival preview

Going to Download this weekend? Here's our guide to the festival and how you can get involved

Adam Boult

05, Jun, 2012 @10:40 AM

Article image
Def Leppard & Mötley Crüe review – from the pathetic to the sublime
On this co-headline tour, Mötley Crüe are crass and limp, and then shown up all the more by the triumphant power of Def Leppard’s homecoming

Chris Lord

23, May, 2023 @11:46 AM

Pop review, Slipknot, Hammersmith Apollo, London

Hammersmith Apollo, London Rocky Horror extravaganza slick enough to render any boy band envious

Ian Gittins

03, Dec, 2008 @12:08 AM