As revealed last week, Download Festival is set to hit Australia for the first time with a tsunami of international and local acts flooding Melbourne this coming March. Fifteen mammoth years in Donington UK, the spiritual home of rock, two years complete in Paris France, one year in Madrid Spain, and now… Download Melbourne 2018.

News that is sure to slap a smile across the face of heavy music fans across the country, pure rock fury is set to burn through Flemington Racecourse this Autumn, twenty-eight bands, across four stages, in one day! Ice cold beer, great food and an endless crew of heavy music fans!

Andy Copping, Download founder says;

It is a great honour and very exciting that we are bringing Download Festival to Australia. Since the inception of Download UK in 2003, we have been looking for other territories to launch the festival and having successfully found a home for Download in France and Spain, we felt that the next country had to be Australia. Many rock fans from Australia have been in contact with us asking us to bring the festival to them – we have finally heard their calling and I cannot wait to put Download Australia on the map!

While Melbourne producer Nigel Melder adds;

When it comes to festivals, heavy music fans have had little option of late, with Download recently expanding from its Donington stronghold, into Paris and Madrid, it seems like the perfect time for it to storm down here. Starting with a single day event in Melbourne with the intention to grow it at a sustainable pace over the coming years, to a nationally touring festival for the long term. We have 28 bands in total, 1/3 of those are Australian. We are really excited to have the Australian artists on the line up for Download Melbourne, Oz heavy acts are drawing a lot of people both here and overseas so we are happy to be able to showcase that strength.

With the date, location and some info coming out last week, today comes the all important lineup.

Lock in Korn | Prophets of Rage | Limp Bizkit | Mastodon | Good Charlotte | NOFX | Suicidal Tendencies | Gojira | Amon Amarth | Arch Enemy | Falling In Reverse | Neck Deep | Sabaton | Hot Water Music| Of Mice & Men | The Story So Far | Northlane | Trophy Eyes | Nails | Issues | Bad Cop / Bad Cop | Ocean Grove | Psycroptic | King Parrot| Clowns | Chase Atlantic | Cursed Earth | Alpha Wolf

Tickets will be on sale 9am (AEDT) on Thursday 16th November. They will be $169.90 + booking fees, with a max of ten per transaction. Note that the event is 18+ only. For all the finer details, visit

You can download an app in Google Play and the App Store with more information which may well come in handy on the day.

Flemington is the home of Australia’s largest sporting and entertainment event – The Melbourne Cup Carnival. Flemington has hosted some of the largest one day music Festivals to hit Australia including Soundwave, Big day and Future. Flemington is only six kilometers from Melbourne’s CBD and is easily accessible by car, taxi, train, tram, helicopter or ferry.

By train
Trains run throughout the day, departing from Flinders Street Station, stopping at Southern Cross and North Melbourne Stations before arriving at Flemington’s.
Travel time is approximately 15 minutes.

By tram
The No. 57 tram runs from the corner of Elizabeth Street and Flinders Street directly to the Flemington Racecourse main gates.
Travel time is approximately 30 minutes.


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