Download Festival

Download Festival

Donington Park, Leicestershire
13th June 2014

Festival Information
The Donington Download festival is a rock event dedicated to true rock fans with a line up of heavy music bands you won’t find at any other festival. Held for three days at the infamous Donington Park in Leicestershire, there are areas to camp and heaps of entertainment to keep you fulfilled.

With a bill full of old names to fresh bands, the Download festival will provide you with a weekend full of hardcore rocking and moshing to your favourite songs. Although this was previously known as Monster’s of Rock, Download replaced it and added more diversity. This music fest has had numerous world famous bands over the years including AC/DC, Ozzy Osbourne, Feeder, Tool, My Chemical Romance, Kiss and so much more. With such big acts filling the bill, Download festival is a music event you must attend.

After starting out in 2003, Download festival had some of the greatest headliners of all time performing on their main stage, including Iron Maiden and Audioslave. Originally Limp Bizkit were set to headline the festival but dropped out at the last minute and were later substituted by Audioslave. Metallica tried to headline the festival but couldn’t due to the fact that they were already headlining the Reading and Leads festival. Luckily for the many Download festival rock fans, they scheduled a secret slot on which they performed in the middle of the Scuzz Stage line-up.

As Download festival was created as a replacement for Monsters of Rock, it took over the Donington Park circuit area. While positioning the concert infield was no longer practical, it has moved to the South of the circuit where it has remained since. With numbers of revellers rising each year, the small reposition of the Download festival venue meant more space for campers and a shorter walk from the campsites to the main arena.

An interesting feature of the Download festival tickets was that they all had a code so fans could thereafter download the music that had been performed at the festival. This idea has since dissolved but there is a strong Download festival forum in which previous attendees have voiced both good and bad judgements on the event.

Download Festival: Stages

Main Stage – Where you will find the headliners of the Download festival, the Maurice Jones Stage is dedicated to the late Maurice Jones who co-founded Download. Having seen bands ranging from AC/DC, Whitesnake, Bon Jovi, Slipknot, Linkin Park and Iron Maiden, plus a load of other notorious names in the rock world, the Maurice Jones stage is the place to hang out during this weekend.

The Zippo Encore Stage – Renamed in dedication to the hailed Ronnie James most famously known for his duty of rock in Black Sabbath, this Download festival stage will play host to some of the newest faces in rock for the 2014 event.

Pepsi Max Stage – Sponsored by Pepsi Max, this stage is full of young and energetic bands new to the music industry. A great way to get them media coverage, this stage can help fuel any band’s career. Rock til you drop without mercy at the foot of this platform at this year’s Download festival.

Red Bull Stage – Having been placed at several other festivals, the Red Bull Bedroom Jam stage is popular and unique platform for acts to play. With hot bands performing on this stage, this Red Bull stage helps to promote and generate brand new sounds to a large audience. Make sure that when you come to Download festival that you become part of the Red Bull Bedroom Jam stage spectators.

The Jagermeister Acoustic Stage - Catch exclusive live acoustic sets from your favourite bands and artists here. With Bowling For Soup, The Answer, Jamie Lenman, Nick Oliveri and more taking to the stage. Grab a beer, bring your singing voice and enjoy chilled out music sets before the madness.

Download Festival: Entertainment

Although when at Download festival you will be occupied with the mass amount of music available across a number of stages, there is also other entertainment to be seen. From Zombie fancy dress to the silent disco, Rockaoke to The Side Splitter comedy tent, Download has a variety of attractions to check out and become a part of over the course of the weekend.

For a full list of attractions to visit at Download festival, check out below (please be aware that this could change / update closer to the time):
  • Cinema
  • Comedy Club
  • Pyrohex
  • Seat Of Luxury
  • The Doghouse
  • The Boardie Takeover
Just like most music events, Download festival has a cinema where you can go and catch the latest rock or horror flicks so you won’t miss anything here. Guaranteed to be a weird and wonderful experience no matter what, The Doghouse is where you can become a rockstar with the Rockaoke, join in with the craziness of the silent disco. If Ultimate Power is more your thing, we suggest you popping along to The Doghouse on Sunday night for top Download farewell!

