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Download 2014: The countdown is on to the ultimate metal fest this summer!

Arguably one of metal’s finest outings this summer is almost upon us so here’s a round up of what we are looking forward to this weekend.

The mighty headliners – Avenged Sevenfold, Linkin Park and Aerosmith.

‘Nuff said, whether you’re down in the pit, fist punching somewhere ala middle or quietly nodding at the back these three will set your devil horns aloft and then some.

Rob Zombie

With one helluva live show, this really is not to be missed. Now where did I put that vial of fake blood?

Within Temptation

Epic symphonic metal with Sharon den Adel at the helm – what’s not to love?

The Offspring

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of their smash (ahem sorry) hit Smash – is it really 20 years?

Fall Out Boy

Marmite to some but we defy anyone to not nod their head in Pete Wentz’s direction when the big epic pop punk chorus of Sugar We’re Goin’ Down, This Ain’t a Scene it’s an Arms Race and Dance Dance amongst many others rain down upon you.

Steel Panther

Hilariously unpredictable, these guys know how to do sleaze metal.

Skindred

If you’ve never seen these guys live you haven’t lived. Crazy fusion of ragga-metal and lead singer Benji Webbe really knows how to work a pit. Miss it, miss out.

Sabaton

Swedish power metal at its very best and their only UK festival appearance this summer.

Trivium

With more epic riffs than you can shake a plectrum at and a very special set-list this is one not to be missed.

Joe Bonamassa

Get your blues fix with Jo-Bo on his maiden voyage to Download Festival.

Don’t forget it’s everyone’s favourite unluckiest day of the year so to commiserate with us all, Download are inviting everyone to zombify themselves. Like that won’t be creepy on your 2am pee stop in the campsite…

Download Festival 2014 takes place 13-15 June in Donington Park, Leicestershire and tickets are available here.

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