From the 28th to the 30th of June, metal fans from all corners of Spain and further afield will descend on the site of a recent addition to the now well-established metal pilgrimage of Download Festivals: La Caja Mágica venue, Camino Perales right in the heart of one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, Madrid!
In a time where Download has outgrown even its own borders in the UK and is up and running in Australia, Spain and France, the original has set the bar high and that’s why Download Madrid 2019 looks like such a temptation. What’s better than warm weather, a few cervezas and listening to the greatest metal bands of all time?
Let’s look at the most important part, the line up:
First of all on the main stage at prime time we have three killer bands; SCORPIONS, SLIPKNOT and TOOL. Rolling Stone magazine described Scorpions as “the heroes of heavy metal” and it’s hard to argue with that. With a career that started in Hanover, 1965 and now rumours that an incredible NINETEENTH studio album might be on the way, Download Madrid kicks off on Friday night in the best way possible with support from Americans Papa Roach and homegrown six-piece Vita Imana.
Out in August is a headliner album, Slipknot’s sixth studio album, We Are Not Your Kind, has already released a teaser video in the form of single Unsainted, directed by Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan, which sounds heavy even with the operatic intro. They may have new masks this year but the sound is its typical awesome self and Saturday night on the main stage should be one to remember especially with Perturbator, Redfang and Amon Amarth to open for them. I remember the first time I saw Slipknot in Dublin opening for Metallica and my appetite is already whetted to see what they bring to Spain’s capital.
To my knowledge this is Tool’s only show in Spain this year and comes ahead of their highly (to put it mildly!) new album also slated for August 2019. Opening for them on the main stage on Sunday night are three bands that everyone should make time for; Architects, Madrid’s own Toundra and Fiend.
If the main stage isn’t your cup of tea (are you mad?!) then there are plenty of great bands on other stages around the festival; Sabaton, Children of Bodom, Sum 41, Soulfly, Chevelle, and Stone Temple Pilots as well as many others. All in all Download Madrid is growing from strength to strength, better to get in on the action now to be able to say you were a part of it!
If all this isn’t enough to make you want to be there this year and every year in the future check out last year’s review video!
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