Kiss, Biffy Clyro and System Of A Down to Headline 2021 Download Festival

Kiss outside the "Late Show with David Letterman," in 2012. Photo by Broadimage/REX/Shutterstock (1912389f)

The organizers of Download Festival are hoping next summer will be much more favorable for live music, which is why they prepared a mouth-watering lineup for the 2021 edition of the festival.

The three-day event is scheduled to kick off on June 4th with American legends Kiss serving as headliners. Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro will headline the next day, and heavy metal icons System Of A Down are closing the festival.

Kiss and System Of A Down were billed to headline the 2020 Download Festival before it was canceled due to coronavirus pandemic while Biffy Clyro stepped in for Iron Maiden, who was this year’s third headliner.

“We’re disappointed we weren’t able to make it over this year, but we’re looking forward to next,” said SOAD bassist Shavo Odadjian. “Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Mostly, we all just want to make sure everyone is provided with a safe and secure environment, so we were prepared to wait as long as we needed to.”

According to the official press release, next year’s lineup will host more than 70 bands. The lineup includes a variety of guitar music, from alternative rock and indie to metal, and features bands like Deftones, Korn, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Volbeat, Rise Against, Black Veil Brides, Gojira, A Day To Remember, Mastodon, and many others.

Check out the full lineup below.