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Download Festival
Download Festival
is a British rock festival, held annually at Donington Park
Donington Park
in Leicestershire, England, since 2003. It is the most popular British summer rock and heavy metal festival and has hosted some of the genres' biggest names, including Saxon, Black Sabbath, Slipknot, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Motörhead, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Def Leppard, Kiss, Judas Priest, Status Quo, Mötley Crüe, Journey, ZZ Top, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy, Faith No More, and Guns N' Roses. The 2015 festival featured massive technological surveillance by police in conjunction with festival organizers Live Nation UK. RFID
RFID
wristbands and facial recognition technology was used to compare visual scans of attendees against a European criminal database.[1]

Contents

1 History 2 The Download Dog 3 2003 4 2004 5 2005 6 2006

6.1 Controversy

7 2007 8 2008 9 2009 10 2010 11 2011 12 2012

12.1 Cancellations 12.2 Problems

13 2013 14 2014 15 2015

15.1 Police surveillance and marketing profile collection

16 2016

16.1 France

17 2017

17.1 France 17.2 Spain

18 2018

18.1 Australia 18.2 France 18.3 Spain

19 See also 20 References 21 External links

History[edit] The Download Festival
Download Festival
was conceived as a follow up to the Monsters of Rock festivals which had been held at the Donington Park
Donington Park
circuit between 1980 and 1996. The first Download Festival
Download Festival
was created by Stuart Galbraith, Tom Pyke and Andy Copping in 2003 in the same location.[2][3][4] Rather than run as a single day event Download was initially a two-day event, expanding to three 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 rebellious genre of music. Also Download was to be a Monsters of Rock
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 organizers have nurtured an online community through the Download Festival Forums. Initially a sounding board for the fans (and critics) of the festival, the boards have become an integral part of the festival organization with regular contributions from Festival Director John Probyn and Promoter 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
Donington Park
circuit infield as had Monsters of Rock. However in 2008 developments for Formula One
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 tents to the arena was quite a hike. 2009 saw the arena move to a much more suitable location to the south of the circuit and has remained there every year since. Security for the festival has constantly been undertaken by professional crowd management specialists Showsec, although the campsite area has had various contractors throughout. Since 2009 there has been on-site radio broadcasting from Rock Radio on 87.7FM. This RSL broadcast has aired music from festival bands, interviews and news to the festival site and the surrounding area, with the signal reaching as far as Nottingham. The Download Dog[edit] The Download Dog is the official mascot of the Download Festival,[5] and appears on a wide range of material related to the festival, such as tickets, stage banners and merchandise. 2003[edit] The first Download was held on 31 May – 1 June 2003. The original headliners were Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden
and Limp Bizkit, although the latter pulled out and were replaced by Audioslave. Metallica
Metallica
attempted to step in as headliners, but were unable to do so, owing to headlining that year's Reading and Leeds
Leeds
Festivals. Instead, having performed an exclusive club show in London the night before, they played an unannounced "secret slot" in the afternoon on the second stage, with no soundcheck. "Sunday belonged to Metallica," wrote Mick Middles in Classic Rock. "At 3.15 the band were fired into the heart of the festival. Before me, a nonplussed, earplugged infant was held aloft. Somehow it seemed historical. Debuting selections from St. Anger, Metallica
Metallica
swept into a 90-minute frenzy so irresistible that even the Hells Angels
Hells Angels
were seen clapping in wholehearted appreciation at the end. The coup was complete."[6] Chevelle were scheduled to play the Scuzz
Scuzz
stage on Sunday but pulled out at the last minute. Instruction, playing their second set of the festival, stepped in as the replacements.

Saturday 31 May

Main Stage Scuzz
Scuzz
Stage

Iron Maiden Marilyn Manson Deftones Ministry InMe Murderdolls Amen Funeral for a Friend Stampin' Ground Shadows Fall Murder One

A Reel Big Fish Taproot Sepultura Reef HIM SOiL The Hellacopters SikTh 3 Colours Red From Autumn to Ashes QueenAdreena Violent Delight Arch Enemy Chimaira

Sunday 1 June

Main Stage Scuzz
Scuzz
Stage

Audioslave Zwan Flint Apocalyptica Less Than Jake Disturbed Stone Sour Evanescence Mudvayne Spineshank The Darkness One Minute Silence Raging Speedhorn Instruction

NOFX Boysetsfire The Bouncing Souls Strung Out Thrice Spunge T.S.O.L. The Real McKenzies Metallica The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster Brand New Instruction Beatsteaks Randy Fabulous Disaster

2004[edit] The 2004 edition of the festival was held on 5–6 June. Another stage was added to the festival, bringing the total to three. Seventy-two bands played over the two days. The 2004 event was also notable for several last minute hitches. First, SOiL
SOiL
got lost on the way to Donington and missed their main stage appearance on Saturday (they later joined Drowning Pool
Drowning Pool
on stage to perform Drowning Pool's "Bodies" and their own song "Halo"). Static-X
Static-X
missed their slot due to a bus breakdown. On Sunday, Slayer
Slayer
arrived on time, but their equipment did not, leading to a slot change from the middle of the afternoon on the main stage to a later slot (and longer set) on the second stage. Slayer
Slayer
were replaced on the main stage by Damageplan, who were scheduled to play the second stage. Their setlist ended with a rendition of Damageplan
Damageplan
founders Vinnie Paul
Vinnie Paul
and Dimebag Darrell's most recognisable song from Pantera, "Walk." The biggest news came from the headliners Metallica, when Lars Ulrich was rushed to hospital.[7] Taking to the stage an hour and a half late, James Hetfield
James Hetfield
explained the situation with Ulrich and the show then began with Slayer
Slayer
drummer Dave Lombardo
Dave Lombardo
playing on "Battery" and "The Four Horsemen." Slipknot's Joey Jordison
Joey Jordison
played the rest of the set apart from Fade to Black which was played by Metallica's drum technician, Flemming Larsen. The full line-up included:

Saturday 5 June

Main Stage Snickers "Game On" Stage Barfly Stage

Linkin Park Sum 41 Iggy and The Stooges The Hives The Distillers Cradle of Filth Monster Magnet Opeth The Dillinger Escape Plan

Pennywise Electric Six Wildboyz Arch Enemy Biffy Clyro Idiot Pilot Million Dead Instruction 36 Crazyfists Akercocke Viking Skull Powder D-Void The Bled

Peaches International Noise Conspiracy Ikara Colt thisGirl Roxy Saint The Glitterati Surferosa Burst Lowfive Yourcodenameis:Milo Bullet for My Valentine The Holiday Plan Hiding Place Fireapple Red

Sunday 6 June

Main Stage Snickers "Game On" Stage Barfly Stage

Metallica Korn Slipknot Machine Head Damageplan Soulfly Ill Niño Turbonegro Breed 77

HIM Bowling for Soup Taking Back Sunday Slayer Life of Agony Brides of Destruction Drowning Pool Hatebreed Hoobastank Trapt Silvertide Ricky Warwick Terra Diablo

Suicide Girls Young Heart Attack Span The Sounds Dirty Americans Recover Amplifier Do Me Bad Things Danko Jones The Black Dahlia Murder Mooney Suzuki Gonga Despised Icon Hurricane Party Planet of Women

Scotland

In June 2004 a two-day Download Festival
Download Festival
was held on Glasgow Green, several days before the Donington event. This had a limited line up with only nine bands performing over a two-day period. The bands which did play included the headliners, Metallica
Metallica
and Linkin Park. Download Scotland also saw an appearance from the Welsh rock band Lostprophets who did not perform at Donington. Acts which also appeared over the two days at Download Scotland were Korn, Slipknot, Iggy and The Stooges, Machine Head, The Distillers
The Distillers
and HIM. The running order went as follows:

Wednesday 2 June Thursday 3 June

Metallica Slipknot Korn HIM

Linkin Park Lostprophets Iggy and The Stooges The Distillers Machine Head

2005[edit]

A view of the Main Stage at Download Festival
Download Festival
2005

Download 2005 was held again at Donington Park, on 10–12 June 2005. This festival was different from previous years as the Saturday was officially dubbed Ozzfest
Ozzfest
2005, as well as an "Indie day" on the first day of the festival. Billy Idol
Billy Idol
performed on the Snickers stage on the Friday night, his first UK gig after a lengthy hiatus, performing songs such as White Wedding, Rebel Yell and a cover version of Van Halen's anthem, Jump. Feeder's frontman Grant Nicholas
Grant Nicholas
was so relieved the band had won the crowd over (there were concerns that they would be received badly by the traditional attendees to the festival), he decided to smash his green Fender Jazzmaster guitar after "Descend" was performed. He later said that he regretted it, but also said he kept the neck and the tremeloes, and might use what was left to make a new guitar. In a July 2010 interview with Kerrang!, it was suggested to Nicholas that he destroyed the guitar as he was frustrated at trying to win the crowd over, as their music was different from the Download demographic, but claimed himself in reply to this that he "Wanted to do the most rock and roll thing after eventually winning over the crowd". In the same interview, Nicholas said that they were "guinea pigs" at the festival as part of the organisers experiment to make it an alternative festival, but said it was a moment of the band's career he is still proud of.[citation needed] Lemmy
Lemmy
also took to the stage, with former MC5
MC5
members, and Gilby Clarke, to perform Back in the USA. Initially, Bert McCracken
Bert McCracken
of The Used
The Used
and Gerard Way
Gerard Way
of My Chemical Romance were asked to perform their cover of Under Pressure
Under Pressure
by Queen and David Bowie, but the former friends refused the offer to perform the cover as they had recently fallen out.[citation needed] The official line-up included:

Friday 10 June[8]

Main Stage Snickers Stage Napster Stage Snickers Bowl Stage

Feeder Garbage Dinosaur Jr Megadeth Biffy Clyro The Others JJ72 Idiot Pilot Wednesday 13 Queen Adreena

Billy Idol The Used My Chemical Romance InMe The Bled Apocalyptica Underøath Lordi Fozzy Flogging Molly

Napalm Death Raging Speedhorn Paradise Lost A Change of Pace Hurricane Party Tokyo Dragons Colour of Fire Slunt Just a Word Crashdiet Planet of Women

Tat Ellis The Mascara Story

Saturday 11 June[8]

Main Stage Snickers Stage Napster Stage Snickers Bowl Stage

Black Sabbath Velvet Revolver HIM Anthrax Alter Bridge Bowling for Soup A The Mad Capsule Markets The Dwarves Trivium

In Flames Chimaira Lamb of God Bullet for My Valentine Meshuggah Unearth Every Time I Die Open Hand American Head Charge The Hurt Process Hondo Maclean Three Children Of Fortune

Helmet The Lucky Nine Breed 77 The Explosion Towers of London Johnny Truant The Ga Ga's The Answer Panic Cell Crucified Barbara Diamond Nights Quit Your Dayjob City on Fire S.A. Sanctuary

Reuben Days Of Worth Fastlane

Sunday 12 June[8]

Main Stage Snickers Stage Napster Stage Snickers Bowl Stage

System of a Down Slipknot Slayer Nightwish Killswitch Engage Papa Roach Mudvayne Society 1 DV8

Motörhead DKT/MC5 Funeral for a Friend[9] Lacuna Coil Mastodon Shadows Fall Helmet Caliban As I Lay Dying Gizmachi Send More Paramedics The Mascara Story

Therapy? Team Sleep Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster The Dresden Dolls The Glitterati The Saints Engerica 3 Inches of Blood Still Remains No Hope in New Jersey Acidtone Henry Rollins

Electric Eel Shock The Suffrajets Johnny Panic

2006[edit]

Alice in Chains
Alice in Chains
at Download Festival
Download Festival
2006

The 2006 Download Festival
Download Festival
was held at Donington Park, England on 9–11 June. The headlining acts (Tool, Metallica
Metallica
and Guns N' Roses) have sales of approximately 200–250 million albums between them, more than the entire line up of 2006's V Festival. 2006 was the first time the festival was mirrored in the Republic of Ireland, as Download Festival
Download Festival
Ireland. 2006 was also by far the warmest year download has ever had.[citation needed] During the festival Korn
Korn
vocalist Jonathan Davis
Jonathan Davis
was rushed to hospital.[10] Similar to 2004's Metallica
Metallica
set, Munky, Fieldy
Fieldy
and David Silveria arrived and explained to the fans why Davis could not make it and played with guest vocalists Corey Taylor
Corey Taylor
from Slipknot, Dez Fafara from DevilDriver, Jesse Hasek
Jesse Hasek
from 10 Years, Benji Webbe
Benji Webbe
from Skindred, M. Shadows
M. Shadows
from Avenged Sevenfold, and Matt Heafy
Matt Heafy
from Trivium. Lyrics from the song "Blind" were displayed on the screen for Matt Heafy. Metallica
Metallica
played the album Master of Puppets
Master of Puppets
in its entirety in honour of its twentieth anniversary. Guns N' Roses
Guns N' Roses
also performed material from the long forthcoming Chinese Democracy
Chinese Democracy
album. Main Stage The main stage was situated in the centre of the arena with crowd control moving around it, and was the largest of all three stages, the safety barriers used at this stage were in a T shape so as to avoid crowd crush in the middle. The stage was open-air and named in honour of the 25th anniversary of Kerrang! magazine. Down played an unannounced set on Saturday (With the laminates showing ??? in their time slot); opening up the Main Stage.[11] Snickers Stage The Snickers Stage was situated in a tent, behind the main stage and was the second largest stage at the festival. Access to the stage was via a one-way system which attempted to spread people around the site, rather than all attempting to push through a rather small space. Soilwork
Soilwork
were scheduled to play on Sunday, but were replaced by DevilDriver
DevilDriver
(playing their second set of the festival).[12] Gibson/Myspace Stage The Myspace stage was the smallest of the three and under a smaller tent. It was positioned across from the front of the main stage.

Friday 9 June[13]

Main Stage Snickers Stage Gibson/Myspace Stage Snickers Bowl Stage

Tool Deftones Coheed and Cambria Soulfly Strapping Young Lad SOiL Wicked Wisdom Amplifier

The All-American Rejects Atreyu InMe Clutch Fishbone Dredg Bleeding Through Gojira Throwdown Suns of the Tundra

Ginger & The Sonic Circus Backyard Babies Cathedral Engerica Bullets & Octane My Awesome Compilation Animal Alpha The Audition Art of Dying Enter Shikari Kitty Hudson

Gay for Johnny Depp Keiko SinTuition

Down playing on the main stage

Saturday 10 June[13]

Main Stage Snickers Stage Gibson/Myspace Stage Snickers Bowl Stage

Metallica Korn Trivium Avenged Sevenfold Stone Sour Alice in Chains Arch Enemy Bloodsimple Satyricon Down

Alter Bridge Opeth Within Temptation Secret Machines Billy Talent Henry Rollins DevilDriver SikTh Johnny Truant Khoma

Killing Joke Reuben Mondo Generator Louie This Is Menace 10 Years Flyleaf Manic It Dies Today Living Things Exit Ten Colon Open Bracket Stonegard My Alamo

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly getAmped The Hedrons

Sunday 11 June[13]

Main Stage Snickers Stage Gibson/Myspace Stage Snickers Bowl Stage

Guns N' Roses Funeral for a Friend Bullet for My Valentine Cradle of Filth Lacuna Coil In Flames 36 Crazyfists DragonForce Hatebreed Breed 77

The Prodigy Alexisonfire Eighteen Visions Hundred Reasons Aiden Fightstar From First to Last DevilDriver Zebrahead God Forbid

Sick of it All Lordi Skindred Moneen Darkest Hour Blindside Mendeed Bring Me the Horizon Zico Chain Voodoo Six Lauren Harris Winterville Streetlight Youth I-Def-I

Viking Skull Betty Curse Evergrey

Controversy[edit] During the Sunday headline set of Guns N' Roses, bottles were thrown at the band. This caused problems after the band's lead singer, Axl Rose, slipped on the wet surface and a bottle hit bassist Tommy Stinson. Stinson threw his bass, hitting one of the cameramen, and left the stage. He returned after the song and apologised, but warned the crowd that if this activity continued, he would leave for good. There were some disturbances but they eventually died down, and later in the set Rose commented "I'm actually having quite a good time now! I couldn't have said that an hour ago!"[14] On the final night, fires were started by some festival goers and police were called, arresting twelve people.[15] At around 4 am, the fire brigade arrived to put out a large fire at the gold campsite. A number of people had taken the railings that had been used to separate the campsite area from the path and used them to barricade the road to prevent the fire engines from reaching the main fire. At this point a number of police assembled in riot gear stormed the campsite. The festival director, John Probyn, posted a message on the official website stating that "About 150 people spoiled the end of what had been a great weekend for over 75,000 of us."[16] 2007[edit]

Stone Sour
Stone Sour
playing the main stage at Download Festival
Download Festival
2007

The 2007 Download Festival
Download Festival
took place on 8–10 June 2007.[17] The three bands that headlined the 2007 festival were My Chemical Romance, Linkin Park
Linkin Park
and Iron Maiden. Korn's Jonathan Davis
Jonathan Davis
stated that the reason for the band returning this year was because of his absence due to illness last year. He stated on the official Download Festival website, "I am so looking forward to coming to the Download Festival this year. I was heartbroken to pull out last time. So this time I am very happy to be coming back and we promise to rock the place! I will definitely make-up for missing the last one. You can expect an amazing Korn
Korn
show!"[18] Download 2007 was Dimmu Borgir's first ever festival appearance in England. Hardcore Superstar
Hardcore Superstar
pulled out of their slot on the Tuborg stage on the Sunday because their tour bus broke down in Germany. Download 2007 featured an Indian band Parikrama. They became the first band from India to make it to Donington. Download 2007 also featured the first band to officially perform on the Thursday of the festival. Scumface played on the Tuborg
Tuborg
Stage during the boardie barbecue.[19] Lamb of God's DVD
DVD
Walk With Me in Hell features the band's full performance at the festival.[20]

Friday 8 June[21]

Main Stage Dimebag Darrell
Dimebag Darrell
Stage Tuborg
Tuborg
Stage

My Chemical Romance Velvet Revolver Wolfmother DragonForce Megadeth Hinder Buckcherry Zico Chain

Korn Enter Shikari Paramore Porcupine Tree Saosin From Autumn to Ashes Turbonegro Ill Niño ANJ

Suicidal Tendencies Hayseed Dixie Yourcodenameis:Milo Job for a Cowboy The Hedrons Sanctity I Was a Cub Scout The Scare Neurosonic This Et Al Cynic Fortune Drive Drive-by Argument

Saturday 9 June[21]

Main Stage Dimebag Darrell
Dimebag Darrell
Stage Tuborg
Tuborg
Stage

Linkin Park Marilyn Manson Slayer Machine Head Bowling for Soup Thirty Seconds to Mars Aiden Shadows Fall Hellyeah Turisas

Mötley Crüe Satellite Party Biffy Clyro My Vitriol My Dying Bride Gallows Anathema As I Lay Dying Bring Me the Horizon Bloodsimple Elliot Minor Cat the Dog S.A. Sanctuary

Head Automatica Necro The Answer Silverstein Lez Zeppelin Architects Priestess Panic Cell Beyond All Reason My Alamo Damone Army of Freshmen Malpractice