Whatever you decide on doing first, just make sure you give everything a chance so you make the most of your Download festival experience.
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Festival Information

Ticket Prices

There are different types of Download festival tickets which are available, whether you want to stay the whole weekend or just go for a day. Day tickets are cheaper than weekend camping festival tickets but that would just be silly since to understand Download you need to live, sleep and eat Download.

Download Festival Tickets: Prices And Types

Whether there are only certain acts playing on the day you want to attend or you MUST have the full rock experience, beat the online traffic and grab a ticket before anyone else can; you need to be quick as ALL Download festival tickets do sell out fast. A weekend festival ticket usually costs around £205 with 3 nights of camping and £215 extra for 5 nights of camping.

Day Download festival tickets cost around £82.50 for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, these DO NOT include camping and you will have to leave the festival that night. Kids are also allowed to come along to Download to join in with the experience. The tickets are only available at the box office on the day you arrive to the music event. Children at the age of 16 or under are allowed but must be with an adult and photographic ID must be brought along to confirm age. The best part is that there will be an unlimited amount of tickets available. The prices for different children’s Download festival tickets can be seen below:
  • Day Tickets: £30
  • Kids Weekend Arena Ticket: £80
  • Kids Weekend Arena Plus 3 Nights Camping: £90
  • Kids Weekend Arena Plus 5 Nights Camping: £95
If you do not live in the UK, you can book your Download festival tickets online and collect them at the box office on the festival site on the day you turn up for the event. You will be required to bring your booking confirmation with you to prove you bought a ticket.

Download Tickets: Where To Buy

There are various legitimate websites to buy Download festival tickets - from weekend camping tickets to day tickets. Your tickets should be bought from an official or reliable site, there are many fake sites out there so don’t be fooled. The most trustworthy place to buy tickets from is the official festival website, you can be sure that these tickets are 100% genuine so you can’t go wrong.

You can buy tickets on the day as well from the box office that is available on the festival site. It is advised that you bring cash as payments by card take a long time to process which can cause delays in the queue. Please be careful when buying Download festival tickets from websites; only buy from authorised ticket sites. Ten ticket vendors that you can trust are listed below. Make sure you buy tickets from only these sites:
  • Eventim UK
  • Gigantic
  • HMV
  • National Express
  • Seatwave
  • See Tickets
  • Stargreen
  • Ticketline
  • Ticketmaster
  • Viagogo
If you are collecting your Download festival tickets from the festival site, you should check the site map so you know where you are going when you arrive to the event. You will also need to provide your confirmation number to prove that you have actually purchased a ticket. If you are picking up weekend arena tickets with standard camping, you should visit the box office in the main campsite. If you are picking up weekend arena Download festival tickets with family camping, you should visit the box office found in the west website. If you’re picking up weekend arena and day tickets then you should visit the day’s tickets box office.

For other ticket collections, you should go to the main box office, except if the vendor you bought your ticket from tells you any different. If you are not collecting them from the site and are having them delivered, you will receive them seven days before the festival begins.

Download Festival Tickets: Car Parking

If you’re driving to Download festival you will need to purchase a parking ticket. These will allow you parking access over the course of your stay at Download. You can leave and come back as much as you like without having to buy a new ticket every time.

Download Festival Tickets: Opening Times

The car park will be open from 9am on Wednesday 11th June, ready for all the revelling festival-goers. The main arena will open its doors at midday on the Friday and 10am on both Saturday and Sunday. Acts will start to play about an hour after fans are allowed into the infamous arena. Sadly, music will stop at about 10:30pm every night.

The campsites will be open from midday Wednesday the 11th June and you will be kicked out on Monday 16th June at midday, so the staff can get in and start the clean-up operation caused by you messy rockers!

If you don’t fancy sleeping on a cold hard floor in a tent for the next three or five days, you have the option to bring a caravan or campervan with you if it’s got its own Download festival ticket. There is a camping site made especially for these purposes and you will find facilities such as drinking water stand points, male and female portable toilets as well as hot showers.

