Next weekend (9-11 June) marks the return of the UK’s biggest rock and metal festival. Download Festival returns for another year, bringing a whole host of legendary bands, new bands and even a wrestling arena.
Headlining this year’s festival are iconic bands, System Of A Down, Biffy Clyro and Aerosmith. System Of A Down will be making their first appearance at the festival since 2011 and their third headline appearance since the festival began in 2003. After rarely playing in the UK since they reformed in 2011, System Of A Down’s performance is highly anticipated and likely to be full of fan favourites. Expect to see lots of mosh pits in the crowds and a loud sing along to ‘Chop Suey’. If any band is great with crowd involvement, you can be sure that System Of A Down are.
Biffy Clyro are set to headline the Saturday night and have well earned this spot. Having played the festival since 2007, the band have worked their way up to this headline spot. Having headlined Reading & Leeds, T in the Park, Isle of Wight and Radio 1’s Big Weekend festivals, Biffy Clyro are more than experienced in headlining festivals by now. You can expect three scottish men, with no t-shirts on, playing a whole variety of songs, going from their very first album to their latest release, 2016’s ‘Ellipsis’.
The final headliner for this year is none other than Aerosmith. After being together for over 45 years, the band have finally decided to call it quits and are embarking on their farewell tour. Their headline appearance on Sunday will see their last ever UK appearance. With so many years of experience, Aerosmith certainly know how to put on a show. Full of Steven Tyler’s crazy outfits and a set list covering all the great hits, you’re in for a good night. If you want to see Aerosmith one more time, then this will be your last chance to do so. Catch them while you can.
To add to the three main acts, there’s over 100 other bands playing over the weekend. With the likes of Prophets of Rage, A Day To Remember, Alter Bridge, Five Finger Death Punch, AFI, Steel Panther and more playing over 4 stages, there’s a lot to look forward to. Playing on the Main Stage on Saturday is Southampton’s own Creeper. Having just released their debut album ‘Eternity In Your Arms’ earlier this year, they’ll be taking over on Saturday to show everyone what Southampton’s biggest up & coming band has to offer.
One thing that’s unique about the festival is that music is only a part of it. A large number of events take place over the weekend that anyone can have a great time, even if the music isn’t for them. One of the main attractions is the WWE NXT wrestling arena, returning for another year to take over the festival. A purpose-built wrestling ring lies in the main arena where fans can go and watch big wrestling names such as Bobby Roode, do what they best.
In line with that, each year has Fancy Dress Friday and the theme this year is of course, wrestling. Crowd members are expected to be seen in their best wrestling gear or even their best Nacho Libre costumes. Fancy dress is something that’s always a lot of fun at Download Festival because so many people join in, so expect to see a lot of wrestlers walking round on the Friday!
With other attractions such as The Doghouse (a festival nightclub), a cinema tent and circus performance troupe, Area 51, happening over the weekend, there’s something for everyone. With camping opening up two days before the music starts, Download Festival makes sure there’s something going on at all times so there’s always something to do!
Make sure to snap up your ticket while you still can, this year’s Download Festival going to be a great one.
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