Download Festival

Download Festival

The Download Festival is a three day music festival held annually at Donington Park (which hosted the Monsters of Rock Festivals between 1980 and 1996, and 2002's Ozzfest). It takes place at the end of spring, and is owned and managed by Live Nation.

Download 2003

The first Download Festival was held in 2003. The headliners were originally Iron Maiden and Limp Bizkit, although Limp Bizkit pulled out and were replaced by Audioslave. Metallica attempted to step in as headliners, but were unable due to already being headliners at that year's Reading and Leeds Festivals. Instead, they played an unannounced "secret slot" in the afternoon on the second stage.

Main Stage
Saturday Sunday
Iron Maiden
Marilyn Manson
Deftones
Ministry
InMe
Murderdolls
Amen
Funeral for a Friend
Stampin' Ground
Shadows Fall
Murder One
Audioslave
Zwan
Flint
Apocalyptica
Less Than Jake
Disturbed
Stone Sour
Evanescence
Mudvayne
Spineshank
The Darkness
One Minute Silence
Raging Speedhorn
Instruction

Scuzz Stage
Saturday Sunday
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
NOFX
boysetsfire
The Bouncing Souls
Strung Out
Thrice
[Spunge]
TSOL
Real McKenzies
Metallica
The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster
Brand New
Beatsteaks
Randy
Fabulous Disaster

Download 2004

Another stage was added to the festival in this year, bringing the total to three. 72 bands played over the two days. The 2004 event was also noticeable for several last minute hitches. Firstly, Soil got lost on the way to Donington and missed their main stage appearance on Saturday (they later joined Drowning Pool on stage to perform Drowning Pool's "Bodies" and their own song "Halo"). Static-X missed their slot due to a bus breakdown. On Sunday, 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 were replaced on the main stage by Damageplan, who were scheduled to play the second stage. Their setlist ended with a rendition of Damageplan founders Vinnie Paul and Dimebag Darrell's most recognisable song from their Pantera days, "Walk".

The biggest news came from the headliners Metallica, however, when Lars Ulrich was rushed to hospital. Taking to the stage an hour and a half late, James Hetfield explained the situation with Lars and the show began with Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo playing on Battery and The Four Horsemen. Slipknot's Joey Jordison played the rest of the set apart from Fade to Black which was played by Metallica's drum technician, Flemming Larsen. The set featured no post-Black Album songs and was about an hour and ten minutes long: short for a headliner. The set is considered one of the band's most memorable performances.

The full line-up included:

Main Stage
Saturday Sunday
Linkin Park
Sum 41
The Stooges
The Hives
The Distillers
Cradle of Filth
Monster Magnet
Opeth
Dillinger Escape Plan
Metallica
Korn
Slipknot
Slayer
Machine Head
Damageplan
Soulfly
Ill Niño
Turbonegro
Breed 77

Snickers "Game On" Stage
Saturday Sunday
Pennywise
Electric Six
Wildboyz (Steve-o and Chris Pontius)
Arch Enemy
Biffy Clyro
Million Dead
Instruction
36 Crazyfists
Akercocke
Viking Skull
Powder
The Bled
HIM
Bowling for Soup
Taking Back Sunday
Slayer
Life of Agony
Brides of Destruction
Drowning Pool
Hatebreed
Hoobastank
Trapt
Silvertide
Ricky Warwick
Terra Diablo

Barfly Stage
Saturday Sunday
Peaches
International Noise Conspiracy
Ikara Colt
thisGirl
Roxy Saint
The Glitterati
Surferosa
Burst
Lowfive

Bullet for My Valentine
The Holiday Plan
Hiding Place
Fireapple Red
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
Acidtone
Hurricane Party
Planet of Women

Scotland In June 2004 a two day Download festival was held on Glasgow Green, several days before the Donington event. This had a limited line up with only 9 bands performing over a 2 day period. However, the bands which did play were similar to those appearing at Donington including the headliners, Metallica and Linkin Park. Download Scotland also saw an appearance from Welsh rock act Lostprophets who were unique to the event and 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 and HIM. The running order went as follows.

Day 1 Day 2
Metallica
Slipknot
Korn
HIM
Linkin Park
Lostprophets
The Stooges
The Distillers
Machine Head

Download 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 2005, as well as an "Indie day" on the first day of the festival.

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 was so relieved the band won the crowd over (there were concerns that they would be received badly by the traditional attendee 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. A part of the body was thrown to a member of the crowd.

Lemmy also took to the stage, with former MC5 members, and Gilby Clarke, to perform Back in the USA.

Sleaze Metal band Crashdiet played their first and so far only show in the UK on the Napster Stage

Initially, Bert McCracken of The Used and Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance were asked to perform their cover of Under Pressure by Queen and David Bowie, but the former friends refused the offer to perform the cover as they had recently fallen out.

