DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL LAUNCH PARTY
The Download Festival launch party was held last night at Utopia Records. The beer and wine were flowing, the pizza was hot and delicious. Best of all the room was filled with the top promoters, media outlets and competition winners, who were ecstatic that the line-up announcement had gone so well. How could it not with such an amazing group of bands.
On Wednesday morning the fans saw the line-up of bands hit social media, with Behemoth leaking the information as early as 8am. Thankfully there were no repercussions for their actions. As promoters found this out they all scrambled to release it to all media outlets.
Last night the one and only Nigel Melder, event producer of Live Nation Australia, stated this was the initial announcement for the upcoming Download Festival. He also confirmed that there were two more waves of announcements to come with both international and domestic acts and up to thirteen more acts to be confirmed. It is expected that five Australian acts will feature and that there will be a second wave of confirmations from eight bands which may include internationals or a mix of international and local acts.
Now let’s delve into the headline acts.
Black Sabbath were formed in the 1970’s, they had their acclaimed success with their albums Black Sabbath and Paranoid. In the 1980’s Ozzy Osbourne went into his solo career, songs like ‘Crazy Train’ and ‘Mr. Crowley’ shot Ozzy into the charts and he has had an amazing solo career since then. In 2005 Ozzy Osbourne did a tour with Black Sabbath and they got inducted into the Hall of Fame. Ozzy released his last album Live (Salt Lake City 1983) in 2014.
Slayer formed in the 80'S has had global success over the years. Slayer have released eighteen albums over their career and have released the hits you know and love including ‘Angel of Death’, ‘Raining blood’, ‘Hell Awaits’ and ‘Dead Skin Masks’. The band consists of Tom Araya - Vocals and Bass, Kerry King - Guitars, Gary Holt - Guitar and Paul Bostaph - Drums.
Judas Priest formed in the 1970’s and they have released twenty-Eight albums to this day. They have released hits including, ‘Breakin the Law’ and ‘You've Got Another Thing Comin’. This year Judas Priest released their album ‘Fire Power’ and Twinmusix can’t wait to hear this perfectly executed album live.
ALICE IN CHAINS
Alice in Chains is an American rock band from Seattle, Washington, formed in 1980'S. Alice in Chains have produced hits such as ‘Man in the Box’, ‘Would?’’, I Stay Away’ and ‘Roosters’. The band currently consists of Jerry Cantrell – Guitar and Vocals, Sean Kinney - Drums, Mike Inez - Base and Guitar and William Duvall - Vocals.
These groups are just some of the bands that are named on what is proving to be an extensive line-up that is truly amazing. The party was off the chains and we look forward to Download Festival in both Sydney and Melbourne.