Sunday 16 June 2013: Download Festival - THE biggest weekend in the rock calendar - took place this weekend as 90,000 people rocked out in Donington Park to headliners Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Rammstein plus a host of other bands across the weekend. 

Crowds of rock fans packed out Donington Park as the opening day of Download saw Asking Alexandria, Papa Roach, Architects, Korn, Bullet for My Valentine all perform mind blowing sets throughout the day, while bands like Fearless Vampire Killers, Fidlar and The Algorithm ripped up the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Stage. 

Slipknot had Donington in the palm of their hand as they opened their set with ‘Distasterpiece’ before launching into ‘Liberate’, ‘Wait and Bleed’, ‘Before I Forget’ and ‘Psychosocial’. A moment that will go down in Download history followed when 90,000 people knelt down on Donignton’s sacred ground before “jumping the fuck up” during a raging rendition of ‘Spit It Out’. 

Saturday’s epic lineup saw Queens of the Stone Age make their Download debut as the sun beamed down on the home of rock, while Motorhead, Alice In Chains, Mastodon, Enter Shikari, Jimmy Eat World, The Hives, Kvelertak and many more all played blinding sets. 

A Spitfire circled Donington Park before Iron Maiden burst onto stage with their headline set bringing the Maiden England tour to the festival marking 25 years since the band first headlined Donington Park. The set included ‘Run To The Hills’, ‘Fear of the Dark’, ‘The Number of the Beast’ and an encore of ‘Aces High’, ‘The Evil That Men Do’ and ‘Running Free’. 

The closing day of Download has already seen crowds roaring with sets from Coal Chamber, Five Finger Death Punch, Parkway Drive, with Limp Bizkit, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Gaslight Anthem, A Day To Remember and many more still to come. And of course everyone is gearing up for a stunning set from tonight’s headliners Rammstein, who will close the festival with a set that’s sure to contend for rock show of the year. 

Download Festival promoter Andy Copping commented: “It’s been an amazing weekend. We’ve had over 150 bands across five stages and a trio of ground breaking, world class headliners. Having Iron Maiden back 25 years after they first headlined Donington was an incredible moment. Slipknot as usual delivered an unforgettable set, and Rammstein tonight will be the first time the band have played Donington.” 

Other activity on site included The Red Bull Studios live at Download, which  culminated in an exciting series of sets from some of the UK's hottest emerging bands. Croydon trio Press To Meco were met with a raucous overspilling tent whilst Aberdeen four piece Semperfi had the electric crowds shouting back their lyrics.  The highlight for fellow Aberdeen cohorts Akord was undoubtedly accepting an impromptu invite to play on the main stage during Down's set to a 70k strong crowd. Having previously nurtured the cream of new rock talent such as Radio 1 favourites Don Broco, Red Bull Studios will no doubt be seeing this year's alumni on bigger stages very soon. Check out the 8 bands who made it through to play on the Red Bull Studios live at Download stage here www.download.redbullstudios.com 

Fans don’t need to be too down about the fact that the weekend is almost over, as festival organisers announce the dates for next year and a special early bird offer as a thank you to fans. Ticketmaster has discovered that metal and rock fans are amongst the most loyal there are. Research conducted by Ticketmaster’s LiveAnalytics team has revealed that attendees of Download, the UK’s premier rock festival, were much more likely to be returning after a previous visit than at an average festival. Loyalty is increasing significantly year on year, with 27% of this year’s festival goers returning after attending last year, growing steadily from 20% in 2012 and 13% in 2011, to this year’s all-time high. 

‘Our findings suggest that metal and rock fans simply can’t resist the lure of their favourite bands: and with a line up including Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Rammstein, who can blame them?’ – Sophie Crosby, VP of Insight, Ticketmaster International. 

Download Festival 2014 will take place 13-15 June, and as a thank you to fans for a limited time Download is offering £10 off the current 2013 prices for 5-day camping tickets, 3-day camping and weekend arena tickets. All tickets go on sale at 9am on 21 June with the offer closing on 1 July. There are only 5,000 available, visit www.downloadfestival.co.uk to get yours. 

