Live music history will be made tomorrow when metal heroes Korn, Limp Bizkit and Prophets Of Rage headline Australia’s first ever Download Festival.
The prestigious hard rock event, which usually takes place across five days in the UK, will debut at Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse tomorrow (March 24), with global hitters like NOFX, Mastodon, Good Charlotte and Suicidial Tendencies sharing the bill with local acts like Northlane, Trophy Eyes and King Parrot.
Watch footage from Prophets of Rage’s show in New Zealand
Tomorrow will forever be considered momentous. Download’s co-promoter Unify Presents insisted Australia’s heavy music scene was in good shape following the fall of Soundwave, so the country had been looking to UNIFIED Music Group to fill the void for some time.
Aside from hard rock leading light UNIFIED’s involvement, the local debut was always going to be in good hands: Live Nation Australasia’s promoter Nigel Melder is right at the helm at festival programmer. Melder’s relationship with heavy music runs deep, he’d previously spent eight years as Head of Touring at Destroy All Lines.
Speaking to TIO, Melder talks teething issues, the principles he followed when selecting the lineup, and whether they’ll go national next year.
How did you land the role pf Download programmer initially?
I started with Live Nation over two years ago after promoting artists from this scene for years and years. Recently Live Nation had begun to promote more acts in this world and needed a dedicated promoter.