Rammstein have today announced that they’ll be coming back to the UK, all flame guns blazing to headline Download 2013.
They’ll head the main stage on Sunday June 16, the first time ever that the German industrial metallers will have played at Donington Park.
The news comes hot on the heels of yesterday’s news that Iron Maiden will headline on Saturday June 15, recreating their Seventh Son of a Seventh Son set.
With more than 15 million album sales worldwide, several world tours and a collection of music awards, Rammstein are tonge in cheek titans.
The band last played the UK earlier this year with critics describing the tour as ‘spectacular’, and ‘a ferocious industrial music hurricane’.
Andy Copping, from promoters Live Nation, says: “We’re very excited to welcome Rammstein to Donington for the very first time.
“They are an epic live act and a perfect Sunday headliner to cap off what is shaping up to be yet another fantastic Download festival.”
When asked how it felt to be playing Download, Rammstein frontman Till Lindermann’s reaction was today typically unpredictable.
“It’s only a festival….not a moon landing,” he said.
This from a man who likes to cook his keyboards player in a giant pot onstage, using a flame-thrower to get him more than a little hot under the collar.
Download 2013 runs from June 14 to 16 next year. Weekend tickets with camping go on sale at 9.00am on Friday September 28 from www.downloadfestival.co.uk.