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What is Download Festival ?

What is Download Festival?

Since 2003, the Download Festival, which features rock music from the United Kingdom, has been held yearly at Donington Park in Leicestershire, England. The festival is a celebration of rock music and showcases a broad lineup of musicians from throughout the rock genre, including heavy metal, hard rock, punk rock, and alternative rock, amongst others. Tens of thousands of fans travel from all over the world to attend the festival, which is traditionally held during the month of June.

The festival hosts a wide variety of acts throughout its many stages, including the main stage, second stage, third stage, and several smaller stages, all throughout the course of the weekend. In addition to the musical performances, the festival will also feature a wide range of other activities and forms of entertainment. These will include stalls selling food and beverages, goods, and a number of other attractions.

Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Kiss, Def Leppard, Guns N’ Roses, Ozzy Osbourne, and Metallica, amongst many others, have all served as headliners at this event, which is widely regarded as one of the most important rock festivals in the world.



History of Download festival

The Monsters of Rock festivals, which took place at the Donington Park circuit between the years 1980 and 1996, were the inspiration for the Download Festival, which was designed as a follow-up to those events. Stuart Galbraith and Andy Copping were responsible for the conception and booking of the very first Download Festival, which took place in the same area in 2003. Download was once a two-day event, but in 2005 it was expanded to cover all three days.

The festival was given the moniker Download for a couple of different reasons. As a result of file sharing, downloading was viewed as unethical in the music industry at the time, and rock music is generally considered to have a rebellious spirit. In addition, Download was supposed to be a Monsters of Rock for the 21st century, and the internet was supposed to be the medium that allowed for connectivity with the show’s audience.

The Download Dog

The Download Dog is the festival’s official mascot, and as such, it is used on a broad variety of festival-related materials, including stage banners, souvenirs, marketing, and the official Download website. The Download Festival is held annually in Los Angeles, California.

Download festival event timeline

Overview of Download Festival U.K
Event Year Date Headliners TV Broadcast Notes
1 2003 31 May – 1 June Iron Maiden and Audioslave
2 2004 5–6 June Linkin Park and Metallica
3 2005 10 – 12 June Feeder, Black Sabbath and System of a Down
4 2006 9 – 11 June Tool, Metallica and Guns N’ Roses
5 2007 8 – 10 June My Chemical Romance, Linkin Park and Iron Maiden
6 2008 13 – 15 June Kiss, The Offspring and Lostprophets
7 2009 12 – 14 June Faith No More, Slipknot and Def Leppard
8 2010 11 – 13 June AC/DC, Them Crooked Vultures, Rage Against the Machine and Aerosmith
9 2011 10–12 June Def Leppard, System of a Down and Linkin Park Sky Arts
10 2012 8 – 10 June The Prodigy, Metallica and Black Sabbath
11 2013 14 – 16 June Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Rammstein
12 2014 13 – 15 June Avenged Sevenfold, Linkin Park and Aerosmith
13 2015 12 – 14 June Slipknot, Muse and Kiss
14 2016 10 – 12 June Rammstein, Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden
15 2017 9 – 11 June System of a Down, Biffy Clyro and Aerosmith
16 2018 8–10 June Avenged Sevenfold, Guns N’ Roses and Ozzy Osbourne
17 2019 14 – 16 June Def Leppard, Slipknot and Tool
CANCELLED 2020 12 – 14 June Kiss, Iron Maiden and System of a Down N/A Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
DLTV Youtube Online event in replacement of the cancelled 2020 event
CANCELLED 2021 4–6 June Kiss, Biffy Clyro and System of a Down N/A Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
DLTV 4–5 June Slipknot, Linkin Park, Kiss, Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Biffy Clyro and Muse Sky Arts TV special celebrating the best headliners from the past 10 years, replacement of the cancelled 2021 event.
18 18–20 June Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, Enter Shikari and Bullet For My Valentine N/A Pilot event part of the UK COVID-19 Government events research programme
19 2022 10–12 June Kiss, Iron Maiden & Biffy Clyro TBC
20 2023 8–11 June Metallica, Slipknot, Bring Me the Horizon, Ghost, Evanescence, Parkway Drive, Disturbed, Pendulum, Architects, Ghost, The Distillers, Placebo, Alexisonfire, Asking Alexandria, Motionless In White, I Prevail, FEVER 333, Stray From The Path, Lorna Shore, Nova Twins, Within Temptation, and The Blackout[6] TBC


How do I get to Download Festival and where is the event location?

Download’s headquarters are in Donington Park, which is in the middle of the three counties of Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, and Derbyshire.

To get there, you can:

  • By car: You can park your car, but you’ll need to buy a parking pass. Motorcycle drivers will also need to buy a motorcycle pass. The festival is about 5 kilometres from the major highways M1/M42 and A50.
  • By Bus: There will be bus service from East Midlands Parkway and Derby Station to the site and from the site to Derby and Nottingham. There are also bus services called Skylink and MY15 that run between the East Midlands Airport and the city centres of Nottingham, Derby, Leicester, and Loughborough.
  • By Train: East Midlands Parkway and Derby train stations are the closest ones. From each train station, there will be a shuttle bus.
  • By Plane: The festival is close to East Midlands Airport, which makes it easy to get there. You can walk to the site or take a taxi to one of the drop off points.

Are there day passes for Download festival event?

Yes, you will be able to buy day tickets for the festival. Early-bird tickets for the weekend are available now, and day tickets will be available at a later time.

What is the mascot for the Download festival?

The Download Dog is the event’s official mascot. It has become a well-known symbol of the festival, showing up on stage designs, tickets, and other items. In our blog, you can read Download Dog’s take on NXT UK before the festival.

How much is a ticket to Download?

The price of a download ticket depends on the type of ticket bought, such as a payment plan, a five-day or four-weekend ticket, or a luxury ticket.

Can I pitch a tent at Download? Is it a festival with tents?

Yes Download is a camping festival, but there are also tickets for people who don’t want to camp. There are camping passes for five and four nights, as well as day passes for people who don’t want to camp. You can choose from different campsites, such as the main campsite, the quiet campsite, and the eco campsite.

Can I get tickets to the festival that are easy to get to?

Yes, the festival has accessible tickets, and there is information about accessible tickets for each type of ticket.

What are the dates and location the of DF2023?

The Download festival 2023 will be held at DONINGTON PARK during  8th to 11 JUNE 2023.




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