“I’m working up to the last minute on it, in case anyone drops out and there’s a hole to fill,” he says.
“And I’m already working on next year’s festival. I’ve already put offers in for acts. You have to be ahead of the game.”
He adds: “I think we’ve got another strong and varied line-up this year. When you’ve got bands like Soundgarden and Biffy Clyro, who are headliners in their own right, playing second on the bill... it’s a festival with five headliners, really.
“Metallica will be doing The Black Album, it’s Black Sabbath’s only show in Europe this year and it’s the Prodigy’s only show in 2012.
“A lot of people will go to Download anyway, regardless of who is playing, but competition is so fierce these days that you have to keep on top of your game and give your punters value for money.
“With Metallica I was aware that they’d played a lot already so needed to do something a bit different. I realised it was the 21st anniversary of the release of The Black Album, the album that broke them worldwide and is now one of the biggest rock albums of all time.
“I met with their manager who said they weren’t going to be touring in 2012 but I delivered him my pitch. He took it to the band and they absolutely loved the idea. So much so that they decided to do some other shows around the world playing The Black Album.”
In terms of the bands he wants to see at this year’s Download, aside from the headliners, are Soundgarden (“it’s great they are back together”), Slash, Chase & Status (“I think will be amazing), Refused (“that will be something special”) and Steel Panther “that will be one of those performances that people won’t ever forget.”