Download Festival

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Download festival is a three day music festival held at the historical site of Donnington Park, which previously held Monsters of Rock and Ozzfest.

Rumours

2013 acts are in process of confirmation.

Lineup

2013 headliners include Slipknot, Iron Maiden, Rammstein and more. View the lineup as it is updated here.

Tickets can be purchased via Ticketmaster UK

Vibe

Viewed as one of the more mainstream choices in the Heavy Metal festival market, the festival is best known for it’s mixture of well established legendary headliners coupled with current favourites and new acts on smaller stages.

Sonisphere festival is seen as it’s main competitor as the frequency and size of lineup can affect where metal festival regulars decide to go between the two.

We reviewed the 2012 event here.

Stages and other entertainment

There are five music stages at Download, Main stage, Second Stage, Pepsi Max Stage, Red Bull Bedroom Jam Stage and the Jagermeister Acoustic stage.

Comedy can be viewed in the village, with the tent converting to a silent disco later in the weekend.

Some years Download will run their own radio station, and often when you hang around the van long enough, freebies are given out. It's also a good place to hover around if you want a chance to win tickets to other festivals, as rock and metal magazines often do interviews with revellers in that area.

The signing tent is often located near the main stage, however if you are intent on meeting more popular bands, you can expect to queue for 45 mins to an 1hr.

Tickets

Tickets can be purchased via Ticketmaster UK

WEEKEND ARENA + 5 NIGHT CAMPING £205 (with the choice of general/family/disabled)

  • This can be paid over 3 payments
  • Available to any customer buying between 13th June 2012 - 31st December 2012 at 23:59
  • First non refundable payment is £50
  • Followed by £70 late Jan / £70 late April

WEEKEND ARENA + 3 NIGHT £195 (with the choice of general/family/disabled)

  • This can be paid over 3 payments
  • Available to any customer buying between 13th June 2012 - 31st December 2012 at 23:59
  • First non refundable payment is £50
  • Followed by £65 late Jan / £65 late April

WEEKEND ARENA ONLY £170

  • This can be paid over 3 payments
  • Available to any customer buying between 13th June 2012 - 31st December 2012 at 23:59
  • First non refundable payment is £50
  • Followed by £52.50 late Jan / £52.50 late April

DAY TICKETS:

Day tickets for the festival go on sale from Thursday 28 March at 9am.

EXTRAS

  • Car Parking £20
  • Campsite Locker £15
  • Guest Area Passes £99
  • Campervan £80 SOLD OUT

VIP

Aside from the packages, which will be listed below, there is also the choice to buy Guest area passes.

GUEST AREA PERKS: Unlimited access, even for an hour after arena closes, toilet trailers, pricate cash bars, dining options and other random occurences

The following RIP packages are available:

HOTEL PACKAGES

  • The 'pop-up' RIP Metal Hotel
  • Other hotels taking part: Thistle East Midlands, Priest House Hotel, Hilton Hotel East Midlands Airport, Express By Holiday Inn, Radisson Blu Hotel East Midlands

RIP LUXURY AMERICAN

equipped with air-conditioning, flat screen TVs, all the bedding, tea, and coffee. The accommodation has triple slide out, giving you more room with one double master bedroom, a second bedroom with bunk beds, there is also a double sofa bed. Most importantly your own toilet and power shower!!

RIP TIPI SKELETAL RESERVE

How do you fancy sleeping under canvas in true Sioux Indian style? All you need to do is arrive on site to find your tipi ready to move into, just relax, unpack and make yourself at home! 4, 6 or 10 man tipi pitched for your arrival.

RIP POD VILLAGE PACKAGES

At the heart of the Pod City lies Pod Village - our private cabins that are as cute and classy as camping gets.

'Classic': The 'podpad' measures 8'x6' and comes decorated and with solid floor, fitted carpet and both internal and external locks on the front door. This comes in twin or double

'Luxpads': A scaled up 'podpad', offering 50% more floor space @ 10'x8' and having a higher roof, the NEW 'luxpads' are at the top end of the Festival Luxury Accommodation market.

