Download Festival was first held in 2003 at Donington Park, and is conceived as the follow-up of Monsters of Rock, which was held at the same venue between 1980 and 1996. By now, Download is the biggest rock and metal festival in the United Kingdom, with a capacity of 110,000 visitors and headlining acts like Iron Maiden, Metallica, System of a Down, Kiss, Aerosmith, Slipknot, Black Sabbath and Rammstein throughout the years.
The British festival brings the best of rock and metal bands playing on four stages. Apart from live music, the festival also provides other sources of fun, from a fairground to standup comedy, circus performances and even a cinema! Various food trucks and bars also make sure all attendants have their necessities covered on the spot.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get to the festival?
Download has excellent connections by road, rail, bus and plane, as it is located next to East Midlands Airport, and Donington Park lies where Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire meet.
The festival also offers travel to and from Donington Park via the Big Green Coach, with 74 pickup locations across the UK. Coach tickets can be purchased separately and also in package with the festival ticket, and can be found here.
Another option is to travel with public transport: there are several coaches going to Derby (National Express, Megabus etc), and from the station you can take local buses (skylink Derby, direction Leicester) to Donington Park, which takes approximately 30 minutes.
If you are travelling from abroad, you have several options where to fly to (probably London, Birmingham or Manchester offer the cheapest destinations), from which you can either take the Big Green Coach going directly to the festival, or go by other forms of public transport mentioned above. Taking the train is also a suitable option, but trains are expensive in the UK compared to coach buses.
If you are going by car, car parking tickets can be purchased at the festival’s ticket page. There are two car parkings onsite, South and West, and visitors will be guided to the one depending on the time of arrival and from which direction you are coming.
Is there a festival campsite?
Yes, Download has several campsite areas, and in The Village you find food stalls, bars, and other sources of entertainment as well. The campsite is open 24 hours a day. There is also a Quiet Camping site, that has a curfew at midnight and where, as it is a bit far away from the main party sites, sounds drifting across from other campsites are less disturbing, which makes this campsite more ideal for families. Quiet Camping is the same price as other campsites at the festivals that can be purchased at the festival’s ticket page.
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