Now that Download Festival’s 2019 lineup is out in the wild, so are the reactions.
After the lineup was accidentally leaked an hour early by one of the artists performing at the festival, organisers confirmed their new roster 30 minutes earlier than expected, naming Ozzy Osbourne, Slayer and Judas Priest as headliners, and getting heaps of heavy music fans excited in the process.
— melissa pedder (@lookandsee34) September 18, 2018
Given its long list of veteran metal acts — including the likes of Alice In Chains, Anthrax and Behemoth — the Download lineup has inevitably copped some flak from younger music fans, for obvious reasons.
Download festival Australia has to be one of the worst line ups in the history of festivals!! 😭😭😭😭
— Oli Gallagher (@Oli_gal) September 18, 2018
Some social media users have also voiced their disappointment that Download will only hit Sydney and Melbourne in March next year, despite organisers previously sharing plans to eventually expand the event into a “nationally touring event”.
Responding to a Perth-based punter, Soundwave Festival promoter AJ Maddah (who isn’t involved in Download Festival in any way) put things bluntly.
Well, what can I say… Your town no longer buys tickets to rock gigs. 😳
— AJ (@iamnotshouting) September 18, 2018
While there were some not-so-positive reactions to the lineup, the overall response has been mostly positive…
Download festival Australia looks fucking peng. Ghost, Priest, The Fever 333, Alice In Chains, Code Orange, Converge… daaaaaamn son
— Nino (@NinoooCG) September 18, 2018
Download lineup is dopeeee
— charlie (@charliecheesman) September 18, 2018
Around a quarter of the acts on Download’s first lineup announcement contain at least one female member, which isn’t great, but it’s still better than a lot of major metal festivals we’ve seen in the past.
There are also another 13 more acts still to be announced, according to organisers.
Download Festival 2019 will be a two-date, five-stage affair, hitting Sydney’s Parramatta Park on Saturday, 9th March and Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse on Monday, 11th March (during a long weekend).
Peep the first lineup announcement in full and react for yourself, below.
Download Festival 2019 Lineup
OZZY OSBOURNE (Only Aus Shows)
JUDAS PRIEST (Only Aus Shows)
ALICE IN CHAINS
THE AMITY AFFLICTION (Only Aus Shows)
HALESTORM (Only Aus Shows)
ME FIRST AND THE GIMME GIMMES
THE FEVER 333
WAR ON WOMEN
+ more to be announced
Download Festival 2019
Optus pre-sale begins 9am AEDT Friday, 21st September
Tickets on sale to general public 9am AEDT Wednesday, 26th September
Saturday, 9th March
Parramatta Park, Sydney (18+)
Tickets: Official Website
Monday, 11th March (long weekend)
Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne (18+)
Tickets: Official Website