Sunday 10 June[21]

Main Stage Dimebag Darrell
Dimebag Darrell
Stage Tuborg
Tuborg
Stage

Iron Maiden Evanescence Killswitch Engage Stone Sour Lamb of God Mastodon Papa Roach Chimaira Reuben Parikrama

Billy Talent Dream Theater Dimmu Borgir Within Temptation Napalm Death Paradise Lost Orange Goblin DevilDriver Unearth Cancer Bats After Forever Eyelash

Reel Big Fish Fastway Cult of Luna Lauren Harris Fair to Midland Kids in Glass Houses Between the Trees Flood of Red Lights. Action! Still Remains In This Moment The Ghost of a Thousand LostAlone

2008[edit] The 2008 festival took place on 13–15 June. It had a significantly different layout to previous years: the arena area was situated in land to the west of the race track instead of the traditional race track infield area. Among numerous changes, the second stage became larger and moved from a marquee to open-air, on a tarmac car park.[22] "I am looking forward to humiliating those little boys in little bands who think they count," declared Gene Simmons
Gene Simmons
of Kiss. "We're going to blow their shit to pieces… If U2 or Radiohead
Radiohead
are on the bill at Download, then I accept these are good bands. But they will still run for cover when Kiss take the stage, for they are in the presence of a transcendent rock force."[23] Chris Cornell
Chris Cornell
was scheduled, but cancelled his European tour to focus on a new album. Twin Method, and Finger Eleven
Finger Eleven
were announced but removed from the official website's lineup. On the Friday of the festival, Kid Rock
Kid Rock
was meant to appear between Seether
Seether
and Disturbed on the Main Stage but pulled out at the last minute. At first it was announced that this was due to illness.[24] Rock later claimed he left the festival grounds after becoming dissatisfied with the amenities.[25] But, the following year, Download's booker theorized that it had been due to a broken heart.[26] Rock's no-show allowed two bands following him, Disturbed and Judas Priest, to play longer sets. The 2008 Boardie BBQ took place on the Gibson stage on Thursday 12 June and included a performance by Forever Never.[27]

Friday 13 June

Main Stage Tuborg
Tuborg
Stage Gibson Stage

Kiss Judas Priest Motörhead Disturbed Seether Beat Union Black Tide

Simple Plan Rise Against Rival Schools The Subways The Fall of Troy Comeback Kid The Black Dahlia Murder Stone Gods Zebrahead

The Dillinger Escape Plan Kill Hannah Slaves to Gravity High on Fire In Case of Fire Blackhole Hostile Firewind Caimbo Rolo Tomassi Lovvers

Saturday 14 June

Main Stage Tuborg
Tuborg
Stage Gibson Stage

The Offspring Incubus Bullet for My Valentine Biffy Clyro Alter Bridge Madina Lake 36 Crazyfists Job for a Cowboy Skindred Sign

HIM Ash Pendulum Ace Frehley Amon Amarth Bleeding Through Throwdown A Day to Remember The Devil Wears Prada Alesana Annotations of an Autopsy Malefice

Testament Saxon Johnny Truant Fighting With Wire Brigade Army of Freshmen The Haze Big Linda The Last Supper Trigger the Bloodshed Mexicolas Go:Audio Rise to Remain Verra Cruz

Sunday 15 June

Main Stage Tuborg
Tuborg
Stage Gibson Stage

Lostprophets Jimmy Eat World Coheed and Cambria In Flames Within Temptation Apocalyptica Black Stone Cherry Fightstar From First to Last Glamour of the Kill

Cavalera Conspiracy Children of Bodom The Wildhearts Elliot Minor Kids in Glass Houses Chiodos Airbourne Rose Tattoo Lethal Bizzle Municipal Waste Animal Alpha Cry for Silence

Jonathan Davis
Jonathan Davis
and the SFA Valient Thorr Haunts August Burns Red Voodoo Six Between the Buried and Me Ted Maul Canterbury Exit Ten The Galvatrons Sons of Albion Devil Sold His Soul Invasion

[28] 2009[edit] The 2009 Download Festival
Download Festival
took place on 12–14 June at Donington Park with an estimated attendance of 120,000 over 3 days. The arena had once again changed location, this time to an open field area south of the race track which was more suitable and less of a walk from the camping areas than last year. The headliners were Faith No More
Faith No More
(Friday), Slipknot
Slipknot
(Saturday) and Def Leppard
Def Leppard
(Sunday).[29] A notable feature was that Sunday had a strong classic rock theme on the main stage which attracted many Monsters of Rock festival
Rock festival
goers. Other notable performers included Limp Bizkit, who were playing in the UK with their original line-up for the first time since 2001, Trivium returning for their third appearance and first head lining spot, Anvil, the band featured in the 2008 film Anvil! The Story of Anvil, and Steel Panther, who were making their first appearance in the UK on the Tuborg
Tuborg
Stage. A fourth stage, the " Red Bull
Red Bull
Bedroom Jam Stage", also made an appearance at this year's festival. This stage was also present at other UK festivals, such as T in the Park
T in the Park
in Balado, Scotland, and the Underage Festival in Victoria Park, London. The 2009 Boardie BBQ took place in the Red Bull
Red Bull
Bedroom Jam Stage on Thursday 11 June. This year the band was Attica Rage. The Thursday night of the 2009 festival also saw the Boardie Takeover night. Four bands, three DJ's: Cyst, Dave KC and Gabber Fox, solo singers Hevs and TonsO'Fun, a stand-up and a burlesque dancer – all members of the Download Festival
Download Festival
Forums – performed to a full house in the End Tent. These bands were Scumface (returning after a successful appearance at the Boardie BBQ in 2007), Orestea, Echovirus and headliners, Silent Descent.[30] On Monday 18 May the festival confirmed on its official website that Camping tickets had completely sold out.[31] On 19 May, it was revealed in an interview with Andy Copping on Music Channel Scuzz
Scuzz
that there would be secret sets. It was later revealed the bands would be Enter Shikari
Enter Shikari
and Thunder.[32] On Wednesday 3 June, one week before the campsite opened, Download released a further 2,500 camping tickets. These limited tickets sold out within 24 hours of being released. The winners of the " Red Bull
Red Bull
Bedroom Jam Competition" was Gravesend-based band After the Ordeal. This set was a 'virtual gig', with the band playing live from their bedroom and this footage being streamed live onto the Main Stage at Download Festival, between Pendulum and Marilyn Manson. The winners of the " Tuborg
Tuborg
Battle of the bands" was Leeds
Leeds
punk band Acid Drop and they opened the Tuborg
Tuborg
stage on Saturday 13 June. The Ghost of a Thousand
The Ghost of a Thousand
were scheduled to headline the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Stage on Saturday but the band cancelled. The Blackout stepped in to play their slot, thus giving them two slots on the festival's bill. Slipknot's performance is available in their new DVD
DVD
(sic)nesses. It was released on 28 September 2010 and served as a tribute to their late bassist Paul Gray. It was also Slipknot's last performance in the UK before his death.

Friday 14 June

Main Stage Second Stage Tuborg
Tuborg
Stage Red Bull
Red Bull
Bedroom Jam Stage

Faith No More Korn Limp Bizkit Killswitch Engage Billy Talent Staind The Blackout Hollywood Undead

Mötley Crüe Opeth Lacuna Coil Bring Me the Horizon Dir En Grey Parkway Drive A Day to Remember In This Moment Steadlür

Meshuggah Duff McKagan's Loaded Backyard Babies Voivod Enter Shikari Middle Class Rut Lauren Harris Sylosis Bleed from Within Hunting the Minotaur Sleepercurve

Blackhole New Device DissolvedIn Linchpin Don Broco The Outcry Collective White Man Kamikaze Young Guns Tripswitch The Instigators

Saturday 15 June

Main Stage Second Stage Tuborg
Tuborg
Stage Red Bull
Red Bull
Bedroom Jam Stage

Slipknot Marilyn Manson Pendulum DragonForce Down Hatebreed DevilDriver Five Finger Death Punch Ripper Owens

The Prodigy Chris Cornell You Me at Six The Answer Static-X Fightstar In Case of Fire Hardcore Superstar Symphony Cult The Crave

Anvil Architects Thunder Lawnmower Deth Man Raze General Fiasco Billy Boy on Poison Loverman S.A. Sanctuary Facecage Black Spiders No Americana Acid Drop

The Blackout This City People in Planes My Passion The Auteur None the Less 13 Riots Forever Never Serpico The Computers Japanese Voyeurs Auger Bane

Sunday 16 June

Main Stage Second Stage Tuborg
Tuborg
Stage Red Bull
Red Bull
Bedroom Jam Stage

Def Leppard Whitesnake ZZ Top Dream Theater Journey Black Stone Cherry Skin Tesla Stone Gods

Trivium Papa Roach Buckcherry Clutch Shinedown Volbeat Karma to Burn Sevendust God Forbid Suicide Silence Trigger the Bloodshed Sacred Mother Tongue

Go:Audio Therapy? The 69 Eyes Sabbat Steel Panther Dear Superstar Hexes Hostile esOterica Pulled Apart by Horses Turbowolf Violent Soho Brides

We Are the Ocean Flood of Red Exit Avenue First Strike Twin Atlantic Attack! Attack! Logan Fei Comodo Jettblack Million $ Reload Raucous Jays Fall from Grace

2010[edit] The Download Festival
Download Festival
was confirmed to return to Donington on the weekend 11–13 June 2010, the campsites opening on 9 June. On 25 January, nine bands were announced at the official Download website, including AC/DC
AC/DC
as one of the main stage headliners.[33] On 15 February Rage Against the Machine
Rage Against the Machine
and Aerosmith
Aerosmith
were confirmed as the other two main stage headliners, as well as 5 more bands confirmed a few hours later.[34] Saxon performed their 'Wheels of Steel' album in its entirety to commemorate its 30th anniversary. Download 2010 was also the 30th anniversary of rock festivals at Donington Park, since the first one – which Saxon performed at – in 1980. It was announced on 16 May that the second stage would be renamed "The Ronnie James Dio
Ronnie James Dio
Stage" in tribute to the singer who died of stomach cancer on the same day.[35] It was also announced that the main stage would be called The Maurice Jones Stage after the co-founder of Monsters of Rock
Monsters of Rock
who also died the previous year. 28 May saw 15 more bands added, and an official announcement of the Jägermeister-sponsored fifth stage, which would host acoustic acts, including bands also performing regular sets at the festival.[36] The initially announced Sum 41
Sum 41
cancelled, owing to drummer Steve Jocz being involved in an accident.[37] On 30 May 2010 it was announced that Wolfmother
Wolfmother
had to cancel due to illness. They were replaced by Killswitch Engage.[38] Aside from Dio, the year was sadly memorable for other deaths. Y&T performed the Pepsi Max Stage to a jam-packed audience, marking the band's long-anticipated return to Donington after performing at Monsters of Rock
Monsters of Rock
in 1984. Download would be bassist Phil Kennemore's last UK show in the UK: he died from lung cancer six months later. Killing For Company drummer Stuart Cable, previously of Stereophonics, died the week of the festival, at which the band were to play. Ratt
Ratt
were scheduled to play on Sunday, but cancelled due to illness of vocalist Stephen Pearcy. On 9 June, FM were announced as Ratt's replacement. The Boardie Takeover ran for the second year in a row on Thursday 10 June.[39] It featured the bands Silent Descent, Fallen Fate, Jacknife Holiday and Cyster Scalpel, as well as singers, DJs and a burlesque dancer. AC/DC
AC/DC
played on an exclusive stage next to the Maurice Jones stage, allowing the band to utilise their full stadium show, as announced on 28 May. This marked the first time a headlining band brought their own stage to Donington. All headlining bands on the other stages had finished before AC/DC
AC/DC
began. The stage was used only by AC/DC; the next day, the runway at the front was dismantled and the stage remained empty. "I took my son to see AC/DC…" recalled Saxon's Biff Byford. "Watching Angus from out in the crowd was great, and it was a rite of passage for my son."[40] The final day saw torrential rain. "By the time Aerosmith
Aerosmith
take the stage," noted Classic Rock, "we're essentially one amorphous mud blob of an organism blinking through the mire towards the bright lights. They, on the other hand, have Steven Tyler, a man whose dress sense… makes Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga
look like a vicar's wife."[41]

Friday 11 June

AC/DC
AC/DC
Stage Maurice Jones Main Stage Ronnie James Dio
Ronnie James Dio
Stage Pepsi Max Stage Red Bull
Red Bull
Bedroom Jam Stage Jägermeister
Jägermeister
Acoustic Stage

AC/DC

Them Crooked Vultures Killswitch Engage 36 Crazyfists Unearth

Bullet for My Valentine Coheed and Cambria A Day to Remember Anathema Trigger the Bloodshed

Job for a Cowboy As I Lay Dying Tyketto Lawnmower Deth Sweethead Year Long Disaster

Devil Sold His Soul Funeral Party Heights Never Means Maybe Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders Imicus The Humour

Skin Jettblack Sondura Starseed Danny Vaughn

Saturday 12 June

Maurice Jones Main Stage Ronnie James Dio
Ronnie James Dio
Stage Pepsi Max Stage Red Bull
Red Bull
Bedroom Jam Stage Jägermeister
Jägermeister
Acoustic Stage

Rage Against the Machine Deftones Megadeth Lamb of God Five Finger Death Punch Flyleaf Atreyu Hellyeah Taking Dawn

Thirty Seconds to Mars HIM The Blackout Volbeat We Are the Fallen Cancer Bats My Passion Rolo Tomassi Sonic Syndicate Rise to Remain

Michael Monroe Skin Y&T Senser Enuff Z'nuff Halestorm Rock Sugar Genitorturers Reckless Love Sybreed Holy Grail Killing for Company Godsized

Breed 77 Glamour of the Kill Kadawatha This Is Divine Stand Up Guy No Mean City The Dead Lay Waiting The Plight Urban Voodoo Machine Revoker

Reckless Love Panic Cell The Humour The More I See Dommin Everything Burns The Blackout

Sunday 13 June

Maurice Jones Main Stage Ronnie James Dio
Ronnie James Dio
Stage Pepsi Max Stage Red Bull
Red Bull
Bedroom Jam Stage Jägermeister
Jägermeister
Acoustic Stage

Aerosmith Stone Temple Pilots Motörhead Billy Idol Slash Cinderella Saxon FM Dommin

Stone Sour Airbourne Steel Panther Porcupine Tree The Dillinger Escape Plan The Damned Things Napalm Death Switchfoot August Burns Red Nonpoint 3 Inches of Blood White Wizzard

Suicidal Tendencies Zebrahead Young Guns Die Apokalyptischen Reiter Whitechapel The Jim Jones Revue esOterica Your Demise Crime in Stereo TAB the Band The Morning After S.A. Sanctuary No Americana Ben Poole

Panic Cell Max Raptor T-34 Starseed Hearts Under Fire You And What Army Sacred Betrayal Enemo-J The Virginmarys Straight Lines Tiger Please

Ginger Wildheart Nonpoint Enuff Z'nuff DJ Clash (Scott Rowley and Alexander Milas) The Dirty Feel Ricky Warwick Taking Dawn

2011[edit]

Just before Escape the Fate's set on the main stage at Download Festival 2011

The Download Festival
Download Festival
was confirmed to return to Donington on the 10, 11, and 12 June 2011. Linkin Park
Linkin Park
and System of a Down
System of a Down
were the two main stage headliners officially announced, with Saturday subheadliners Avenged Sevenfold
Avenged Sevenfold
and Sunday second stage headliner Rob Zombie announced a short while later. On 22 February, Def Leppard
Def Leppard
were announced as Friday's main stage headliner,[42] with Twisted Sister, Down, Duff McKagan's Loaded and Trash Talk
Talk
also added to the line-up. 15 March saw The Darkness unveiled as the widely speculated Friday subheadliner, with Funeral for a Friend, Plain White T's, Framing Hanley and Hyro Da Hero also added. In April, the Red Bull
Red Bull
Bedroom Jam stage and Jägermeister
Jägermeister
Acoustic stage's acts were revealed. Wayne Static
Wayne Static
was scheduled to open up the main stage on the Sunday, but he pulled out a month prior. Masters of Reality
Masters of Reality
were scheduled to perform but pulled out on 30 March and Karma to Burn
Karma to Burn
were to play the second stage on Sunday but were replaced by Hyro Da Hero, thus giving him three sets over the course of the festival; the most in Download history. Steward 0836 was manning the main stage at the festival, when he caught the attention of fans waiting for Sunday's bands to appear. Some friendly interaction led to cheers from the audience, then one of the giant stage-screens showed him making the "devil horns" gesture, which was applauded by tens of thousands of rock fans. The official Download Festival
Download Festival
website even featured him as an artist on their site.[43][44][45]

Friday 10 June

Main Stage Second Stage Pepsi Max Stage Red Bull
Red Bull
Bedroom Jam Stage Jägermeister
Jägermeister
Acoustic Stage

Def Leppard The Darkness Alter Bridge Thin Lizzy Black Stone Cherry Duff McKagan's Loaded Puddle of Mudd CKY

Pendulum Korn Bring Me the Horizon Children of Bodom The Damned Things Anti-Flag Young Guns Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows Evaline

Danzig Times of Grace FM Hyro Da Hero Asking Alexandria Lower Than Atlantis Japanese Voyeurs Royal Republic Betraeus Sweet Savage

Modestep Envy of the State OAF The Hype Theory Don Broco Page 44 Hill Valley High Makethisrelate Kellermensch

Skindred The Last Republic The Dirty Youth Million $ Reload Obsessive Compulsive The Verses

Saturday 11 June

Main Stage Second Stage Pepsi Max Stage Red Bull
Red Bull
Bedroom Jam Stage Jägermeister
Jägermeister
Acoustic Stage

System of a Down Avenged Sevenfold Skunk Anansie Down Hollywood Undead Skindred Escape the Fate All That Remains The Devil Wears Prada

Alice Cooper Twisted Sister Cheap Trick Mr. Big Dio Disciples Clutch Dan Reed Rock Sugar The BossHoss Rise to Remain Chthonic Sacred Mother Tongue

Funeral for a Friend The King Blues Sevendust Evile Trash Talk Your Demise letlive. VersaEmerge Ghost Straight Line Stitch TRC Houston The Rods

Dangerous! Kill 21 The Dangerous Summer Dear Superstar Heights Blitz Kids Welcome Wednesday The Ocean Between Us The Morning After Dripback Fighting Wolves

Bowling for Soup Dan Reed Sons of Icarus Royal Republic Maiden uniteD Never Means Maybe Skin Intraverse

Sunday 12 June

Main Stage Second Stage Pepsi Max Stage Red Bull
Red Bull
Bedroom Jam Stage Jägermeister
Jägermeister
Acoustic Stage

Linkin Park Bullet for My Valentine Disturbed The Gaslight Anthem The Pretty Reckless Bowling for Soup Madina Lake Biohazard Suicide Silence

Rob Zombie The Cult Black Veil Brides Buckcherry Turisas Gwar Kvelertak Hyro Da Hero Malefice Yashin Collapse

