Kiss, The Offspring and Lostprophets will headline this year's sixth Download rock festival at Donington Park this summer.

Judas Priest, Motorhead, HIM and Rise Against will also appear at the Leicestershire festival, which runs from 13 June to 15 June.

Veteran rockers Iron Maiden closed last year's festival.

The Download Festival followed on from the Monsters of Rock festivals which ran at Donington between 1980 and 1996.

Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins told BBC Radio 1's Rock Show it was "an honour" to be asked to play at Download 2008 and that the band hoped to have its new album finished in time for the festival.

"The album will probably be finished by then so there will be a load of new songs," he said.

He added: "It's good that we're doing Download now - we're at a point where we need to be finished by then."

In 2006, Deep Purple and Alice Cooper were among the acts at the first UK Monsters of Rock in 10 years, held at Milton Keynes Bowl.

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