Download Festival

Download Festival UK 2012Download Festival takes place at Donington Park, East Midlands, UK

Download Festival 2013 dates – 14th to 16th June

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Iron Maiden – headliner
Rammstein – headliner


The History of Download Festival
The Download Festival was conceived as a follow up to the Monsters of Rock festivals which had been held in at the Donington Park circuit between 1980 and 1996. Rather than run as a single day event Download was initially a 2 day event (expanding to 3 days in 2005).

The name Download was chosen for the festival for two reasons. Downloading was a dirty word in the music industry at the time, due to file sharing, and rock is seen as a rebelleous genre of music. The organisers faced pressure from the rest of the industry, with some even claiming that the Download Festival would “destroy the music industry”! Also Download was to be a Monsters Of Rock for the 21st Century and the internet would provide connectivity with its audience.

The 2003 festival tickets had a code on them, which would allow festival goers to download tracks from bands which had played. Although this idea has been dropped in subsequent years, the festival organisers have nurtured an online community through the Festival Forums. Initially a sounding board for the fans (and critics) of the festival, the boards have become an integral part of the festival organisation with regular contributions from Festival Director John Probyn and Promotor Andy Copping. The forums also provide face to face feedback through the Fan Forum meetings (started in 2006) and organise the Boardie BBQ (2006 on) and the Boardie Takeover night (2009), football tournaments and a pub quiz for the R.I.P. campers who arrive on a Wednesday night.

When Download began, it took place on the Donington Park circuit infield as had Monsters Of Rock. However in 2008 developments for Formula One meant that the infield was no longer suitable as a festival site. 2008 saw a move to the “Sunday Markets” site to the west of the circuit. Although adequate, numbers were limited and the location of the campsite meant that getting from your tent to the arena was quite a hike. 2009 saw the festival move to a much more suitable (and popular) location to the south of the circuit.

Download Festival 2012 – Line Up
Chase & Status, Machine Head, Billy Talent, NOFX, Fear Factory, Cancer Bats, Rise To Remain, Slash, Nightwish, Opeth, Little Angels, Europe, Terrorvision, The Quireboys, Red White & Blues, Devin Townsend Project, Soil, While She Sleeps, The Defiled, Biffy Clyro, Tenacious D, Steel Panther, Trivium, Black Veil Brides, Saxon, As I Lay Dying, Lower Than Atlantis, You Me At Six, Killswitch Engage, Theory of a Deadman, Turbonegro, Ginger Wildheart, Halestorm, Fozzy, Three Year Strong, Corey Taylor, Sylosis, The Treatment, Anti-Nowhere League, Gun, Turbowolf, Soundgarden, Megadeth, Lamb of God, Black Label Society, Kyuss Lives!, Five Finger Death Punch, Devil Driver, Stellar Revival, Rise Against, Dropkick Murphys, Shinedown, Anthrax, Ugly Kid Joe, Sebastian Bach, We Are The Ocean, August Burns Red, Periphery, Firewind, Emmure, James Cleaver Quintet, Reckless Love, Heaven’s Basement, Kopek, Refused, Gallows, Kids in Glass Houses, Lower Than Atlantis, Four Year Strong, Don Bronco, Porter Robinson, T. Mills, Fearless Vampire Killers, Kobra & The Lotus, Edguy, Rival Sons, Black Spiders, My Passion, Lawnmower Deth, No Americana, Silent Descent, Six Hour Sundown, Skindred, The Union, Ghost, Saint Jude, Shadows Fall, My Passion, Feed The Rhino, La Dispute, Lawnmother Deth, Six Hour Sundown, Silent Descent, With One Last Breath, The Union, No Americana, Royal Cartel, Tyla, The Dirty Youth, Yashin, Voodoo Johnson, Sanguine, Hounds, Avosetta & Absolute Power (Shane from Napalm Death’s side project), The Yo-Yo’s (Danny Wildheart), The Mission, AxeWound and Million Dollar Reload and more

Download Festival 2011 – Line Up
Def Leppard, System of a Down, Linkin Park, Avenged Sevenfold, Rob Zombie, Pendulum, Korn, The Darkness, Bullet For My Valentine, Alice Cooper, Alter Bridge, Danzig, The Cult, Gaslight Anthem, Hollywood Undead, Thin Lizzy, Buckcherry, Black Veil Brides, The Damned Things, Escape The Fate, Clutch, Mr Big, GWAR, FM, Masters Of Reality, Rise To Remain, Trash Talk, Twisted Sister, Down & Duff Mckagen’s Loaded, Turisas, All That Remains, Sacred Mother Tongue, Bowling For Soup, Devil Wears Prada, Bring Me The Horizon, Frank Turner, Cheap Trick, Asking Alexandria, Straight Line Stitch, Disturbed,  Black Stone Cherry, The King Blues, Madina Lake, Down, Jameson Raid, Ghost, VersaEmerge, The Pretty Reckless,  Puddle of Mudd, Times Of Grace, Evile, Suicide Silence, Your Demi, Skunk Anansie, Funeral For a Friend, Plain White T’s, Kvelertak, Framing Hanley, Hyro Da Hero, Anti-Flag, Baptized In Blood, Belligerence, CKY, Biohazard and many more

Check out our Download Festival 2010 photos – click here>>>

Check out our Download Festival 2009 photos – click here>>>


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