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Recently, Kerrang! caught up with Download booker Andy Copping about potential future headliners of the festival, and which younger stars in particular might have what it takes.
“That’s quite easy. Bring Me The Horizon, Architects, Parkway Drive, Five Finger Death Punch,” he began. “Paramore, Fall Out Boy, twenty one pilots… We haven’t had Foo Fighters, blink-182 or Green Day headline Download. Of the new and contemporary acts… Frank Carter, even! Just seeing Frank’s rise over the years has been incredible. Ghost without question will be a headliner in future years.”
Andy continued that, as much as the festival are doing their part, it's up to the entire music industry to push forward a new breed of rock and metal bands, too.
“It’s not just festival promoters, it’s yourselves in the media, the labels, and without doubt the fans – you’ve got to get behind these acts,” he said. “Even if it’s not somebody that you particularly like personally, to keep things alive we’ve got to be bringing bands through, that’s why I did it with Slipknot, why I did it with Biffy Clyro, why I did it with Avenged Sevenfold, and there’ll be other bands in the next three-to-four years that we’ll bring through.”