It seemed for a few years there that the classic Australian hard rock and heavy metal festival was dead. After the last Soundwave in 2015, metal die-hards had no where to turn to for their fix of much needed moshing except for their mate Gazza’s backyard on a Friday arvo for a Triple M listening party. Gone was the annual pilgrimage, and metal-heads were forced to forgo the rituals of getting piss-drunk and head banging to the point of near whiplash.
Come 2018, a new player would emerge. The reknown British rock and metal festival Download would make its way down under for a one-day taster in Melbourne. Due to its success, 2019 sees the festival spread to Sydney for the first time, filling the hole that was left by Soundwave’s abrupt cancellation.
On March 09, Parramatta Park will see a number of metal icons gather for a day of pure, unadulterated dissipation. The “Prince of Darkness” himself Ozzy Osbourne takes this year’s headlining spot, best known as the frontman of Black Sabbath, a band that pioneered the heavy metal movement in the late 60s alongside Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple. Joining them are two of what is known as “The Big Four” of Thrash Metal, Slayer and Anthrax, as well as metal veterans Judas Priest. With so many iconic acts to anticipate, each week from now until March 09 we’ll be showcasing some artists to get you prepped and pumped for festival day.
So without further ado, let’s get this week’s lowdown for Download 2019.