Preview: Download Festival 2016


Download Festival returns this year from the 10th to 12th June, held at Donington Park, marking the 14th annual homecoming of one of the biggest UK events for showcasing the best of rock and metal. This year, over its three days, headliners Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and Rammstein will grace the main stage to unite over 90,000 people with a combined enthusiasm for rock.

The Leicestershire festival kicks off with a bang as Alien Ant Farm, Killswitch Engage and Korn join headliner Rammstein on the Friday. All Time Low, Twin Atlantic and The Amity Affliction also kick off Friday on The Encore Stage, with a whole host of others on other stages.

The weekend begins with performances from the likes of Beartooth, Down, Megadeth and Deftones on the main stage, with the night concluding with what promises to be a wave of excitement with Black Sabbath, who will lead us into the Sunday.

Download’s final day will see Monster Truck, The Temperance Movement, Shinedown, Disturbed and Nightwish fill the main stage before Iron Maiden end the weekend with a roar, who are currently on their Book of Souls world tour. Frontman Bruce Dickinson has confirmed the band will arrive in true Maiden style, taking their custom Ed Force One 747-400 Jumbo Jet to land in Donnington. He also said Maiden aim to “deliver a really memorable show for our fans” in order to close the festival. Jane’s Addiction, Billy Talent and Don Broco are also sure make waves on the encore stage on the final day.

For more information on the lineup, tickets, venue and anything else, visit Download Festival 2016’s website by clicking here.

Download 2016 Lineup


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