Download boss admits struggle to secure 2024 headliners

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Download boss Andy Copping has said that the 2024 version of the festival was the “hardest year” to secure a line-up after approaching 21 bands to headline.

In an interview with Planet Radio’s Planet Rock platform, the promoter spoke about the difficulties faced before announcing next year’s line-up for the UK rock festival earlier this week. 

It was revealed that Queens Of The Stone Age, Avenged Sevenfold and Fall Out Boy are set to headline Download 2024. 

A further 80 acts were also announced including Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, The Offspring, Sum 41 and Royal Blood. 

In the interview, Copping revealed: “I don’t mind admitting, this year for 2024 we approached 21 different headliners for Download. It’s been probably the hardest year – I’ve said that in previous years before when it’s been hard to put the bill together – but this year has been particularly hard.”

Copping also said that other festival promoters had been feeling a similar pressure. 

“Myself and the team, we dug in really hard…We would list all the bands that we should go for and, yeah, it was 21 different acts that we approached. Normally, you’d be looking five, six, seven and you’d find your three from that,” he said.

“This year has been really, really tough to lock bands down and that’s just been the way that it goes – everything goes in cycles. For 2024 it was a little bit light.”

This year, Download took place across four days instead of its usual three to celebrate the festival’s 20th anniversary. 

The next edition of Download will take place at Donington Park between June 14-16.