FAO prospective Euro 2013 festival guests: US metallers Mastodon have just breached the billing-to-be at Donington Park’s Download, which means they’ll be playing alongside (if slightly subservient to) headliners Iron Maiden, Slipknot and Rammstein.
In other festival-themed top stories, Glaswegian ‘Read All About It’ bestseller Emeli Sande has been named a new feature of next year’s Mumford, Rihanna and Killers-ruled T In The Park. She says: “Playing at T In The Park was something I always dreamed of and performing on the Main Stage this year was a great experience and a huge highlight of 2012 for me. To be invited back again for the 20th Anniversary is a real honour and I can’t wait to come and celebrate with everyone”.
Meanwhile Blur, who’ve just been crowned star attractions at Hungary’s Sziget, also have a standard quote to share: “Every show next summer will be very special – we can’t wait to get out and play for all our lovely fans who we haven’t seen for a while”.
DOWNLOAD, Donington Park, Leicestershire, 14-16 Jun 2013: Mastodon. www.downloadfestival.co.uk
SZIGET, Danube, Budapest, Hungary, 7-12 Aug: Blur. www.sziget.hu
T IN THE PARK, Balado, Kinross-shire, Scotland, 12-14 Jul 2013: Emeli Sande. www.tinthepark.com