It’s been over thirty years since Donington became the religious home of all things hard rock in the UK. Over the past decade, Download Festival has become synonymous with Donington Park, and in 2013 the festival will return with three huge headliners in Iron Maiden, Slipknot and Rammstein! Taking place in June (14-16), Download’s promoters have always focussed on delivering a line up that compliments all sorts of sub genres that could fall under rock, with some of the recent festivals showing off headline sets from the likes of System Of A Down, Lostprophets, AC/DC, Rage Against The Machine, KISS, The Prodigy, Tool, Linkin Park, Black Sabbath and a whole bundle more.
In it’s earlier incarnation, Donington Park hosted what was known as the Monsters of Rock festival, which came to an end in 1996. Last years Download Festival had a huge array of bands right across the rock spectrum, performing on a total of five different stages, with the main stage being headlined by The Prodigy, Metallica and Black Sabbath. The promoters done an excellent job of offering a varied selection of headliners on each night as the Second Stage boasted big name headliners You Me At Six, Slash and Rise Against. Over 100,000 fans packed Donington in 2010, making it the second biggest festival in the UK behind Glastonbury. 2011 seen the festival face stiff competition in the UK, most notably from Sonisphere at Knebworth, while 2012 seen the festival win Best Line Up at the coveted Festival Awards. Looking to build from their recent success, the Download team will no doubt be pulling out all the stops to ensure Donington has a weekend to remember.
In 2013, the festival takes place at Donington Park on the 14-16th June, and it promises to be one of the most explosive weekends in Download Festival history.