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Alter Bridge, Sum 41 And Pierce The Veil Join The Download Festival 2017 Line-Up


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Download Festival returns to Donington Park in June 2017 and, while it might seem like a world away yet, they have added at least another twenty names to the ever-growing line-up which is headlined by System of a Down, Biffy Clyro and Aerosmith.

Alter BridgeAlter Bridge are added to the Download 2017 line-up

One of the world's biggest rock bonanzas, Download Festival have expanded their 2017 line-up with appearances from the likes of Sum 41, Clutch, Airbourne and Coheed and Cambria. Making their Download debut in the summer is San Diego's Pierce The Veil who released their fourth studio album 'Misadventures' back in May.

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Download Festival - 2016 Review


This year's Download Festival turned out to be a very wet weekend with constant downpours and thunderstorms throughout the three days, but what would 'Drownload' festival be without a little bit of rain? Thick with mud and soggy from the rain, the crowds all gathered looking for a fantastic time and with phenomenal headliners Rammstein, Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden the weekend was never going to disappoint. Aside from the wrestling and the creative Zippo lighters that you could engrave in the Zippo Encore booth, as well as get hold of the limited edition Download Zippo lighter, the music line up for this year's festival was phenomenal - and we can't wait for the next Download festival already.

Download Festival - 2016 Review

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There were multiple highlights throughout the weekend, and as we stocked up on burgers, we headed down to the Lemmy stage to catch one of the more out-there acts of the weekend - Babymetal. Babymetal were mesmerising as they always are, with hit songs Gimme Chocolate and Road To Resistance taking the crowd by storm. A giant circle pit opened as the Japanese J-pop/metal band took to the stage and gave a fantastically choreographed performance as always.

Killswitch Engage managed to slay the stage as they always do, even in the torrential downpour that overtook their set, as the band plunged into hit songs My Curse, Strength Of The Mind and My Last Serenade, there was nothing that they can do to disappoint. A huge crowd turned out to watch the band, even in the mudpit that the Lemmy stage gave way to.

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Deftones , Chino Moreno - Download Festival - Day 3 - Performances at Donington Park, Download Festival - Donington, United Kingdom - Sunday 12th June 2016

Deftones and Chino Moreno
Deftones and Chino Moreno
Deftones and Chino Moreno
Deftones and Chino Moreno
Deftones and Chino Moreno
Deftones and Chino Moreno

Nightwish , Floor Jansen - Download Festival - Day 3 - Performances at Donington Park, Download Festival - Donington, United Kingdom - Sunday 12th June 2016

Nightwish and Floor Jansen
Nightwish and Floor Jansen
Nightwish and Floor Jansen
Nightwish and Floor Jansen
Nightwish and Floor Jansen
Nightwish and Floor Jansen

Download Festival 2016 Preview


Download Festival Rammstein Black Sabbath Iron Maiden Don Broco

This year the festival boasts a stellar line-up with Rammstein, Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden all headlining respectively. But that's not all. With Korn, Deftones, Megadeth, Disturbed, Nightwish and many other bands taking to the stages at this year's Download Festival it is set to be a killer weekend.

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In light of the unexpected and sad news of the passing of Motorhead's Lemmy earlier this year, the main stage has aptly been renamed The Lemmy Stage. Rammstein return to Download for the second year to headline on the Lemmy stage on the Friday night and many will be expecting an anarchic live performance. The band are due to be preceded by Korn and Killswitch Engage whom will be attracting veteran rock lovers in large crowds.

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Iron Maiden Confirmed As First Headliners For Download Festival


Iron Maiden Download Festival Bruce Dickinson

Iron Maiden have been announced as the first headliners for next year’s Download Festival to be held at Donington Park, Leicestershire. The festival appearance is their only confirmed UK gig during their 2016 world tour, which is set to begin in the US next February.

Iron Maiden The Book Of SoulsIron Maiden will headline Download 2016.

The festival will take place from June 10th to 12th, with the band scheduled to take the main stage on the closing night. The band’s frontman Bruce Dickinson has recently been given the all clear from cancer, after undergoing a seven-week course of chemotherapy and radiotherapy for a cancerous tumour on his tongue.

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Download Festival - 2015 Live Review


One of Europe's best rock and metal festivals returned to its home at Donnington Park last weekend and it's safe to say, once again, that Download smashed it. With a range of bands from Kiss, Motley Crue, Billy Idol, Rise Against, Parkway Drive, We Are Harlot and more all booked to play, there was something for everyone at the festival, and that was one of the most noticeable highlights. 

Download Festival 2015 Review

Despite the torrential rain pouring down during Slipknot's set, they pulled off one of the best shows to date on Friday and set an extremely high standard for the rest of the headliners. Playing hits like 'Psychosocial', 'Devil In I', 'Spit It Out' and 'Custer', and attempting to break the Download record for the most amount of people all jumping up at the same time they certainly went all out. 

Muse were considered to be a controversial band to have booked, but all concerns were quickly dashed as soon as they hit the stage on Saturday. Matt Bellamy's vocal abilities were on top form as the band belted out tracks from their newly released album 'Drones' as well as well-known hits like 'Supermassive Black Hole' and 'Plug In Baby'. Even those who were indifferent or somewhat disliked Muse couldn't deny that they put on the show of a lifetime complete with dancing lights, pyrotechnics, confetti and inflatable balls. 

