Festival update: Donington reveals more while lists lengthen for Sonisphere Finland and Sweden plus changes at Sweden Rock and Wacken

Def Leppard

Quarter-century: Def Lep at Donington

Def Leppard will join System of a Down and LInkin Park as headliners of this year’s Download festival at Doninton. Trash Talk, Twisted Sister, Duff McKagan’s Loaded and Down have also been added to this year’s Download bill. More acts are to be announced soon.

Joe Elliott of Def Lep says: “It’ll be a quarter of a century since we first played at Donington and we’re coming back to headline twice in three years. It was incredible in 2009 – there was a great vibe backstage and out front too. We have too much fun doing this.”

Sonisphere have listed the first bands for the Finnish and Swedish versions of the touring event. Slipknot, In Flames and Mastodon appear at both while Opeth, Sonata Arctica and Stam1na will play Finland and Mustasch, Airbourne, Dead by April, Kvelertak and Graveyard will play Sweden.

Accept will appear at Sweden Rock while Exodus have been forced to pull out of the Wacken festival.

Download, UK, June 10-12

A-Z
Alice Cooper
Alter Bridge
Avenged Sevenfold
Black Veil Brides
Buckcherry
Bullet For My Valentine
Clutch
The Cult
The Damned Things
Danzig
Def Leppard
Down
Duff McKagan’s Loaded
Escape The Fate
FM
Gaslight Anthem
Gwar
Hollywood Undead
Korn
Linkin Park
Masters of Reality
Mr Big
Pendulum
Rise to Remain
Rob Zombie
System of a Down
Thin Lizzy
Trash Talk
Twisted Sister

Sweden Rock, June 8-11

A-Z
Lee Aaron
Accept
Agent Steel
The Brew
Buckcherry
Clutch
Crashdiet
The Cult
Desruction
Doc Holliday
Down
Electric Wizard
Evergrey
Five Horse Johnson
Flasket Brinner
FM
Ghost
Groundhogs
Hardcore Superstar
The Haunted
Hawkwind
Helloween
Iced Earth
Jason and the Scorchers
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Kansas
Molly Hatchet
Moonspell
Morbid Angel
Mustasch
Necronaut
Ozzy Osbourne
Overkill
Rage (acoustic)
Raubtier
Dan Reed Band
Rhapsody of Fire
Mason Ruffner
Saxon
Stryper
Styx
Thin Lizzy
Walter Trout
Whitesnake
Rob Zombie

Sonisphere FInland, July 2


A-Z
In Flames
Mastodon
Opeth
Slipknot
Sonata Arctica
Stam1na

Sonisphere Sweden, July 9


A-Z
Airbourne
Dead by April
Graveyard
In Flames
Kvelertak
Mastodon
Mustasch
Slipknot

Wacken Open Air, Germany, August 4-6

A-Z
Accuser
Alberlour’s
Apocalyptica
As I Lay Dying
Avantasia
Battle Beast
Blaas of Glory
Blind Guardian
Blowsight
Bullet
Children of Bodom
Cradle of Filth
Crashdiet
Devildriver
Excrementory Grindfuckers
Hail of Bullets
Hamatom
Hayseed Dixie
Heaven Shall Burn
Helloween
Hellsaw
Horch
Iced Earth
In Solitude
Judas Priest
Kataklysm
Khold
Knorkator
Kreator
Mayhem
Morbid Angel
Morgoth
Motorhead
Negator
Onslaught
Ozzy Osbourne
Primal Fear
Rhapsody of Fire
Russkaja
Sepultura
Shining
Shraphead
Sirenia
Skalmold
Ski King
Smack Ballz
Sodom
Stier
Stormzone
Subway to Sally
Suicidal Tendencies
Suidakra
Tauthr
The Haunted
The Prophecy
Tokyo Blade
Torture Squad
Triosphere
Trivium
Tsjuder
Venomin James
Victims of Madness
Visions of Atlantis
Volcano
Vreid
Warrant

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