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Iron Maiden to headline Download
Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden
Dickinson's Iron Maiden will play Donington Park for the fourth time
Iron Maiden, Linkin Park and My Chemical Romance are to headline the fifth Download rock festival this year.

Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson, who will close the last night at Donington Park, Leicestershire, on 10 June, said it was "a special place for Maiden".

The band played to more than 100,000 people there in 1988.

My Chemical Romance will headline on 8 June, with Linkin Park closing the show on the following night. Some 70,000 fans attended last year's event.

Dickinson promised that as well as tracks from their last album, the band would play classic songs "as a thank you to our fans".

Chester Bennington, lead singer of US rockers Linkin Park, said: "UK fans are some of the best in the world and we can't wait to see you."

My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Lero said there were "no words to describe the honour" of headlining the festival the band first played in 2005.

"Two years ago we were playing the side stage, and now we're closing the main stage - a slot previously filled by Metallica, Guns N' Roses and even Black Sabbath," he said.

"There really are no words to describe that honour. I just can't wait to play."

The organisers are aiming to make Download one of the UK's most environmentally-friendly festivals, with initiatives including car-sharing and recycling.


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