Download Festival confirms Melbourne return and Sydney debut for 2019

Bring On The New Year

If you were one of the 30,000 heavy music fans who descended on Flemington Racecourse last Saturday to experience the inaugural Australian Download Festival, here’s some news to brighten your morning: Download is officially returning to Melbourne and expanding to Sydney in 2019.

The highly-anticipated festival debut was a huge success, boasting a lineup featuring the likes of Korn, Limp Bizkit, Prophets of Rage, Mastodon, and more. Download was praised by its programmer, Nigel Melder, who also confirmed the festival would continue in 2019 with stops in Melbourne and Sydney.


“We could not be happier with how Download rolled out in 2018,” said Melder. “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.”


Missed out on Download? We’re rolling out interviews with some of the biggest names on the lineup over the next few days. First up: we chat with the new four-piece lineup of American metalcore outfit Issues.


(Feature image: Anthony Smith)