Iron Maiden Return to Headline Download Festival this Weekend



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Global rock legends IRON MAIDEN opened the European leg of their stunning ‘The Book Of Souls’ World Tour in Germany last week to rave reviews. The band will play at the UK Download Festival on Sunday 12th June, flying in on Ed Force One, piloted by Bruce, on Saturday 11th June landing at East Midlands Airport at 1400 approx. from Paris CDG carrying band, crew and over 20 tons of equipment including their full Maya-themed arena stage show.

This will be the IRON MAIDEN’s SIXTH headline appearance at Castle Donington, having first performed there in 1988 at the legendary Monsters Of Rock festival, drawing a record-breaking crowd of 107,000 fans and again in 1992. The band then headlined the inaugural Download Festival on the site in 2003 and have also headlined the festival in 2007 and 2013. This performance at Download 2016 will be IRON MAIDEN’s only UK performance this year.

The band are now over halfway through ‘The Book Of Souls’ World Tour on a journey which included first-ever visits to China and El Salvador, the latter being officially named by the El Salvador government as the biggest event ever to have taken place in that country, with over 25,000 fans in attendance.

In total Ed Force One will travel over 75,000 miles and to date the tour has visited 43 cities, crossed 6 continents and band, crew and entourage consumed well over 10,000 bottles of Trooper Beer and occupied over 6000 hotel rooms!

Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood comments “The show is truly spectacular and the band are on top form so everything is going just great so far, well over half a million fans have already seen the show and reactions and reviews everywhere have been phenomenal. This is not a rock show anyone should miss. Because we have the space on Ed Force One we are able to bring to the fans everywhere the same full stadium and arena show we would put on in London or LA, including Eddie in his latest guises. At 10ft tall he certainly makes his presence felt on the stage, as anyone coming to the show will see for themselves!”

“High points to date have to include the two concerts in China, which clearly demonstrated the similarities of fans all around the planet. They knew every word and, even more amazingly, the Ministry of Culture allowed us to present our entire show with only a couple of very minor alterations, which I don’t think anyone expected would happen to this degree. We thought maybe Bruce ripping Eddie’s heart out on stage may pose an issue to them, but no, not at all. And the fans were terrific.”

“The stadium shows around South and Central America and Mexico were as spectacularly vibrant as always, as were the two sold-out shows at the LA Forum. In New Zealand many of us caught some local culture – Rugby! – and right across Australasia the fans were as passionate as ever. Add a couple of terrific shows in Tokyo and our first visit to South Africa in 21 years for two concerts, and it all adds up to a very special tour experience for everybody; fans, band and crew alike.”

“We really have had a blast with our fans and expect that to continue at Download in front of our home fans and then across the rest of Europe. Make sure you don’t miss this!!”


With one of their most dynamic set-lists which features material from 2015’s ‘The Book Of Souls’ album as well as classic fan favourites, here’s what the media in each continent have been saying about the show so far:
EUROPE (Germany)
 “Goosebumps and magic moments: Iron Maiden live in Berlin. No ifs, no buts: Iron Maiden are masters in their field. ” – Berlin

 “The heavy metal gods thrill 22.000 guests on the Waldbühne” Berlin

“Iron Maiden are living icons of heavy metal and they are presenting themselves so powerfully, as if they hadn’t  on stage for about 40 years already. A single electric eargasm. Thanks, Maiden” Rockavaria, Munich

SOUTH AFRICA”The sell-out crowd was treated to what can only be described as one of the best live shows in music today…two hours of nonstop magic” – The Citizen, Johannesburg S.Africa


“It had all the ingredients of the epic performance that Maiden are renowned for: not one but two giant Eddie mascots, a dazzling lightshow with trademark pyrotechnics all spread over two hours of high octane light and noise… In an evening where not a bum riff was struck it was hard to single out a highlight….They came and they conquered” – Brisbane Courier Mail, Australia


“Iron Maiden blew the doors off Beijing last night…It was, in our professional estimation, all of the following things: Rad, Gnarly, Bitchin’. Totally sweet. Awesome. Sick. Killer.Kickass.Fuggin’ metal. Dude. You get the idea” – The Beijinger newspaper, China


“The appeal of this kind of music is ageless, and crosses every boundary…being part of that crowd was as close to a religious experience as I wager most of us would care to venture” Noisey/Vice NY USA

“With the energy of Madison Square Garden at one of the night’s apexes, the bellowing laughter that marks the start of Powerslave poured in and the crowd remained purely electric… Fear Of The Dark had over 20,000 fans engaged in the traditional ‘whoa-oh-oh’ chant…the General Admission pit exploded into a sea of jumping fans” – Loudwire New York


“Iron Maiden hit the stage with a vengeance, their trademark intensity and vigour showing no signs of slowing down….the band’s mascot Eddie made several appearances throughout the night. From a walking zombie towering over band members during the set, to being featured on a host of backdrops and huge blow-up figures – the quintessential symbol was omnipresent for the entire show” – Revolver magazine USA

“Bruce Dickinson opened their 2016 tour with a full-throttle, devil-may-care performance that thrilled a sold-out BB&T Center. Hallowed Be Thy Name sent the crowd into a pogoing frenzy…There aren’t many metal bands who can keep a grip on a 20,000 seat arena anymore and Iron Maiden aren’t letting go just yet” – Sun Sentinel newspaper South Florida USA


“Nothing compares to the rebirth of Maiden after “The Book of Souls” release… nothing compares to the presence of Bruce Dickinson on stage… Iron Maiden has shown that it is more alive than ever” – Estado de Sao Paulo Newspaper, Brazil

“Mayan Inspiration: After three years, Iron Maiden came back to Mexico, where they gave a master class of heavy metal” – Excélsior newspaper, Mexico City

About Louise Swift

I first went to a gig in 1981, Gillan at Leeds University. I've been a regular gig goer ever since. I haven't kept count of how many gigs I've been to over the intervening years, but it's a lot! My favourite bands are AC/DC then, in no particular order, Anti-Nowhere League, Slaughter and the Dogs, Towers of London and Dirt Box Disco. I tend to like Glam/Punk and rude offensive lyrics, not sure what that says about me but as Animal would say 'So What!' The question was recently put to me - did I write for any online publications? My reply - No, but I'd like to! Planetmosh was suggested and I found myself offering to review Aces High Festival. Easy peasy I thought! Well not quite, if a jobs worth doing it's worth doing well! I had sixteen bands to research. I found I actually enjoyed that and it kept me too busy to be making lunatic comments on Facebook! ;) Then I felt a bit inadequately qualified. I mean, who am I to comment on others, when my musical expertise extends to being able to play a mean Greensleeves on the recorder and a passable Annie's song on the flute! Haven't picked up either instrument for years! What I do have, however, is over 30 years of experience as a gig goer, so I can comment on what I like and what I don't! It's only my opinion and, if I don't like a band it doesn't mean they are bad, just not to my own liking. I admire anyone who has the guts to get up on that stage and have a go!