Festivals 2017: Download Festival preview

With a more youthful line up this year than ever before, we take a look at some music too look forward to at the 2017 edition of Download Festival.

System Of A Down
The mighty System Of A Down headline Friday night. With the promise of a new album more than 12 years after their last release, the rock community is waiting with bated breath to see what the Armenian four piece pull out of the hat. More lyrics about terracotta pie? Probably but with a side order of biting political rhetoric as well. If they can top the heights of 2001 mega hit 'Aerials' we are in for a treat.

Biffy Clyro
Even if early Biffy Clyro passed you by, their mainstream success with 2006'a Puzzles would have grabbed your attention. Their earlier albums were full of screeching off-kilter guitars with discordant rhythms and jarring lyrics, some what challenging to get into. But then Puzzles and adulation. Headlining the Saturday stage, Biffy Clyro bring along all that discordant sound but now with a pop sensibility that has seen them attract massive headlining slots across the globe and Download 2017 will be no different. "Mon The Biff!" indeed.

Thrice time headliners Aerosmith have delivered the goods on each occasion. A third headline slot is a treat but this time there's a sadness as it's the last time ever that Aerosmith will grace these shores. Whether this Farewell Tour really is that remains to be seen but what we will know is whether you are 10 or 100 you will know these songs and you will sing along. (Possibly) Aero-verderci! Aersomith!

Rob Zombie
The Living Dead Man himself, Rob Zombie graces these shores once again on a rare festival appearance. With his dancing robots and red hot go-go dancers he is sure to bring the horror theme this year. Headlining the Zippo Encore Stage on the Saturday, the party will continue when the Zombie hits the stage for a show which is second to none.

So, headliners out of the way, let's have a look at the best of the rest.


Prophets Of Rage
With an album due in September and a hell of a lot of musical history among their members, when they grace the stage on Friday night, among tried and trusted songs will be a smattering of new songs and surely a tribute to the recently departed Chris Cornell from Prophets Of Rage.


Young blood from Southampton, Creeper are on the biggest stage of all on Saturday playing their pop-punk tinged, emotional sounds from their recently debut Eternity, In Your Arms. Expect the band to explode like Trivium back in 2005 and you can say, and quite rightly, "I was there!".


WWE superstar Chris Jericho once again graces us with his presence and brings the recent radio friendly hit 'Judas' to the festival. Having such a charismatic front man brings an extra bounce and groove to the band and any discerning wrestling fan and metal fan should go check them out.

Download Festival takes place 9-11 June 2017, check out the festival website for the full line-up and ticket details.

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