Frank Turner Plain White T's Silverstein Framing Hanley Deaf Havana T-34 Starseed My Darkest Days Sworn Amongst Hell Trucker Diablo Knock Out Kaine Jameson Raid

H.E.A.T. Baptized in Blood The Dead Lay Waiting Illuminatus ACODA You and What Army Floods Autumn In Disguise October File Belligerence Skeletal Damage

Dave McPherson Red, White and Blues Hyro Da Hero The Morning After Slaves to Gravity Heaven's Basement Voodoo Johnson Raven Vandelle

2012[edit] On 12 July 2011 it was confirmed via Twitter, and the Download official website that the festival would be staged in 2012 between 8–10 June. Limited early-bird tickets were put on sale on 15 July. It was announced on 10 November via BBC Radio 1
BBC Radio 1
that Metallica
Metallica
would headline the main stage on the Saturday and also that they would be playing their self titled album in its entirety.[46] The next day Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath
were announced to headline the main stage on Sunday 10 June, closing the festival.[47] On 18 November, The Prodigy
The Prodigy
was announced as the headliner for Friday 8 June.[48] On 12 April 2012, Download Festival
Download Festival
announced on their website, official Facebook page and official Twitter page that the main stage will be named after Jim Marshall who died a week earlier. Due to the wet and windy conditions on the site, there was a delay in opening the arena on the Friday, resulting in the cancellation/postponement of certain performers. American heavy metal band Machine Head reportedly broke the festival record for the most circle pits happening during one song, with a reported 29 pits happening at once.[49] Comedian Bob Slayer, who is a regular on the comedy stage at Download, broke his neck doing a wheelie bin crowd surf stunt whilst entertaining at the festival.[50] The line-up won an award in the 2012 UK Festival Awards, and festival director John Probyn won a "Lifetime achievement award".[51]

Friday 8 June

The Jim Marshall Main Stage Zippo Encore Stage Pepsi Max Stage Redbull Bedroom Jam Stage Jägermeister
Jägermeister
Acoustic Stage

The Prodigy Chase & Status Machine Head Billy Talent NOFX Fear Factory

Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators Nightwish Opeth Little Angels Terrorvision The Quireboys Red, White and Blues

The Devin Townsend
Devin Townsend
Project AxeWound SOiL While She Sleeps The Defiled Lawnmower Deth Hounds Absolute Power Silent Descent Impaled Existence

Cancer Bats Gallows The Safety Fire Voodoo Six Marmozets Upon a Burning Body Dive Bella Dive Reachback Dead Harts The Jellycats Broken

Yashin Skindred Breed 77 Million Dollar Reload Neonfly With One Last Breath

Saturday 9 June

The Jim Marshall Main Stage Zippo Encore Stage Pepsi Max Stage Redbull Bedroom Jam Stage Jägermeister
Jägermeister
Acoustic Stage

Metallica Biffy Clyro Tenacious D Steel Panther Trivium Black Veil Brides Saxon As I Lay Dying

You Me at Six Killswitch Engage Skindred Kids in Glass Houses Theory of a Deadman Four Year Strong Lower Than Atlantis Turbonegro Ginger Wildheart Halestorm Fozzy Page 44

The Mission The Union Corey Taylor Sylosis My Passion The Treatment Anti-Nowhere League Gun The Yo-Yos Turbowolf Don Broco Avosetta No Americana

Cockney Rejects Fearless Vampire Killers LostAlone Mallory Knox Butcher Babies ACODA Never Means Maybe I Divide Golden Tanks 4Arm Freebase Royal Cartel

Tyla The Quireboys Toby Jepson Heaven's Basement Red, White & Blues SOiL Gun Six Hour Sundown

Sunday 10 June

The Jim Marshall Main Stage Zippo Encore Stage Pepsi Max Stage Redbull Bedroom Jam Stage Jägermeister
Jägermeister
Acoustic Stage

Black Sabbath Soundgarden Megadeth Lamb of God Black Label Society Anthrax Kyuss
Kyuss
Lives! DevilDriver Stellar Revival

Rise Against Dropkick Murphys Refused Shinedown Ugly Kid Joe Sebastian Bach Rival Sons August Burns Red We Are the Ocean Black Spiders Kobra and the Lotus

Periphery Ghost Firewind Emmure La Dispute The JCQ Shadows Fall Edguy Reckless Love Heaven's Basement Feed the Rhino Skarlett Riot

William Control Hawk Eyes The Dirty Youth The Minutes With One Last Breath Kopek You and What Army Strangle Kojak Adelaide Mechanical Smile PitchBlack Kamchatka

Saint Jude Fearless Vampire Killers Furyon Mordecai Daken Voodoo Johnson Sanguine White Powder Gold

Cancellations[edit] Five Finger Death Punch
Five Finger Death Punch
were scheduled to perform on Sunday on the Main Stage between DevilDriver
DevilDriver
and Kyuss Lives!
Kyuss Lives!
but on 5 April they pulled out due to "logistic difficulties". Anthrax, who were initially set to play on the Zippo Encore Stage, were brought up to the main stage (later dubbed the Jim Marshall stage) due to Five Finger Death Punch's cancellation. T. Mills was scheduled to perform on Saturday on the Red Bull
Red Bull
stage but pulled out in May and also Porter Robinson, who was also set to play on the same stage on the Friday pulled out due to the recording of a new album. He was replaced by Voodoo Six. Problems[edit] Due to the wet and windy weather, Download did not open its Arena gates on Friday 8 June until 14:00 whilst laying down straw in the Arena and removing potentially dangerous signs and banners which could prove hazardous in high winds, meaning some of the bands were shifted around. Cancer Bats
Cancer Bats
were moved from second opening band on the Jim Marshall Stage to a headline slot on The Red Bull
Red Bull
Bedroom Jam Stage, with Rise to Remain
Rise to Remain
and Six Hour Sundown missing out on a slot entirely. Fear Factory
Fear Factory
were also given an additional 10 minutes of performance time due Cancer Bats
Cancer Bats
being relocated to a different stage and Rise to Remain
Rise to Remain
being cancelled. Europe were scheduled to play the Zippo Encore stage on Friday before Little Angels, but it was announced at the last minute that they will not be able to perform due to traffic and transportation issues. Much criticism was aimed at the organisers for not preparing better as the poor weather occurred before the festival goers arrived. Also the conditions in the camping and arena meant that many fans who required disabled access were left stuck in the mud requiring help from their fellow fans to reach their destination, or even the toilets, often with little to no help from organisers.[52] 2013[edit] The tenth annual Download festival was confirmed for 14–16 June 2013. Early bird tickets went on sale 15 June 2012, where a newly implemented deposit scheme was introduced; which allowed customers to pay for their ticket(s) over three payments rather than one. Iron Maiden were announced as the Saturday headliner on 20 September 2012 to commemorate 25 Years since first appearing and headlining Monsters of Rock in 1988 on Seventh Tour of a Seventh Tour .[53] Rammstein
Rammstein
let slip on the same day that they will be headlining Download on the Sunday,[54] which was confirmed by the festival organisers the following morning. Seven days later it was confirmed via Andy Copping (festival promoter) that Slipknot
Slipknot
would be the Friday headliner.[55] From 5 November, bands started to be announced sporadically via Facebook, Scuzz
Scuzz
TV, BBC Radio 1, Kerrang! Magazine and the personal Twitter account of Andy Copping. Goldsboro were due to be playing at the festival, but on 19 February they confirmed they would not be able to perform. After the Burial were scheduled to perform on the Red Bull
Red Bull
Studios stage, but pulled out on 17 May in order to focus on their new album. On 28 May, Skin and Red, White & Blues cancelled their appearances at the festival. Both acts were to perform twice over the weekend, on the Zippo Encore and Jägermeister
Jägermeister
Acoustic stages. On 3 June, Andy Copping confirmed that Buckcherry
Buckcherry
would be pulling out of the festival and that they would be replaced by Black Star Riders.

Friday 14 June

Main Stage Zippo Encore Stage Pepsi Max Stage Red Bull
Red Bull
Studios Stage Jägermeister
Jägermeister
Acoustic Stage

Slipknot Bullet for My Valentine Korn Down Papa Roach Asking Alexandria Architects Rise to Remain

Black Stone Cherry Gogol Bordello 3 Doors Down Volbeat Europe DragonForce Uriah Heep Dir En Grey Monster Truck

HIM Converge Motionless in White Turisas In This Moment The Sword Hang the Bastard Patent Pending Palm Reader Emperor Chung

Fearless Vampire Killers FIDLAR The Algorithm Zico Chain Blood Command Verses Page 44 Zoax Semperfi Akord Free Fall Hammer of the Gods

We Are the Ocean Walking Papers Hear Kitty Kitty Toseland Rob Lynch Avosetta

Saturday 15 June

Main Stage Zippo Encore Stage Pepsi Max Stage Red Bull
Red Bull
Studios Stage Jägermeister
Jägermeister
Acoustic Stage

Iron Maiden Queens of the Stone Age Motörhead Alice in Chains Mastodon Black Star Riders Young Guns UFO

Enter Shikari Jimmy Eat World Thunder Lit Karnivool Katatonia Escape the Fate Hardcore Superstar Heaven's Basement I Divide

The Hives Kvelertak Chthonic Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats Bury Tomorrow Heart of a Coward Empress AD Walking Papers Nekrogoblikon earthtone9 Crowns Hill Valley High Broken

Last Witness Rat Attack Lonely the Brave Voodoo Six Press to Meco Searching Alaska Wounds Sky Valley Mistress Silent Screams Black Moth Astroid Boys Idiom Wild Lies Cytota

Devin Townsend Acoustic TV Buffalo Summer Crowns Straight Lines Fahran The Killing Floor The Afterparty

Sunday 16 June

Main Stage Zippo Encore Stage Pepsi Max Stage Red Bull
Red Bull
Studios Stage Jägermeister
Jägermeister
Acoustic Stage

Rammstein Thirty Seconds to Mars The Gaslight Anthem Stone Sour Parkway Drive Five Finger Death Punch Coal Chamber Cancer Bats Sacred Mother Tongue

Limp Bizkit A Day to Remember Airbourne Ghost Rival Sons Amon Amarth Masters of Reality Graveyard The Ghost Inside Hellyeah Blitz Kids

Satyricon Modestep P.O.D Newsted Red Fang Vision of Disorder Bleed from Within Hacktivist Brutality Will Prevail Little Caesar Krokodil States of Panic Bovine

Sonic Boom Six Glamour of the Kill I Am I Falling with Style Surrender the Coast The Howling Forever Can Wait Radkey Buffalo Summer Huntress Black Dogs Mordecai The First Naked Flame

Heaven's Basement Pig Iron Crash Mansion New Killer Shoes I Am I Night By Night The Graveltones Arthemis

2014[edit]

Fall Out Boy's set on the Stephen Sutton
Stephen Sutton
Main Stage on Saturday at Download Festival
Download Festival
2014

The twelfth annual festival was held 13–15 June 2014. Earlybird tickets went on sale 21 June 2013. Between 4–6 November, all three main stage headliners were confirmed, along with all the sub-headliners. Linkin Park
Linkin Park
performed their debut album, Hybrid Theory album in its entirety. Reactions to Avenged Sevenfold
Avenged Sevenfold
being announced as headliners were very mixed. After a Facebook user suggested that Dying Fetus
Dying Fetus
headline the festival instead, a social media trend titled #WhyNotDyingFetus was started as a joke. However, this actually led to the band being booked to play, although not in a headline slot, and they were officially confirmed on 6 November. To commemorate its twenty year anniversary, The Offspring
The Offspring
performed their third studio album, Smash, in its entirety. Also, their appearance marked the first time in Download history that a previous main stage headliner returned to play a lower slot. Andy Copping confirmed via Twitter that there would be a Secret Set on the Pepsi Max Stage on the Sunday, performing in the time slot in between Crazy Town
Crazy Town
and Memphis May Fire. This transpired to be Black Stone Cherry. On 23 May, the Main stage was renamed the Stephen Sutton
Stephen Sutton
stage after Stephen Sutton
Stephen Sutton
who died on 14 May. The Boardie Takeover returned on Thursday 12 June and featured four bands and 2 DJs. The bands playing the Takeover are: Last Edition, Scumface, Dumbjaw & Incinery. Joe Bonamassa
Joe Bonamassa
was originally booked to play on the Zippo Encore Stage Saturday before Status Quo but he was moved to the Sunday Main Stage due to a double booking. Trivium were initially confirmed to be headlining the Red Bull
Red Bull
Studios Live stage on the Sunday, but following a generally negative response from fans due to the size and limited capacity of the tent, the band was moved to Zippo Encore Stage headliner. In Flames
In Flames
were scheduled to sub-headline the Zippo Encore stage on Sunday, but they were quietly removed from the line-up poster on 26 February. It was later revealed that they had cancelled all of their Summer shows to finish recording their new album. On 22 March the latest announcement was leaked by Classic Rock Magazine. Shortly after the leak, Defeater, who were scheduled to play on the Pepsi Max Stage Sunday, were confirmed to have pulled out due to their lead singer, Derek Archambault, suffering an injury and having to undergo hip replacement surgery. Danger Danger
Danger Danger
were originally confirmed, but pulled out on 7 April, claiming that bookings had been erroneously made for various dates. September Mourning
September Mourning
were confirmed for the Pepsi Max Stage on the Friday but were removed from the lineup on 2 May (as they wished to focus on getting their sophomore album completed), they were replaced by I Am Fire. Cage the Gods also pulled out on 2 May. King 810
King 810
pulled out the day before they were due to play because their lead vocalist and bassist were arrested. Upon a Burning Body were scheduled to appear on the Pepsi Max stage on Saturday, but were forced to pull out because singer Danny Leal was taken seriously ill with an inner ear infection that meant doctors would not clear him to fly to the UK. The unknown band 'Iceman Thesis' were subtly added to the lineup poster in the buildup to the event. They were scheduled to perform for five minutes on both the Pepsi Max and Red Bull
Red Bull
Studios Live Stage on the Saturday at the same time. The band performed both sets as scheduled with all ten (two bands of five) member's identities hidden using balaclavas. They performed one song known as 'Return to Harmony' before leaving the stages.

Friday 13 June

The Stephen Sutton
Stephen Sutton
Main Stage Zippo Encore Stage Pepsi Max Stage Red Bull
Red Bull
Studios Live Stage Jägermeister
Jägermeister
Acoustic Stage

Avenged Sevenfold Rob Zombie Within Temptation Black Label Society Skindred Powerman 5000 Crossfaith Miss May I

The Offspring Bad Religion Flogging Molly Rival Sons The Temperance Movement The Answer Drenge Tesla Tax the Heat

Opeth Anathema Letlive. Royal Blood Quicksand The Amity Affliction Radkey Turbowolf I Am Fire No Hot Ashes

Dan Reed Network Tyketto Battlecross Baby Godzilla Huntress Lyger Drones Page 44 They Say Fall Bloody Hammers Bad Touch Goldray

Jamie Lenman The Answer Danny Vaughn New City Kings The Mercy House Mia Klose Brother & Bones

Saturday 14 June

The Stephen Sutton
Stephen Sutton
Main Stage Zippo Encore Stage Pepsi Max Stage Red Bull
Red Bull
Studios Live Stage Jägermeister
Jägermeister
Acoustic Stage

Linkin Park Fall Out Boy Bring Me the Horizon Killswitch Engage Bowling for Soup While She Sleeps Bury Tomorrow Fozzy Dying Fetus

Status Quo Twisted Sister The Wildhearts Monster Magnet Orange Goblin Skid Row Twenty One Pilots The BossHoss Chevelle The Dirty Youth Press to Meco

Behemoth American Head Charge The Black Dahlia Murder Vamps Blessthefall Arcane Roots Lonely the Brave Marmozets Lawnmower Deth Zoax Collibus Iceman Thesis

SikTh The Howling Malevolence Martyr Defiled New Politics Nothing More Skyharbor coldrain Chasing Cadence Sinners Highway Colt 45 Breathe in the Silence Cytota Iceman Thesis

Ginger Wildheart Bowling for Soup Anathema Toby Jepson Dave McPherson Richards/Crane Ducking Punches Enemo-J

Sunday 15 June

The Stephen Sutton
Stephen Sutton
Main Stage Zippo Encore Stage Pepsi Max Stage Red Bull
Red Bull
Studios Live Stage Jägermeister
Jägermeister
Acoustic Stage

Aerosmith Alter Bridge Steel Panther Volbeat Joe Bonamassa Richie Sambora Buckcherry Winger Red Dragon Cartel

Trivium The Pretty Reckless Seether Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals Sabaton Sepultura Emmure We Came as Romans Skillet Kill Devil Hill Avatar

The Dillinger Escape Plan The Used Suicide Silence Against Me! Memphis May Fire Black Stone Cherry Crazy Town The Treatment Feed the Rhino Thy Art Is Murder The Graveltones The Charm, The Fury Viza

Zebrahead Monuments Polar Heart in Hand Reignwolf Adelphia The Magnus Puto Create to Inspire Kid Karate Chinese Missy Life on Standby Arthemis Dead City Streets

Nick Oliveri Jon Gomm Oxygen Thief Milk Teeth VerseChorusVerse Fizzy Blood Stormbringer

2015[edit] The 2015 edition of the festival took place on 12–14 June. The top three acts on the main stage and the second stage headliner for each day were announced over 18, 19 and 20 November. Bad weather on Friday night and Saturday left the Arena, Village and campsites extremely muddy. Many tents were abandoned over night due to flooding and leaks. On 22 March 2015, the Download Dog made an appearance at a Progress Wrestling show in London. The Dog invited the entire roster to do a show at Download 2015 but excluded the current Progress Champion Jimmy Havoc. Havoc attacked the Dog at the show. It was confirmed that Progress would do a show at Download after previously in 2014 doing three shows at the Sonisphere Festival.[56] Following on from The Offspring's second stage appearance in 2014, Faith No More's subheadlining position marks the second time a previous main stage headliner have returned to play in a lower slot. Mötley Crüe's performance was their last ever UK festival appearance. Several bands who pulled out of the 2014's festival returned to play in 2015, these bands include In Flames, Defeater, Upon a Burning Body & September Mourning. The Sword
The Sword
were due to play on the Maverick Stage on Friday, but were removed from the line-up poster in March, later being confirmed to have pulled out. King 810
King 810
were due to play the Maverick Stage on Sunday, but pulled out on 15 May due to undisclosed reasons, just as they had done before in 2014. On 22 May, Ghost Town, who were confirmed to play on Jake's stage on Saturday, pulled out due to undisclosed reasons; they were replaced by Dub War. Antemasque were due to play on the Zippo Encore Stage on Friday, but pulled out in May, The Cadillac Three were moved up from Jake's Stage to replace them. After many weeks of discussion surrounding the identities of two secret bands playing over the weekend, Young Guns and The Darkness were confirmed on 8 June. Babymetal
Babymetal
also joined DragonForce
DragonForce
on stage to perform their song "Gimme Chocolate!!".[57] The Jägermeister
Jägermeister
Acoustic Stage will no longer be present at the festival, due to Jägermeister
Jägermeister
pulling out as a sponsor, however, bands will still perform acoustic sets, on the brand new Dog's Bed Stage. Hands Like Houses
Hands Like Houses
were scheduled to perform there on Friday, but the show was cancelled. Returning for its 7th year, the Boardie Takeover took place on the Thursday night in the Doghouse Tent located within the festivals Village area. This year's bands were selected by the Takeover team, Hevs and Phil

