Rockers Iron Maiden to close Download Festival at Donington Park
Heavy metal band Iron Maiden are returning to the stage to headline Download Festival 2016.
The successful UK band, formed in 1975, will close the three-day festival, performing on June 12.
Not only will the show be their only UK appearance for 2016, but they will arrive in the East Midlands in a Boeing 747 piloted by lead singer Bruce Dickinson.
Dickinson will be their captain as they visit 35 countries in the jumbo jet, known as Ed Force One - which will carry the band, stage production and equipment for the duration of their The Book Of Souls World Tour.
He said; "Download is a very special place for us. Not just because it's always great to play on home turf but because there's a truly unique vibe there, it's the very heart of England and of Metal, so a fitting place for Iron Maiden.
"The crowd is always fiercely passionate and the whole band feeds off that famous Donington energy. We aim to deliver a really memorable show for our fans to close the 2016 Festival.
"Although this is our sixth time headlining at Castle Donington, it's the first time we've been able to land Ed Force One right on the doorstep of the Festival site."
He went on to say the set list wasn't yet locked down, but that the band are looking forward to playing a host of new songs live.
He added: "However, as it's been a while since we saw you all, I am sure we will include plenty of older fan favourites too. I think the fans will be delighted by what we have in mind.
"We are also in the middle of creating the new show and rest assured we are working hard to bring you all something spectacular, something with a lot of heart. You certainly deserve it for your patience. "
The popular three-day rock and metal festival will take place from July 10-12 at Donington Park in Leicestershire.