'Bunkpads': A scaled up 'Podpad', offering 50% more floor space @ 10'x8' and having a higher roof, the NEW 'Bunkpads' are at the top end of the Festival Luxury Accommodation market offering an affordable option to families or 4 friends sharing.

'Octopads': The jewel in the crown of 'Podpads' range. These units offer spacious, comfortable and secure accommodation. The 'Octopad' measures a majestic 16' across its floor and has 7 solid decorated walls @ 3' high so, allowing you to use the full floor area for living space. The front wall is a 'Podpad' style front with lockable front door and windows to suit. Inside, the level, solid floor is carpeted up to the edge and there are 4 single beds as standard.

RIP YURTY

No need to set up and break down. Just turn up and relax in your miniature Yurt for 5 days, then drive away when your Download has finished! These little beauties are ingenious... and perfect for TWO people sharing.

RIP GYPSY CARAVANS

Romantic Gypsy Caravans will make your Festival stay truly memorable!

The accommodation consists of: A five foot wide slide out double-bed for two adults, which includes duvets, linen, pillows and blankets.

Children

Children under 5 are not allowed, Children under 12 are eligible for concession rates, however the festival recommends against bringing children.

Disability Access

While disabled customers are welcome at Download, there are many steep hills onsite, it's best to email access[at]downloadfestival.co.uk regarding your questions.

Weather

June is very unsettled month for UK, it can either be rainy or sunny, but in terms of rainy days the temperatures will be in double figures.

Location

The festival takes place at Donington Park in Derby, UK

Local Information

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Travel

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Accommodation

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What to wear

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Camping

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Site Information

Pootopia and Luxury Loos

For £2 you can experience a nicer toilet experience at either of the two mentioned outlets.

  • Pootopia - regularly cleaned long drops with clean toilet seats and cubicles regularly cleaned and loo roll replenished. Each cubicle also comes with literature to read.
  • Luxury Loos - actual flushing porcelain toilets, however queues for this outlet are incredibly long, and they have less toilets.

Food and drink

As well as the usual burgers, hot dogs, Chinese and crepes on sale, below are some particular food and drink highlights of the festival:

  • Smokey Tentacles: The legendary chill out spot of the festival. Teas, Coffees, Fresh Chai and Cheese Toasties can be consumed with shisha in traditional Egyptian hookah pipes.
  • Moorish Feast: All the best choice in North African grill with Mediterranean flavours.
  • Strumpets with crumpets: coffee, tea and crumpets with all kinds of toppings, all served by ladies in stockings and corsets 24 hours round!
  • Jagermeister: As well as hosting a stage, Jagermeister will also be on site with the Jager Rock Truck

Forum discussions recommend budgeting £50-£70 for Food, and £70-£100 on Alcohol and Merchandise.

Download also run a token scheme, with 2012 prices costing £4 per token, with one beer or cider costing 1 token, with Red Bull cans or drinks with spirits costing 1 1/2 Token.

Perform at the festival

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Volunteer or work

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Drugs and security

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Stream online

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Mobile Apps

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Trivia

The festival won the 2013 Best Major Festival award at the UK Festival Awards.

The name Download was chosen for many reasons, but the main reason is due to in the era that the festival was conceived, Download was a dirty word in the music industry as a result in the rise of file sharing.

The act of illegal file sharing is seen as rebellious as is the genre of rock and metal music, that being the main reason the word Download was chosen.

Past lineups

Download 2012: Metallica, The Prodigy and the Ozzy Osbourne led Black Sabbath. Metallica had announced that they would play the whole of The Black Album backwards. The event was the festival's 10th anniverary. The full line-up can be viewed here.

Highlights of the 2011 Download included System Of A Down, Def Leppard, Linkin Park, Avenged Sevenfold, Skunk Ananzie, Bullet For My Valentine, Disturbed, Alter Bridge and The Darkness.

Details of past line-ups can be found here