Download Festival has officially launched in Australia, having just unveiled its inaugural lineup for 2018.

The world’s premiere rock and metal festival will debut in Australia on Saturday 24 March at Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse, presented by Live Nation, Unified and Secret Sounds.

Following in the footsteps of Falls Festival 2017/18, Download Melbourne 2018 also utilises Front Gate Tickets as its ticketing platform.

Californian alt-metal heavy weights Korn will headline the one-day festival, joined by Prophets of Rage, Limp Bizkit, Mastodon, Good Charlotte, NOFX and many more.

29 acts will be billed across four stages, pitched up alongside a food fare, speciality bars, and art installations. Download Melbourne is also an over 18 event.

It is a great honour and very exciting that we are bringing Download Festival to Australia. Since the inception of Download UK in 2003, we have been looking for other territories to launch the festival and having successfully found a home for Download in France and Spain, we felt that the next country had to be Australia. Many rock fans from Australia have been in contact with us asking us to bring the festival to them – we have finally heard their calling and I cannot wait to put Download Australia on the map!” Andy Copping, Download Founder.

When it comes to festivals, heavy music fans have had little option of late, with Download recently expanding from its Donington stronghold, into Paris and Madrid, it seems like the perfect time for it to storm down here. Starting with a single day event in Melbourne with the intention to grow it at a sustainable pace over the coming years, to a nationally touring festival for the long term.We have 28 bands in total, 1/3 of those are Australian. We are really excited to have the Australian artists on the line up for Download Melbourne, Oz heavy acts are drawing a lot of people both here and overseas so we are happy to be able to showcase that strength.” Nigel Melder, Download Melbourne Producer.

Front Gate Tickets

Front Gate Tickets, which launched in Australia earlier this year, offers an end-to-end ticketing solution that streamlines the fan experience while offering an unrivalled service to clients.

Front Gate’s customer focus continues through to its onsite capabilities, offering RFID integration for cashless payment solutions, quick and easy access control, and the ability to lead sponsorship activations to encourage fan engagement and data collection.

The platform is fully optimised for both desktop and mobile, and is integrated with Facebook to offer hassle-free Facebook and Guest checkout.

Talking about the launch, Maria O’Connor, Managing Director of Ticketmaster Australasia, said previously, “Australia’s festival offerings are going from strength to strength, and we are thrilled to announce the launch of Front Gate Tickets. For our festival clients, we understand the importance of having the right ticketing platform for their events, while fans demand just as streamlined ticketing solutions. Following the success of Front Gate in North America and the UK, we are confident our customers will enjoy the Front Gate experience, and our clients will view this as an exciting opportunity to reach even more fans.”

For more information on the Front Gate platform, please contact your local Client Manager or email

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