Campsite Information

Your home for the next three days, the areas designated for Download festival camping are the perfect place to get the full festival experience. With eight camping areas, Gold Camp, Black Camp, Red Camp, Blue Camp, Green Camp, Family Camp, Disabled camping and the RIP Campsite, you can pitch your tent next to all the vital facilities available nearby.

In each site you will come across fresh drinking water, toilets for men and women, food stalls for all the hungry mouths and a campsite hub for all the information you need. The Blue Download festival camping area is where you can go and do your business in the comfort of the Seat of Luxury available at a small fee. Created to be colour coordinated it will be easy for you to recognise and remember your chosen or designated camp area.

Fortunately you are allowed to bring your own alcohol in cans or plastic bottles, however you are not allowed to take alcohol from the Download festival camping area into the arena and glass is NOT permitted ANYWHERE in the festival perimeters due to safety reasons. With all eight of the Download campsites close to late night entertainment such as bars, the comedy tent, The Dog House and the football pitch, your sleeping destination couldn’t be better.

Download Festival Camping: Areas and Locations

At Download festival there are so many areas you might not get around to them all, but we know that you will make the decision to visit and check out the best ones. They have eight different colour coordinated Download festival camping areas for you to pitch your tent.

The arena is where you will come across a number of stages including the infamous main stage. Here is also where you will discover the key food stalls, fresh water, merchandise stands, toilets, ATM machines and much more. Rock out to your bands, unearth new talent and hang out all day long. Take a look at our list below of all of the Download areas and locations:

  • Camping Areas - There are eight Download festival camping areas available so everyone will get a space for their tent. The Gold, Black, Red, Blue, Green and Family camping areas are located next to The Village area so you party animals can see the night through. The Gold campsite is located right next to the race circuit, so you can catch all the live racing action. A Disabled campsite is located right next to the Main Arena, giving people easy and comfortable access to the live music! It can be reached using the Disabled Customer Camping path. If you’re looking to camp in style and comfort this year, the RIP packages are just for you. You’ll wind up in the RIP campsite with plenty of space and accommodation options. You lucky VIP ticket holders will experience Download in pure luxury! We have to admit, the Metal Hotel is most definitely our favourite and where you’d catch us at the festival.

    Whichever Download festival camping site you end up in you can be sure to find fresh water, toilets for males and females, a campsite hub and food for those rumbling tummies. With luxury loos for a toilet experience better than home complete with mirrors, magazines and music blasting through every loo, Download festival definitely delivers. In a short walking distance to the Arena, you’ll be at the front of the main stage within a number of minutes.
  • Arena - The main Arena is the place to be hanging out during the entire weekend, where the main stage is situated and all other stages can be found. Amongst all of this, you can grab some delicious food from the many stalls, buy an alcoholic beverage from the bars available, discover new acts and relax at the Massage Area!

    Guaranteed to fill your entertainment levels to the brim, the main arena is where you can grab your cash from the ATM machines but be sure to keep your credit card safe at all times. Where the biggest names in rock take to the stage and the smaller bands play to an intimate crowd, where you can snatch a t shirt of your favourite band and recycle your cup after a drink. Everything you could need from a festival is situated in this one arena.
  • The Village - Located right next to six of eight Download festival camping sites, The Village area is the place to grab yourself breakfast from the breakfast bar and laugh until you cry at The Side Splitter With lockers available you can put your most valued items away and take them out whenever you need them again. Perfect for late night entertainment, The Village will supply you with hours upon hours of enjoyment. With a funfair available, get a thrill on the scary rides and break all the rules of the bumper cars. There is even a cinema on site for you movie lovers.

    There are facilities dotted around the area including showers to get cleaned up, toilets and a first aid zone. There are a number of places to eat including Feast of Fury and Dog’s Diner! What’s more is that if for some reason you do become bored, a game of footie could really cheer you up so visit the football pitch for a quick, and maybe muddy, game. For entertainment and unbeatable facilities, Download festival is the number one music event for you.

So with all of this in mind, you will have enough entertainment to keep you busy during this rockathon weekend. Whether you decide to hang out at The Village or the main Arena for most of the weekend, both areas are filled with plenty of entertainment and activities to make your Download festival camping experience a more enjoyable one.

