Metallica are the first band confirmed to headline the Download Festival in 2012.
The iconic band will be playing the whole ofThe Black Album as part of their set. This is the seventh time Metallica will have played at Donington, starting at Monsters Of Rock in 1985 and also the Download Festival itself in 2006.
Says Lars Ulrich: Six years is way toooo long to be away from the hallowed grounds of Donington Park. 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.
Next year marks the 10th anniversary for the event. It happens from 8-10 June. Weekend tickets, inclusive of camping, go on sale from 9am on Friday, November 18 atwww.downloadfestival.co.uk
Vodafone customers can buy tickets 48 hours before they go on general sale, ie. from 9am, on Wednesday, November 16 athttp://vodafone.co.uk/vip
Download RIP ticket packages are on sale now, and can be purchased viawww.livenationexperience.co.uk, or by phoning 0207 009 3484.