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Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 - Trailer


Aerosmith proved they are still as legendary as ever when they performed live at Donington Park in Leicestershire in the UK on June 15th 2014. UK fans were ecstatic with the headliners for that year's incarnation of Download Festival, which the band included on their world-spanning Global Warming Tour. Tickets for the big event even went for up to $800, and no wonder because fans were totally enchanted by renditions of their favourite Aerosmith hits including 'Livin' On The Edge', 'Last Child', 'No More No More', 'Come Together', 'Walk This Way', 'Dude (Looks Like a Lady)', 'Janie's Got a Gun', 'Sweet Emotion' and more.

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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.

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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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Picture - Dee Snider - Twisted Sister... Castle Donnington United Kingdom, Sunday 15th June 2014

Dee Snider - Twisted Sister perform at The Zippo Encore stage on day 2 of Download Festival at Donnington Park - Castle Donnington, United Kingdom - Sunday 15th June 2014

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Status Quo - Status Quo headline The Zippo Encore stage on day 2 of Download Festival at Donnington Park - Castle Donnington, United Kingdom - Sunday 15th June 2014

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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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File Photos** * IAN WATKINS PLEADS GUILTY TO 13 SEX OFFENCES Former LOSTPROPHETS frontman IAN WATKINS has pleaded guilty to 13 sex offences, including two charges of attempting to rape a baby. The Welsh star appeared in court in Cardiff, Wales on Tuesday (26Nov13) for the first day of his trial where he changed his previous not guilty pleas. Two female co-defendants, who cannot be named for legal reasons, also changed their pleas and admitted a number of offences. (LR/WNWCSK/MJ) ** Ian Watkins of the Lost Prophets Download Festival 2008 - Day Three Derbyshire, London - 15.06.08 Featuring: Ian Watkins of the Lost Prophets When: 15 Jul 2007

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Download 2014 Lineup Taking Shape: Linkin Park to Headline, 'Hybrid Theory' Played in Full


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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.

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"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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Download 2013 - Live Review


Download 2013, a daring, explosive, loud and (arguably most importantly) heavy line up, that the late Maurice Jones would be proud of. From classic 'Monsters of Rock' favourites Iron Maiden and Uriah Heap to (fairly) new artists Slipknot and Rammstein, 2013 has something for everybody* willing to rock out with their hair (and, in the majority of cases, beards) down.

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What's unique about Download Festival is that it's all about the music. Sure, there are zip lines spanning the diameter of the arena and late night beach parties but, as Black Stone Cherry are proud to point out, festival promoter Andy Copping and festival director John Probyn listen to the passionate music fans! Throughout the year the rock and metal community voice their strong and often aggressive opinions on the Download Festival forums, suggesting and, in some cases, ordering Andy Copping who to book for the next approaching festival. This has created an intimate relationship between the organiser and the ticket buyer, resulting in a line-up revolving around the fans who, in turn, all share the same appreciation and respect for the artists on stage, as well as for one another. 

Despite the aggressive lyrical content and the circular vortex of people smashing into one another (often referred to as 'moshing') everybody shares a mutual respect for one another's music tastes, as they combat the commercial, pop chart genres resulting in a friendly, non-threatening atmosphere which contrasts the aggressive music style. 

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Zippo brings festival goers closer to the rock stars at Download Festival 2013!


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Zippo is giving fans the chance to get up close and personal with rock legends playing at Download Festival 2013. The festival is one of the highlights of the rock calendar and the iconic American brand has side-of-stage tickets up for grabs at the Zippo Encore Area as part of an epic air guitar competition. 

For a chance to rock on right next to an idol, visit the Zippo Encore Area for more details and register for the daily air guitar competition held Friday 14th - Sunday 16th June. Contestants will have the chance to unleash their inner rocker and the most impressive act on each day will win a VIP ticket for them and a friend to watch a band side-of-stage at the Zippo Encore Stage. 

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Download Festival, 2010 Live Review


The line-up took no prisoners. This was the 30th anniversary of the Donington festival, and with the likes of AC/DC, Rage Against The Machine, Motorhead and Deftones, Download successfully united the most popular acts in modern and classic rock.

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