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Def Leppard perform on stage in 1983 (Picture: Redferns)

Def Leppard will headline the 2019 Download Festival where they will play their iconic 1987 album Hysteria in full.

The band will be joined by Slipknot and Tool at the top of the bill but frontman Joe Elliott confirmed the legendary group will be performing the classick rock album in full at what will be their only UK appearance of 2019.

The album features bangers such as Animal and Pour Some Sugar On Me.

We are delighted to be going back to headline Download in 2019! The festival has a very special place in our hearts and its 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. Cant wait to see you all there! said Joe.

The festival has a very special place in our heart, said Joe (Picture: Getty Images)

Download Festivals Andy Copping said: Were incredibly excited to announce three legends as Download 2019 headliners. Its 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.

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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.

Def Leppard circa 1970 (Picture: Getty Images)

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Slash – teaming up with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators – and Whitesnake will also be performing across the weekend at Donnington Park.

Rob Zombie, Trivium, Amon Amarth, Carcass, Delain, Die Antwoord, Opeth, Power Trip, Skindred, Underoath and The Amity Affliction will all also play, along with Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Starset, Telsa and Reel Big Fish.

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