Friday 12 June

Main Stage Zippo Encore Stage The Maverick Stage Jake's Stage Dog's Bed Stage

Slipknot Judas Priest Five Finger Death Punch Clutch Lacuna Coil At the Gates Hellyeah All That Remains

Black Stone Cherry Thunder Corrosion of Conformity Modestep The Cadillac Three Blues Pills Fearless Vampire Killers Rival State

Fightstar DragonForce Sylosis Beartooth Defeater Gnarwolves Krokodil Counterparts

A Young Guns Bombus The One Hundred Decade American Fangs Allusondrugs Blood Youth The Raven Age Wild Lies God Damn E of E

Hands Like Houses Beasts Rival State

Saturday 13 June

Main Stage Zippo Encore Stage The Maverick Stage Jake's Stage Dog's Bed Stage

Muse Faith No More A Day to Remember Rise Against Parkway Drive Hollywood Undead Mallory Knox Funeral for a Friend Heart of a Coward

Marilyn Manson Black Veil Brides Black Star Riders Motionless in White Carcass Testament Ace Frehley Apocalyptica Malefice Geyser The Lounge Kittens

Andrew W.K. Body Count Every Time I Die Crown the Empire Northlane Upon a Burning Body Stray from the Path Hands Like Houses Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! In Hearts Wake

Hey! Hello! The Pink Slips Dolomite Minor Insomnium Purson Dub War The Struts Roam Creeper Crobot Emp!re New Years Day Love Zombies Iconic Eye

Tim Vantol Von Hertzen Brothers Crobot

Sunday 14 June

Main Stage Zippo Encore Stage The Maverick Stage Jake's Stage Dog's Bed Stage

KISS Mötley Crüe Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators Billy Idol Blackberry Smoke Tremonti Cavalera Conspiracy 36 Crazyfists Pop Evil

Enter Shikari Lamb of God In Flames L7 Eagles of Death Metal Godsmack We Are Harlot Backyard Babies Von Hertzen Brothers H.E.A.T The Dead Daisies

Yellowcard The Ghost Inside Madball Three Days Grace The Darkness Code Orange Evil Scarecrow September Mourning Like a Storm

Suicidal Tendencies FIDLAR Chelsea Grin Butcher Babies Aaron Keylock Man with a Mission The Qemists René LaVice Trash Boat LTNT Hyena Colour of Noise Beasts Sirens in the Delta

Like a Storm Broken Chords Fearless Vampire Killers

Police surveillance and marketing profile collection[edit] At the 2015 festival, the police and the festival organizers engaged in massive technological surveillance of those who attended the festival.[58] RFID
RFID
wristband and facial recognition technology were used, installed by the Leicestershire
Leicestershire
Police without notifying the public prior to the event, and compared visual scans of the festival attendees against a European criminal database. RFID
RFID
wristbands were the only way to make purchases or travel across the festival grounds' zones.[59] Information about purchases were stored and sold to other marketers. Muse frontman Matt Bellamy
Matt Bellamy
commented on the surveillance during the band's performance of "Uprising", in which he said "Fuck Leicestershire
Leicestershire
police for scanning your faces!"[1] 2016[edit] The 14th annual Download Festival
Download Festival
was held on 10–12 June 2016. All three headliners were confirmed between 19–21 October 2015 and it was confirmed that Bruce Dickinson was due to fly his Ed Force One 747-400 Jumbo Jet across Download to get to the festival. However, this didn't happen, and in fact Ed Force One flew into East Midlands airport from the opposite direction. Motörhead
Motörhead
were due to play the Main Stage on the Friday of the festival; however, due to the death of lead singer Lemmy
Lemmy
Kilmister on 28 December 2015, the band would no longer be playing, as confirmed by drummer Mikkey Dee.[60] On 7 February 2016, 36 more bands were added to the bill, as well as the announcement that the Main Stage would be renamed "The Lemmy
Lemmy
Stage" in memory of Kilmister, instead of having a band replace Motörhead, it was confirmed that there would be a tribute to Lemmy, which was confirmed at the fan forum to be a 20-minute video. Heavy rain caused the venue to flood, with some campsites suffering worse than others. The Met Office later confirmed that it could have been the wettest in the festival's history.[61] By Saturday, The Village area was mainly mud with a bit of straw laid down near the entrance to the Blue Campsite. This led to great difficulty trying to get to the main arena, as one had to walk through thick mud most of the way.[62] Architects was scheduled to play on the Encore stage on 11 June but had dropped all of their European festival tours due to a family emergency and were replaced by Against the Current.[63] Both Moses and Ghost were also forced to pull out of their scheduled sets on Friday and Sunday respectively due to illness on both counts.

Friday 10 June

The Lemmy
Lemmy
Stage Zippo Encore Stage The Maverick Stage The Dogtooth Stage

Rammstein Korn Killswitch Engage Babymetal Alien Ant Farm Royal Republic

All Time Low Twin Atlantic Glassjaw The Amity Affliction Skillet Graveyard As Lions RavenEye

Gutterdämmerung The Wildhearts Kadavar Fort Hope (band) Heck Zoax Puppy Hill Valley High

Raging Speedhorn InMe Savage Messiah Skinny Lister From Ashes to New Counting Days Havok Strange Bones The Amorettes Weirds In Search of Sun

Saturday 11 June

The Lemmy
Lemmy
Stage Zippo Encore Stage The Maverick Stage The Dogtooth Stage

Black Sabbath Deftones Megadeth Rival Sons Sixx:A.M. Atreyu Beartooth Avatar

NOFX Skindred Against the Current Juliette & The Licks Bury Tomorrow Tesseract Scorpion Child The Men That Will Not Be Blamed for Nothing Inglorious Santa Cruz

Pennywise Neck Deep Anti-Flag Escape the Fate Lawnmower Deth Danko Jones Turbowolf Black Peaks SHVPES

Municipal Waste The Shrine Cane Hill Slaves Dead! Milk Teeth Wage War Palisades Reigning Days Wearing Scars Scattering Ashes

Sunday 12 June

The Lemmy
Lemmy
Stage Zippo Encore Stage The Maverick Stage The Dogtooth Stage

Iron Maiden Nightwish Disturbed Shinedown Halestorm The Temperance Movement Amon Amarth Monster Truck

Jane's Addiction Billy Talent Don Broco Breaking Benjamin One Ok Rock Periphery Delain Grand Magus Whiskey Myers Buck & Evans

Saxon Gojira Electric Wizard Tremonti Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes Attila The Dirty Youth The Raven Age Wild Lies

Napalm Death Ho99o9 Good Tiger Ashestoangels Black Foxxes The Kenneths Muncie Girls The King Is Blind Witchsorrow Vukovi The Franklys

As confirmed by The Mirror NXT also appeared at this years event, although where Progress Wrestling
Progress Wrestling
was after the bands in the campsite, WWE NXT was in the main arena, with a special stage constructed. During the event, the companies' COO and founder of NXT Triple H
Triple H
was awarded by Dave Mustaine
Dave Mustaine
the Spirit of Lemmy
Lemmy
Award due to their friendship and working relationship. France[edit] In addition to the annual UK edition of Download Festival, it was also announced that in 2016 there would also be a Download held at the Longchamp Racecourse
Longchamp Racecourse
(French: Hippodrome de Longchamp) in Paris on the same weekend as the UK Festival. The lineup will be similar to the UK Festival, but not identical. Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden
were announced as the Friday headliner on 19 October 2015, part of their The Book Of Souls Tour. Rammstein
Rammstein
were announced as Sunday headliners on 21 October 2015.

Stage 1

Friday 10 June Saturday 11 June Sunday 12 June

Iron Maiden Deftones Gojira We Came as Romans

Korn Biffy Clyro Babymetal Saxon Apocalyptica

Rammstein Volbeat Sabaton Trivium Skillet

Stage 2

Friday 10 June Saturday 11 June Sunday 12 June

Ghost Anthrax Avatar Beartooth

Jane's Addiction Amon Amarth One Ok Rock Mass Hysteria

Megadeth Rival Sons Children of Bodom Lofofora

Stage 3

Friday 10 June Saturday 11 June Sunday 12 June

Tremonti BlackRain The Raven Age Wild Lies

Twin Atlantic The Struts The Inspector Cluzo Arcane Roots Shinedown

Skindred Last Train New Years Day Strange Bones The Shrine

2017[edit] The 15th annual event took place on 9–11 June 2017. From 3 November 2016, band announcements began,[64] including the headline acts in System of a Down, Biffy Clyro
Biffy Clyro
and Aerosmith.

Friday 9 June

Main Stage Zippo Encore Stage The Avalanche Stage The Dogtooth Stage

System of a Down Prophets of Rage Five Finger Death Punch Mastodon Sabaton Motionless in White Northlane

Sum 41 Good Charlotte Baroness Suicidal Tendencies Machine Gun Kelly The Raven Age Blackwater Conspiracy

Sleeping with Sirens State Champs Four Year Strong Issues Code Orange The Devil Wears Prada Astroid Boys M O S E S

Exodus The Contortionist Krokodil Lost Society Venom Prison God Damn Red Sun Rising Yonaka Otherkin Holding Absence She Must Burn

Saturday 10 June

Main Stage Zippo Encore Stage The Avalanche Stage The Dogtooth Stage

Biffy Clyro A Day to Remember AFI Pierce the Veil Of Mice & Men Sikth Creeper Hacktivist

Rob Zombie The Devin Townsend
Devin Townsend
Project Coheed and Cambria Max and Igor Cavalera
Igor Cavalera
Return to Roots Kvelertak Suicide Silence Alestorm RavenEye Tax the Heat

Simple Plan The Story So Far Every Time I Die Crown the Empire Knuckle Puck As It Is The One Hundred Trash Boat Greywind Normandie

Wednesday 13 The Lounge Kittens I the Mighty Sick Puppies Casey The LaFontaines Idles Junior BlackWaters Drones Dead Label

Sunday 11 June

Main Stage Zippo Encore Stage The Avalanche Stage The Dogtooth Stage

Aerosmith Alter Bridge Steel Panther Airbourne In Flames The Cadillac Three Orange Goblin Fozzy

Slayer Opeth Clutch Ministry Anathema DevilDriver Red Fang The Dead Daisies Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown Broken Witt Rebels

The Dillinger Escape Plan Moose Blood Basement The King Blues Touché Amoré Dinosaur Pile-Up Dead! Blood Youth Grove Street Families Wallflower

Perturbator Like a Storm Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics Devilskin Love Zombies Fizzy Blood The Charm The Fury Stone Broken Brutai Fallen State

France[edit] Returning for its second year, Download Festival
Download Festival
France takes place just south of Paris the same weekend as the Donington event. So far five bands have been announced including headliners System Of A Down, Linkin Park, and Green Day
Green Day
the lineup reads as follows:

Friday 9 June

Main Stage Main Stage 2 Warbird Stage Spitfire Stage

Linkin Park Blink 182 Pierce the Veil Kvelertak

Gojira Dinosaur Jr. Raveneye Mallory Knox

Hatebreed
Hatebreed
Skinny Puppy Dagoba Dead!

Nostromo Mars Red Sky The Charm The Fury The Cadillac Three

Saturday 10 June

Main Stage[65] Main Stage 2 Warbird Stage Spitfire Stage

System Of A Down Five Finger Death Punch Epica Alter Bridge Far From Alaska

Slayer Paradise Lost Blues Pills DevilDriver Black Foxxes

Caliban Soilwork Touché Amoré Code Orange Lonely The Brave

Sólstafir The Living End Aqme Project Black Pantera

Sunday 11 June

Main Stage Main Stage 2 Warbird Stage Spitfire Stage

Green Day Rancid Suicidal Tendencies Leogun

Prophets of Rage Mastodon Architects Suicide Silence Rise of The Northstar Tesseract

Carpenter Brut Kontrust Coheed and Cambria Stray from the Path Red Sun Rising

Crown the Empire Northlane Lost Society Creeper Astroid Boys

Spain[edit] Download Festival
Download Festival
Madrid is a brand new member of the rock and metal festival family, taking place in the Spanish capital. After hosting a Parisian edition of the festival for the first time last year, the iconic festival spreads its reach even further in 2017, establishing a new outpost in Madrid.

Thursday 22 June

Main Stage 1 Main Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4

Linkin Park Five Finger Death Punch A Day to Remember Code Orange

Gojira Monster Magnet House of Pain Hacktivist

Dark Tranquillity Motionless in White Touché Amoré The Charm The Fury Raveneye Kaothic

Jardin de la Croix Black Peaks Porco Bravo Lizzies Inmune Virgen

Friday 23 June

Main Stage 1 Main Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4

System of a Down Cult Hamlet Myrath Bat Sabbath

Mastodon Opeth Zebrahead Skindred

Brujeria Every Time I Die Zeke Triggerfinger We Ride

Dawn of the Maya Somas Cure Against The Waves Late to Scream

Friday 23 June

Main Stage 1 Main Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4

Prophets of Rage In Flames Iced Earth Cobra

NOFX Ministry Kvelertak Sólstafir

Suicidal Tendancies Apocalyptica Avatar Deafheaven Phil Campbell And the Bastard Sons God Damn We Ride

Wormed Arcane Roots Blaze Out Trono de Sangre Syberia Childrain

2018[edit] The 2018 event has been confirmed for the weekend of 8, 9 & 10 June 2018. On 6 November Ozzy Osbourne
Ozzy Osbourne
was announced as the first headliner, with Avenged Sevenfold
Avenged Sevenfold
and Guns N' Roses
Guns N' Roses
being announced on 8 and 10 November.

Friday 8 June

Main Stage Zippo Encore Stage The Avalanche Stage The Dogtooth Stage

Avenged Sevenfold Bullet for My Valentine Volbeat

You Me at Six Hell Is For Heroes

Bad Religion

Tesseract

Saturday 9 June

Main Stage Zippo Encore Stage The Avalanche Stage The Dogtooth Stage

Guns N' Roses Black Stone Cherry Thunder

Parkway Drive Babymetal

Neck Deep

Thy Art Is Murder

Sunday 10 June

Main Stage Zippo Encore Stage The Avalanche Stage The Dogtooth Stage

Ozzy Osbourne Marilyn Manson Shinedown

Rise Against Alexisonfire

The Hives

Baroness

Unconfirmed Day

Main Stage Zippo Encore Stage The Avalanche Stage The Dogtooth Stage

Avatar Black Veil Brides Boston Manor Cradle Of Filth DragonForce Hatebreed In This Moment Inglorious Marmozets Monster Truck The Pink Slips The Struts The Temperance Movement Whiskey Myers

Asking Alexandria Andrew W.K. Body Count ft Ice T Bury Tomorrow CKY Corrosion Of Conformity Culture Abuse Dead Cross Greta Van Fleet Jonathan Davis Kreator L7 Lawnmower Deth Meshuggah Miss May I Nothing More Powerflo Starcrawler Thrice Turbonegro

A Being As An Ocean Bad Cop Bad Cop Black Foxxes Cancer Bats Ded Dream State Ecca Vandal Employed To Serve Jamie Lenman Less Than Jake Mayday Parade Milk Teeth Puppy Rolo Tomassi Stick To Your Guns Stray from the Path TIGRESS The Bottom Line The Bronx The Faim The Maine Woes WSTR

All Them Witches Anchor Lane Blessthefall Cellar Darling Death Blooms Emmure Gold Key Helpless Higher Power Igorrr Kaiser Franz Josef Knocked Loose Koyo Loathe Mavelovence Myke Gray Myrkur No Hot Ashes Plini Savage Messiah Shvpes Sleep Token Sun Arcana The Hyena Kill Von Hertzen Brothers Wayward Sons Zeal and Ardor

Australia[edit] It has been confirmed that Live Nation, Unified and Secret Sounds will take the UK-founded rock festival to Melbourne's Flemington Racecourse on Saturday 24 March 2018. This will be a one-day event and the line-up is to be announced on Thursday 9 November.

Saturday 24 March

Black Stage Red Stage Avalanche Stage Dogtooth Stage

Korn Limp Bizkit Mastodon Gojira Of Mice & Men King Parrot

Prophets of Rage Good Charlotte Amon Amarth Sabaton Northlane Ocean Grove High Tension

NOFX Hot Water Music Suicidal Tendencies The Story So Far Neck Deep Trophy Eyes Bad Cop/Bad Cop Clowns

Arch Enemy Nails Falling In Reverse Issues Make Them Suffer Psycroptic Chase Atlantic Cast Down

France[edit] Returning for its third year, Download Festival
Download Festival
France takes place just south of Paris the weekend after the Donington event (15th, 16, 17 & 18 June).

Friday 15 June

Main Stage Firefly Stage

Ozzy Osbourne Ghost Opeth Alestorm Billy Talent Converge Underoath Powerwolf Sidilarsen Eluveitie Thy Art Is Murder Vandenberg's Moonkings Bury Tomorrow Pogo Car Crash Control Cellar Darling

Hangman's Chair Laura Cox Band Merge Peter Alexander Band Plays Tribute To Lynyrd Skynyrd

Saturday 16 June

Main Stage Firefly Stage

Marilyn Manson The Offspring Avatar NOFX Billy Talent Turbonegro Meshuggah Hollywood Undead Ultra Vomit Thrice Crossfaith Betraying The Martyrs While She Sleeps Tagada Jones Treponem Pal Mantar Alcest Whiskey Myers Skinny Lister Ded

Galactic Empire Jean Jean Bad Cop Bad Cop Cemican

Sunday 17 June

Main Stage Firefly Stage

Foo Fighters The Hives Mass Hysteria Dead Cross Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes Royal Republic Wolf Alice Slaves Perturbator Graveyard The Struts Starcrawler Nothing More Arcane Roots Ego Kill Talent The Noface The Last Internationale Landmvrks

In Search Of Sun Stone Broken Kaiser Franz Jospeh Nesseria

Monday 18 June

Main Stage

Guns N' Roses Volbeat Jonathan Davis Baroness Seether Greta Van Fleet The Pink Slips The G

Spain[edit] Returning for its second year, Download Festival
Download Festival
Spain takes place just south of Madrid three weekends after the Donington event (28, 29 & 30 June).

