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News : Download Festival Australia line-up confirmed!

By on November 9, 2017

The wait is finally over! The Download Australia Festival line-up is here and is freaking insane. After months of waiting and speculating, the promoters behind the much anticipated Download Australia Festival have confirmed some heavyweight contenders to perform at the festival’s inaugural celebration on Saturday, 24th March 2018 at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne.

Andy Copping, Download Festival Founder comments:

It is a great honour and very exciting that we are bringing Download Festival to Australia. Since the inception of Download UK in 2003, we have been looking for other territories to launch the festival and having successfully found a home for Download in France and Spain, we felt that the next country had to be Australia. Many rock fans from Australia have been in contact with us asking us to bring the festival to them – we have finally heard their calling and I cannot wait to put Download Australia on the map!”

Nigel Melder, Download Melbourne Producer comments:

When it comes to festivals, heavy music fans have had little option of late, with Download recently expanding from its Donington stronghold, into Paris and Madrid, it seems like the perfect time for it to storm down here. Starting with a single day event in Melbourne with the intention to grow it at a sustainable pace over the coming years, to a nationally touring festival for the long term. We have 28 bands in total, 1/3 of those are Australian. We are really excited to have the Australian artists on the line up for Download Melbourne, Oz heavy acts are drawing a lot of people both here and overseas so we are happy to be able to showcase that strength.”

It looks to be the rumours floating around about Korn and Limp Bizkit performing was true, along with Prophets of Rage. In addition, we have a pretty awesome mixed bag of hard and heavy performers, including; Mastodon, Sabaton, Amon Amarth, Suicidal Tendencies and Arch Enemy. Included in the line-up are some top tier Australian bands which include King Parrot, Northlane, Psycroptic, Clowns and Alpha Wolf to name a few.

General admission tickets for the Download Australia Festival will go on sale Thursday, 16th November 9am (local). Optus customers will have the opportunity to grab early bird tickets on Monday, 13th November 9am (local). Tickets prices start at $169.90 for a standard general admission ticket. Those wanting to go to the next level can fork out $289.90 for the RIP experience which gets you early access into the festival grounds, admission to the Crypt Bar,  festival paraphernalia (laminate, t-shirt etc) and some extra bonuses. Click here for full details on all tickets.

Ticket prices:
GA – $169.90 + booking fees and credit card charges
RIP – $289.90 + booking fees and credit card charges

For more information, head to the official Download Australia webpage.


Anwar is the editor-in-chief of Metal When Anwar isn't busy promoting tours, interviewing bands and reviewing awesome music, he loves to collect metal vinyl and play video games. Follow Metal Obsession on Twitter and Facebook