Download is the soul of rock ‘n’ roll. Hosted in the spiritual home of rock in Donnington Park, it returns in 2016 with the weight of 13 immense years behind it. With previous headlining acts like Muse, Kiss, Aerosmith, Linkin Park, Iron Maiden, and My Chemical Romance, the pedigree of Download speaks for itself. This year is no exception.
The main stage this year is touchingly devoted to Lemmy of Motörhead, and in true rock ‘n’ roll fashion, he will be honoured by a line-up to make your ears bleed. Friday 10th will be headlined by the German industrial metal band Rammstein, supported by Korn and Killswitch Engage. Saturday 11th welcomes Megadeath and Black Sabbath, and Sunday 12th sees Iron Maiden return with Disturbed in support. You can practically feel the bass through the poster.
But there’s more to the Download experience than old school rock. The likes of All Time Low and Billy Talent bring their modern brand of metal to the Encore Stage, while Skindred bring a touch of ska-reggae-metal-punk-hip-hop – it has to be heard to be believed.
Donnington Park is virtually in the middle of the country and has excellent connections from its three surrounding counties. Whether you’re going for one day or for the full camping experience, Megabus can get you within half an hour’s drive from the festival. There’s also a generous allowance of space per-person for luggage, making it easy for groups to organise wellies, coats and tents – though you’ll have to pitch them yourselves. It wouldn’t be a real rock ‘n’ roll festival if you didn’t get your hands mucky anyway.
Ticket prices for Download vary, but that’s due to the sheer amount of options available. An adult day ticket can cost as much as £87.50, while the three days is as little as £190.00. The full five-day camping experience is about £225.00, a price worthy of the sign of horns and a weekend of head-banging.
Donnington Park, East Midlands // 10th-12th June
Edinburgh // 15-24th July 2016
Somerset House, London // 7-17th July 2016
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