The world’s premiere rock and metal event is set to hit Australia for the first time with a tsunami of international and local acts flooding Melbourne this coming March. Fifteen mammoth years in Donington UK, the spiritual home of rock, two years complete in Paris France, one year in Madrid Spain, and now… we are beyond stoked to be rolling out the welcome mat for Download Melbourne 2018.
News that is sure to slap a smile across the face of heavy music fans across the country, pure rock fury is set to burn through Flemington Racecourse this Autumn, twenty-eight bands, across four stages, in one day! Ice cold beer, great food and an endless crew of heavy music fans!
“It is a great honour and very exciting that we are bringing Download Festival to Australia. Since the inception of Download UK in 2003, we have been looking for other territories to launch the festival and having successfully found a home for Download in France and Spain, we felt that the next country had to be Australia. Many rock fans from Australia have been in contact with us asking us to bring the festival to them – we have finally heard their calling and I cannot wait to put Download Australia on the map!” Andy Copping Download Founder
“When it comes to festivals, heavy music fans have had little option of late, with Download recently expanding from its Donington stronghold, into Paris and Madrid, it seems like the perfect time for it to storm down here. Starting with a single day event in Melbourne with the intention to grow it at a sustainable pace over the coming years, to a nationally touring festival for the long term. We have 28 bands in total, 1/3 of those are Australian. We are really excited to have the Australian artists on the line up for Download Melbourne, Oz heavy acts are drawing a lot of people both here and overseas so we are happy to be able to showcase that strength.” Nigel Melder Download Melbourne Producer
Korn (Only Australian Show) Prophets of Rage | Limp Bizkit Mastodon | Good Charlotte | NOFX Suicidal Tendencies | Gojira | Amon Amarth Arch Enemy |Falling In Reverse | Neck Deep | Sabaton Hot Water Music| Of Mice & Men | The Story So Far Northlane | Trophy Eyes | Nails |Issues | Bad Cop / Bad Cop
Ocean Grove | Psycroptic | King Parrot| Clowns | Chase Atlantic | Cursed Earth | Alpha Wolf
Melbourne Saturday March 24, 2018
Optus Perks Presale: 9am (AEDT), Monday 13 November – 9am (AEDT), Tuesday 14 November
GP On Sale: 9am (AEDT), Thursday 16 November www.downloadfestival.com.au Download is an 18+ fully licensed event
TICKETS TO DOWNLOAD
Optus Perks Presale: 9am AEDT, Monday 13 November – 9am AEDT, Tuesday 14 November
GP On Sale: 9am AEDT, Thursday 16 November
GA – $169.90 + booking fees and credit card charges
RIP – $289.90 + booking fees and credit card charges
Optus Perks Presale www.optusperks.com.au/events
Optus customers can grab tickets first with the exclusive Optus Perks Pre-sale, running from 9am (AEDT) Monday 13 November to 9am (AEDT) Tuesday 14 November. Login to Optus Perks or click on “Perks” in the My Optus app to secure your tickets before they go on sale anywhere else.
2018 EVENT INFORMATION:
March 24th Flemington Racecourse 18+ event
Flemington is the home of Australia’s largest sporting and entertainment event – The Melbourne Cup Carnival. Flemington has hosted some of the largest one day music Festivals to hit Australia including Soundwave, Big day and Future.
Flemington is only six kilometers from Melbourne’s CBD and is easily accessible by car, taxi, train, tram, helicopter or ferry.
Trains run throughout the day, departing from Flinders Street Station, stopping at Southern Cross and North Melbourne Stations before arriving at Flemington’s.
Travel time is approximately 15 minutes.
The No. 57 tram runs from the corner of Elizabeth Street and Flinders Street directly to the Flemington Racecourse main gates.
Travel time is approximately 30 minutes.
After months of rumors and speculation, Download Festival has finally revealed the details of its 2018 Australian event.
Yes that’s right! Is all become VERY REAL.
With the official website going live this morning, it has been confirmed that Live Nation, Unified and Secret Sounds will bring the UK-founded rock festival to Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse on Saturday 24 March.
The full line-up will not be announced until next Thursday (9 November), however it is understoodthat the bill will feature 28 bands in total, (with 1/3 being Australian acts), across four stages, and the rumor mill is in overdrive. System of a Down, Korn, Limp Bizkit, Paramore, Prophets of Rage and Northlane are highly likely.
Though the Australian debut will only be a one-day event, the intention is to expand each year to eventually become a national-touring festival.
It’s also believed that the upcoming line-up will reflect the one-day event, however as Download continues to grow in Australia, it will become more in line with the UK festival.
Speaking to Herald Sun, Live Nation’s Nigel Melder said “We want this to be sustainable” and hosed down speculation that Soundwave founder AJ Maddah was attached to Download Festival in Australia.
“AJ Maddah is not involved, AJ never was,” Melder said.
Melder also addressed the website for the event accidentally going live last week.
“Did it make my job harder? Yes. But look at the passion of these fans, imagine if nobody cared?” he said.
“These fans are invested.”
Ticket details for Download have yet to be revealed, but you can RSVP here. Something tells us this is gonna sell out fast