In the interests of full disclosure, the PEDESTRIAN.TV Editorial team must make an admission: despite the fact a considerable fraction of our content is dedicated to (very good!) pop, electronic, and hip-hop music, a large swathe of the crew is irrevocably filthy for metal. Just in love with the riffs. As such, we make no apologies for the unabashed enthusiasm in the piece below.

Satan has heard your prayers, folks: the 2019 Download Festival lineup is here, and it is monstrous. 

Ozzy Osbourne himself is set to headline the event, bringing decades of darkness with him to stages in Sydney and Melbourne. He’ll be joined by iconic thrash lords Slayer, who are bringing their immense touring career to a close, and legendary British lords Judas Priest. 

Ghost, those Scandinavian torchbearers of gloomy heavy metal, will also bring their occult goodness Down Under. For those who prefer their tunes chaotic and delivered to a roiling sea of moshdogs, Converge are set to drop mathcore bombs from their peerless catalogue.

Local legends including The Amity Affliction, High Tension, and Luca Brasi are joining the bill, alongside Kiwi teens Alien Weaponry, aka New Zealand‘s ferocious answer to Gojira. 

That’s not even all of them, and more acts are expected to be announced in the weeks to come.

Ozzy Osbourne
Judas Priest
Alice In Chains
Rise Against
The Amity Affliction
Me First And The Gimme Gimmes
I Prevail
Frenzal Rhomb
Luca Brasi
Code Orange
Andy Black
The Fever 333
War On Women
High Tension
Alien Weaponry

Download Festival will take place Saturday, March 9 at Sydney’s Parramatta Park, and Monday, March 11, at Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse.

If you’re keen to get absolutely annihilated, peep ticketing details HERE. 

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