The official line-up included:

Main Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday
Feeder
Garbage
Dinosaur Jr
Megadeth
Biffy Clyro
The Others
JJ72
Wednesday 13
Queen Adreena
Black Sabbath
Velvet Revolver
HIM
Anthrax
Alter Bridge
Bowling For Soup
A
The Mad Capsule Markets
The Dwarves
Trivium
System of a Down
Slipknot
Slayer
Nightwish
Killswitch Engage
Papa Roach
Mudvayne
Society 1
DV8

Snickers Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday
Billy Idol
The Used
My Chemical Romance
InMe
The Bled
Apocalyptica
Underøath
Lordi
Fozzy
Flogging Molly
In Flames
Chimaira
Lamb of God
Bullet for My Valentine
Meshuggah
Unearth
Every Time I Die
Open Hand
American Head Charge
The Hurt Process
Motörhead
DKT/MC5
Funeral for a Friend
Lacuna Coil
Mastodon
Shadows Fall
Helmet
Caliban
As I Lay Dying
Gizmachi
Send More Paramedics
The Mascara Story

Napster Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday
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
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 Day Job
City On Fire
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 (Spoken word 'Sermon')

Download 2006

The 2006 Download Festival was held at Donington Park, England on the 9th, 10th, and 11th of June. Download 2006 boasted the largest selling acts out of all the UK music festivals that year (in terms of the combined total of every act). The three days comprising the headlining acts (Tool, 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 Ireland.

One memorable moment of the festival was the announcement that Korn vocalist Jonathan Davis had been rushed to hospital. Similar to 2004's Metallica set, Munky, Fieldy and David Silveria arrived and explained to the fans why Jonathan couldn't make it and played with guest vocalists Corey Taylor from Slipknot, Dez Fafara from DevilDriver, Jesse Hasek from 10 Years, Benji Webbe from Skindred, M. Shadows from Avenged Sevenfold, and Matt Heafy from Trivium. Lyrics from some of the performed songs were displayed on the big screens for the crowd to sing along. Another talking point of the festival was Metallica playing the album Master of Puppets in its entirety in honour of its twentieth anniversary. Guns N' Roses also performed material from the long forthcoming Chinese Democracy album which was received quite well by the crowd.

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.

Main Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday
Tool
Deftones
Coheed and Cambria
Soulfly
Strapping Young Lad
SOiL
Wicked Wisdom
Amplifier
Metallica
Korn
Trivium
Avenged Sevenfold
Stone Sour
Alice in Chains
Arch Enemy
Bloodsimple
Satyricon
Down (Unannounced Set)
Guns N' Roses
Funeral for a Friend
Bullet for My Valentine
Cradle of Filth
Lacuna Coil
In Flames
36 Crazyfists
DragonForce
Hatebreed
Breed 77

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.

Snickers Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday
The All-American Rejects
Atreyu
InMe
Clutch
Fishbone
Dredg
Bleeding Through
Gojira
Throwdown
Suns of the Tundra
Alter Bridge
Opeth
Within Temptation
Secret Machines
Billy Talent
Henry Rollins
DevilDriver
SikTh
Johnny Truant
Khoma
The Prodigy
Alexisonfire
Eighteen Visions
Hundred Reasons
Aiden
Fightstar
From First to Last
DevilDriver (Instead of Soilwork)
Zebrahead
God Forbid

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.

Gibson/Myspace Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday
Art of Dying
Ginger & The Sonic Circus
Backyard Babies
Cathedral
Engerica
Bullets & Octane
My Awesome Compilation
Animal Alpha
The Audition
Enter Shikari
Kitty Hudson
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
Sick Of It All
Lordi
Skindred
Moneen
Darkest Hour
Blindside
Mendeed
Bring Me the Horizon
The Zico Chain
Voodoo Six
Lauren Harris
Winterville
Streetlight Youth
I-Def-I

Snickers Bowl Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday
Gay for Johnny Depp
Keiko
SinTuition
Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly
getAmped
The Hedrons
Viking Skull
Betty curse
Evergrey

Controversy

On the Saturday, Main Stage act Korn lost lead singer Jonathan Davis after he was hospitalised over concerns for bruises on his body. After observation, it was discovered that Davis had contracted a rare blood disease and could not perform at the event. Several different acts contributed singers to fill in for Davis, who each appeared with the rest of the band for a shorter set.

In addition to high temperatures and long queues for water, throughout most of the festival, bottles were thrown around the crowd, mostly in a harmless manner. However, during the Sunday headline set of Guns N' Roses, one or more bottles landed on the stage. This caused problems after the band's lead singer, Axl Rose, slipped on the wet surface and a bottle filled with urine apparently hit bassist Tommy Stinson. Stinson threw his bass, accidentally hitting one of the cameramen, and left the stage. He returned after the song and apologized, 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!

On the final night, fires were started by some festival goers and police were called, arresting twelve people.. At around 4am, 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, and proceeded to stop the troublemakers. The festival director, Stuart Galbraith, 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."

Download 2007

The 2007 Download Festival took place on June 8-10 2007.