Thursday 28 June

Main Stage Unconfirmed Stage

Avenged Sevenfold

Marilyn Manson A Perfect Circle Rise Against Kreator Pennywise Arch Enemy Exhorder Backyard Babies Myrkur Iron Reagan Tesseract Galactic Empire

Friday 29 June

Main Stage Unconfirmed Stage

Guns N' Roses

Parkway Drive Bullet for My Valentine Clutch Underoath Thrice Moose Blood Creeper The Pink Slips

Sunday 30 June

Main Stage Unconfirmed Stage

Ozzy Osbourne

Judas Priest Volbeat Baroness L7 In This Moment Shinedown

See also[edit]

Rock music
Rock music
portal

List of historic rock festivals List of historic heavy metal festivals Love Not Riots

References[edit]

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Download Festival
Download Festival
is a British rock festival, held annually at Donington Park
Donington Park
in Leicestershire, England, since 2003. It is the most popular British summer rock and heavy metal festival and has hosted some of the genres' biggest names, including Saxon, Black Sabbath, Slipknot, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Motörhead, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Def Leppard, Kiss, Judas Priest, Status Quo, Mötley Crüe, Journey, ZZ Top, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy, Faith No More, and Guns N' Roses. The 2015 festival featured massive technological surveillance by police in conjunction with festival organizers Live Nation UK. RFID
RFID
wristbands and facial recognition technology was used to compare visual scans of attendees against a European criminal database.[1]

Contents

1 History 2 The Download Dog 3 2003 4 2004 5 2005 6 2006

6.1 Controversy

7 2007 8 2008 9 2009 10 2010 11 2011 12 2012

12.1 Cancellations 12.2 Problems

13 2013 14 2014 15 2015

15.1 Police surveillance and marketing profile collection

16 2016

16.1 France

17 2017

17.1 France 17.2 Spain

18 2018

18.1 Australia 18.2 France 18.3 Spain

19 See also 20 References 21 External links

History[edit] The Download Festival
Download Festival
was conceived as a follow up to the Monsters of Rock festivals which had been held at the Donington Park
Donington Park
circuit between 1980 and 1996. The first Download Festival
Download Festival
was created by Stuart Galbraith, Tom Pyke and Andy Copping in 2003 in the same location.[2][3][4] Rather than run as a single day event Download was initially a two-day event, expanding to three 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 rebellious genre of music. Also Download was to be a Monsters of Rock
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 organizers have nurtured an online community through the Download Festival Forums. Initially a sounding board for the fans (and critics) of the festival, the boards have become an integral part of the festival organization with regular contributions from Festival Director John Probyn and Promoter 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
Donington Park
circuit infield as had Monsters of Rock. However in 2008 developments for Formula One
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 tents to the arena was quite a hike. 2009 saw the arena move to a much more suitable location to the south of the circuit and has remained there every year since. Security for the festival has constantly been undertaken by professional crowd management specialists Showsec, although the campsite area has had various contractors throughout. Since 2009 there has been on-site radio broadcasting from Rock Radio on 87.7FM. This RSL broadcast has aired music from festival bands, interviews and news to the festival site and the surrounding area, with the signal reaching as far as Nottingham. The Download Dog[edit] The Download Dog is the official mascot of the Download Festival,[5] and appears on a wide range of material related to the festival, such as tickets, stage banners and merchandise. 2003[edit] The first Download was held on 31 May – 1 June 2003. The original headliners were Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden
and Limp Bizkit, although the latter pulled out and were replaced by Audioslave. Metallica
Metallica
attempted to step in as headliners, but were unable to do so, owing to headlining that year's Reading and Leeds
Leeds
Festivals. Instead, having performed an exclusive club show in London the night before, they played an unannounced "secret slot" in the afternoon on the second stage, with no soundcheck. "Sunday belonged to Metallica," wrote Mick Middles in Classic Rock. "At 3.15 the band were fired into the heart of the festival. Before me, a nonplussed, earplugged infant was held aloft. Somehow it seemed historical. Debuting selections from St. Anger, Metallica
Metallica
swept into a 90-minute frenzy so irresistible that even the Hells Angels
Hells Angels
were seen clapping in wholehearted appreciation at the end. The coup was complete."[6] Chevelle were scheduled to play the Scuzz
Scuzz
stage on Sunday but pulled out at the last minute. Instruction, playing their second set of the festival, stepped in as the replacements.

Saturday 31 May

Main Stage Scuzz
Scuzz
Stage

Iron Maiden Marilyn Manson Deftones Ministry InMe Murderdolls Amen Funeral for a Friend Stampin' Ground Shadows Fall Murder One

A Reel Big Fish Taproot Sepultura Reef HIM SOiL The Hellacopters SikTh 3 Colours Red From Autumn to Ashes QueenAdreena Violent Delight Arch Enemy Chimaira

Sunday 1 June

Main Stage Scuzz
Scuzz
Stage

Audioslave Zwan Flint Apocalyptica Less Than Jake Disturbed Stone Sour Evanescence Mudvayne Spineshank The Darkness One Minute Silence Raging Speedhorn Instruction

NOFX Boysetsfire The Bouncing Souls Strung Out Thrice Spunge T.S.O.L. The Real McKenzies Metallica The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster Brand New Instruction Beatsteaks Randy Fabulous Disaster

2004[edit] The 2004 edition of the festival was held on 5–6 June. Another stage was added to the festival, bringing the total to three. Seventy-two bands played over the two days. The 2004 event was also notable for several last minute hitches. First, SOiL
SOiL
got lost on the way to Donington and missed their main stage appearance on Saturday (they later joined Drowning Pool
Drowning Pool
on stage to perform Drowning Pool's "Bodies" and their own song "Halo"). Static-X
Static-X
missed their slot due to a bus breakdown. On Sunday, Slayer
Slayer
arrived on time, but their equipment did not, leading to a slot change from the middle of the afternoon on the main stage to a later slot (and longer set) on the second stage. Slayer
Slayer
were replaced on the main stage by Damageplan, who were scheduled to play the second stage. Their setlist ended with a rendition of Damageplan
Damageplan
founders Vinnie Paul
Vinnie Paul
and Dimebag Darrell's most recognisable song from Pantera, "Walk." The biggest news came from the headliners Metallica, when Lars Ulrich was rushed to hospital.[7] Taking to the stage an hour and a half late, James Hetfield
James Hetfield
explained the situation with Ulrich and the show then began with Slayer
Slayer
drummer Dave Lombardo
Dave Lombardo
playing on "Battery" and "The Four Horsemen." Slipknot's Joey Jordison
Joey Jordison
played the rest of the set apart from Fade to Black which was played by Metallica's drum technician, Flemming Larsen. The full line-up included:

Saturday 5 June

Main Stage Snickers "Game On" Stage Barfly Stage

Linkin Park Sum 41 Iggy and The Stooges The Hives The Distillers Cradle of Filth Monster Magnet Opeth The Dillinger Escape Plan

Pennywise Electric Six Wildboyz Arch Enemy Biffy Clyro Idiot Pilot Million Dead Instruction 36 Crazyfists Akercocke Viking Skull Powder D-Void The Bled

Peaches International Noise Conspiracy Ikara Colt thisGirl Roxy Saint The Glitterati Surferosa Burst Lowfive Yourcodenameis:Milo Bullet for My Valentine The Holiday Plan Hiding Place Fireapple Red

Sunday 6 June

Main Stage Snickers "Game On" Stage Barfly Stage

Metallica Korn Slipknot Machine Head Damageplan Soulfly Ill Niño Turbonegro Breed 77

HIM Bowling for Soup Taking Back Sunday Slayer Life of Agony Brides of Destruction Drowning Pool Hatebreed Hoobastank Trapt Silvertide Ricky Warwick Terra Diablo

Suicide Girls Young Heart Attack Span The Sounds Dirty Americans Recover Amplifier Do Me Bad Things Danko Jones The Black Dahlia Murder Mooney Suzuki Gonga Despised Icon Hurricane Party Planet of Women

Scotland

In June 2004 a two-day Download Festival
Download Festival
was held on Glasgow Green, several days before the Donington event. This had a limited line up with only nine bands performing over a two-day period. The bands which did play included the headliners, Metallica
Metallica
and Linkin Park. Download Scotland also saw an appearance from the Welsh rock band Lostprophets who did not perform at Donington. Acts which also appeared over the two days at Download Scotland were Korn, Slipknot, Iggy and The Stooges, Machine Head, The Distillers
The Distillers
and HIM. The running order went as follows:

Wednesday 2 June Thursday 3 June

Metallica Slipknot Korn HIM

Linkin Park Lostprophets Iggy and The Stooges The Distillers Machine Head

2005[edit]

A view of the Main Stage at Download Festival
Download Festival
2005

Download 2005 was held again at Donington Park, on 10–12 June 2005. This festival was different from previous years as the Saturday was officially dubbed Ozzfest
Ozzfest
2005, as well as an "Indie day" on the first day of the festival. Billy Idol
Billy Idol
performed on the Snickers stage on the Friday night, his first UK gig after a lengthy hiatus, performing songs such as White Wedding, Rebel Yell and a cover version of Van Halen's anthem, Jump. Feeder's frontman Grant Nicholas
Grant Nicholas
was so relieved the band had won the crowd over (there were concerns that they would be received badly by the traditional attendees to the festival), he decided to smash his green Fender Jazzmaster guitar after "Descend" was performed. He later said that he regretted it, but also said he kept the neck and the tremeloes, and might use what was left to make a new guitar. In a July 2010 interview with Kerrang!, it was suggested to Nicholas that he destroyed the guitar as he was frustrated at trying to win the crowd over, as their music was different from the Download demographic, but claimed himself in reply to this that he "Wanted to do the most rock and roll thing after eventually winning over the crowd". In the same interview, Nicholas said that they were "guinea pigs" at the festival as part of the organisers experiment to make it an alternative festival, but said it was a moment of the band's career he is still proud of.[citation needed] Lemmy
Lemmy
also took to the stage, with former MC5
MC5
members, and Gilby Clarke, to perform Back in the USA. Initially, Bert McCracken
Bert McCracken
of The Used
The Used
and Gerard Way
Gerard Way
of My Chemical Romance were asked to perform their cover of Under Pressure
Under Pressure
by Queen and David Bowie, but the former friends refused the offer to perform the cover as they had recently fallen out.[citation needed] The official line-up included:

Friday 10 June[8]

Main Stage Snickers Stage Napster Stage Snickers Bowl Stage

Feeder Garbage Dinosaur Jr Megadeth Biffy Clyro The Others JJ72 Idiot Pilot Wednesday 13 Queen Adreena

Billy Idol The Used My Chemical Romance InMe The Bled Apocalyptica Underøath Lordi Fozzy Flogging Molly

Napalm Death Raging Speedhorn Paradise Lost A Change of Pace Hurricane Party Tokyo Dragons Colour of Fire Slunt Just a Word Crashdiet Planet of Women

Tat Ellis The Mascara Story

Saturday 11 June[8]

Main Stage Snickers Stage Napster Stage Snickers Bowl Stage

Black Sabbath Velvet Revolver HIM Anthrax Alter Bridge Bowling for Soup A The Mad Capsule Markets The Dwarves Trivium

In Flames Chimaira Lamb of God Bullet for My Valentine Meshuggah Unearth Every Time I Die Open Hand American Head Charge The Hurt Process Hondo Maclean Three Children Of Fortune

Helmet The Lucky Nine Breed 77 The Explosion Towers of London Johnny Truant The Ga Ga's The Answer Panic Cell Crucified Barbara Diamond Nights Quit Your Dayjob City on Fire S.A. Sanctuary

Reuben Days Of Worth Fastlane

Sunday 12 June[8]

Main Stage Snickers Stage Napster Stage Snickers Bowl Stage

System of a Down Slipknot Slayer Nightwish Killswitch Engage Papa Roach Mudvayne Society 1 DV8

Motörhead DKT/MC5 Funeral for a Friend[9] Lacuna Coil Mastodon Shadows Fall Helmet Caliban As I Lay Dying Gizmachi Send More Paramedics The Mascara Story

Therapy? Team Sleep Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster The Dresden Dolls The Glitterati The Saints Engerica 3 Inches of Blood Still Remains No Hope in New Jersey Acidtone Henry Rollins

Electric Eel Shock The Suffrajets Johnny Panic

2006[edit]

Alice in Chains
Alice in Chains
at Download Festival
Download Festival
2006

The 2006 Download Festival
Download Festival
was held at Donington Park, England on 9–11 June. The headlining acts (Tool, Metallica
Metallica
and Guns N' Roses) have sales of approximately 200–250 million albums between them, more than the entire line up of 2006's V Festival. 2006 was the first time the festival was mirrored in the Republic of Ireland, as Download Festival
Download Festival
Ireland. 2006 was also by far the warmest year download has ever had.[citation needed] During the festival Korn
Korn
vocalist Jonathan Davis
Jonathan Davis
was rushed to hospital.[10] Similar to 2004's Metallica
Metallica
set, Munky, Fieldy
Fieldy
and David Silveria arrived and explained to the fans why Davis could not make it and played with guest vocalists Corey Taylor
Corey Taylor
from Slipknot, Dez Fafara from DevilDriver, Jesse Hasek
Jesse Hasek
from 10 Years, Benji Webbe
Benji Webbe
from Skindred, M. Shadows
M. Shadows
from Avenged Sevenfold, and Matt Heafy
Matt Heafy
from Trivium. Lyrics from the song "Blind" were displayed on the screen for Matt Heafy. Metallica
Metallica
played the album Master of Puppets
Master of Puppets
in its entirety in honour of its twentieth anniversary. Guns N' Roses
Guns N' Roses
also performed material from the long forthcoming Chinese Democracy
Chinese Democracy
album. Main Stage The main stage was situated in the centre of the arena with crowd control moving around it, and was the largest of all three stages, the safety barriers used at this stage were in a T shape so as to avoid crowd crush in the middle. The stage was open-air and named in honour of the 25th anniversary of Kerrang! magazine. Down played an unannounced set on Saturday (With the laminates showing ??? in their time slot); opening up the Main Stage.[11] Snickers Stage The Snickers Stage was situated in a tent, behind the main stage and was the second largest stage at the festival. Access to the stage was via a one-way system which attempted to spread people around the site, rather than all attempting to push through a rather small space. Soilwork
Soilwork
were scheduled to play on Sunday, but were replaced by DevilDriver
DevilDriver
(playing their second set of the festival).[12] Gibson/Myspace Stage The Myspace stage was the smallest of the three and under a smaller tent. It was positioned across from the front of the main stage.

Friday 9 June[13]

Main Stage Snickers Stage Gibson/Myspace Stage Snickers Bowl Stage

Tool Deftones Coheed and Cambria Soulfly Strapping Young Lad SOiL Wicked Wisdom Amplifier

The All-American Rejects Atreyu InMe Clutch Fishbone Dredg Bleeding Through Gojira Throwdown Suns of the Tundra

Ginger & The Sonic Circus Backyard Babies Cathedral Engerica Bullets & Octane My Awesome Compilation Animal Alpha The Audition Art of Dying Enter Shikari Kitty Hudson

Gay for Johnny Depp Keiko SinTuition

Down playing on the main stage

Saturday 10 June[13]

Main Stage Snickers Stage Gibson/Myspace Stage Snickers Bowl Stage

Metallica Korn Trivium Avenged Sevenfold Stone Sour Alice in Chains Arch Enemy Bloodsimple Satyricon Down

Alter Bridge Opeth Within Temptation Secret Machines Billy Talent Henry Rollins DevilDriver SikTh Johnny Truant Khoma

Killing Joke Reuben Mondo Generator Louie This Is Menace 10 Years Flyleaf Manic It Dies Today Living Things Exit Ten Colon Open Bracket Stonegard My Alamo

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly getAmped The Hedrons

Sunday 11 June[13]

Main Stage Snickers Stage Gibson/Myspace Stage Snickers Bowl Stage

Guns N' Roses Funeral for a Friend Bullet for My Valentine Cradle of Filth Lacuna Coil In Flames 36 Crazyfists DragonForce Hatebreed Breed 77

The Prodigy Alexisonfire Eighteen Visions Hundred Reasons Aiden Fightstar From First to Last DevilDriver Zebrahead God Forbid

Sick of it All Lordi Skindred Moneen Darkest Hour Blindside Mendeed Bring Me the Horizon Zico Chain Voodoo Six Lauren Harris Winterville Streetlight Youth I-Def-I

Viking Skull Betty Curse Evergrey

Controversy[edit] During the Sunday headline set of Guns N' Roses, bottles were thrown at the band. This caused problems after the band's lead singer, Axl Rose, slipped on the wet surface and a bottle hit bassist Tommy Stinson. Stinson threw his bass, hitting one of the cameramen, and left the stage. He returned after the song and apologised, but warned the crowd that if this activity continued, he would leave for good. There were some disturbances but they eventually died down, and later in the set Rose commented "I'm actually having quite a good time now! I couldn't have said that an hour ago!"[14] On the final night, fires were started by some festival goers and police were called, arresting twelve people.[15] At around 4 am, the fire brigade arrived to put out a large fire at the gold campsite. A number of people had taken the railings that had been used to separate the campsite area from the path and used them to barricade the road to prevent the fire engines from reaching the main fire. At this point a number of police assembled in riot gear stormed the campsite. The festival director, John Probyn, posted a message on the official website stating that "About 150 people spoiled the end of what had been a great weekend for over 75,000 of us."[16] 2007[edit]

Stone Sour
Stone Sour
playing the main stage at Download Festival
Download Festival
2007

The 2007 Download Festival
Download Festival
took place on 8–10 June 2007.[17] The three bands that headlined the 2007 festival were My Chemical Romance, Linkin Park
Linkin Park
and Iron Maiden. Korn's Jonathan Davis
Jonathan Davis
stated that the reason for the band returning this year was because of his absence due to illness last year. He stated on the official Download Festival website, "I am so looking forward to coming to the Download Festival this year. I was heartbroken to pull out last time. So this time I am very happy to be coming back and we promise to rock the place! I will definitely make-up for missing the last one. You can expect an amazing Korn
Korn
show!"[18] Download 2007 was Dimmu Borgir's first ever festival appearance in England. Hardcore Superstar
Hardcore Superstar
pulled out of their slot on the Tuborg stage on the Sunday because their tour bus broke down in Germany. Download 2007 featured an Indian band Parikrama. They became the first band from India to make it to Donington. Download 2007 also featured the first band to officially perform on the Thursday of the festival. Scumface played on the Tuborg
Tuborg
Stage during the boardie barbecue.[19] Lamb of God's DVD
DVD
Walk With Me in Hell features the band's full performance at the festival.[20]

Friday 8 June[21]

Main Stage Dimebag Darrell
Dimebag Darrell
Stage Tuborg
Tuborg
Stage

My Chemical Romance Velvet Revolver Wolfmother DragonForce Megadeth Hinder Buckcherry Zico Chain

Korn Enter Shikari Paramore Porcupine Tree Saosin From Autumn to Ashes Turbonegro Ill Niño ANJ

Suicidal Tendencies Hayseed Dixie Yourcodenameis:Milo Job for a Cowboy The Hedrons Sanctity I Was a Cub Scout The Scare Neurosonic This Et Al Cynic Fortune Drive Drive-by Argument

Saturday 9 June[21]

Main Stage Dimebag Darrell
Dimebag Darrell
Stage Tuborg
Tuborg
Stage

Linkin Park Marilyn Manson Slayer Machine Head Bowling for Soup Thirty Seconds to Mars Aiden Shadows Fall Hellyeah Turisas

Mötley Crüe Satellite Party Biffy Clyro My Vitriol My Dying Bride Gallows Anathema As I Lay Dying Bring Me the Horizon Bloodsimple Elliot Minor Cat the Dog S.A. Sanctuary

Head Automatica Necro The Answer Silverstein Lez Zeppelin Architects Priestess Panic Cell Beyond All Reason My Alamo Damone Army of Freshmen Malpractice

