For the fifth time in their illustrious, denim, leather and zombie-laden career, Iron Maiden have announced that they will be headlining Donington’s Download Festival next year. The concert will mark the 25th anniversary of the band’s first appearance at Donington, after Monsters of Rock in 1988 and 1992, and Download in 2003 and 2007.
The show will most likely be drawn from the band’s recent ‘Maiden England’ tour, which just finished re-colonising North America. Commenting on the announcement, frontman Bruce Dickinson stated:
“We’re absolutely over the moon to be headlining Donington again. The idea of returning exactly 25 years later with a show inspired by that same 1988 “Seventh Son” Tour, was too good an opportunity to be missed! And, thanks to modern technology, we’ve been able to update and improve on the original production. We will be bringing a huge new lightshow, stage set, various incarnations of Eddie, plenty of pyro and all kinds of other exciting stuff for the fans. And of course treating the fans to lots of their favourite songs from that period! We’ve had many great times at Donington and there is always a wonderful mix of bands and a really wild crowd who love their metal, all of which makes for a memorable show and fantastic party atmosphere!”
With tickets going up eight months early, next Friday (September 28),it just proves that though the days may be getting greyer and colder, and the inevitable Christmas adverts are only a month or so away, a little summer festival news can never come too early.
Download was bloody muddy and cold this year anyway.
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