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All you need to know about Download Festival 2021

The alternative music powerhouse returns to Castle Donington from 4 - 6 June 2021.

Download Festival will return to its Castle Donington home from 4 – 6 June 2021.

The festival looks set to once again bring the biggest names from across the world of alternative music to the central England location.

Taking over from Monsters Of Rock and Ozzfest before it, Download Festival first took to its regular home in 2003, welcoming headline performances from Iron Maiden and Audioslave, as well as appearances by the likes of A, NOFX, Marilyn Manson and Deftones, as well as a legendary guest slot by heavy metal pioneers Metallica.

Since 2003, the festival has welcomed the likes of Linkin Park, Black Sabbath, Tool, KISS, Def Leppard, Rage Against The Machine, Slipknot and Guns N’ Roses to its various stages.

As well as boasting some of the most legendary names in metal and rock, Download Festival has established itself as a platform for rising artists, with early appearances by Enter Shikari, Bring Me The Horizon, Architects, A Day To Remember, Don Broco, Twin Atlantic, and IDLES peppered across the smaller stages.

Download Festival last welcomed headliners Def Leppard, Slipknot and Tool to the main stage in 2019, having been forced to postponed its 2020 outing due to the coronavirus outbreak. 2020 had been set to see KISS, Iron Maiden and System Of A Down take top billing. Instead, Download Festival announced the one time only Download TV, broadcasting exclusive live footage and special interviews and guest appearances on their YouTube channel.

Download Festival will return to Donington Park from 4 – 6 June 2020. The first wave of bands is expected to be revealed in the near future.

The first release of tickets for Download Festival, including campervan passes and RIP, will be available from 10:00 on Friday 12 June 2020 through Ticketmaster.co.uk.

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