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The ultimate festival preview of 2017

Your guide to 2017’s best metal events


As Download marks another year of heavy, we choose our highlights of the weekend

System Of A Down return

Donington hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for SOAD in the past. They were upstaged by Slipknot in 2005 and put on a flabby and disinterested reunion show in 2011, so we’re hoping for third time lucky this year. The omens couldn’t be better; news of a new album incoming surely means that they’re back as a full-time concern, and their Wembley headline show in 2015 showed them approaching peak powers as a live band again. They’ve got the tunes and goodwill behind them, plus they kind of owe us one. Let’s hope they deliver.

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