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Download 2009: Prodigy and Slipknot announced

The Prodigy

Story by Jack Foley

THE UK’s premier rock festival, The Download Festival, takes place at Donington Park from June 12-14, 2009, and some of the first set of bands have just been revealed.

Headlining one of the days will be Iowa metal titans Slipknot, who will bring their legendary masked 9-strong circus to Download for the third time.

Off the back of their critically acclaimed new album Invaders Must Die, dance-crossover kings The Prodigy (pictured) will be making their second Download appearance, injecting a dose of fierce electronica and rock-rave beats – a live performance not to be missed.

Other acts confirmed to play over the weekend are LA wildcats Motley Crue, who last time they came to Download played to a ram-packed tent to screaming fans, throwing out hits such as Girls Girls Girls and Dr. Feelgood.

Nu-metal stalwarts Korn will also be returning to Donington for the fifth time, as well as returning heroes of drum ‘n’ bass / metal mash ups Pendulum, who went down a storm last year!

The Download Festival continues to take place at Donington Park, which has established itself as the original and ‘spiritual’ home of all things rock since the first Monsters of Rock festival in 1980.

Live Nation COO and Festival Director John Probyn commented: “We have gone to great lengths to communicate with our core fan base and listen to what they want at Download in relation to facilities, activities and the bands. This year’s festival is going to be better than ever with a brand new arena designed by our fans and a great line up of music!

“This year more than ever before, Download Festival celebrates the history of Donington and all that is ‘rock’. With acts such as Slipknot, The Prodigy and Mötley Crüe already confirmed to play, this just shows how varied and diverse the rock genre can be and we are delighted to reflect this with our 2009 line up.”

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