Download Festival has announced the addition of Make Them Suffer and High Tension to the line up for the event which is now just five weeks away.

Make Them Suffer have been pounding the globe with their cinematic metal core since 2008. Melodic, aggressive, experimental and captivating, they released their third studio LP, ‘Worlds Apart‘ in 2017 to critical praise for their ability to once again sonically evolve. No strangers to hard work, the band completed a 140-date world tour last year.

Over the past six years, High Tension have obliterated genre barriers with their devastatingly brutal live show, presenting their fierce punk metal to fans on stages at small clubs, large venues and festivals like Laneway, Splendour In The Grass, and Dark Mofo. They also scored the gong for ‘Best Heavy Album’ at the The Age Awards, for their critically acclaimed second LP, ‘Bully’. Download Melbourne will be their first show of 2018 and fans first taste of new material due for release this year.

They replace Alpha Wolf and Cursed Earth who are no longer part of the line up.

Set times are due to drop in the next week, keep your eyes peeled to for details.

Tickets are on sale now. They are $169.90 + booking fees, with a max of ten per transaction. Note that the event is 18+ only.

Download hits Australia for the first time with a tsunami of international and local acts. 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.

If you missed it, the festival will be at Flemington Racecourse, across four stages, in one day. Ice cold beer, great food and an endless crew of heavy music fans!

Andy Copping, Download founder said at the time of the announcement;

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 added;

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.

You are no doubt well across it by now, but if you’ve been hiding under a rock, the bands appearing will be 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 | Make Them Suffer | High Tension

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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