Heavy metal legends Metallica will not be performing at this weekend's (01JUN03) Download Festival in Britain - despite rumours to the contrary.

It had been widely reported the Los Angeles rock giants would play the event but festival promoters insist the rumour is false, leaving fans of the band hugely disappointed.

A statement from festival bosses says, "We are huge Metallica fans at Download and would be honoured to have them performing at our festival.

"However, they are not playing at Download. We gather a rumour was started when we added Apocalyptica to the bill earlier this week."

29/05/2003 21:08