Team Rock will launch tonight with a 'Best of Download 2013' show at 2 minutes to midnight. 

The Lowdown with Scuzz's Round Up show will air at 6pm on Friday 21 June. Tune in to relive all the weekend’s highlights. 

You can also catch highlights on Sky Arts from Saturday 29 June.

Transmission dates:

Saturday 29 June

Sunday 30 June

Monday 15 July

Tuesday 16 July 

Kerrang's review issue hits shelves on Wednesday 19 June.  

FRIDAY 14 JUNE                                    SATURDAY 15 JUNE                               SUNDAY 16 JUNE                                                            MAIN STAGE

SLIPKNOT                                              IRON MAIDEN                                             RAMMSTEIN

Bullet For My Valentine                          Queens of the Stone Age                            Thirty Seconds To Mars

Korn                                                     Motorhead                                                   The Gaslight Anthem

Down                                                   Alice In Chains                                             Stone Sour

Papa Roach                                           Mastodon                                                    Parkway Drive

Asking Alexandria                                Buckcherry                                                  Five Finger Death Punch

Architects                                             Young Guns                                                Coal Chamber

Rise To Remain                                     UFO                                                           Cancer Bats

                                                                                                                               Sacred Mother Tongue



BLACK STONE CHERRY                       ENTER SHIKARI                                                LIMP BIZKIT

Gogol Bordello                                    Jimmy Eat World                                            A Day to Remember

3 Doors Down                                    Thunder                                                        Airbourne

Volbeat                                               Lit                                                                 Ghost

Europe                                                Karnivool                                                       Rival Sons

DragonForce                                       Katatonia                                                      Amon Amarth

Uriah Heep                                          Hardcore Superstar                                       Masters of Reality

Skin                                                    Escape The Fate                                            Graveyard

Dir En Grey                                         Heaven’s Basement                                       The Ghost Inside   

                                                          Red, White & Blues                                         HellYeah  

                                                          I Divide                                                          Blitz Kids



HIM                                                     THE HIVES                                        SATYRICON

Converge                                            Kvelertak                                           Modestep

Motionless In White                            CHTHONIC & The Oriental Orchestra   P.O.D

Turisas                                               Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats              Newsted

In This Moment                                   Bury Tomorrow                                 Red Fang

The Sword                                            Heart of a Coward                           Vision Of Disorder

Hang The Bastard                                Empress                                            Bleed From Within

Patent Pending                                    Walking Papers                                  Hacktivist

Palm Reader                                        Nekrogoblikon                                    Brutality Will Prevail

Emperor Chung                                   Crowns                                                Little Caesar  

                                                            Earthtone 9                                        Krokodil                                                           

Hill Valley High                                     States Of Panic                                                           




Fearless Vampire Killers                        After The Burial                                     Sonic Boom Six

Fidlar                                                    Last Witness                                          Glamour Of The Kill

The Algorithm                                      Rat Attack                                              I Am I

Zico Chain                                            Voodoo Six                                          The Howling

Blood Command                                  Wounds                                                 Buffalo Summer

Verses                                                 Silent Screams                                       Huntress

Page 44                                               Astroid Boys                                          Black Dogs

Hammer of the Gods                            Idiom                                                    Mordecai 

                                                           Cytota                                                    The First  

                                                           Black Moth                                             Naked Flame                                                           

                                                           The Wild Lies                                         



We Are the Ocean                               Devin Townsend                                  Heaven’s Basement

Walking Papers                                    Acoustic TV                                         Pig Iron

Hear Kitty Kitty                                    Buffalo Summer                                   Skin

Toseland                                             Crowns                                               Red White & Blues

Rob Lynch                                           Straight Lines                                      Night x Night

Avosetta                                              Fahran                                                Crash Mansion

                                                          The Killing Floor                                   The Graveltones 

                                                          The Afterparty                                      Arthemis 



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