Alright, ya’ damn fiends. As we’re sure you’re all aware by now, the lineup for the first-ever Download Festival Australia has just landed, and it’s a lot to take in.
28 bands — around a third of whom are Aussie — topped by a nu-metal fan’s wet dream of Korn, Limp Bizkit and Prophets Of Rage, are all hitting the stage at Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse in March 2018.
And look, it’s not quite Soundwave-level huge, but that’s probably a good thing, seeing as how Australia’s former premier metal festival crashed and burned in a fire of debt back in 2015 after biting off more than it could chew.
Download is starting small, kicking off down under with a modest (but still pretty solid) one-dayer in the Victorian capital, with a view to establishing a sustainable event that could expand across Australia in the near future.
And its debut lineup has got something for all breeds of heavy music fan, from metal to punk, grindcore, hardcore and metalcore. It’s a real mixed bag of brutality.
So keep calm, hail satan and cancel your next haircut as you get to know the official 2018 Download Festival Australia lineup in the gallery below.
Get To Know The 2018 Download Festival Australia Lineup
(In no particular order…)
Download Festival Australia 2018 Lineup
Korn (Only Australian Show)
Prophets Of Rage
Falling In Reverse
Hot Water Music
Of Mice & Men
The Story So Far
Bad Cop/Bad Cop
Download Festival Australia 2018
Tickets on sale 9am AEDT Thursday, 16th November
Saturday, 24th March
Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne (18+)
Tickets: Official Website