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Bleed Again announced as headliner for Download Festival District X Community Takeover

Brighton metalcore stalwarts Bleed Again have been announced as headliner for the Download Festival District X Community Takeover at the Doghouse on Wednesday 12th June. Returning to the fray after a period of writing and establishing a new line-up, Bleed Again are refreshed and ready to create chaos in all the best ways possible.

Having previously been a Metal Hammer 'Band Of The Month' in their early journey, years of touring and bringing their adrenaline fueled ferocity to audiences all across the UK. This new chapter in the Bleed Again biography is starting in an impressively exciting way.

Hitting the stage at Download is a dream for the band, as singer James Dawson explains, Download isn't just a festival it's a family.. and he means that quite literally!

"To me, it feels like I have been working towards playing Download for most of my life. I have been writing music with Simon since I was 16 and we first went to Download together when we were 19. I remember saying, 'we'll play here together one day'.

I didn't know that would take 18 years but here we are.

I met my (now) wife there in 2009, we became a couple officially there in 2013, and now, 11 years later, we are both actually going to be performing there together. Bleed Again headline the District X Community Takeover and she will be performing a Rock/Metal fitness class on the same stage!

Everything seems to have come full circle. When you couple that with Bleed Again having a fresh line-up, a new outlook to band life and new music.. I simply can't wait! Download Festival 2024 is going to get one hell of a wake up call on its opening day!"

Ahead of the much anticipated headline slot at Download, Bleed Again are dropping a brand new single - Parasite. Set for release on the 7th of June, this banger of a track is not only a testament to the bands experience, but also a statement that they get better with every evolution. With mix and mastering engineered by the amazing Oz Craggs at Hidden Track Studios, expect a full-on face melting experience! Full details of the new single will be revealed in the coming weeks. 

The most recent addition to Bleed Again is their new drummer, Oscar Simpson. Having previously been a regular pit crawler at their gigs, he barely had time to set up his kit when the offer to play Download came in, he reminisces on this very recent past:

"Hopped on the band wagon didn't I... You could imagine my surprise, finding out a couple weeks after joining Bleed Again that we'll be playing Download Festival 2024!!!

My first memory of Bleed Again is getting battered in their pit at Bar 42 (a tiny rock bar in Worthing), now we're releasing a single together and playing the biggest Rock and Metal festival in the UK alongside the bands I grew up listening to. I couldn't afford a ticket this year so to be able to perform and then hang out at the festival all weekend is amazing. What a great year 2024 is looking to be!"

If, unlike Oscar, you haven't experienced Bleed Again yet, fear not!  Check out the following video for their 2022 massive single 'Cursed'.


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