Top 10 Bands Who Should Headline Download Festival, but Haven't YetSuperSonic17 Download Festival is a music festival I go to not always annually, but I've been 4 times in the past 6 years. The headlining bands have mostly been great, but there does seem to be an occasional problem. That they just get the same bands to headline, and very rarely do you get a new headliner.
Here's a list of bands who haven't yet headlined Download Festival, but I think would be right at home if they were to headline. This list is ranked on how big the band currently is and the likelihood of headlining.
Feel free to add any bands who haven't headlined yet, but you think should.
The Top Ten
I'm honestly amazed this band has never even been considered as a headliner before. They're headlining Reading/Leeds later this year, but I think they'd be much more at home at a rock festival at Donnington. There's no doubt these stadium rockers would get top-billing if they were to get booked, and I'm sure Dave Grohl and co would be able to deliver a set that gets everyone rocking out. - SuperSonic17
They've headlined Download Festival in Paris last year
It would certainly spice things up at Download to get a punk rock act as the headliner, and what bigger name than Green Day? I think if they were to headline they'd have to be taken with as high regards as someone like Guns N' Roses, and given a 3 hour set time. I'm sure it would make for a great show though. - SuperSonic17
Currently this band makes the most sense. The metalcore band who have been drifting more towards mainstream recently, would be a controversial choice no doubt. But after the success of their first headline show at All Points East in May the band have shown they have what it takes, and they could grow to be festival mainstayers for years down the line. - SuperSonic17
This band have been playing at Download for many, many years, slowly working their way up the ladder. They've been main stage sub-headliners before, but Matt Tuck has made quite evident that he's hungry for that headline slot. I think they deserve a chance to headline, because each time I've seen them live they've been brilliant, but perhaps wait until they get another album released. - SuperSonic17
Download festival has always been a great place for veteran bands to give us a headline show. One band who have yet to headline is Bon Jovi. No doubt they have the capacity to fill out a headline show from their wide back-catalogue. But with these old bands you never know how much longer they can go on for, so this may very well be a case of striking while the iron is hot. - SuperSonic17
Download festival has not yet had a female-fronted band headline the festival, but these gothic metallers would make sense as a headline act. Fresh off doing their arena tours the band are currently working on a new album. Plus given how well Nightwish went down in 2016 I'm sure Evanescence would be welcomed with open arms. - SuperSonic17
Myles Kennedy is no stranger to Download Festival. He's been there many times, with Alter Bridge and Slash. The former however have been main stage sub-headliners, so they're really just one step away. As the band have a new album coming out this year maybe their time will finally come to get that push and take the top spot. - SuperSonic17
This band have headlined Reading festival before. Whilst they were met with lukewarm reception, I think they'll be ready to headline again soon enough. They certainly have a big enough back-catalogue of songs to fill a headline set, plus plenty of hard rock bangers to keep the crowd entertained. - SuperSonic17
These industrial giants certainly would be big enough to take the headline slot. I think this could be another case of striking whilst the iron is hot, because I heard Trent Reznor is thinking of ending Nine Inch Nails. So for one last hurrah this would be a perfect opportunity, and maybe they could play The Downward Spiral in full. - SuperSonic17
Shinedown have been making quite a name for themselves in recent years, with their well received album Attention Attention and their mainstream hit Get Up! They have been getting higher up the main stage billing at Download festival, and whilst it may not happen soon, I think this band still have years ahead of them. And given enough time I can see them eventually getting the top slot, if they continue to build upon their foundations. - SuperSonic17