We may not be able to rock out at Donington this year, but Download Festival is pulling out all the stops to make sure their virtual festival this coming weekend (12 – 14 June 2020) in your own home is as close to the real thing as possible.

Download TV is now just days away and yes the weather is looking typically Download-ish. However, unless you’re recreating the festival in your garden you can put away the brolly and check out the just released the full Download TV schedule.

With over 20 hours of programming streaming across the weekend, Download TV is set to be a very special virtual event this summer. The weekend will be split into daytime and evening programming. The daytime content hosted by none other than Kerrang! Radio’s Sophie K, and Download regular Kylie Olsson hosting the evening show.

Download TV kicks off this Friday at 12 pm, with a whole host of activities including Doom Yoga, cooking demonstration with vegan superstars BOSH, a pub quiz, and a KISS make up tutorial from Gemma Stafford! Of course, there’s no shortage of bands involved including Theory, Of Mice & Men, and a world exclusive premiere from Chester Bennington’s previous band Grey Daze. From 7 pm, head on over to Youtube for the evening programme. We’ve got over four and a half hours of content including exclusive interviews and a ton of live performances, headlined by the one and only KISS.

There’s something for everyone during Saturday’s programme, starting from 12pm. Get your heart racing and your horns in the air with Rockfit, cook along with the hilarious Nat’s What I Reckon, or learn how to mix cocktails with MasterChef’s Simon Wood. There’s also exclusive performances from the likes of Amaranthe, Employed To Serve and more – and a very special quarantine diary from Killswitch Engage. The evening content will start at 7 pm, headlined by none other than Iron Maiden.

The final day of activities takes place on Sunday from 11.30 am. Rise and shine with a mindfulness session from Mind The Dog, rock out with internet sensation Nandi Bushell, and check out footage from Download festivals across the globe. Don’t miss exclusive performances from the likes of Wage War, Milk Teeth and Twin Temple as well. Sunday’s evening programme starts at 4.25 pm and brings you another 4.5 hours of content, headlined by System Of A Down. The fun doesn’t end there – join Dan P Carter on BBC Radio One’s Rock Show from 9 pm for the official Download TV afterparty.

The full Download TV schedule can be found here.

Download TV is not the only news the legendary Heavy Metal Truants have already smashed their 2020 fundraising target. The annual charity cycle ride from London to the hallowed grounds of Castle Donington for Download Festival is this year taking place virtually. The charity cycling group, founded in 2013 by ex-Metal Hammer Editor in Chief Alexander Milas and Iron Maiden Manager Rod Smallwood, to raise money for children’s charities through events, memorabilia auctions and their annual charity cycle ride. To date, the Heavy Metal Truants have raised £681,500 for Teenage Cancer Trust, Nordoff Robbins and Childline. This year they welcome the addition of Save The Children as an international charity beneficiary.

Almost 500 people worldwide have signed up to this years ‘The Eighth Of Spades virtual ride’ from 34 countries including Australia, Canada, America, Mexico, South Africa, France, Italy and Russia among many more. The Truants are also excited to have members of Thunder, Pendulum, Architects and Paradise Lost joining the ride this year. The initial target of £66,666 was sped past by the end of the first-day riding which prompted another target of £100k to be set which has now also been surpassed. This is a real proud moment for the metal community who repeatedly show their power to come together and surpass expectations.

For more information about The Heavy Metal Truants Charity Bike Ride including how to donate – just because they reached a target doesn’t mean we can’t help continuing to smash it – can be found here.

Download Festival info can be found on the official website and via Twitter from where they tweet as @DownloadFest.