The three bands that headlined the 2007 festival were My Chemical Romance, Linkin Park and Iron Maiden. My Chemical Romance's announcement as headliners caused much disappointment with fans looking forward to a heavier lineup, and on the day bottles were thrown at lead singer Gerard Way as a demonstration of disapproval.

Through February, March and the beginning of April, more bands were announced in small groups of five or six, and on 17 April this lineup was arranged into days and stages on the official website. A further announcement of fifteen bands on 24 April added to this lineup, and announced the names of the second and third stages - The Dimebag Darrell Stage, and The Tuborg Stage.

Korn's Jonathan Davis stated that the reason for the band returning this year, was because of his absence due to illness last year. He states 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 show!

Download 2007 was Dimmu Borgir's first ever festival appearance in England. Hardcore Superstar pulled out of their slot on the Tuborg stage on the Sunday because their tour bus broke down in Germany.

Download 2007 also featured the first band to officially perform on the Thursday of the festival. Scumface played on the Tuborg Stage during the boardie barbecue.

Iron Maiden's set along with others was broadcast over the internet. Additionally, Maiden's performance will eventually be released as a DVD, as frontman Bruce Dickinson announced during the show.

Lamb Of God's DVD Walk With Me In Hell will feature the band's full performance.

Main Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday
My Chemical Romance
Velvet Revolver
Wolfmother
DragonForce
Megadeth
Hinder
Buckcherry
Zico Chain
Linkin Park
Marilyn Manson
Slayer
Machine Head
Bowling for Soup
30 Seconds to Mars
Aiden
Shadows Fall
HELLYEAH
Turisas
Iron Maiden
Evanescence
Killswitch Engage
Stone Sour
Lamb of God
Mastodon
Papa Roach
Chimaira
Reuben
Parikrama

Dimebag Darrell Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday
Korn
Enter Shikari
Paramore
Porcupine Tree
Saosin
From Autumn to Ashes
Turbonegro
Ill Niño
ANJ
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
Billy Talent
Dream Theater
Dimmu Borgir
Within Temptation
Napalm Death
Paradise Lost
Orange Goblin
DevilDriver
Unearth
Cancer Bats
After Forever
Eyelash
Tuborg Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday
Suicidal Tendencies
Hayseed Dixie

Job for a Cowboy
The Hedrons
Sanctity
I Was a Cub Scout
The Scare
This Et Al
Fortune Drive
Drive-by Argument
Head Automatica
Necro
The Answer
Silverstein
Lez Zeppelin
Architects
Priestess
Panic Cell
Beyond All Reason
My Alamo
Damone
Army of Freshmen
Malpractice
Reel Big Fish
Fastway
Cult of Luna
Lauren Harris
Fair to Midland
Kids in Glass Houses
Between the Trees
Flood of Red
Hardcore Superstar
Lights. Action!
In This Moment
The Ghost of a Thousand
LostAlone

Download 2008

The 2008 Download festival took place on June 13 to June 15. The 2008 festival had a significantly different layout to that of the previous years in that the festival arena area was situated in land to the west of the race track instead of the traditional venue of the race track infield area. Notable amongst numerous changes is that the second, 'Tuborg', stage became larger and moved from a marquee to an open-air format, located on a tarmac car park. Chris Cornell was originally scheduled to play the festival, but he cancelled his European tour so he could focus on a new album. Twin Method and Finger Eleven were announced to play but were removed from the official websites lineup. On the Friday of the festival, Kid Rock was meant to appear between 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, but it was later revealed he left the festival grounds after becoming dissatisfied with the amenities. This allowed the two bands, Disturbed and Judas Priest, to have longer sets.

Main Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday
KISS
Judas Priest
Motörhead
Disturbed
Seether
Beat Union
Black Tide
The Offspring
Incubus
Bullet for My Valentine
Biffy Clyro
Alter Bridge
Madina Lake
36 Crazyfists
Job for a Cowboy
Skindred
Sign
Lostprophets
Jimmy Eat World
Coheed and Cambria
In Flames
Within Temptation
Apocalyptica
Black Stone Cherry
Fightstar
From First to Last
Glamour Of The Kill

Tuborg Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday
Simple Plan
Rise Against
Rival Schools
The Subways
The Fall of Troy
Comeback Kid
The Black Dahlia Murder
Stone Gods
Zebrahead
HIM
Ash
Pendulum
Ace Frehley
Amon Amarth
Bleeding Through
Throwdown
A Day to Remember
The Devil Wears Prada
Alesana
Annotations Of An Autopsy
Malefice
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

Gibson Stage
Friday Saturday Sunday
The Dillinger Escape Plan
Kill Hannah
Slaves to Gravity
High on Fire
In Case of Fire
Blackhole
Hostile
Firewind
Caimbo
Rolo Tomassi
Lovvers
Testament
Saxon
Johnny Truant
Fighting With Wire
Brigade
Army of Freshmen
The Haze
Big Linda
The Last Supper
Trigger the Bloodshed
Mexicolas

Rise to Remain
Verra Cruz
Jonathan Davis
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

Download 2009

The 2009 Download festival is due to take place on the 12-14th of June.

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