Black Sabbath and Rammstein revealed as Download 2016 headliners

Black Sabbath members: Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer

Black Sabbath have been revealed as the Saturday night headliners for Download Festival next year.

It will be the third time the band - made up of Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler - will have headlined the festival since it started in 2003.

"It's always like coming home," says Ozzy. "Download is my absolute favourite summer festival. See you all there."

The slot will take place during the rock band's final tour, called The End.

Sabbath last played at Download in 2012 on their reunion tour.


Meanwhile, Rammstein have been unveiled as the headline act for Friday night.

The German band previously headlined in 2013, when they appeared the same weekend as Iron Maiden, who are Sunday night's headline act again in 2016.

Rammstein used a range of pyrotechnics throughout their 2013 Download set.

At one point, their microphone stands were set on fire and they wore flame thrower masks.

Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne
Image caption Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne have been married since 1982

Earlier this year Black Sabbath, who are originally from Birmingham, received a lifetime achievement prize at the Ivor Novello song-writing awards.

Guitarist Tony Iommi picked up the trophy and confirmed that their next tour would be their last.

Despite it being the last chance to see the rockers perform live, the band say the tour will be their biggest production yet.

They'll also be releasing their 20th studio album in 2016, the follow-up to 13 - which made it to the top of the Official Album Chart and America's Billboard 200 in 2013.

Tony Iommi
Image caption Tony Iommi is the only member of Black Sabbath to have never left the band

Tony Iommi received treatment after being diagnosed with cancer in 2012 but has since said that he's doing well.

On Monday he was awarded the Gibson Les Paul Award at the Q Awards.

He was honoured for his outstanding contribution to music and pop culture.

Download festival, which takes place between 10 and 12 June 2016 at Donington Park in Leicestershire.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday

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