Soulfly and Code Orange will join Dream Theater, Bullet For My Valentine, Mastodon, Steel Panther, At The Gates and The Halo Effect at the Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Center in Chiba on August 14. A performance by Japanese outfit BAND-MAID will open the festival.
Ticket prices have also been announced for the festival, with general ticket prices set at 18,000 yen and VIP tickets at 35,000 yen. VIP ticket holders will have access to a dedicated admission lane and viewing stand, refreshments and a VIP gift, which has yet to be revealed.
Festival organisers Live Nation and Creativeman Productions first teased Download Japan’s return in April with a trailer that confirmed a date and venue. Later that month, they followed up by unveiling the first phase of performers.
Debuting in 2019 with headliners Slayer, Arch Enemy, Sum 41, Halestorm, and more, Download Japan had announced a 2020 edition with headliners My Chemical Romance alongside Ministry, Amon Amarth and more, but was forced to cancel the festival due to the pandemic.
The full line-up for Download Festival Japan 2022 is:
BAND-MAID (opening act)
Bullet For My Valentine
At The Gates
The Halo Effect