Download Festival

  • 2023,  Download Festival,  LD Communications,  Live Music,  Press Releases


    20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION EVENT BECOMES THE HOTTEST TICKET IN HISTORY OF THE FESTIVAL Download Festival’s 20th anniversary has become a double celebration, as today the festival sells out, marking 2023 as the fastest-selling year of all time. Day, weekend and camping tickets have been snapped up by fans eager to celebrate an incredible 20 years for the legendary festival. The special anniversary edition, taking place for the first time over four days on 8-11 June 2023 at Donington Park, will feature headliners Bring Me The Horizon, Slipknot and Metallica, who will perform two headline sets with no repeat songs. The incredible line-up continues with Alter Bridge, Five Finger Death Punch, Architects,…

  • 2023,  Download Festival,  LD Communications,  News,  Press Releases

    Download Festival 2023 – 20th Anniversary

    DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY HAS BECOME THE FASTEST SELLING DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL EVER RIP TICKETS SELL OUT IN RECORD TIME FOLLOWING HUGE FIRST ANNOUNCEMENTDon’t miss the chance to attend the very special 20th anniversary edition – Download Festival 2023 becomes hottest ticket with Early Bird tickets and RIP packages sold out. – Limited amount of RIP tickets onsale next week – Launched on Monday with a massive party at the NoMad Hotel in London. Announced were over 60 bands, including two no-repeat sets from Metallica, Bring Me The Horizon, Slipknot, Evanescence, Placebo, Pendulum, The Distillers, Disturbed, Ghost and many more   Download Festival is witnessing its fastest ever selling year, with…

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  • 2022,  Download Festival,  LD Communications,  Live Music,  Review

    Download 2022 – The Beast is Back!

    Pictures by Enda Madden and review by Howard Keogh It has been a long hard road, but we have finally made it out the other side.Legions of fans have waited for this moment as the world lurched and lunged through the rollercoaster ride of the last two years. We had a hiatus where we had to survive on virtual Downloadin 2020 as a global pandemic swept through populations across the globe. We then had the falsedawn of Download 2021 until time was called on it in March. Hopes were raised once more inMay when it was announced that a reduced capacity event was to be held as a government sponsored…

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  • 2019,  Download Festival,  Featured,  Live Music,  Review

    Download Festival 2019 Review

    by Howard Keogh – Ligger in Chief and Satanic Cyclist from Hell Some places mean different things to different people. If you mention Donington UK to a historian he may refer you the historic references in the Domesday Book of 1086. A motor racing enthusiast on the other hand will most likely tell you about the famous Donington Park Race Track and perhaps mention that Since 2013, Norton Motorcycles has had its head office in Donington Hall. To any self-respecting rock fan however, there is only one true meaning, Donington is the spiritual home of Download – rock music’s greatest festival which has been running almost every year since 1980.…

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  • 2018,  Download Festival,  Featured,  Live Music,  Review

    Download 2018 Review

    by Howard Keogh – Cardio King of Rock N’ Roll   Over the last few balmy summer weeks, the countryside of the east midlands has enjoyed an expectant air of serendipity. Birds sing, as the gentle summer breeze whispers through the long grass however the stillness is destined to be short lived. Soon a legion of metal-heads is set to march upon this sacred ground where many of their predecessors have gone before, for this undulating English countryside is none other than Donnington Park where thousands of rockers assemble to pay their personal homage to the rock gods. This site has hosted rock festivals since 1980 and has become synonymous…

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  • 2017,  Download Festival,  Featured,  Live Music,  Review

    Download 2017 Review

    By Howard Keogh – our lycra-clad ligger As the time draws near for the metal legions to descend on Donington Park the spiritual home of rock, for the annual bash, there may be some trepidation in the ranks after last year’s unprecedented weather. Those in the know estimate that 70 million gallons of water fell over the course of the weekend making it challenging for those revellers who were lucky enough not to be completely washed out. Apparently that quantity of water is enough to fill 106 Olympic size swimming pools. But fear not because while you were scraping the mud from your boots Download dog has been busy. This…

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  • 2016,  Download Festival,  Live Music

    Download 2016 Review

    by Howard G. Keogh – Chief Correspondent and Resident Historian All right Punters, let’s start with a little history lesson before we delve into this year’s soiree. In 1979, promoters Paul Loasby, and Maurice Jones, planned a one-day festival aimed specifically at bands within the hard rock and heavy metal genre. Loasby was an established and successful promoter working that year on the Rainbow UK tour and the festival was set to be the final show of the tour with Rainbow as headliners. The first Monsters of Rock line-up consisted of a mix of British and international bands and was a success with an attendance of 35,000. After its fledgling…

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  • 2012,  Download Festival,  News

    The Dirty Youth for next week’s Kerrang Cover

    Today we need your help. Kerrang magazine in the UK are looking for a brand new band (!) for their front cover next week and we of course think that this accolade should naturally go to the best new band in the UK. For our money, there is no better band for the bill than Wales’ finest, The Dirty Youth. These guys are the best of breed and deserve a shot at the big time. As many of you may know, we have been supporters of these guys since the early days and they are pretty hot right now after just coming off a European tour with The Rasmus. Take…

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