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Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath to headline Download Festival

Published 20/10/2015

Black Sabbath will top the Saturday night bill on June 11
Black Sabbath will top the Saturday night bill on June 11

Ozzy Osbourne and his legendary heavy metal band Black Sabbath are to headline next year's Download Festival, it has been announced.

The veteran group, famous for hits including Paranoid and Iron Man, will top the Saturday night bill on June 11, organisers said.

The performance will be part of the Birmingham-formed band's final tour, called The End.

The announcement came the day after fellow monsters of rock Iron Maiden were unveiled yesterday as the Sunday night headliners at the event at Donington Park in Leicestershire with their only UK appearance for 2016.

Osbourne, who became a reality television star along with his wife Sharon and children Jack and Kelly in The Osbournes in the early noughties, said: "Download is my absolute favourite summer festival. It's always like coming home. See you all there!"

Sabbath - comprising Osbourne, guitarist Tommi Iommi, bass player Geezer Butler and original drummer Bill Ward - formed in the late 1960s and found fame in the early 1970s with their hard-riffing style.

The band's distinctive sound put them at the forefront of the heavy metal scene and saw them sell millions of records.

They made a major comeback in 2013 with a number one album and sell-out tour.

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