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.
Incendiary video, underscoring issues of homelessness and inequality, secretly projected across various landmarks in L.A. and N.Y.C.
Prophets Of Rage: Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, Brad Wilk, Chuck D, B-Real and DJ Lord have released the video for Living On The 110, the lead single from their forthcoming, self-titled debut LP which is set for release September 15 through Sony Music Australia.
In true guerrilla, grassroots fashion – a Prophets Of Rage trademark – the band secretly showcased the provocative new clip earlier this week projecting it across dozens of specially chosen locations in L.A. and New York that illustrate the underreported crisis of homelessness, hunger, poverty and inequality that are devastating populations across America. In Los Angeles, some of the sites included the 110 Freeway Underpass, Skid Row and Rodeo Drive. In New York, the video was transmitted onto Trump International Hotel & Tower, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the site of the Occupy Wall Street protests, among many others. For a clip chronicling the events along with the Living On The 110 video, visit the band’s Facebook page here.
Further, Prophets Of Rage have partnered with WhyHunger, a leading global hunger organization dedicated to building the movement to end hunger and poverty by connecting people to nutritious, affordable food and by supporting grassroots solutions that inspire self-reliance and community empowerment. Fans can contribute to WhyHunger via a link located on the band’s Facebook page where the video is available.
Living On The 110 reflects Prophets Of Rage’s preferred method of addressing social issues from the ground up. Last July, the band performed a surprise show on a Skid Row rooftop in downtown L.A., raising awareness of the homelessness issue in the heart of one of the country’s largest dispossessed populations. The group took their message of activism and grassroots change to 35 cities last summer during their “Make America Rage Again Tour,” with a portion of proceeds from each show benefitting local homelessness charities.
“In today’s world of cute, mindless computerized jingles about how great we have it, making heavy music with real instruments and addressing an important injustice like homelessness is more than a choice for me- it’s an obligation,” stated Tim Commerford. “This video is a banger all about this, turn it up if you’re not ignorant.”
Tom Morello added: “In our video for Living On The 110 homeless people get their say. The homeless are not some sub species of humanity as they are often portrayed in the media (when they are portrayed at all) but PEOPLE, no different from you or I. They deserve to be heard and we intend to amplify their voices.”
At its core, Prophets Of Rage functions not only on a love of music, but a deep belief in its power as a tool, and a weapon. Woven into the band’s DNA are influences as varied as The Clash, KRS-One, and Johnny Cash, as well as the undeniable ideals and aesthetics of its predecessors: Public Enemy’s frenzied, racing textures, Rage’s jaw-melting riffs, Cypress Hill’s manically playful party energy. “The music is the passport to the world,” Chuck D says, describing the unique bond the group shares. “It’s not always a given to have members who want to go where few have gone.”