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Download 2010: AC/DC confirmed as headline act


Story by Jack Foley

AFTER many rumours, the organisers of the 2010 Download Festival have confirmed that AC/DC will be one of the headliners for this year’s festival, taking place at Donington Park from June 11-13.

The mega band will help celebrate 30 years at Donington and will be appearing for the fourth time.

AC/DC first appeared at the second Monsters of Rock concert in 1981, and then 1984 and 1991. 2010 will mark three decades of AC/DC at Donington Park – and their debut Download performance.

Festival organisers have also announced that they are increasing the arena capacity this year to accommodate even more fans keen to experience Download at Donington Park and celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Monsters of Rock.

Last year’s event sold out at 85,000 per day – the increased arena size this year will make Download the biggest UK music festival after Glastonbury.

Established in 1980 by promoter Paul Loasby and the late Maurice Jones who died last year, the event was originally created as a day-long Summer festival dedicated to rock and heavy metal bands.

Over the years it was quickly established as the annual event for the UK hard rock fraternity. It was destined to become a British music tradition – 30 years on and Download Festival has become the premiere rock festival.

Andy Copping, Download festival Promoter, commented: “Download 2010 will be one for the history books. It will see the return of the world’s greatest rock band to the most legendary and spiritual home of rock.

“We have been pushing for this moment for many years, but for this to become reality alongside the likes of Them Crooked Vultures, Motörhead and Megadeth is the best 30th Anniversary of the site we could have dreamed of, it’s also going to be a fantastic tribute to Maurice Jones who started this all off back in 1980.”

Joining AC/DC and following two incredible sold out shows at Hammersmith Apollo before Christmas, are supergroup Them Crooked Vultures, featuring rock legends Dave Grohl, Josh Homme and John Paul Jones. Incredibly, none of the band have ever played at Donington before!

Also confirmed will be reformed grunge-rock heroes Stone Temple Pilots, for their first UK show since getting back together for a massive North American tour in 2008.

One of the ‘Big Four’ bands of thrash metal, Megadeath, will be back at Donington for the fourth time, having played Monsters of Rock in 1988, and then two Download Festivals (2005 and 2007), alongside metal behemoths Motorhead, also making their fourth appearance with one Monsters of Rock (1986) and two Download’s under their studded belts (2005 and 2008).

Returning for the third time will be Sacremento heavy rockers Deftones, with a new album slated for April.

Welsh metallers Bullet For My Valentine, as well as Wolfmother and Danish rockabillies Volbeat will also play at the anniversary weekend.

Weekend tickets for Download 2010 go on sale at 9am on Friday, January 29 via