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WWE NXT Live! & 21 More Bands Added to #DL2018

Get ready to rumble! WWE NXT Live! is making a grand return to the hallowed grounds of Donington Park for #DL2018.

And, that’s not all as we’re pumped to announce 21 more bands including Andrew W.K, Hell Is For Heroes, Avatar, Bad Religion and many more are joining the bill topped by our awesome headliners Avenged Sevenfold, Guns N’ Roses and Ozzy Osbourne. Are you ready to get ringside?


Rolling into Download 2018 are massive NXT names Aleister Black, Adam Cole, Velveteen Dream, Ricochet, Nikki Cross, Shayna Baszler, The Undisputed ERA featuring  Kyle O’Reilly and many more. Get hyped to watch high flying manoeuvres, action-packed matches and unexpected surprises along the way in a fully-fledged NXT show in a full-scale ring in the festival arena.


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Download Festival Promoter Andy Copping is thrilled to have NXT back in the Download family. “I am incredibly fired-up to welcome WWE NXT back to Download Festival. This festival’s exclusive marriage of rock and wrestling is totally unique and the only place where you can see the world’s most legendary rock stars and the brightest WWE prospects together. If previous years are anything to go by this is going to be the biggest most fun weekend ever.”

WWE NXT Superstar Aleister Black is also psyched about coming to Donington: “I’ve been a music guy all my life.  Getting to combine the two things that I love the most, metal and sports entertainment, on one of the most exciting stages in the world and to perform for a fanbase that understands me and is responsible for my success will make this an unforgettable experience.”

21 more bands added…

Easter has come early as we’ve also added a sweet 21 more bands to the #DL2018 line up. It’s time to run away with the circus as Avatar are bringing their epic melodic metal to the Main Stage.

The Zippo Encore Stage is set to party harder as Andrew W.K is going to be headbanging his way back to Donington and post noughties alt rock pioneers Hell Is For Heroes are set to make their overdue Download debut.

Also, joining headliners You Me At Six, Parkway Drive and Babymetal on the stage are nu-metal skate punks CKY who’ll be serving up sludgy riffs and undeniable swagger and three-time Grammy nominated rockers Nothing More fronted by the electrifying Johnny Hawkins.

The Avalanche Stage presented by Kerrang! Radio’s Fresh Blood has just gotten even bigger as we’re overwhelmed to announce punk legends Bad Religion as our final headliners.


Also joining the stage are UK up and comers Black Foxxes whose ragged raw cerebral edge has made them undeniable ones to watch. And, that’s not all for the Avalanche Stage as we’ve also added seminal UK pop punk band, A, fresh from supporting Hell Is For Heroes, harmonious LA punk foursome Bad Cop / Bad Cop and more.


We’re also thrilled to announce Culture Abuse, Lawnmower Deth, Starcrawler, Ded, Being As An Ocean, Ecca Vandal, Igorrr, Loathe, Kaiser Franz Josef, Helpless, Cellar Darling and Anchor Lane have been added to the already bumper Download 2018 line up.

All of this and so much more is coming to Download 2018. Check out the full line up and make sure you’re ringside by grabbing your tickets to #DL2018.