Conceived in 2003 Download Festival, initially ran as a two-day event, expanding to the three days we know in 2005. From there Download has gone on to become not only a much beloved but award-winning festival. Taking home Best Festival at the Heavy Music Awards in 2017 and the Best Major Festival Award at UK Festival Awards in 2018, among many others.
In the festival sixteen years, they have seen a host of musical genres peak and fade, young upsets debuting on their stages returning as heavy weight headliners and so much more. You could fill a bookcase with chronicled facts, figures and fables about past Download Festivals. However, what we are most interested in right now is Download 2019: Bring on the info!
First those main stage headliners; Def Leppard, Slipknot and Tool. With nineteen years of experience under their belt, the Los Angeles heavy progressive rock merchants Tool will make sure the festival wraps up with special unique performance on Sunday night. While Tool has not released an album since 2016’s 10,00 Days. Hopes are high, after comments from Maynard Keenan, that Tool would be completing production and looking to release their 5th album in May or June this year.
Expect nothing less than a dynamic frenzy of a show from Slipknot, perfect for Download Main Stage on a Saturday night. Slipknot have incorporated just about everything into their sets over the years from raised stage areas to pyrotechnics as well as a numerous visual element’s including huge screens and stunning light shows. Sheffield’s Def Leppard takes the Friday slot. The band, never ones to take a break, ended 2018 releasing their two-disc compilation (The Story So Far – The Best Of) as well as completing a sell-out UK tour. This year as well as owning the Download main stage Def Leppard will embark on a world tour.
We’ve said it before; no festival is all about the headliners and Download is no exception. We are particularly excited by The Avalanche Stage hosted by Kerrang! Radio. The first name to instil a frenzy are Inglewood’s Fever 333. The rapcore band’s debut album Strength in Numb333rs has been in heavy rotation on our playlist the past month and we’ve seen what they can deliver live and its all that and more. We know that they can divide opinion, but we love Palaye Royale and will certainly be catching their first Download set. A day without some choice metalcore and melodic rock is a day musically misspent meaning The Amity Affliction and Black Peaks are certainly worth adding to your Download schedule.
The rest of the line-up is also strong this year what with Ground Culture and their energizingly melodic hardcore full of seriously heavy guitar riffs and the powerful vocals from Roy Watson. The heavy brooding and full of emotion Conjurer, who debut album Mire was released last year, look like they’ll be a moving watch. As well as Rob Zombie, Beartooth and Lamb Of God grabbing our attention – it’s a case of Download you’re spoiling us.
Don’t forget Download wrestling – what you didn’t know? WWE NXT Live wrestlers, including NXT UK champion Pete Dunne, will battle in Downloads full scale arena. Hit the Download website on Monday 25th February when they’ll reveal the first wave of NXT UK names hitting up Download this year.
This is that bit where we tell some facts and figure, the important kind like time, place and tickets. Download Festival 2019 will take place between 14 and 16 June. Where the three counties of Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire meet you’ll find Donnington Park – home of Download. Ticket are on sale now options and are numerous with 3- or 5-nights camping, day tickets and RIP Packages for a glamping and hotel festival options. Price’s vary, however, all the details can be found along with more specific detail on the Download Festival 2019 website.