Download Festival over the weekend was such a fun and full on day out in Melbourne and organisers have praised the support of the metal/rock community with close to 30,000 punters walking in the gates to attend the first outing.
Download programmer Nigel Melder has now stated that the event will of course be back in 2019 and they’re bringing it to Sydney as well stating:
“We could not be happier with how Download rolled out in 2018. The warmth and support from the heavy music community was unprecedented. From fans to industry and media the love has been out of this world. We can’t thank everyone enough for their behaviour yesterday and we are excited to confirm that Download will return to Melbourne and also make its Sydney debut in 2019.”
Great news for those who travelled from northern states to attend the now annual event which even saw an appearance from Download Fest founder Andy Copping, who flew all the way from the UK to attend the Australian debut:
“It was an incredible honour to bring Download Festival to Australia and no better place than at Flemington Racecourse, or as it was renamed by fans Donmington, in the heart of Melbourne. Seeing all the bands just hanging out and supporting each other on stage encapsulates the true camaraderie and spirit of this kind of music, this scene and this festival. Thank you Download Australia, particularly the fans cause it’s nothing without you lot, you have truly have taken the festival to your hearts and we cannot wait to be back again for you next year!”
You can revisit all the action with our Review and Photo Gallery right here and keep an eye out for a special Wall of Sound: Up Against The Wall podcast where we get you up close to some of the amazingly talented bands on the lineup.
📷: Mick Goddard (Mick Goddard)