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With more bands being added to the line-ups of Glastonbury, Download and Leeds & Reading recently, The New Sound. has been picking out some of the best bands from the three festivals that we recommend you go see. First up, it’s Donington metal festival…




Disturbed will be bringing their own brand of novelty techno-infused-metal to Download this year, and a performance from these brutally cliché metal-heads is bound to be worth a see. Everybody’s favourite singalong-metal song Down WIth The Sickness will be worth the effort on its own.

Rise Against

Political punks Rise Against are one of the best bands on the Download line-up, which is one of the more “specialized” (restricted) line-ups on the festival circuit. They’re more interesting than most of the samey inbred punk metal bands at Download, and should not be missed.

The Dillinger Escape Plan

New Jersey hardcore band The Dillinger Escape Plan are another must-see band on the Download line-up. They’ll be headlining the third stage, meaning they’ll clash with Simple Plan and KISS (bovvered?).



Incubus will be playing the main stage, just before The Offspring headline, and some might say they’re more worthy of that headline spot. I would. The Offspring are fun, but Incubus are just amazing. Pistola, Megalomaniac, Drive? These songs blow every scene metal band in Donington out of the water.


Got reggae-metal? Download do in Newport’s own Skindred. If you’re not going to Download, you can also check them out on their May UK tour that begins in a couple of weeks. Once you hear Skindred, you won’t forget them. Ever.


Coheed and Cambria

Coheed and Cambria‘s music/anime comic combination idea freaks me out a little, as I don’t understand the whole story behind the music as a result. Luckily, the music is good enough on its own that I don’t really care. They’ll be worth checking out, just before our next two recommendations.

Jimmy Eat World

According to an interview I read somewhere, Jimmy Eat World weren’t exactly sure what Download is about when they signed up, but promised to play “their metal songs” to suit the occasion. Somehow I suspect they’ll stick with the impeccable pop-punk that made their name. After Jimmy Eat World, the headliners are:


We saw these welsh rockers at Leeds last year, and they are real performers, and that’s what you want in a festival headliner. Great tunes are a must, and are present with these guys, but for entertainment value, frontman Ian Watkins adds a little extra with his ramblings. Worthy headliners, and one of the few bands on this line-up worth seeing.

Stay tuned for our recommendations for Glasto and Leeds & Reading.

The New Sound. x