Sunday 10 June[21]

Main Stage Dimebag Darrell
Dimebag Darrell
Stage Tuborg
Tuborg
Stage

Iron Maiden Evanescence Killswitch Engage Stone Sour Lamb of God Mastodon Papa Roach Chimaira Reuben Parikrama

Billy Talent Dream Theater Dimmu Borgir Within Temptation Napalm Death Paradise Lost Orange Goblin DevilDriver Unearth Cancer Bats After Forever Eyelash

Reel Big Fish Fastway Cult of Luna Lauren Harris Fair to Midland Kids in Glass Houses Between the Trees Flood of Red Lights. Action! Still Remains In This Moment The Ghost of a Thousand LostAlone

2008[edit] The 2008 festival took place on 13–15 June. It had a significantly different layout to previous years: the arena area was situated in land to the west of the race track instead of the traditional race track infield area. Among numerous changes, the second stage became larger and moved from a marquee to open-air, on a tarmac car park.[22] "I am looking forward to humiliating those little boys in little bands who think they count," declared Gene Simmons
Gene Simmons
of Kiss. "We're going to blow their shit to pieces… If U2 or Radiohead
Radiohead
are on the bill at Download, then I accept these are good bands. But they will still run for cover when Kiss take the stage, for they are in the presence of a transcendent rock force."[23] Chris Cornell
Chris Cornell
was scheduled, but cancelled his European tour to focus on a new album. Twin Method, and Finger Eleven
Finger Eleven
were announced but removed from the official website's lineup. On the Friday of the festival, Kid Rock
Kid Rock
was meant to appear between Seether
Seether
and Disturbed on the Main Stage but pulled out at the last minute. At first it was announced that this was due to illness.[24] Rock later claimed he left the festival grounds after becoming dissatisfied with the amenities.[25] But, the following year, Download's booker theorized that it had been due to a broken heart.[26] Rock's no-show allowed two bands following him, Disturbed and Judas Priest, to play longer sets. The 2008 Boardie BBQ took place on the Gibson stage on Thursday 12 June and included a performance by Forever Never.[27]

Friday 13 June

Main Stage Tuborg
Tuborg
Stage Gibson Stage

Kiss Judas Priest Motörhead Disturbed Seether Beat Union Black Tide

Simple Plan Rise Against Rival Schools The Subways The Fall of Troy Comeback Kid The Black Dahlia Murder Stone Gods Zebrahead

The Dillinger Escape Plan Kill Hannah Slaves to Gravity High on Fire In Case of Fire Blackhole Hostile Firewind Caimbo Rolo Tomassi Lovvers

Saturday 14 June

Main Stage Tuborg
Tuborg
Stage Gibson Stage

The Offspring Incubus Bullet for My Valentine Biffy Clyro Alter Bridge Madina Lake 36 Crazyfists Job for a Cowboy Skindred Sign

HIM Ash Pendulum Ace Frehley Amon Amarth Bleeding Through Throwdown A Day to Remember The Devil Wears Prada Alesana Annotations of an Autopsy Malefice

Testament Saxon Johnny Truant Fighting With Wire Brigade Army of Freshmen The Haze Big Linda The Last Supper Trigger the Bloodshed Mexicolas Go:Audio Rise to Remain Verra Cruz

Sunday 15 June

Main Stage Tuborg
Tuborg
Stage Gibson Stage

Lostprophets Jimmy Eat World Coheed and Cambria In Flames Within Temptation Apocalyptica Black Stone Cherry Fightstar From First to Last Glamour of the Kill

Cavalera Conspiracy Children of Bodom The Wildhearts Elliot Minor Kids in Glass Houses Chiodos Airbourne Rose Tattoo Lethal Bizzle Municipal Waste Animal Alpha Cry for Silence

Jonathan Davis
Jonathan Davis
and the SFA Valient Thorr Haunts August Burns Red Voodoo Six Between the Buried and Me Ted Maul Canterbury Exit Ten The Galvatrons Sons of Albion Devil Sold His Soul Invasion

[28] 2009[edit] The 2009 Download Festival
Download Festival
took place on 12–14 June at Donington Park with an estimated attendance of 120,000 over 3 days. The arena had once again changed location, this time to an open field area south of the race track which was more suitable and less of a walk from the camping areas than last year. The headliners were Faith No More
Faith No More
(Friday), Slipknot
Slipknot
(Saturday) and Def Leppard
Def Leppard
(Sunday).[29] A notable feature was that Sunday had a strong classic rock theme on the main stage which attracted many Monsters of Rock festival
Rock festival
goers. Other notable performers included Limp Bizkit, who were playing in the UK with their original line-up for the first time since 2001, Trivium returning for their third appearance and first head lining spot, Anvil, the band featured in the 2008 film Anvil! The Story of Anvil, and Steel Panther, who were making their first appearance in the UK on the Tuborg
Tuborg
Stage. A fourth stage, the " Red Bull
Red Bull
Bedroom Jam Stage", also made an appearance at this year's festival. This stage was also present at other UK festivals, such as T in the Park
T in the Park
in Balado, Scotland, and the Underage Festival in Victoria Park, London. The 2009 Boardie BBQ took place in the Red Bull
Red Bull
Bedroom Jam Stage on Thursday 11 June. This year the band was Attica Rage. The Thursday night of the 2009 festival also saw the Boardie Takeover night. Four bands, three DJ's: Cyst, Dave KC and Gabber Fox, solo singers Hevs and TonsO'Fun, a stand-up and a burlesque dancer – all members of the Download Festival
Download Festival
Forums – performed to a full house in the End Tent. These bands were Scumface (returning after a successful appearance at the Boardie BBQ in 2007), Orestea, Echovirus and headliners, Silent Descent.[30] On Monday 18 May the festival confirmed on its official website that Camping tickets had completely sold out.[31] On 19 May, it was revealed in an interview with Andy Copping on Music Channel Scuzz
Scuzz
that there would be secret sets. It was later revealed the bands would be Enter Shikari
Enter Shikari
and Thunder.[32] On Wednesday 3 June, one week before the campsite opened, Download released a further 2,500 camping tickets. These limited tickets sold out within 24 hours of being released. The winners of the " Red Bull
Red Bull
Bedroom Jam Competition" was Gravesend-based band After the Ordeal. This set was a 'virtual gig', with the band playing live from their bedroom and this footage being streamed live onto the Main Stage at Download Festival, between Pendulum and Marilyn Manson. The winners of the " Tuborg
Tuborg
Battle of the bands" was Leeds
Leeds
punk band Acid Drop and they opened the Tuborg
Tuborg
stage on Saturday 13 June. The Ghost of a Thousand
The Ghost of a Thousand
were scheduled to headline the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Stage on Saturday but the band cancelled. The Blackout stepped in to play their slot, thus giving them two slots on the festival's bill. Slipknot's performance is available in their new DVD
DVD
(sic)nesses. It was released on 28 September 2010 and served as a tribute to their late bassist Paul Gray. It was also Slipknot's last performance in the UK before his death.

Friday 14 June

Main Stage Second Stage Tuborg
Tuborg
Stage Red Bull
Red Bull
Bedroom Jam Stage

Faith No More Korn Limp Bizkit Killswitch Engage Billy Talent Staind The Blackout Hollywood Undead

Mötley Crüe Opeth Lacuna Coil Bring Me the Horizon Dir En Grey Parkway Drive A Day to Remember In This Moment Steadlür

Meshuggah Duff McKagan's Loaded Backyard Babies Voivod Enter Shikari Middle Class Rut Lauren Harris Sylosis Bleed from Within Hunting the Minotaur Sleepercurve

Blackhole New Device DissolvedIn Linchpin Don Broco The Outcry Collective White Man Kamikaze Young Guns Tripswitch The Instigators

Saturday 15 June

Main Stage Second Stage Tuborg
Tuborg
Stage Red Bull
Red Bull
Bedroom Jam Stage

Slipknot Marilyn Manson Pendulum DragonForce Down Hatebreed DevilDriver Five Finger Death Punch Ripper Owens

The Prodigy Chris Cornell You Me at Six The Answer Static-X Fightstar In Case of Fire Hardcore Superstar Symphony Cult The Crave

Anvil Architects Thunder Lawnmower Deth Man Raze General Fiasco Billy Boy on Poison Loverman S.A. Sanctuary Facecage Black Spiders No Americana Acid Drop

The Blackout This City People in Planes My Passion The Auteur None the Less 13 Riots Forever Never Serpico The Computers Japanese Voyeurs Auger Bane

Sunday 16 June

Main Stage Second Stage Tuborg
Tuborg
Stage Red Bull
Red Bull
Bedroom Jam Stage

Def Leppard Whitesnake ZZ Top Dream Theater Journey Black Stone Cherry Skin Tesla Stone Gods

Trivium Papa Roach Buckcherry Clutch Shinedown Volbeat Karma to Burn Sevendust God Forbid Suicide Silence Trigger the Bloodshed Sacred Mother Tongue

Go:Audio Therapy? The 69 Eyes Sabbat Steel Panther Dear Superstar Hexes Hostile esOterica Pulled Apart by Horses Turbowolf Violent Soho Brides

We Are the Ocean Flood of Red Exit Avenue First Strike Twin Atlantic Attack! Attack! Logan Fei Comodo Jettblack Million $ Reload Raucous Jays Fall from Grace

2010[edit] The Download Festival
Download Festival
was confirmed to return to Donington on the weekend 11–13 June 2010, the campsites opening on 9 June. On 25 January, nine bands were announced at the official Download website, including AC/DC
AC/DC
as one of the main stage headliners.[33] On 15 February Rage Against the Machine
Rage Against the Machine
and Aerosmith
Aerosmith
were confirmed as the other two main stage headliners, as well as 5 more bands confirmed a few hours later.[34] Saxon performed their 'Wheels of Steel' album in its entirety to commemorate its 30th anniversary. Download 2010 was also the 30th anniversary of rock festivals at Donington Park, since the first one – which Saxon performed at – in 1980. It was announced on 16 May that the second stage would be renamed "The Ronnie James Dio
Ronnie James Dio
Stage" in tribute to the singer who died of stomach cancer on the same day.[35] It was also announced that the main stage would be called The Maurice Jones Stage after the co-founder of Monsters of Rock
Monsters of Rock
who also died the previous year. 28 May saw 15 more bands added, and an official announcement of the Jägermeister-sponsored fifth stage, which would host acoustic acts, including bands also performing regular sets at the festival.[36] The initially announced Sum 41
Sum 41
cancelled, owing to drummer Steve Jocz being involved in an accident.[37] On 30 May 2010 it was announced that Wolfmother
Wolfmother
had to cancel due to illness. They were replaced by Killswitch Engage.[38] Aside from Dio, the year was sadly memorable for other deaths. Y&T performed the Pepsi Max Stage to a jam-packed audience, marking the band's long-anticipated return to Donington after performing at Monsters of Rock
Monsters of Rock
in 1984. Download would be bassist Phil Kennemore's last UK show in the UK: he died from lung cancer six months later. Killing For Company drummer Stuart Cable, previously of Stereophonics, died the week of the festival, at which the band were to play. Ratt
Ratt
were scheduled to play on Sunday, but cancelled due to illness of vocalist Stephen Pearcy. On 9 June, FM were announced as Ratt's replacement. The Boardie Takeover ran for the second year in a row on Thursday 10 June.[39] It featured the bands Silent Descent, Fallen Fate, Jacknife Holiday and Cyster Scalpel, as well as singers, DJs and a burlesque dancer. AC/DC
AC/DC
played on an exclusive stage next to the Maurice Jones stage, allowing the band to utilise their full stadium show, as announced on 28 May. This marked the first time a headlining band brought their own stage to Donington. All headlining bands on the other stages had finished before AC/DC
AC/DC
began. The stage was used only by AC/DC; the next day, the runway at the front was dismantled and the stage remained empty. "I took my son to see AC/DC…" recalled Saxon's Biff Byford. "Watching Angus from out in the crowd was great, and it was a rite of passage for my son."[40] The final day saw torrential rain. "By the time Aerosmith
Aerosmith
take the stage," noted Classic Rock, "we're essentially one amorphous mud blob of an organism blinking through the mire towards the bright lights. They, on the other hand, have Steven Tyler, a man whose dress sense… makes Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga
look like a vicar's wife."[41]

Friday 11 June

AC/DC
AC/DC
Stage Maurice Jones Main Stage Ronnie James Dio
Ronnie James Dio
Stage Pepsi Max Stage Red Bull
Red Bull
Bedroom Jam Stage Jägermeister
Jägermeister
Acoustic Stage

AC/DC

Them Crooked Vultures Killswitch Engage 36 Crazyfists Unearth

Bullet for My Valentine Coheed and Cambria A Day to Remember Anathema Trigger the Bloodshed

Job for a Cowboy As I Lay Dying Tyketto Lawnmower Deth Sweethead Year Long Disaster

Devil Sold His Soul Funeral Party Heights Never Means Maybe Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders Imicus The Humour

Skin Jettblack Sondura Starseed Danny Vaughn

Saturday 12 June

Maurice Jones Main Stage Ronnie James Dio
Ronnie James Dio
Stage Pepsi Max Stage Red Bull
Red Bull
Bedroom Jam Stage Jägermeister
Jägermeister
Acoustic Stage

Rage Against the Machine Deftones Megadeth Lamb of God Five Finger Death Punch Flyleaf Atreyu Hellyeah Taking Dawn

Thirty Seconds to Mars HIM The Blackout Volbeat We Are the Fallen Cancer Bats My Passion Rolo Tomassi Sonic Syndicate Rise to Remain

Michael Monroe Skin Y&T Senser Enuff Z'nuff Halestorm Rock Sugar Genitorturers Reckless Love Sybreed Holy Grail Killing for Company Godsized

Breed 77 Glamour of the Kill Kadawatha This Is Divine Stand Up Guy No Mean City The Dead Lay Waiting The Plight Urban Voodoo Machine Revoker

Reckless Love Panic Cell The Humour The More I See Dommin Everything Burns The Blackout

Sunday 13 June

Maurice Jones Main Stage Ronnie James Dio
Ronnie James Dio
Stage Pepsi Max Stage Red Bull
Red Bull
Bedroom Jam Stage Jägermeister
Jägermeister
Acoustic Stage

Aerosmith Stone Temple Pilots Motörhead Billy Idol Slash Cinderella Saxon FM Dommin

Stone Sour Airbourne Steel Panther Porcupine Tree The Dillinger Escape Plan The Damned Things Napalm Death Switchfoot August Burns Red Nonpoint 3 Inches of Blood White Wizzard

Suicidal Tendencies Zebrahead Young Guns Die Apokalyptischen Reiter Whitechapel The Jim Jones Revue esOterica Your Demise Crime in Stereo TAB the Band The Morning After S.A. Sanctuary No Americana Ben Poole

Panic Cell Max Raptor T-34 Starseed Hearts Under Fire You And What Army Sacred Betrayal Enemo-J The Virginmarys Straight Lines Tiger Please

Ginger Wildheart Nonpoint Enuff Z'nuff DJ Clash (Scott Rowley and Alexander Milas) The Dirty Feel Ricky Warwick Taking Dawn

2011[edit]

Just before Escape the Fate's set on the main stage at Download Festival 2011

The Download Festival
Download Festival
was confirmed to return to Donington on the 10, 11, and 12 June 2011. Linkin Park
Linkin Park
and System of a Down
System of a Down
were the two main stage headliners officially announced, with Saturday subheadliners Avenged Sevenfold
Avenged Sevenfold
and Sunday second stage headliner Rob Zombie announced a short while later. On 22 February, Def Leppard
Def Leppard
were announced as Friday's main stage headliner,[42] with Twisted Sister, Down, Duff McKagan's Loaded and Trash Talk
Talk
also added to the line-up. 15 March saw The Darkness unveiled as the widely speculated Friday subheadliner, with Funeral for a Friend, Plain White T's, Framing Hanley and Hyro Da Hero also added. In April, the Red Bull
Red Bull
Bedroom Jam stage and Jägermeister
Jägermeister
Acoustic stage's acts were revealed. Wayne Static
Wayne Static
was scheduled to open up the main stage on the Sunday, but he pulled out a month prior. Masters of Reality
Masters of Reality
were scheduled to perform but pulled out on 30 March and Karma to Burn
Karma to Burn
were to play the second stage on Sunday but were replaced by Hyro Da Hero, thus giving him three sets over the course of the festival; the most in Download history. Steward 0836 was manning the main stage at the festival, when he caught the attention of fans waiting for Sunday's bands to appear. Some friendly interaction led to cheers from the audience, then one of the giant stage-screens showed him making the "devil horns" gesture, which was applauded by tens of thousands of rock fans. The official Download Festival
Download Festival
website even featured him as an artist on their site.[43][44][45]

Friday 10 June

Main Stage Second Stage Pepsi Max Stage Red Bull
Red Bull
Bedroom Jam Stage Jägermeister
Jägermeister
Acoustic Stage

Def Leppard The Darkness Alter Bridge Thin Lizzy Black Stone Cherry Duff McKagan's Loaded Puddle of Mudd CKY

Pendulum Korn Bring Me the Horizon Children of Bodom The Damned Things Anti-Flag Young Guns Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows Evaline

Danzig Times of Grace FM Hyro Da Hero Asking Alexandria Lower Than Atlantis Japanese Voyeurs Royal Republic Betraeus Sweet Savage

Modestep Envy of the State OAF The Hype Theory Don Broco Page 44 Hill Valley High Makethisrelate Kellermensch

Skindred The Last Republic The Dirty Youth Million $ Reload Obsessive Compulsive The Verses

Saturday 11 June

Main Stage Second Stage Pepsi Max Stage Red Bull
Red Bull
Bedroom Jam Stage Jägermeister
Jägermeister
Acoustic Stage

System of a Down Avenged Sevenfold Skunk Anansie Down Hollywood Undead Skindred Escape the Fate All That Remains The Devil Wears Prada

Alice Cooper Twisted Sister Cheap Trick Mr. Big Dio Disciples Clutch Dan Reed Rock Sugar The BossHoss Rise to Remain Chthonic Sacred Mother Tongue

Funeral for a Friend The King Blues Sevendust Evile Trash Talk Your Demise letlive. VersaEmerge Ghost Straight Line Stitch TRC Houston The Rods

Dangerous! Kill 21 The Dangerous Summer Dear Superstar Heights Blitz Kids Welcome Wednesday The Ocean Between Us The Morning After Dripback Fighting Wolves

Bowling for Soup Dan Reed Sons of Icarus Royal Republic Maiden uniteD Never Means Maybe Skin Intraverse

Sunday 12 June

Main Stage Second Stage Pepsi Max Stage Red Bull
Red Bull
Bedroom Jam Stage Jägermeister
Jägermeister
Acoustic Stage

Linkin Park Bullet for My Valentine Disturbed The Gaslight Anthem The Pretty Reckless Bowling for Soup Madina Lake Biohazard Suicide Silence

Rob Zombie The Cult Black Veil Brides Buckcherry Turisas Gwar Kvelertak Hyro Da Hero Malefice Yashin Collapse

