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The Bronx added to Download Festival line-up

If we’re not in a full-on apocalypse by the end of March, we’re in for one hell of a treat, with news coming today that Los Angeles punks The Bronx have joined the line-up for Download Festival. They join an esteemed bill with reunited icons My Chemical Romance at the helm, alongside Deftones, Jimmy Eat World, Clutch and many, many more.

The announcement follows the withdrawal of international act Lacuna Coil from the festival later this month after a coronavirus outbreak in their home region of Lombardia, Italy. “While cancelling is heartbreaking for us”, the band added, “everyone’s health and safety must come first and this includes our fans. We’re confident this emergency will soon be contained and we can get back on the road to you.”

Since 2002, The Bronx have been issuing banger after banger, with five eponymous studio albums under their belt and three under the moniker of Mariarchi El Bronx. Their last record, known as BRVNX, dates all the way back to 2017, post-dated by b-sides and rarities set Dead Tracks last year. No doubt that means we’ll see a new offering from the gang soon, with the only remaining mystery whether or not it’ll be mariachi style.

It’s no coincidence that the band’s efforts to date have been predominantly self-titled. Frontman Matt Caughthran has noted that the intention has been to place emphasis on the album artwork of guitarist Joby Ford: “Joby’s a great artist as far as graphic design goes, so the idea behind that is to have the records distinguished by their art instead of some amazing sentence or theme or word.”

Joining them in Melbourne will be metalcore act The Gloom In The Corner and in Sydney, Newcastle punk colleagues Big Nasty.


Friday, 20th March
Melbourne Showgrounds, Melbourne
Tickets: Download Festival

Saturday, 21st March
The Domain, Sydney
Tickets: Download Festival