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Download Festival, the world’s premier rock event, has announced Kiss, Biffy Clyro and System of a Down as its 2021 headliners.

Plus there's many more of the world’s most exciting bands in rock, punk, hardcore and metal playing, including Deftones, Korn, Steel Panther and The Distillers – with even more acts yet to be announced.

The three-day festival takes place next June 4-6 at Donington Park.

Download 2018 (42173721)
Download 2018 (42173721)

After a well documented 45-year career that launched an era of rock’n’roll, the legendary Kiss's Download performance will be a UK exclusive.


Kiss are known for their trademark larger-than-life, blistering performances.

Kiss. (41868040)
Kiss. (41868040)

With more than 100 million albums sold worldwide, 2020 was due to be their final ever Download appearance, but due to Covid-19 they’ll be bringing their spellbinding show to the hallowed grounds in 2021 instead.

Also headlining will be System of a Down, also in a UK Exclusive. With just five studio albums, the Californian band have earned themselves a worldwide following, never failing to put on a mind-blowing performance.

System Of A Down bassist Shavo Odadjian says: “We’re disappointed we weren’t able to make it over this year, but we’re looking forward to next. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Mostly, we all just want to make sure everyone is provided with a safe and secure environment, so we were prepared to wait as long as we needed to.”

Returning to Donington after their fantastic headline set in 2017 are Scottish rock titans Biffy Clyro, who will headline the festival once again in 2021. With the band set to release their ninth studio album, A Celebration Of Endings, this month, the trio will be keen to show off new tracks as well as some of their most well-known hits, including The Captain, Mountains and Many Of Horror.

System of a Down. (41868042)
System of a Down. (41868042)


In addition to the brilliant acts who have continued over from 2020, Download are delighted to announce several new additions to the line up, along with Biffy Clyro, including the mighty Steel Panther, pop punk kings A Day To Remember, the mysterious Creeper, who have recently returned from hiatus, punk legends Rise Against, internet sensation Poppy, and many more.

Returning to Donington in 2021 are Deftones. Since their inception, the multi-platinum, Grammy-winning alternative rock band from Sacramento have released seven albums and sold over 10 million worldwide which include fan-favourite tracks My Own Summer (Shove It), Change (House Of Flies) and Swerve City.

Biffy Clyro.
Biffy Clyro.

With 13 albums behind them already, Korn will be back too. The two-time Grammy Award winning band have toured the world countless times and have continued to push the limits of the rock, alternative and metal genres, while remaining a pillar of influence for legions of fans and generations of artists around the globe.

Also returning are the one and only The Darkness, LA punk rockers The Distillers, Hollywood favourites Black Veil Brides, Scottish pirate metallers Alestorm, metalcore heroes Killswitch Engage, Brazilian heavy metal legends Sepultura, Welsh icons Funeral For A Friend in their last ever festival appearance, and many more.


“This year has been a tough year for us all," said Download’s Andy Copping.

"We were beyond gutted not to be able to experience the festival with you. We gave you Download TV to reflect on memories of the past, and what the festival means to all of us.

"Download 2021 is going to be something special and go down in the history books as when the Download family reunited. We’re going to be working hard behind the scenes to make it an unforgettable experience and a celebration of the festival we all love.”

The three-day festival takes place on June 4-6 at the spiritual home of rock - Donington Park in Leicestershire.

Tickets are on sale now at downloadfestival.co.uk

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