Frank Turner Plain White T's Silverstein Framing Hanley Deaf Havana T-34 Starseed My Darkest Days Sworn Amongst Hell Trucker Diablo Knock Out Kaine Jameson Raid

H.E.A.T. Baptized in Blood The Dead Lay Waiting Illuminatus ACODA You and What Army Floods Autumn In Disguise October File Belligerence Skeletal Damage

Dave McPherson Red, White and Blues Hyro Da Hero The Morning After Slaves to Gravity Heaven's Basement Voodoo Johnson Raven Vandelle

2012[edit] On 12 July 2011 it was confirmed via Twitter, and the Download official website that the festival would be staged in 2012 between 8–10 June. Limited early-bird tickets were put on sale on 15 July. It was announced on 10 November via BBC Radio 1
BBC Radio 1
that Metallica
Metallica
would headline the main stage on the Saturday and also that they would be playing their self titled album in its entirety.[46] The next day Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath
were announced to headline the main stage on Sunday 10 June, closing the festival.[47] On 18 November, The Prodigy
The Prodigy
was announced as the headliner for Friday 8 June.[48] On 12 April 2012, Download Festival
Download Festival
announced on their website, official Facebook page and official Twitter page that the main stage will be named after Jim Marshall who died a week earlier. Due to the wet and windy conditions on the site, there was a delay in opening the arena on the Friday, resulting in the cancellation/postponement of certain performers. American heavy metal band Machine Head reportedly broke the festival record for the most circle pits happening during one song, with a reported 29 pits happening at once.[49] Comedian Bob Slayer, who is a regular on the comedy stage at Download, broke his neck doing a wheelie bin crowd surf stunt whilst entertaining at the festival.[50] The line-up won an award in the 2012 UK Festival Awards, and festival director John Probyn won a "Lifetime achievement award".[51]

Friday 8 June

The Jim Marshall Main Stage Zippo Encore Stage Pepsi Max Stage Redbull Bedroom Jam Stage Jägermeister
Jägermeister
Acoustic Stage

The Prodigy Chase & Status Machine Head Billy Talent NOFX Fear Factory

Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators Nightwish Opeth Little Angels Terrorvision The Quireboys Red, White and Blues

The Devin Townsend
Devin Townsend
Project AxeWound SOiL While She Sleeps The Defiled Lawnmower Deth Hounds Absolute Power Silent Descent Impaled Existence

Cancer Bats Gallows The Safety Fire Voodoo Six Marmozets Upon a Burning Body Dive Bella Dive Reachback Dead Harts The Jellycats Broken

Yashin Skindred Breed 77 Million Dollar Reload Neonfly With One Last Breath

Saturday 9 June

The Jim Marshall Main Stage Zippo Encore Stage Pepsi Max Stage Redbull Bedroom Jam Stage Jägermeister
Jägermeister
Acoustic Stage

Metallica Biffy Clyro Tenacious D Steel Panther Trivium Black Veil Brides Saxon As I Lay Dying

You Me at Six Killswitch Engage Skindred Kids in Glass Houses Theory of a Deadman Four Year Strong Lower Than Atlantis Turbonegro Ginger Wildheart Halestorm Fozzy Page 44

The Mission The Union Corey Taylor Sylosis My Passion The Treatment Anti-Nowhere League Gun The Yo-Yos Turbowolf Don Broco Avosetta No Americana

Cockney Rejects Fearless Vampire Killers LostAlone Mallory Knox Butcher Babies ACODA Never Means Maybe I Divide Golden Tanks 4Arm Freebase Royal Cartel

Tyla The Quireboys Toby Jepson Heaven's Basement Red, White & Blues SOiL Gun Six Hour Sundown

Sunday 10 June

The Jim Marshall Main Stage Zippo Encore Stage Pepsi Max Stage Redbull Bedroom Jam Stage Jägermeister
Jägermeister
Acoustic Stage

Black Sabbath Soundgarden Megadeth Lamb of God Black Label Society Anthrax Kyuss
Kyuss
Lives! DevilDriver Stellar Revival

Rise Against Dropkick Murphys Refused Shinedown Ugly Kid Joe Sebastian Bach Rival Sons August Burns Red We Are the Ocean Black Spiders Kobra and the Lotus

Periphery Ghost Firewind Emmure La Dispute The JCQ Shadows Fall Edguy Reckless Love Heaven's Basement Feed the Rhino Skarlett Riot

William Control Hawk Eyes The Dirty Youth The Minutes With One Last Breath Kopek You and What Army Strangle Kojak Adelaide Mechanical Smile PitchBlack Kamchatka

Saint Jude Fearless Vampire Killers Furyon Mordecai Daken Voodoo Johnson Sanguine White Powder Gold

Cancellations[edit] Five Finger Death Punch
Five Finger Death Punch
were scheduled to perform on Sunday on the Main Stage between DevilDriver
DevilDriver
and Kyuss Lives!
Kyuss Lives!
but on 5 April they pulled out due to "logistic difficulties". Anthrax, who were initially set to play on the Zippo Encore Stage, were brought up to the main stage (later dubbed the Jim Marshall stage) due to Five Finger Death Punch's cancellation. T. Mills was scheduled to perform on Saturday on the Red Bull
Red Bull
stage but pulled out in May and also Porter Robinson, who was also set to play on the same stage on the Friday pulled out due to the recording of a new album. He was replaced by Voodoo Six. Problems[edit] Due to the wet and windy weather, Download did not open its Arena gates on Friday 8 June until 14:00 whilst laying down straw in the Arena and removing potentially dangerous signs and banners which could prove hazardous in high winds, meaning some of the bands were shifted around. Cancer Bats
Cancer Bats
were moved from second opening band on the Jim Marshall Stage to a headline slot on The Red Bull
Red Bull
Bedroom Jam Stage, with Rise to Remain
Rise to Remain
and Six Hour Sundown missing out on a slot entirely. Fear Factory
Fear Factory
were also given an additional 10 minutes of performance time due Cancer Bats
Cancer Bats
being relocated to a different stage and Rise to Remain
Rise to Remain
being cancelled. Europe were scheduled to play the Zippo Encore stage on Friday before Little Angels, but it was announced at the last minute that they will not be able to perform due to traffic and transportation issues. Much criticism was aimed at the organisers for not preparing better as the poor weather occurred before the festival goers arrived. Also the conditions in the camping and arena meant that many fans who required disabled access were left stuck in the mud requiring help from their fellow fans to reach their destination, or even the toilets, often with little to no help from organisers.[52] 2013[edit] The tenth annual Download festival was confirmed for 14–16 June 2013. Early bird tickets went on sale 15 June 2012, where a newly implemented deposit scheme was introduced; which allowed customers to pay for their ticket(s) over three payments rather than one. Iron Maiden were announced as the Saturday headliner on 20 September 2012 to commemorate 25 Years since first appearing and headlining Monsters of Rock in 1988 on Seventh Tour of a Seventh Tour .[53] Rammstein
Rammstein
let slip on the same day that they will be headlining Download on the Sunday,[54] which was confirmed by the festival organisers the following morning. Seven days later it was confirmed via Andy Copping (festival promoter) that Slipknot
Slipknot
would be the Friday headliner.[55] From 5 November, bands started to be announced sporadically via Facebook, Scuzz
Scuzz
TV, BBC Radio 1, Kerrang! Magazine and the personal Twitter account of Andy Copping. Goldsboro were due to be playing at the festival, but on 19 February they confirmed they would not be able to perform. After the Burial were scheduled to perform on the Red Bull
Red Bull
Studios stage, but pulled out on 17 May in order to focus on their new album. On 28 May, Skin and Red, White & Blues cancelled their appearances at the festival. Both acts were to perform twice over the weekend, on the Zippo Encore and Jägermeister
Jägermeister
Acoustic stages. On 3 June, Andy Copping confirmed that Buckcherry
Buckcherry
would be pulling out of the festival and that they would be replaced by Black Star Riders.

Friday 14 June

Main Stage Zippo Encore Stage Pepsi Max Stage Red Bull
Red Bull
Studios Stage Jägermeister
Jägermeister
Acoustic Stage

Slipknot Bullet for My Valentine Korn Down Papa Roach Asking Alexandria Architects Rise to Remain

Black Stone Cherry Gogol Bordello 3 Doors Down Volbeat Europe DragonForce Uriah Heep Dir En Grey Monster Truck

HIM Converge Motionless in White Turisas In This Moment The Sword Hang the Bastard Patent Pending Palm Reader Emperor Chung

Fearless Vampire Killers FIDLAR The Algorithm Zico Chain Blood Command Verses Page 44 Zoax Semperfi Akord Free Fall Hammer of the Gods

We Are the Ocean Walking Papers Hear Kitty Kitty Toseland Rob Lynch Avosetta

Saturday 15 June

Main Stage Zippo Encore Stage Pepsi Max Stage Red Bull
Red Bull
Studios Stage Jägermeister
Jägermeister
Acoustic Stage

Iron Maiden Queens of the Stone Age Motörhead Alice in Chains Mastodon Black Star Riders Young Guns UFO

Enter Shikari Jimmy Eat World Thunder Lit Karnivool Katatonia Escape the Fate Hardcore Superstar Heaven's Basement I Divide

The Hives Kvelertak Chthonic Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats Bury Tomorrow Heart of a Coward Empress AD Walking Papers Nekrogoblikon earthtone9 Crowns Hill Valley High Broken

Last Witness Rat Attack Lonely the Brave Voodoo Six Press to Meco Searching Alaska Wounds Sky Valley Mistress Silent Screams Black Moth Astroid Boys Idiom Wild Lies Cytota

Devin Townsend Acoustic TV Buffalo Summer Crowns Straight Lines Fahran The Killing Floor The Afterparty

Sunday 16 June

Main Stage Zippo Encore Stage Pepsi Max Stage Red Bull
Red Bull
Studios Stage Jägermeister
Jägermeister
Acoustic Stage

Rammstein Thirty Seconds to Mars The Gaslight Anthem Stone Sour Parkway Drive Five Finger Death Punch Coal Chamber Cancer Bats Sacred Mother Tongue

Limp Bizkit A Day to Remember Airbourne Ghost Rival Sons Amon Amarth Masters of Reality Graveyard The Ghost Inside Hellyeah Blitz Kids

Satyricon Modestep P.O.D Newsted Red Fang Vision of Disorder Bleed from Within Hacktivist Brutality Will Prevail Little Caesar Krokodil States of Panic Bovine

Sonic Boom Six Glamour of the Kill I Am I Falling with Style Surrender the Coast The Howling Forever Can Wait Radkey Buffalo Summer Huntress Black Dogs Mordecai The First Naked Flame

Heaven's Basement Pig Iron Crash Mansion New Killer Shoes I Am I Night By Night The Graveltones Arthemis

2014[edit]

Fall Out Boy's set on the Stephen Sutton
Stephen Sutton
Main Stage on Saturday at Download Festival
Download Festival
2014

The twelfth annual festival was held 13–15 June 2014. Earlybird tickets went on sale 21 June 2013. Between 4–6 November, all three main stage headliners were confirmed, along with all the sub-headliners. Linkin Park
Linkin Park
performed their debut album, Hybrid Theory album in its entirety. Reactions to Avenged Sevenfold
Avenged Sevenfold
being announced as headliners were very mixed. After a Facebook user suggested that Dying Fetus
Dying Fetus
headline the festival instead, a social media trend titled #WhyNotDyingFetus was started as a joke. However, this actually led to the band being booked to play, although not in a headline slot, and they were officially confirmed on 6 November. To commemorate its twenty year anniversary, The Offspring
The Offspring
performed their third studio album, Smash, in its entirety. Also, their appearance marked the first time in Download history that a previous main stage headliner returned to play a lower slot. Andy Copping confirmed via Twitter that there would be a Secret Set on the Pepsi Max Stage on the Sunday, performing in the time slot in between Crazy Town
Crazy Town
and Memphis May Fire. This transpired to be Black Stone Cherry. On 23 May, the Main stage was renamed the Stephen Sutton
Stephen Sutton
stage after Stephen Sutton
Stephen Sutton
who died on 14 May. The Boardie Takeover returned on Thursday 12 June and featured four bands and 2 DJs. The bands playing the Takeover are: Last Edition, Scumface, Dumbjaw & Incinery. Joe Bonamassa
Joe Bonamassa
was originally booked to play on the Zippo Encore Stage Saturday before Status Quo but he was moved to the Sunday Main Stage due to a double booking. Trivium were initially confirmed to be headlining the Red Bull
Red Bull
Studios Live stage on the Sunday, but following a generally negative response from fans due to the size and limited capacity of the tent, the band was moved to Zippo Encore Stage headliner. In Flames
In Flames
were scheduled to sub-headline the Zippo Encore stage on Sunday, but they were quietly removed from the line-up poster on 26 February. It was later revealed that they had cancelled all of their Summer shows to finish recording their new album. On 22 March the latest announcement was leaked by Classic Rock Magazine. Shortly after the leak, Defeater, who were scheduled to play on the Pepsi Max Stage Sunday, were confirmed to have pulled out due to their lead singer, Derek Archambault, suffering an injury and having to undergo hip replacement surgery. Danger Danger
Danger Danger
were originally confirmed, but pulled out on 7 April, claiming that bookings had been erroneously made for various dates. September Mourning
September Mourning
were confirmed for the Pepsi Max Stage on the Friday but were removed from the lineup on 2 May (as they wished to focus on getting their sophomore album completed), they were replaced by I Am Fire. Cage the Gods also pulled out on 2 May. King 810
King 810
pulled out the day before they were due to play because their lead vocalist and bassist were arrested. Upon a Burning Body were scheduled to appear on the Pepsi Max stage on Saturday, but were forced to pull out because singer Danny Leal was taken seriously ill with an inner ear infection that meant doctors would not clear him to fly to the UK. The unknown band 'Iceman Thesis' were subtly added to the lineup poster in the buildup to the event. They were scheduled to perform for five minutes on both the Pepsi Max and Red Bull
Red Bull
Studios Live Stage on the Saturday at the same time. The band performed both sets as scheduled with all ten (two bands of five) member's identities hidden using balaclavas. They performed one song known as 'Return to Harmony' before leaving the stages.

Friday 13 June

The Stephen Sutton
Stephen Sutton
Main Stage Zippo Encore Stage Pepsi Max Stage Red Bull
Red Bull
Studios Live Stage Jägermeister
Jägermeister
Acoustic Stage

Avenged Sevenfold Rob Zombie Within Temptation Black Label Society Skindred Powerman 5000 Crossfaith Miss May I

The Offspring Bad Religion Flogging Molly Rival Sons The Temperance Movement The Answer Drenge Tesla Tax the Heat

Opeth Anathema Letlive. Royal Blood Quicksand The Amity Affliction Radkey Turbowolf I Am Fire No Hot Ashes

Dan Reed Network Tyketto Battlecross Baby Godzilla Huntress Lyger Drones Page 44 They Say Fall Bloody Hammers Bad Touch Goldray

Jamie Lenman The Answer Danny Vaughn New City Kings The Mercy House Mia Klose Brother & Bones

Saturday 14 June

The Stephen Sutton
Stephen Sutton
Main Stage Zippo Encore Stage Pepsi Max Stage Red Bull
Red Bull
Studios Live Stage Jägermeister
Jägermeister
Acoustic Stage

Linkin Park Fall Out Boy Bring Me the Horizon Killswitch Engage Bowling for Soup While She Sleeps Bury Tomorrow Fozzy Dying Fetus

Status Quo Twisted Sister The Wildhearts Monster Magnet Orange Goblin Skid Row Twenty One Pilots The BossHoss Chevelle The Dirty Youth Press to Meco

Behemoth American Head Charge The Black Dahlia Murder Vamps Blessthefall Arcane Roots Lonely the Brave Marmozets Lawnmower Deth Zoax Collibus Iceman Thesis

SikTh The Howling Malevolence Martyr Defiled New Politics Nothing More Skyharbor coldrain Chasing Cadence Sinners Highway Colt 45 Breathe in the Silence Cytota Iceman Thesis

Ginger Wildheart Bowling for Soup Anathema Toby Jepson Dave McPherson Richards/Crane Ducking Punches Enemo-J

Sunday 15 June

The Stephen Sutton
Stephen Sutton
Main Stage Zippo Encore Stage Pepsi Max Stage Red Bull
Red Bull
Studios Live Stage Jägermeister
Jägermeister
Acoustic Stage

Aerosmith Alter Bridge Steel Panther Volbeat Joe Bonamassa Richie Sambora Buckcherry Winger Red Dragon Cartel

Trivium The Pretty Reckless Seether Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals Sabaton Sepultura Emmure We Came as Romans Skillet Kill Devil Hill Avatar

The Dillinger Escape Plan The Used Suicide Silence Against Me! Memphis May Fire Black Stone Cherry Crazy Town The Treatment Feed the Rhino Thy Art Is Murder The Graveltones The Charm, The Fury Viza

Zebrahead Monuments Polar Heart in Hand Reignwolf Adelphia The Magnus Puto Create to Inspire Kid Karate Chinese Missy Life on Standby Arthemis Dead City Streets

Nick Oliveri Jon Gomm Oxygen Thief Milk Teeth VerseChorusVerse Fizzy Blood Stormbringer

2015[edit] The 2015 edition of the festival took place on 12–14 June. The top three acts on the main stage and the second stage headliner for each day were announced over 18, 19 and 20 November. Bad weather on Friday night and Saturday left the Arena, Village and campsites extremely muddy. Many tents were abandoned over night due to flooding and leaks. On 22 March 2015, the Download Dog made an appearance at a Progress Wrestling show in London. The Dog invited the entire roster to do a show at Download 2015 but excluded the current Progress Champion Jimmy Havoc. Havoc attacked the Dog at the show. It was confirmed that Progress would do a show at Download after previously in 2014 doing three shows at the Sonisphere Festival.[56] Following on from The Offspring's second stage appearance in 2014, Faith No More's subheadlining position marks the second time a previous main stage headliner have returned to play in a lower slot. Mötley Crüe's performance was their last ever UK festival appearance. Several bands who pulled out of the 2014's festival returned to play in 2015, these bands include In Flames, Defeater, Upon a Burning Body & September Mourning. The Sword
The Sword
were due to play on the Maverick Stage on Friday, but were removed from the line-up poster in March, later being confirmed to have pulled out. King 810
King 810
were due to play the Maverick Stage on Sunday, but pulled out on 15 May due to undisclosed reasons, just as they had done before in 2014. On 22 May, Ghost Town, who were confirmed to play on Jake's stage on Saturday, pulled out due to undisclosed reasons; they were replaced by Dub War. Antemasque were due to play on the Zippo Encore Stage on Friday, but pulled out in May, The Cadillac Three were moved up from Jake's Stage to replace them. After many weeks of discussion surrounding the identities of two secret bands playing over the weekend, Young Guns and The Darkness were confirmed on 8 June. Babymetal
Babymetal
also joined DragonForce
DragonForce
on stage to perform their song "Gimme Chocolate!!".[57] The Jägermeister
Jägermeister
Acoustic Stage will no longer be present at the festival, due to Jägermeister
Jägermeister
pulling out as a sponsor, however, bands will still perform acoustic sets, on the brand new Dog's Bed Stage. Hands Like Houses
Hands Like Houses
were scheduled to perform there on Friday, but the show was cancelled. Returning for its 7th year, the Boardie Takeover took place on the Thursday night in the Doghouse Tent located within the festivals Village area. This year's bands were selected by the Takeover team, Hevs and Phil

