Download Festival, the world’s premier rock event, has announced 17 new bands for 2021, including the mighty Megadeth, Descendents, Boston Manor, Northlane, Venom Prison, Salem, The Skints, Renounced, Static Dress, The Injester and more. They will join the already stellar line up, headlined by KISS, Biffy Clyro and System Of A Down. The three-day 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

The legendary Megadeth, one of the ‘Big Four’ of American thrash metal, will be coming to Donington for the first time since 2016, to well and truly blow Download away 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 hallowed grounds of Download.

Punk rock legends Descendents will be playing Download Festival for the first ever time in their massively influential career. The prestigious Californian punk band formed in 1977, and can count Blink-182, The Offspring, Green Day, NOFX and more in the list of bands who cite them as one of their biggest inspirations. Download could not be more excited to welcome them as third stage headliners in 2021. 

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’, and it will be very exciting indeed to watch one of their very first live shows.

Will Gould says: “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.”

Blackpool pop punk favourites Boston Manor have been flying the flag for pop punk both here and in the US, and are swiftly gaining momentum on both sides of the Atlantic after releasing their fantastic third album ‘Glue’ earlier this year. Welsh death metal titans Venom Prison have also been busy making a name for themselves, winning Best New Band at the Golden Gods in 2017 and going from strength to strength ever since.

Also hailing from the UK are London hardcore five-piece Renounced, exciting new emo outfit Static Dress, Lancaster rock band Massive Wagons, and London reggae punks The Skints.  Along with some of the UK’s finest are Ireland’s The Scratch whose style is described as heavy metal-tinged Irish folk.

From a little further afield, American rap metal band Fire From The Gods, Seattle-born guitarist and vocalist Ayron Jones, Boston groove rockers Dead Poet Society, New York technical death metal four piece Uncured, Canadian rock band Monster Truck and Australian metalcore heroes Northlane will be joining the bill. And from an unknown location are the travelling troupe clown horde The Injester, ready to unleash their own brand of theatrical scaremongering on Donington.

With over 85 bands confirmed to return to Donington in 2021 and much more in the works, Download Festival could not be more ready to reunite with its incredible community.

Download Festival is the home of rock music and takes place on the sacred grounds of Donington Park, which have been associated with rock since the eighties. The festival attracts icons of rock and metal to its main stage, plus some of the best and hottest new acts in the world. For further information, please visit


Ayron Jones

Boston Manor

Dead Poet Society


Fire From The Gods

Massive Wagons


Monster Truck




Static Dress

The Injester

The Scratch

The Skints


Venom Prison


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