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Iron Maiden are to broadcast their Download headline performance live this Sunday (June 10).

The free live stream via Ironmaiden.com will give fans unable to attend the rock fest an opportunity to watch the band’s fourth Download appearance.

Maiden’s manager, Rob Smallwood has said that Bruce Dickinson and co decided to stream the performance due to the limited number of shows they are playing this summer. He says: “It will be a great way for our fans in territories we are not playing to have means of seeing this show”.

In addition, frontman Bruce Dickinson will broadcast reports from the festival including interviews with bands backstage, in his BBC6 Music Radio show on Saturday June 9 between 9pm and midnight, the night before Maiden’s festival closing set.

Other festival goodies include an exclusive podcast via the official website… Go to downloadfestival.co.uk here for interviews with Maiden, Linkin Park, Machine Head, Enter Shikari and Gallows

Uncut.co.uk will be updating you with news and blogs as the weekend progresses… we can’t wait to see Marilyn Manson, My Chemical Romance and Mastodon.

TV highlights of this weekend’s activities in black will be shown on Channel 4 next weekend – June 16 and 17.

Artist highlights of the festival line-up are:

Friday 8 June

Main Stage

My Chemical Romance

Velvet Revolver

Wolfmother

DragonForce

Megadeth

Hinder

Buckcherry

Dimebag Darrell – 2nd Stage

Korn

Enter Shikari

From Autumn To Ashes

Turbonegro

ANJ

Tuborg – 3rd Stage

Hayseed Dixie

I Was A Cub Scout

Job For A Cowboy

This Et Al

Saturday 9 June

Main Stage

Linkin Park

Marilyn Manson

Slayer

Machine Head

Bowling For Soup

30 Seconds To Mars

Aiden

Shadows Fall

HELLYEAH

Turisas

2nd Stage

Mötley Crüe

Biffy Clyro

Gallows

Bring Me The Horizon

Bloodsimple

3rd Stage

Necro

Lez Zeppelin

Beyond All Reason

Sunday 10 June

Main Stage

Iron Maiden

Evanescence

Killswitch Engage

Stone Sour

Lamb Of God

Mastodon

Papa Roach

Chimaira

Reuben

2nd Stage

Billy Talent

Dream Theater

Dimmu Borgir

Within Temptation

Devil Driver

Unearth

3rd Stage

Reel Big Fish

Between The Trees

Kids In Glass Houses

Hardcore Superstar

Drive By Argument