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
Bad news for metal fans today: the UK edition of Sonisphere festival at Knebworth will not go ahead this year. Sonisphere’s organisers made the announcement...