Download Festival: 14th-16th June 2013, Donington Park

Last year we rocked ‘til we dropped at Download’s tenth birthday and this year there’s more celebrations as they turn it up to eleven (years) – any excuse for a party! This is the festival weekend to let your hair down and windmill, circle pit and throw horns at a line up that will burst your eardrums and make them bleed.

Headliners for the weekend on Main Stage are the mighty Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Rammstein, the Zippo Encore plays host to Black Stone Cherry, Enter Shikari and Limp Bizkit, on the Pepsi Max there’s HIM, The Hives and Satyricon whilst over on the Red Bull Stage there’s Fearless Vampire Killers, After The Burial and Sonic Boom Six taking the top spots.

Further down the bill there’s an abundance of treats to keep the masses entertained from festival stalwarts Queens of the Stone Age, Mastodon, Europe and Motorhead, to reputable artists including Architects, Jimmy Eat World and Katatonia.

Our picks of who to see during the three day event include: Chthonic who bring along The Oriental Orchestra to the Pepsi Max stage, Ghost and their satanic verses hold sermon at the Zippo Encore stage as well as Dir En Grey who open the stage on Friday. We’ll get whiplash to Motorhead as long as they play Ace of Spades and run riot with Five Finger Death Punch just because we can.

Download always has the ability to pull something special out of the bag and this year certainly isn’t going to be a letdown, so raise those horns and salute to the ’13.

Location: Donington Park

How to get to the site: As the site is bang next to East Midlands Airport it’s easily accessible by car, train and coach.

Beer Prices/Selection: Usual festival selection of beers, ciders and spirits with added Jagermeister at the usual festival prices.

Campsite: There are several different options for camping, a lot of the RIP packages have sold out but there’s still plenty of choice including bog standard party central camping and the RIP Hotel.

Clientèle: Mixed bag of young and old metallers and rockers.

Acts that have played before: Black Sabbath, Def Leppard, Soundgarden, Metallica and many many others

Other stuff to do: It’s all about the music.

Ticket Prices: Vary depending on package: a normal weekend ticket with 3 nights of camping costs £195, whilst day tickets are £82.50.

Security Staff: Friendly, fair and generally look like they’re having a good time.

Toilets: Hit and miss depending on location, take your own tissues and alcohol gel just in case.

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