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Has The Download Festival Australia Lineup Leaked?

Written by Tom Williams on October 18, 2017

UPDATE: The full 2018 Download Festival Australia lineup has now been announced.

ORIGINAL STORY: The first-ever Download Festival Australia lineup has leaked, if an alleged lineup poster is to be believed.

The poster — which you can view below — has been sent to Music Feeds by an anonymous source who claims to work for touring company Live Nation, which is behind the push to bring Download down under, having purchased the Australian domain name for the festival last year.

Unfortunately, a quick browse of the poster raises a few red flags that it’s almost definitely a fake, including:

  • Rage Against The Machine are on the lineup, despite the band no longer being active and the fact that any reunion definitely isn’t happening anytime soon
  • Triple j is listed as a major media partner, and also has its own stage, which seems pretty unlikely to be a thing. Channel V is also listed, despite no longer being active.
  • There’s also just too many expensive big-name bands for a festival’s first-ever Australian jaunt, including the likes of System Of A Down, Blink-182, Mastodon, NOFX and Billy Talent
  • The quality and design of the poster seems lacklustre for one of the biggest heavy music festivals in the world

In a statement to Music Feeds, Live Nation has confirmed that the poster isn’t legit, confirming, “This is fake.”

Download Festival Australia is expected to be officially announced later this month, after Music Feeds broke news of the festival’s Aussie plans last year.

View the alleged Download Festival Australia lineup poster below, alongside our list of 12 bands we think could legitimately be on the real lineup.

UPDATED: Spotted: Another Fake Download Festival Australia Lineup Poster

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12 Bands We Think Could Be On The Download Festival Australia Lineup


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