Like many UK festivals, Download often finds itself facing the pitfalls of a typical English summer and 2015’s event is no different.
Download Festival 2015’s Friday’s headliners Slipknot performed in front of a sea of mud and an intense set of soggy downpours. But thats enough about the shitty UK weather, Who will be smashing the stage this year?
Download Festival 2016 Main Acts
Friday 10th June
Alien Ant Farm.
Saturday 12th June
Sunday 13th June
The Temperance Movement.
How much do you know about the Download festival early years?
Download Festival was conceived as a follow up to the Monsters of Rock festivals which had been held at the Donington Park circuit between 1980 and 1996. The first Download Festival was created by Stuart Galbraith, Tom Pyke and Andy Copping in 2003 in the same location. Rather than run as a single day event Download was initially a two-day event, expanding to three days in 2005.
The name Download Festival was chosen for the festival for two reasons. Downloading was a dirty word in the music industry at the time, due to file sharing, and rock is seen as a rebellious genre of music. Also Download was to be a Monsters of Rock for the 21st century and the internet would provide connectivity with its audience.
The 2003 festival tickets had a code on them, which would allow festival goers to download tracks from bands which had played. Although this idea has been dropped in subsequent years, the festival organizers have nurtured an online community through the Download Festival Forums. Initially a sounding board for the fans (and critics) of the festival, the boards have become an integral part of the festival organization with regular contributions from Festival Director John Probyn and Promoter Andy Copping. The forums also provide face to face feedback through the Fan Forum meetings (started in 2006) and organise the Boardie BBQ (2006 on) and the Boardie Takeover night (2009), football tournaments and a pub quiz for the R.I.P. campers who arrive on a Wednesday night.