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Billy Idol - Download Festival - Day 3 - Performances at Download Festival - Donnington, United Kingdom - Sunday 14th June 2015

Billy Idol
Billy Idol
Billy Idol and Steve Stevens
Billy Idol
Billy Idol and Steve Stevens
Billy Idol

Johnny Chow - Download Festival - Day 3 at Download Festival - Donnington, United Kingdom - Sunday 14th June 2015

Johnny Chow
Max Cavalera
Johnny Chow
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Max Cavalera
Max Cavalera

Slipknot Set To Raise The Proverbial Roof At Download Festival 2015


Download Festival Slipknot Judas Priest Muse Faith No More Kiss Motley Crue Enter Shikari Modestep Parkway Drive Five Finger Death Punch

Download Festival sponsored by Zippo is now approaching its twelfth year and it keeps on going from strength to strength, and this year is looking to be the biggest and best to date. The festival will return to Donnington Park (its home since 2003) between 12th and 14th June with a line-up that covers everything on the rock, punk and metal spectrum. 

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Rock royalty are headlining this year's festival, with Slipknot and Judas Priest rocking the Friday, Muse and Faith No More on the Saturday and Kiss and Motley Crue on the Sunday; it's looking to be a jam packed weekend. 

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Download Festival 2014 Review


Download Festival 2014 was a tamer affair than in previous years, largely owing to the event's tightened alcohol and drugs searches, bands being instructed not to encourage the crowds to mosh, more mainstream main stage headliners, fewer boobs being shown on the live camera feed, and the sombre tone of the renamed 'Stephen Sutton Stage'. Instead of holding a silence for the cancer-struck teen, festival attendees took part in a minute of respectful applause, which was paralleled by comedy pop punk band Bowling For Soup's tribute to the late comic, Rik Mayall.

Download Festival 2014 Review

In memoriam sections aside, the festival managed to transform what could be perceived as a weaker line-up compared to its preceding year into a three-day celebration of a broad range of the rock spectrum, filled with bespoke performance gems and quality heavy metal memories. First night closers Avenged Sevenfold brought a larger stage to Donington than they'd ever taken out of the US and combined imposing crypt-inspired adornments with an explosive set that proved on a world stage that they are worthy successors to titans Metallica and Iron Maiden.

The beady-eyed punter will have had a ball spotting the odd and hilarious happenings across the weekend, including a "face-melting" washboard solo from Berlin faux cowboys The BossHoss, punk's immature popsters Bowling For Soup asking a knight to decapitate a giant inflatable sheep, full contact medieval fighting from Battle Heritage, and Killswitch Engage's Jesse Leach inviting the crowd to "dance responsibly" to a particularly heavy breakdown. Ribs were probably broken in the latter instance.

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Win Tickets For Download Festival 2014 With Contactmusic And Zippo!


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Download Festival at Donington Park is one of the UK's most eagerly anticipated rock events so if you want to win a pair of tickets for this year, look no further!

We've partnered with one of the most recognisable brands in the world, Zippo, in a new competition where winners can bag two weekend guests tickets for the 2014 event which this year sees Aerosmith and Linkin Park among headliners. Winners can enjoy a weekend of guest camping and exclusive access to the guest area.

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Download Festival In Touching Tribute: The Stephen Sutton Stage


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Stephen Sutton’s story touched the hearts of many, raising not just money, but awareness for cancer. Although the £4 million he did manage was truly staggering. And in an act of remembrance for Sutton, the main stage at this year’s Download Festival will be named the Stephen Sutton stage.

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One of the things on Sutton’s ‘bucket list’ was to visit the renown metal and rock festival. Aerosmith, Avenged Sevenfold and Linkin Park will be gracing it this year while last year Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Rammstein headlined. 

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Download 2014 Lineup Taking Shape: Linkin Park To Headline, 'Hybrid Theory' Played In Full


Linkin Park Avenged Sevenfold Download Festival

It won’t kick off until June 13th next year, but metal rock fans heading to 2014’s Download already have an idea how their weekend will sound: Linkin Park will be headlining, and will play their seminal ‘2000’ album, Hybrid Theory in full.

Linkin ParkJoe Hahn, Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson, Chester Bennington, Dave Farrell, and Rob Bourdon - Linkin Park

"We have been kicking around the idea of playing 'Hybrid Theory' for some time and the perfect opportunity is Download 2014. The legendary energy of the Download crowd is the apex of the rock experience, and we are very excited to share this special night with them," Metal Hammer quotes Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington as saying.

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30 Seconds to Mars and Jared Leto - Download Festival 2013 - Day 3 - Leicestershire, United Kingdom - Sunday 16th June 2013

30 Seconds To Mars and Jared Leto
30 Seconds To Mars and Jared Leto
30 Seconds To Mars and Jared Leto
30 Seconds To Mars and Jared Leto
30 Seconds To Mars and Jared Leto
30 Seconds To Mars and Jared Leto
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