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Copping confirms Download Australia in 2018

Download Australia is coming in 2018, with Live Nation, Secret Sounds and Unified plotting an event in Melbourne, according to booker Andy Copping

By Jon Chapple on 25 Oct 2017

Lizzies, Download Festival Madrid 2017, Download Australia

Lizzies perform at the inaugural Download Madrid

image © Download Festival Madrid

Download booker Andy Copping has confirmed to IQ rumours that the long-running metal festival is heading down under.

After rumours of a 2017 event were quashed by Copping last July, a website, downloadfestival.com.au (now offline), briefly went live on Friday, bearing the message “We’re coming for you, Melborne” [sic].

Download Australia 2018

Copping confirmed today the event is indeed on, despite the disappearance of the website, which was originally registered by Live Nation Australia Pty Ltd last year and updated on 12 October.

Download Australia is billed as being promoted by Live Nation, Unified and Secret Sounds, with which the company has a strategic partnership and is the majority owner, respectively.

Similar to Lollapalooza and, more recently, City Limits, Live Nation has over the past two years launched local editions of the UK-born festival franchise in other markets, including France and Spain.


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