April 27, 2005

Chino Moreno's TEAM SLEEP is among the final clutch of bands to be announced for the third, Napster-sponsored stage at this year's Download 2005 festival. The lineup for the U.K.'s biggest rock weekender, which takes place at the spiritual home of rock Donington Park on June 10-12 and is approaching sell-out, is nearly complete with this final throng of rockers.

Joining TEAM SLEEP on Sunday's Napster stage bill are Boston uber-dynamic duo THE DRESDEN DOLLS, who combine the smoky cellars of a Weimar-era cabaret with the rock n' roll fury of JOAN JETT, PJ HARVEY and THE VIOLENT FEMMES, U.K. trash-rockers THE GLITTERATI, whose debut album "The Glitterati" was recently released, original Australian punk rockers THE SAINTS, whose debut release "Stranded / No Time" in '76 predated "Anarchy In The UK" and "New Rose" and Manchester new boys NO HOPE IN NEW JERSEY, who are currently enjoying media attention from the likes of Xfm.

Announcements for Saturday's Napster stage line-up include HUNDRED REASONS hybrid LUCKY NINE, Gibraltan post-rock stalwarts BREED 77, Boston punkers THE EXPLOSION who recently "exploded" onto the scene with their RANCID-influenced punk rock, Brighton hardcore mob JOHNNY TRUANT with their unique blend of punk metal, multi-national sleaze masters THE*GA*GA*S with their Jack Daniel's-fuelled sex rock, Swedish electro-punk maniacs QUIT YOUR DAY JOB, whose debut eight-track EP "Quit Your Day Job" is out now, U.K. metal bruisers PANIC CELL, whose debut album "Bitter Part of Me", is out now, Belfast rock 'n' rollers THE ANSWER who will be making their festival debut on the hallowed Donington turf and last but by no means least, scuzzy Scandinavian girl rockers CRUCIFIED BARBARA, whose debut album "In Distortion We Trust" is out now on Cargo.

New for the Friday lineup of the Napster-sponsored stage, and joining headliners NAPALM DEATH, will be U.K. glam rockers the HURRICANE PARTY, who are currently holed up putting the finishing touches to their debut album, New York sleaze rock quartet SLUNT, who will be bringing their sassy AC/DC-influenced rock 'n' roll to their first U.K. festival, and Download veterans PLANET OF WOMEN, who brought their AC/DC-meets-TINA TURNER blend of rock 'n' roll to 2004's Download party.

Ad hoc announcements come in the form of Saturday Snickers Stage bands OPEN HAND and THE HURT PROCESS who will both be making their Download festival debuts at this year's rock weekender.

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