Download is the biggest rock festival in the UK. Held at Castle Donington, home of the original Monsters of Rock festivals, Download is now into its ninth year and attracts some of the biggest names in rock and metal along with huge numbers of fans (around 100,000).
Download has four stages - the main outdoor stage, second stage which is similarly large and also outdoors, and two stages in large marquees. With bands playing on all four stages throughout the weekend then there is always a band worth watching on at least one of the stages. Download is not just about the bands though - there are hundreds of food stalls as well as clothes stalls, and stalls selling camping supplies and pretty much anything else a festival goer might want. The campsites are enormous - when they have to cater for as many people as a small town then you get an idea of their size. Adjoining the camping area is the "village" - a collection of eating places, bars, shops, a funfair, and marquees for entertainment (including a cinema) - everything that's needed to keep people occupied at night when the main arena is closed.
For those people who dont like the idea of camping, there are other options - from Luxury camping in tents, teepees or small wooden huts, to hotels. The luxury campsite even lets you park next to your tent which avoids having to carry heavy camping gear, and also has a noise curfew to allow people to get a good nights sleep.
Headliners in 2011 was Def Leppard, System of a down, and Linkin Park. The rest of the lineup features some fantastic bands including Alice Cooper, Twisted Sister, Rob Zombie, Pendulum, Cheap Trick, Korn and many more.
This year's headlners Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Rammstein will be sure to get your head banging! Other acts include Korn, Queens of the Stone Age, Thirty Seconds to Mars... I can go on and on and on, but I wont. All you need to know is this festival is serious, no holds barred head bangin devil horned ROCK!!! Go get your rock on, I am!
For more details visit the Download festival website: www.downloadfestival.co.uk