‘Skillet’ to Play ‘Download Festival’ June 2016, New Album Scheduled for a March Release


Skillet_2013Grammy-nominated and platinum selling rockers Skillet has been confirmed to play the UK’s premier Rock Festival Download Festival 2016, the band will play on Friday June 10th. Download Festival 2016 will be held June 10-12 as usual at Donington Park in Leicestershire, England

Headliners for the three separate nights are: Friday will see Rammstein play the main slot to open the festival, followed by Black Sabbath on the Saturday and Iron Maiden for the finale on Sunday. Please see flyer below for the full line-up.

For the past year and a half, Skillet have been writing songs — 53 so far — to be considered for their next album on Atlantic Records. About the upcoming album frontman Cooper said in a recent interview with the Journal Sentinel:

“We’re shooting for March for release, but it will probably be closer to summertime,”

“We’re trying some new things, but all in all it still sounds like Skillet. The songs are very aggressive, very in-your-face.

“There’s a little bit of ‘keep up the fight’ in this record. Some of that comes from the fact that so many people are saying that rock music is dead, and they’re discounting really great rock bands who are still selling tickets. Two weeks ago, we were in New Jersey with Godsmack, and there were 18,000 people there. It was a massive event. People will always love rock music. It makes you feel something other music doesn’t.”

The band’s upcoming album will follow up 2013’s “Rise”, debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard album chart, selling 60,000 copies in its first week of release.

Our review of “Rise” can be found here.

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Upcoming Shows:

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Jan 30 KLOVE Cruise Miami, FL
Apr 23 Frontier City Oklahoma City, OK
Jun 10 Download Fest, UK
Jul 22 Alive Festival Mineral City, OH
Jul 23 Kingdom Bound Darien Center, NY
Aug 04 Soulfest Gilford, NH

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