Slipknot, The Prodigy and Mötley Crüe headline Download 2009

Slipknot: scarier than KISS
Slipknot: scarier than KISS

Iowa's finest masked metal collective Slipknot are set to be the biggest attraction at 2009's Download Festival, which takes place at Donington Park on 12-14 June.

The biggest event in the UK heavy metal calendar will also include headline sets from Mötley Crüe and The Prodigy.

Other bands confirmed so far for the three-day carnival of debauchery include Korn, Pendulum and Dragonforce.

Just like last year, expect MusicRadar to be there in force in the backstage area.

Tickets are available from 9am GMT on Friday 13 February. Visit the official Download website for more.

Chris Vinnicombe worked with us here on the MusicRadar team from the site's initial launch way back in 2007, and also contributed to Guitarist magazine as Features Editor until 2014, as well as Total Guitar magazine, amongst others. These days he can be found at Gibson Guitars, where he is editor-in-chief.