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Slipknot Confirmed to Headline First Day of 2013 Download Festival

Mary Ouellette,

Lucky, lucky England! Two headliners were recently unveiled to close out the Saturday and Sunday night dates of the three-day 2013 Download Festival. The legendary Iron Maiden will finish up the Saturday show (June 15) and German metal phenomenon Rammstein will be headlining the Sunday lineup (June 16). After a bit of a wait, Slipknot have now been confirmed as the headlining act for Friday, June 14.

Now that all three headlining bands have been announced, fans can have high hopes for Download 2013, as the festival has three major bands already confirmed, with a ton of acts yet to be announced. Download has an incredible track record for bringing in quality acts, with Black Sabbath, Metallica, Megadeth, Soundgarden and many more having played the 2012 Download fest.

As for Slipknot, this will be the second time the band has headlined a Download Festival date, making their presence felt in 2009. Slipknot percussionist Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan shared his enthusiasm for the band’s upcoming date. “We are extremely honored to have been asked once again to headline the Download Festival. It’s always good to have the church of the Knot, the alter of the Knot, giving the sermon of the Knot to the congregation of the Knot, the culture of the Knot.”

Clown concluded his ‘Knot’-filled statement, “This summer cannot come soon enough. Partake in the imagination or don’t bitch.”

Download 2013 presale tickets are currently available for Download subscribers, with general ticket sales beginning tomorrow (Sept. 28) at 9am London time.

Watch our Exclusive Interview with Slipknot's Shawn 'Clown' Crahan

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