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Download 2012: Europe among 'dirty dozen' new acts


Story by Jack Foley

DOWNLOAD Festival has revealed another ‘dirty dozen’ acts for this year’s festival, which takes place at Donington Park from June 8-10.

Making their Download debut despite a career spanning three decades, Sweden’s most successful rock group Europe (pictured) are confirmed to bring hits such as The Final Countdown and Rock The Night to the Donington masses.

Ahead of their second album release, Pennsylvanian quartet Halestorm, led by the enigmatic Lzzy Hale, will make their second appearance at Download, along with Greek heavy metallers Firewind (who last played in 2008).

Norwegian “deathpunk” act Turbonegro will be back, alongside platinum selling Roadrunner signings Theory Of A Deadman and their upcoming tour mates Stellar Revival, long standing Brit punk band Anti-Nowhere League, the mixed bag of sound that is Bristol’s Turbowolf, acclaimed Cambridge rockers Mallory Knox, the Radio 1 championed prog metallers The Safety Fire, American deathcore act Emmure and infectious hard rockers Broken.

This year’s Download celebrates 10 years and is headlined by The Prodigy, Metallica and Black Sabbath.