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Metallica confirmed to headline Download 2012


Story by Jack Foley

METALLICA have announced that they will headline the 10th Download Festival at Donington Park on Saturday, June 9, 2012, with an exclusive UK performance of their best selling, No. 1 album Metallica (more commonly known simply as The Black Album).

Co-founder and drummer Lars Ulrich saod: “Six years is way toooo long to be away from the hallowed grounds of Donington Park. We are beyond psyched and feel privileged to come back once again to soak up the energy and vibe of the most legendary of festival sites.

The multi million selling, Grammy award winning act will visit Donington for the EIGHTH time in their career, having played both Monsters of Rock and Download Festivals – including their first Monsters of Rock festival in 1985 up through their most recent Download appearance in 2006, where they headlined.

The Black Album was No.1 in over 25 countries and spawned an incredible five hits: Enter Sandman, Sad But True, Wherever I May Roam, Nothing Else Matters and The Unforgiven.

The album has sold over 25 million copies world-wide.

Download 2012 takes place at Donington Park from June 8-10 when it celebrates its 10th anniversary.

Weekend with camping tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday, November 18 from

Vodafone customers can buy tickets 48 hours before they go on general sale, from 9am on Wednesday, November 16 at

Download RIP ticket packages are on sale now and can be purchased via or by phoning 0207 009 3484.