Friday 12 June

Main Stage Zippo Encore Stage The Maverick Stage Jake's Stage Dog's Bed Stage

Slipknot Judas Priest Five Finger Death Punch Clutch Lacuna Coil At the Gates Hellyeah All That Remains

Black Stone Cherry Thunder Corrosion of Conformity Modestep The Cadillac Three Blues Pills Fearless Vampire Killers Rival State

Fightstar DragonForce Sylosis Beartooth Defeater Gnarwolves Krokodil Counterparts

A Young Guns Bombus The One Hundred Decade American Fangs Allusondrugs Blood Youth The Raven Age Wild Lies God Damn E of E

Hands Like Houses Beasts Rival State

Saturday 13 June

Main Stage Zippo Encore Stage The Maverick Stage Jake's Stage Dog's Bed Stage

Muse Faith No More A Day to Remember Rise Against Parkway Drive Hollywood Undead Mallory Knox Funeral for a Friend Heart of a Coward

Marilyn Manson Black Veil Brides Black Star Riders Motionless in White Carcass Testament Ace Frehley Apocalyptica Malefice Geyser The Lounge Kittens

Andrew W.K. Body Count Every Time I Die Crown the Empire Northlane Upon a Burning Body Stray from the Path Hands Like Houses Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! In Hearts Wake

Hey! Hello! The Pink Slips Dolomite Minor Insomnium Purson Dub War The Struts Roam Creeper Crobot Emp!re New Years Day Love Zombies Iconic Eye

Tim Vantol Von Hertzen Brothers Crobot

Sunday 14 June

Main Stage Zippo Encore Stage The Maverick Stage Jake's Stage Dog's Bed Stage

KISS Mötley Crüe Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators Billy Idol Blackberry Smoke Tremonti Cavalera Conspiracy 36 Crazyfists Pop Evil

Enter Shikari Lamb of God In Flames L7 Eagles of Death Metal Godsmack We Are Harlot Backyard Babies Von Hertzen Brothers H.E.A.T The Dead Daisies

Yellowcard The Ghost Inside Madball Three Days Grace The Darkness Code Orange Evil Scarecrow September Mourning Like a Storm

Suicidal Tendencies FIDLAR Chelsea Grin Butcher Babies Aaron Keylock Man with a Mission The Qemists René LaVice Trash Boat LTNT Hyena Colour of Noise Beasts Sirens in the Delta

Like a Storm Broken Chords Fearless Vampire Killers

Police surveillance and marketing profile collection[edit] At the 2015 festival, the police and the festival organizers engaged in massive technological surveillance of those who attended the festival.[58] RFID
RFID
wristband and facial recognition technology were used, installed by the Leicestershire
Leicestershire
Police without notifying the public prior to the event, and compared visual scans of the festival attendees against a European criminal database. RFID
RFID
wristbands were the only way to make purchases or travel across the festival grounds' zones.[59] Information about purchases were stored and sold to other marketers. Muse frontman Matt Bellamy
Matt Bellamy
commented on the surveillance during the band's performance of "Uprising", in which he said "Fuck Leicestershire
Leicestershire
police for scanning your faces!"[1] 2016[edit] The 14th annual Download Festival
Download Festival
was held on 10–12 June 2016. All three headliners were confirmed between 19–21 October 2015 and it was confirmed that Bruce Dickinson was due to fly his Ed Force One 747-400 Jumbo Jet across Download to get to the festival. However, this didn't happen, and in fact Ed Force One flew into East Midlands airport from the opposite direction. Motörhead
Motörhead
were due to play the Main Stage on the Friday of the festival; however, due to the death of lead singer Lemmy
Lemmy
Kilmister on 28 December 2015, the band would no longer be playing, as confirmed by drummer Mikkey Dee.[60] On 7 February 2016, 36 more bands were added to the bill, as well as the announcement that the Main Stage would be renamed "The Lemmy
Lemmy
Stage" in memory of Kilmister, instead of having a band replace Motörhead, it was confirmed that there would be a tribute to Lemmy, which was confirmed at the fan forum to be a 20-minute video. Heavy rain caused the venue to flood, with some campsites suffering worse than others. The Met Office later confirmed that it could have been the wettest in the festival's history.[61] By Saturday, The Village area was mainly mud with a bit of straw laid down near the entrance to the Blue Campsite. This led to great difficulty trying to get to the main arena, as one had to walk through thick mud most of the way.[62] Architects was scheduled to play on the Encore stage on 11 June but had dropped all of their European festival tours due to a family emergency and were replaced by Against the Current.[63] Both Moses and Ghost were also forced to pull out of their scheduled sets on Friday and Sunday respectively due to illness on both counts.

Friday 10 June

The Lemmy
Lemmy
Stage Zippo Encore Stage The Maverick Stage The Dogtooth Stage

Rammstein Korn Killswitch Engage Babymetal Alien Ant Farm Royal Republic

All Time Low Twin Atlantic Glassjaw The Amity Affliction Skillet Graveyard As Lions RavenEye

Gutterdämmerung The Wildhearts Kadavar Fort Hope (band) Heck Zoax Puppy Hill Valley High

Raging Speedhorn InMe Savage Messiah Skinny Lister From Ashes to New Counting Days Havok Strange Bones The Amorettes Weirds In Search of Sun

Saturday 11 June

The Lemmy
Lemmy
Stage Zippo Encore Stage The Maverick Stage The Dogtooth Stage

Black Sabbath Deftones Megadeth Rival Sons Sixx:A.M. Atreyu Beartooth Avatar

NOFX Skindred Against the Current Juliette & The Licks Bury Tomorrow Tesseract Scorpion Child The Men That Will Not Be Blamed for Nothing Inglorious Santa Cruz

Pennywise Neck Deep Anti-Flag Escape the Fate Lawnmower Deth Danko Jones Turbowolf Black Peaks SHVPES

Municipal Waste The Shrine Cane Hill Slaves Dead! Milk Teeth Wage War Palisades Reigning Days Wearing Scars Scattering Ashes

Sunday 12 June

The Lemmy
Lemmy
Stage Zippo Encore Stage The Maverick Stage The Dogtooth Stage

Iron Maiden Nightwish Disturbed Shinedown Halestorm The Temperance Movement Amon Amarth Monster Truck

Jane's Addiction Billy Talent Don Broco Breaking Benjamin One Ok Rock Periphery Delain Grand Magus Whiskey Myers Buck & Evans

Saxon Gojira Electric Wizard Tremonti Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes Attila The Dirty Youth The Raven Age Wild Lies

Napalm Death Ho99o9 Good Tiger Ashestoangels Black Foxxes The Kenneths Muncie Girls The King Is Blind Witchsorrow Vukovi The Franklys

As confirmed by The Mirror NXT also appeared at this years event, although where Progress Wrestling
Progress Wrestling
was after the bands in the campsite, WWE NXT was in the main arena, with a special stage constructed. During the event, the companies' COO and founder of NXT Triple H
Triple H
was awarded by Dave Mustaine
Dave Mustaine
the Spirit of Lemmy
Lemmy
Award due to their friendship and working relationship. France[edit] In addition to the annual UK edition of Download Festival, it was also announced that in 2016 there would also be a Download held at the Longchamp Racecourse
Longchamp Racecourse
(French: Hippodrome de Longchamp) in Paris on the same weekend as the UK Festival. The lineup will be similar to the UK Festival, but not identical. Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden
were announced as the Friday headliner on 19 October 2015, part of their The Book Of Souls Tour. Rammstein
Rammstein
were announced as Sunday headliners on 21 October 2015.

Stage 1

Friday 10 June Saturday 11 June Sunday 12 June

Iron Maiden Deftones Gojira We Came as Romans

Korn Biffy Clyro Babymetal Saxon Apocalyptica

Rammstein Volbeat Sabaton Trivium Skillet

Stage 2

Friday 10 June Saturday 11 June Sunday 12 June

Ghost Anthrax Avatar Beartooth

Jane's Addiction Amon Amarth One Ok Rock Mass Hysteria

Megadeth Rival Sons Children of Bodom Lofofora

Stage 3

Friday 10 June Saturday 11 June Sunday 12 June

Tremonti BlackRain The Raven Age Wild Lies

Twin Atlantic The Struts The Inspector Cluzo Arcane Roots Shinedown

Skindred Last Train New Years Day Strange Bones The Shrine

2017[edit] The 15th annual event took place on 9–11 June 2017. From 3 November 2016, band announcements began,[64] including the headline acts in System of a Down, Biffy Clyro
Biffy Clyro
and Aerosmith.

Friday 9 June

Main Stage Zippo Encore Stage The Avalanche Stage The Dogtooth Stage

System of a Down Prophets of Rage Five Finger Death Punch Mastodon Sabaton Motionless in White Northlane

Sum 41 Good Charlotte Baroness Suicidal Tendencies Machine Gun Kelly The Raven Age Blackwater Conspiracy

Sleeping with Sirens State Champs Four Year Strong Issues Code Orange The Devil Wears Prada Astroid Boys M O S E S

Exodus The Contortionist Krokodil Lost Society Venom Prison God Damn Red Sun Rising Yonaka Otherkin Holding Absence She Must Burn

Saturday 10 June

Main Stage Zippo Encore Stage The Avalanche Stage The Dogtooth Stage

Biffy Clyro A Day to Remember AFI Pierce the Veil Of Mice & Men Sikth Creeper Hacktivist

Rob Zombie The Devin Townsend
Devin Townsend
Project Coheed and Cambria Max and Igor Cavalera
Igor Cavalera
Return to Roots Kvelertak Suicide Silence Alestorm RavenEye Tax the Heat

Simple Plan The Story So Far Every Time I Die Crown the Empire Knuckle Puck As It Is The One Hundred Trash Boat Greywind Normandie

Wednesday 13 The Lounge Kittens I the Mighty Sick Puppies Casey The LaFontaines Idles Junior BlackWaters Drones Dead Label

Sunday 11 June

Main Stage Zippo Encore Stage The Avalanche Stage The Dogtooth Stage

Aerosmith Alter Bridge Steel Panther Airbourne In Flames The Cadillac Three Orange Goblin Fozzy

Slayer Opeth Clutch Ministry Anathema DevilDriver Red Fang The Dead Daisies Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown Broken Witt Rebels

The Dillinger Escape Plan Moose Blood Basement The King Blues Touché Amoré Dinosaur Pile-Up Dead! Blood Youth Grove Street Families Wallflower

Perturbator Like a Storm Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics Devilskin Love Zombies Fizzy Blood The Charm The Fury Stone Broken Brutai Fallen State

France[edit] Returning for its second year, Download Festival
Download Festival
France takes place just south of Paris the same weekend as the Donington event. So far five bands have been announced including headliners System Of A Down, Linkin Park, and Green Day
Green Day
the lineup reads as follows:

Friday 9 June

Main Stage Main Stage 2 Warbird Stage Spitfire Stage

Linkin Park Blink 182 Pierce the Veil Kvelertak

Gojira Dinosaur Jr. Raveneye Mallory Knox

Hatebreed
Hatebreed
Skinny Puppy Dagoba Dead!

Nostromo Mars Red Sky The Charm The Fury The Cadillac Three

Saturday 10 June

Main Stage[65] Main Stage 2 Warbird Stage Spitfire Stage

System Of A Down Five Finger Death Punch Epica Alter Bridge Far From Alaska

Slayer Paradise Lost Blues Pills DevilDriver Black Foxxes

Caliban Soilwork Touché Amoré Code Orange Lonely The Brave

Sólstafir The Living End Aqme Project Black Pantera

Sunday 11 June

Main Stage Main Stage 2 Warbird Stage Spitfire Stage

Green Day Rancid Suicidal Tendencies Leogun

Prophets of Rage Mastodon Architects Suicide Silence Rise of The Northstar Tesseract

Carpenter Brut Kontrust Coheed and Cambria Stray from the Path Red Sun Rising

Crown the Empire Northlane Lost Society Creeper Astroid Boys

Spain[edit] Download Festival
Download Festival
Madrid is a brand new member of the rock and metal festival family, taking place in the Spanish capital. After hosting a Parisian edition of the festival for the first time last year, the iconic festival spreads its reach even further in 2017, establishing a new outpost in Madrid.

Thursday 22 June

Main Stage 1 Main Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4

Linkin Park Five Finger Death Punch A Day to Remember Code Orange

Gojira Monster Magnet House of Pain Hacktivist

Dark Tranquillity Motionless in White Touché Amoré The Charm The Fury Raveneye Kaothic

Jardin de la Croix Black Peaks Porco Bravo Lizzies Inmune Virgen

Friday 23 June

Main Stage 1 Main Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4

System of a Down Cult Hamlet Myrath Bat Sabbath

Mastodon Opeth Zebrahead Skindred

Brujeria Every Time I Die Zeke Triggerfinger We Ride

Dawn of the Maya Somas Cure Against The Waves Late to Scream

Friday 23 June

Main Stage 1 Main Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4

Prophets of Rage In Flames Iced Earth Cobra

NOFX Ministry Kvelertak Sólstafir

Suicidal Tendancies Apocalyptica Avatar Deafheaven Phil Campbell And the Bastard Sons God Damn We Ride

Wormed Arcane Roots Blaze Out Trono de Sangre Syberia Childrain

2018[edit] The 2018 event has been confirmed for the weekend of 8, 9 & 10 June 2018. On 6 November Ozzy Osbourne
Ozzy Osbourne
was announced as the first headliner, with Avenged Sevenfold
Avenged Sevenfold
and Guns N' Roses
Guns N' Roses
being announced on 8 and 10 November.

Friday 8 June

Main Stage Zippo Encore Stage The Avalanche Stage The Dogtooth Stage

Avenged Sevenfold Bullet for My Valentine Volbeat

You Me at Six Hell Is For Heroes

Bad Religion

Tesseract

Saturday 9 June

Main Stage Zippo Encore Stage The Avalanche Stage The Dogtooth Stage

Guns N' Roses Black Stone Cherry Thunder

Parkway Drive Babymetal

Neck Deep

Thy Art Is Murder

Sunday 10 June

Main Stage Zippo Encore Stage The Avalanche Stage The Dogtooth Stage

Ozzy Osbourne Marilyn Manson Shinedown

Rise Against Alexisonfire

The Hives

Baroness

Unconfirmed Day

Main Stage Zippo Encore Stage The Avalanche Stage The Dogtooth Stage

Avatar Black Veil Brides Boston Manor Cradle Of Filth DragonForce Hatebreed In This Moment Inglorious Marmozets Monster Truck The Pink Slips The Struts The Temperance Movement Whiskey Myers

Asking Alexandria Andrew W.K. Body Count ft Ice T Bury Tomorrow CKY Corrosion Of Conformity Culture Abuse Dead Cross Greta Van Fleet Jonathan Davis Kreator L7 Lawnmower Deth Meshuggah Miss May I Nothing More Powerflo Starcrawler Thrice Turbonegro

A Being As An Ocean Bad Cop Bad Cop Black Foxxes Cancer Bats Ded Dream State Ecca Vandal Employed To Serve Jamie Lenman Less Than Jake Mayday Parade Milk Teeth Puppy Rolo Tomassi Stick To Your Guns Stray from the Path TIGRESS The Bottom Line The Bronx The Faim The Maine Woes WSTR

All Them Witches Anchor Lane Blessthefall Cellar Darling Death Blooms Emmure Gold Key Helpless Higher Power Igorrr Kaiser Franz Josef Knocked Loose Koyo Loathe Mavelovence Myke Gray Myrkur No Hot Ashes Plini Savage Messiah Shvpes Sleep Token Sun Arcana The Hyena Kill Von Hertzen Brothers Wayward Sons Zeal and Ardor

Australia[edit] It has been confirmed that Live Nation, Unified and Secret Sounds will take the UK-founded rock festival to Melbourne's Flemington Racecourse on Saturday 24 March 2018. This will be a one-day event and the line-up is to be announced on Thursday 9 November.

Saturday 24 March

Black Stage Red Stage Avalanche Stage Dogtooth Stage

Korn Limp Bizkit Mastodon Gojira Of Mice & Men King Parrot

Prophets of Rage Good Charlotte Amon Amarth Sabaton Northlane Ocean Grove High Tension

NOFX Hot Water Music Suicidal Tendencies The Story So Far Neck Deep Trophy Eyes Bad Cop/Bad Cop Clowns

Arch Enemy Nails Falling In Reverse Issues Make Them Suffer Psycroptic Chase Atlantic Cast Down

France[edit] Returning for its third year, Download Festival
Download Festival
France takes place just south of Paris the weekend after the Donington event (15th, 16, 17 & 18 June).

Friday 15 June

Main Stage Firefly Stage

Ozzy Osbourne Ghost Opeth Alestorm Billy Talent Converge Underoath Powerwolf Sidilarsen Eluveitie Thy Art Is Murder Vandenberg's Moonkings Bury Tomorrow Pogo Car Crash Control Cellar Darling

Hangman's Chair Laura Cox Band Merge Peter Alexander Band Plays Tribute To Lynyrd Skynyrd

Saturday 16 June

Main Stage Firefly Stage

Marilyn Manson The Offspring Avatar NOFX Billy Talent Turbonegro Meshuggah Hollywood Undead Ultra Vomit Thrice Crossfaith Betraying The Martyrs While She Sleeps Tagada Jones Treponem Pal Mantar Alcest Whiskey Myers Skinny Lister Ded

Galactic Empire Jean Jean Bad Cop Bad Cop Cemican

Sunday 17 June

Main Stage Firefly Stage

Foo Fighters The Hives Mass Hysteria Dead Cross Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes Royal Republic Wolf Alice Slaves Perturbator Graveyard The Struts Starcrawler Nothing More Arcane Roots Ego Kill Talent The Noface The Last Internationale Landmvrks

In Search Of Sun Stone Broken Kaiser Franz Jospeh Nesseria

Monday 18 June

Main Stage

Guns N' Roses Volbeat Jonathan Davis Baroness Seether Greta Van Fleet The Pink Slips The G

Spain[edit] Returning for its second year, Download Festival
Download Festival
Spain takes place just south of Madrid three weekends after the Donington event (28, 29 & 30 June).

Thursday 28 June

Main Stage Unconfirmed Stage

Avenged Sevenfold

Marilyn Manson A Perfect Circle Rise Against Kreator Pennywise Arch Enemy Exhorder Backyard Babies Myrkur Iron Reagan Tesseract Galactic Empire

Friday 29 June

Main Stage Unconfirmed Stage

Guns N' Roses

Parkway Drive Bullet for My Valentine Clutch Underoath Thrice Moose Blood Creeper The Pink Slips

Sunday 30 June

Main Stage Unconfirmed Stage

Ozzy Osbourne

Judas Priest Volbeat Baroness L7 In This Moment Shinedown

See also[edit]

Rock music
Rock music
portal

List of historic rock festivals List of historic heavy metal festivals Love Not Riots

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