Slipknot has been confirmed as one of the headliners for the U.K.'s Download Festival at Donington Park, Derby with dance-rock crossover act the Prodigy, Korn and Mötley Crüe also booked to appear.
The three-day rock festival will be held on June 12-14 at a different part of the Donington site to last year. The venue is undergoing redevelopment for the Formula 1 British Grand Prix.
Campsites will be closer to the main arena and the design of the Download site will enable a more "integrated festival experience with one main expanded arena incorporating all three stages," according to a statement. It follows suggestions from festival-goers at the online Download fan forum.
"We didn't quite get it right last year, we had to move because of the development of the venue for the Grand Prix, we moved to the wrong part of the site," Live Nation U.K. COO and festival director John Probyn tells Billboard.biz. "We've negotiated with the venue owners and we've got it right this year, we've got a much better arena which will allow us to have better facilities."
Other acts confirmed for Download 2009 include DragonForce, DevilDriver and Pendulum.
Live Nation VP of promotions and Download Festival promoter Andy Copping added in a statement: "This year more than ever before, Download Festival celebrates the history of Donington and all that is 'rock.' With acts such as Slipknot, the Prodigy and Mötley Crüe already confirmed to play, this just shows how varied and diverse the rock genre can be."
The announcement of the first acts for Download follows a war of words between Live Nation U.K. and its former managing director Stuart Galbraith. He is behind the new Sonisphere touring festival featuring Metallica at a majority of dates, including Knebworth on Aug. 2 in the U.K., and was critical of last year's Download Festival.