They’ll close the show on Friday 14 June, with Iron Maiden following suit on the Saturday and Rammstein rounding off the three-day event on the Sunday.
Corey Taylor and co’s first headline appearance four years ago was a watershed moment for the band, confirming them as a top-class outfit as they drew attention from every part of the multi-genre audience with their energy.
Percussionist Shaw ‘Clown’ Crahan says: “We are extremely honored to have been asked once again to headline the Download Festival. This most definitely will be an experience not to be missed. Every time we’ve played Download we have created memories. It’s always good to have the church of the Knot, the altar of the Knot, giving the sermon of the Knot to the congregation of the Knot, the culture of the Knot. This summer cannot come soon enough. Partake in the imagination or don’t, bitch.”
Download promoter Andy Copping says: “Slipknot’s last appearance has gone down in history as one of the best-ever headline sets. God knows what they’ll have in story for 2013 – but I’m looking forward to seeing how they’ll top the last one.”
The band recently confirmed they were starting work on their first album since the shock death of bassist Paul Gray in 2010, a tumultuous event which threw their future into doubt.
Last year they returned to the live circuit with former member Donnie Steel replication Gray’s musical input from offstage, while the missing member’s No2 uniform was placed where he used to stand.
Tickets for the 2013 edition of Download go on sale at 9am tomorrow (Friday, September 28) at www.downloadfestival.co.uk. RIP ticket packages can be purchased via www.livenationexperience.co.uk.
-Classic Rock Magazine