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UK’s Download Festival, featuring Metallica, BMTH & Slipknot, earns first sellout

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The U.K.’s Download Festival, which is being headlined this year by Metallica, Bring Me the Horizon and Slipknot, has sold out for the first time.

Speaking with Variety, Live Nation’s Andy Copping shares that all of the festival’s four-day passes have been sold, along with every Saturday single-day ticket. Single-day tickets for the other three days are still available.

“We’ve done some big numbers in the past,” Copping says. “But this one has been a complete other level. The festival running for 20 years and hitting that landmark sell-out figure is incredible.”

Saturday, June 10, is one of two days Metallica is headlining during Download — each set will be completely unique, with no repeats.

“The beauty of Metallica is they have such a huge catalog of songs,” Copping says. “There is a finite amount of bands that you could do it with, but I’d certainly look at it again in the future, probably when there is something special going on around the festival.”

The Download ’23 bill also includes Alter Bridge, Architects, Evanescence, Five Finger Death Punch, Disturbed, Parkway Drive, Ghost, Placebo, Coheed and Cambria, The Distillers, Halestorm and I Prevail, among many others.

“Rock has never died,” Copping says. “Sometimes it’s been more popular than others but, over the years, we’ve seen amazing sales. And, right now, there’s no question we are in a purple period for rock music.”

Download 2023 takes place June 8-11 in Donington Park.

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