Download Festival unveils 2023 lineup featuring Metallica, Slipknot, Bring Me the Horizon and more

Download Festival has revealed the lineup for the 2023 edition of the UK heavy rock festival, headlined by the likes of Metallica, Slipknot and Bring Me the Horizon. 

The four-day event will take place at Leicestershire’s Donington Park from June 8 – 11 of next year, enlisting more than 60 bands in celebration of the festival’s 20th anniversary. Alongside the three headliners, Download’s 2023 bill also includes fellow lineup entrants Evanescence, Parkway Drive, Architects, Ghost, Placebo, FEVER 333 and the Nova Twins, among many others. 

Metallica will assume the headlining slot on Thursday and Saturday, while Bring Me the Horizon and Slipknot will finalise festivities on Friday and Sunday, respectively. The lineup elsewhere includes rock acts Disturbed, Pendulum, The Distillers, Alexisonfire and Lorna Shore. See the full lineup for Download Festival 2023 below. Speaking of their appearance on the bill in a statement, Metallica said they’re “next-level honoured to once again come back and partake in the shenanigans on the hallowed grounds of Castle Donington.

Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield of Metallica. Credit: Theo Wargo / Getty Images


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Meanwhile, Bring Me the Horizon frontman, Oli Sykes added: “The fact that we are headlining such a prestigious event blows my mind. We can’t wait to bring a whole new sound and show for the Download audience.” Pre-sale tickets to Download 2023 are available today (November 9), while general on sale goes live on Thursday, November 10 at 10am. Head to Ticketmaster’s website here for more ticketing details, and click here for more event and lineup news from Download’s website.  

Oliver Sykes of Bring Me the Horizon. Credit: Joseph Okpako / WireImage

Slipknot’s appearance at Download 2023 will follow the Australian debut of Knotfest, an upcoming fellow rock festival founded by the band and set to hit our shores in March of next year. Knotfest’s inaugural Australian edition features a Slipknot-curated lineup including Megadeth and Parkway Drive, and will host three outings in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. The festival’s first-ever Australian circuit will feature 14 bands and a specially-built Slipknot Museum.