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
(Click to expand) 12 Bands We Think Could Be On The Download Festival Australia Lineup
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Download Band Predictions
System Of A Down
SOAD last tore up Aussie stages as part of Soundwave Festival in 2012, and haven't been back since. The Southern Cali rockers already headlined Download France & UK this year, so this seems like the perfect opportunity to make it a clean sweep of the circuit while quenching Aussie fans' six-year thirst for Chop Suey.
1) Paramore love playing Aussie festivals, we know this because they've already graced the bills of two past Soundwaves.
2) They're also no strangers to the Download stage, having played the UK event before.
3) Their old Aussie tour promoter AJ Maddah has teased a
new Paramore down under tour announcement coming "very soon" off the back of their freshly-released new album.
These dudes are a deadset shoe-in for Download Aus. Not only did they headline Download UK this year, they've also
just announced an Aussie tour for April, which just so happens to be close to when Download Australia is tipped to debut. Coincidence?
Now indulge us a bit of industry babble. Behemoth tour promoter Live Nation is believed to be one of the companies responsible for bringing Download Festival to Australia, after
purchasing the festival's Aussie domain name. Now, LN also recently struck up a heavy music touring partnership with the folks at UNIFIED to bring acts like Bring Me The Horizon & Architects down under, and the companies are now believed to now be putting their heads together to work on Download's Aussie debut. As such, we're pretty sure we can expect to see a crap-tonne of acts from UNIFIED's UNFD label on the fest's inaugural lineup, including Sydney rockers Tonight Alive.
...Similar can be said of Northlane. Though the Sydney metalcore legdehammers aren't playing UNIFY Gathering 2018, they DID play Download UK this year for the second time since 2015, and are still in hot touring form off their latest album
It's unlike Metallica to skip Australia on any album cycle, which is why we're getting impatient that we haven't seen any Aussie dates materialise for their most recent LP
Hardwired... To Self Destruct. But they ~have~ confirmed a "WorldWired" tour, while Soundwave boss AJ Maddah has predicted that the band will be coming to Australia, and after multiple stints headlining previous Downloads overseas, the festival's down under debut sounds like the perfect place for them to stage their return.
Prophets Of Rage
Not only are the Rage Against The Machine/Public Enemy/Cypress Hill supergroup
planning their debut Australian tour for 2018, guitarist Tom Morello has also told . Add to that the fact that POR just played Download UK this year, we reckon they're looking the goods. Music Feeds that he'd prefer a festival vibe
Download has always hosted a range of classic rock acts alongside its more modern metal, punk & hardcore fair, with Melbourne's Airbourne already gracing its overseas stages on multiple occasions. Not only would it be logical for them to feature on Download's debut down under lineup, we also kind of owe it to these old school riffsters to give them the opportunity to play on home turf in front of a crowd the size of what they're used to playing to in Europe.
Not only did Blink play Download France this year, they've promised Aussie fans they'll be
looking into sea travel options to get back down under with drummer Travis Barker, who hasn't flown since the horrific plane crash that almost killed him. OK, this one might be a bit more of a long shot, but we can dream.
After playing both the UK & French legs of Download last year, Korn have also
teased forthcoming Aussie tour plans. Could definitely be a goer.
Babymetal are still yet to make their debut down under, and Download seems like the perfect place to do it. Not only have the Japanese kawaii-metal schoolgirl act performed at multiple OS Downloads, they were hotly rumoured to be keen for Soundwave 2016 before the festival crumbled. Give us chocolate already!
OK so this one could just be wishful thinking. But LOOK -- the German industrial firebugs played Download UK & France in 2016 and they haven't played here in Australia since the 2011 Big Day Out. It's about time they brought their gimp-suited, dildo-wielding, fire-scorched antics back down under, FFS.