A few years back, idol-meets-metal trio BABYMETAL made waves in the hard rock world by landing on the line-up for a handful of big international festivals. It was notable for many reasons, among them the fact the at-times-divisive group was a rare Japanese act to appear at these events, and one of the few with a pop bend.
Now, something even more impressive is happening for the group; those fests are inviting them back. Over the past two days, BABYMETAL have announced they will play at the 2018 editions of England’s Download Festival and the United States’ Rock On The Range Festival.
BABYMETAL appeared at both gatherings before. The last time they played the Download Festival in Donington Park was 2016. Joined by a light drizzle, they got the crowd, which has been known to be quite rowdy - having once pelted Guns ‘N’ Roses with bottles (playing this year too...bring helmets, guys!) — to chant their name and generally thump along to their numbers. This year, they’ll join acts such as Avenged Sevenfold, Ozzy Osbourne and more. Watch them from two years ago do their song “Megitsune.”
The Rock On The Range Festival, meanwhile, happens in Columbus, Ohio, and this year includes names such as Tool, Alice In Chains and A Perfect Circle. Last time they played the event was in 2015, and they got punters to make their own wall of death. Watch below:
Odds are, BABYMETAL will announce more festival dates in the near future, as these two events happen in May and June, meaning they’ll have the chance to hit up other gatherings. More importantly, this implies that BABYMETAL have established themselves as a force on the live music scene, and not a one-off spectacle.
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