Live Nation, Unified & Secret Sounds Present
A staple of the heavy music calendar since it’s UK inception in 2003, the festival has built as a global event, expanding to Paris, Madrid and now to Australia in 2018.
The history of Download takes us back to the early 2000s, where the festival was born in the Midlands of the UK as a 2 Day/2 Stage camping festival with a 25000 capacity. Download has now built into becoming a 3 Day mega festival, led by Andy Copping, the executive president of Live Nation Touring in the UK, garnering numbers close to 100 000 every year. In 2018, the UK edition will celebrate its 15th year, and as part of the celebrations the Australian leg of the festival will be born.
This is a project that has been in the works for nearly 4 years, and since Download Australia Booker Nigel Melder started his work as a tour promoter at Live Nation Australia things began to accelerate. In 2016, Live Nation acquired a share of festival giants Secret Sounds, whose knowledge of festival coordination and infrastructure provides the near perfect team to be able to bring an event like Download to Australia. The final piece of the puzzle was the involvement of UNIFIED Music Group, whose knowledge of the global heavy music market is second to none. The combination of these three companies has allowed Download to become a reality in Australia.
Download will be introduced to Australia as an exclusive event in Melbourne. The festival will take place in March 2018 as a single day event featuring 29 bands including internationals Korn (playing a one-off Australian show at Download Melbourne), Prophets of Rage, Limp Bizkit, Mastodon, Good Charlotte, NOFX and many more. The festival also features a strong local contingency, with Northlane, Trophy Eyes, Ocean Grove, Psycroptic and more all a part of the inaugural Australian event.
Speaking about bringing the festival to Australia, Andy Copping had this to say upon the announce of Download Melbourne:
“We know that there are a lot of fans there (Australia), and we believe that the festival will grow and hopefully become as big as it is in the UK”.