Organisers at Download Festival, have announced 17 new bands for 2021, including the mighty Megadeth along with Descendents, Boston Manor, Northlane, Venom Prison, Salem, The Skints, Renounced, Static Dress, The Injester and more. The new acts join the already stellar line up, headlined by KISS, Biffy Clyro and System Of A Down.

The legendary Megadeth, one of the ‘Big Four’ of American thrash metal, will be coming to Donington for the first time since 2016, to play as second stage headliners. Having recently celebrated their 35th anniversary, the legendary band, led by frontman Dave Mustaine, are set to play a selection of their biggest hits for the Download masses.

Elsewhere, punk rockers Descendents will headline the third stage while Creeper frontman Will Gould will not only be playing with Creeper at Download 2021, but now also with his new project Salem. The UK duo, consisting of Will and Matt Reynolds (Howard’s Alias, Skylar), have just unleashed their debut self-titled EP, featuring the huge single “Destroy Me”, with Will having this to say:

“Excited and humbled to announce that Salem will be performing at this year’s Download Festival. Looking forward to staying out of the sun with you all in 2021.”

The full list of new additions reads as follows:

Ayron Jones
Boston Manor
Dead Poet Society
Descendents
Fire From The Gods
Megadeth
Monster Truck
Northlane
Renounced
Salem
Static Dress
The Injester
The Scratch
The Skints
Uncured
Venom Prison

Download Festival takes place on 4-6 June 2021 at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire. Day tickets are now on sale via downloadfestival.co.uk/tickets.

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I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.