Metallica have announced that they will headline the 10th Download Festival at Donington Park on Saturday June 9, 2012, with an exclusive UK performance of their best selling Number One album Metallica, aka The Black Album.
It will be the eighth time the legendary metallers will have played at Donington during their three decade-long career, having played both Monsters Of Rock and Download festivals.
"Six years is way too long to be away from the hallowed grounds of Donington Park," says drummer Lars Ulrich. "We are beyond psyched and feel privileged to come back once again to soak up the energy and vibe of the most legendary of festival sites."
"I am absolutely bowled over that Metallica will be playing The Black Album at the 10th anniversary of Download," says Andy Copping, VP of Promotions at Live Nation. "The album is up there as one of the greatest albums of all time, everyone knows the songs. The Download festival has come a long way since we first started in 2003 and to have Metallica back to help us celebrate this milestone is just fantastic."
Download 2012 takes place at Donington Park from June 8-10. Weekend with camping tickets go on sale 9am Friday November 18 from www.downloadfestival.co.uk and www.aloud.com.
Vodafone customers can buy tickets 48 hours before they go on general sale: 9am, Wednesday November 16 at vodafone.co.uk/vip
Download RIP ticket packages are on sale now and can be purchased via www.livenationexperience.co.uk or by phoning 0207 009 3484.
Be sure to pick up next week's Kerrang! for an interview with Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich. The issue will come bagged with a CD containing the hottest tracks of 2011.
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