Def Leppard will headline Download Festival 2019 and play 'Hysteria' in full

The first wave of bands have been announced for the iconic rock event at Donnington Park next summer, and it's already set to be a special weekend from June 14-16 with Slipknot and Tool joining them at the top of the bill.

Frontman Joe Elliott confirmed the legendary group will be performing their classic 1987 album - which features 'Pour Some Sugar On Me' and 'Animal' - in full at what will be their only UK appearance of 2019.

He said: ''We are delighted to be going back to headline Download in 2019! The festival has a very special place in our hearts and it's such a great place to play.

''We will be playing 'Hysteria' in full - yes, in full! - plus a load more of the hits, and we are going to put on a very special show for our UK fans. Can't wait to see you all there!''

Elsewhere, the likes of Slash - teaming up with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators - and Whitesnake will be entertaining crowd at the extravaganza.

Rob Zombie has also been announced, alongside Trivium, Amon Amarth, Carcass, Delain, Die Antwoord, Opeth, Power Trip, Skindred, Underoath and The Amity Affliction.

Rounding off the initial line-up reveal are Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Starset, Telsa and Reel Big Fish.

Download Festival's Andy Copping said: ''We're incredibly excited to announce three legends as Download 2019 headliners.

''It's not quite been 10,000 Days since we have been able to indulge in one of our favourite alt-rock bands, but after thirteen years I am thrilled to announce Tool are finally making their long-awaited return to Download.

''Renowned for being one of the best live bands on the planet due to their one-of-a-kind performances, Slipknot are an incredible addition to the main stage.

''Last but not least, I am honoured to welcome true Rock N' Roll legends Def Leppard to Download who bring with them a UK exclusive chance to see 'Hysteria' played in full.''