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Iron Maiden to headline Download 2013

Iron Maiden, The Final Frontier

Story by Jack Foley

IRON Maiden have announced that they will headline Download Festival on Saturday, June 15, 2013, bringing their triumphant Maiden England tour to Donington Park on the 25th Anniversary of their first headline performance at the legendary home of rock in 1988.

On that occasion, an astounding 107,000 fans turned out to see their spectacular Seventh Son show, still the highest ever attendance there.

This will also be a record FIFTH time that the multi-million selling British rock pioneers will have topped the bill at Donington, following two Monsters of Rock performances (1988 and 1992) and two spectacular Download Festivals (2003 and 2007).

Frontman Bruce Dickinson commented: “We’re absolutely over the moon to be headlining Donington again. The idea of returning exactly 25 years later with a show inspired by that same 1988 Seventh Son Tour was too good an opportunity to be missed!

“And, thanks to modern technology, we’ve been able to update and improve on the original production. We will be bringing a huge new light show, stage set, various incarnations of Eddie, plenty of pyro and allkinds of other exciting stuff for the fans.

“And of course treating the fans to lots of their favourite songs from that period! We’ve had many great times at Donington and there is always a wonderful mix of bands and a really wild crowd who love their metal, all of which makes for a memorable show and fantasticparty atmosphere!”

For more information on Iron Maiden’s summer 2013 tour of Europe go to

Download 2013 takes place at Donington Park from June 14-16, 2013. Weekend with camping tickets go on sale 9am on Friday, September 28 from