Download Festival Camping: Other Facilities

Throughout the Download festival camping experience you can be sure the facilities you’ll find will be top notch, providing you with toilets, showers, drinking water, food and a help point, or hub. Each campsite and area includes everything you will need for your three days of camping. Everyone knows that your hygiene will slip slightly, the toilets will smell and the sleeping may get unbearable, but this is all part of the festival experience. Here below is a list of different facilities you can expect to find around the festival site as well as the campsites:

  • Toilets - In the Download festival camping areas you will find toilets such as the long drop, if you’ve been to Download before you know the deal, if you haven’t then you should know that it is basically a toilet looking box in a cubicle with no flushing needed but plenty of loo roll be available. These can get incredibly smelly, but when you’re in the middle of nowhere they can be your best hope. But never fear as there are other toilets accessible around the festival site, check below for details.

  • Seat of Luxury – Yes you read that right; LUXURY. Festival and luxury aren’t two words you’d usually find together but Download has taken festival toilets to the next level. For men and women, these WCs are a world away from the muddy fields and smelly festival goers. At a small fortune, well around £32, all weekend you can enjoy clean and comfortable toilets. As if fresh smelling toilet cubicles weren’t enough, there are vanity mirrors to check yourself out, perfumes to mask that sweaty festival smell and attendants who work through the day to keep these loos spick and span. Once your ticket has been purchased online, it can be collected from the ticket office onsite and you’ll be placed on the exclusive list. You will need to bring photographic ID with you to confirm your booking reference but after this, you can pop to these VIP loos as often as you like, or whenever nature calls at least!

  • Water - In each camping site and the areas around the festival there are fresh water supplies available. Either you want to fill your bottle back up as you don’t want to splash your cash or you need a top up because you’re dehydrated, the water facilities are easy to find and use. You can also clean yourself up here and wash your hands to keep yourself clean and happy.

  • Showers - The showers can be found in The Village area of the festival site, where you can get all cleaned up for no extra charge. If you’re the sort of person you can’t stand letting their hygiene slip and a festival is no exception, then a trip to the showers is needed for you. For both men and women, take your towel and soap along with you for a warm relaxing wash.

  • Food - There is an incredible variety of food at this year’s Download festival, including a wide selection of restaurants, stalls and even healthy foods. Catering to everyone’s needs, this festival allows you to snack out on your favourite treats and then have a yummy meal for tea. From Dog’s Diner to the Feast of Fury, you definitely won’t starve during your weekend away.

  • ATM Machines - Situated in the main area and in The Village area, you can find ATM machines for you to get your cash so you can spend, spend, spend. Whether you need money for food, drinks or for a spur of the moment piercing, withdraw your cash simply and easily, but always remember to keep your card and cash in safe places. If its dark take a friend with you so that you stay safe and don’t get lost alone, signal on mobiles can be low due to the amount of people, texting, phoning and sending pictures all at one time, so make sure you stick with someone.

  • Lockers - Lockers are available for use throughout your time at Download festival. You will need to visit the website, however, to pre-book them and make sure you get your safe for your most valuable items. Your locker will be accessible to you 24 hours a day to ensure that you can get hold of your valuables whenever you want them. With security cameras facing them, you can rest assured that your items will remain safe during the entirety of the festival. Lockers should be booked per day for Friday, Saturday and Sunday online before getting to the festival as they are only subject to availability.

  • Campsite Hubs - The campsite hubs are there to help, found in each campsite you can receive all the help and information you need. A Hub manager should be there to assist you with any enquiries or issues you may have or come across. If you need a security guard they are usually found at the hub if they are not patrolling the campsite. These hubs also contain recycling for waste and rubbish such as cardboard, plastic and cans. Police often drop by for standard visits and checks so you should always have someone to talk to about any issues you have.

Festival Line Up

At Download festival you can experience the hottest rock music to hit the industry and this year’s Download festival line up is looking to be no exception to that rule. For several years this festival has been the hotspot for festival lovers to hang out in the summer and with a long list of fantastic bands and attractions, nothing is going to change just yet.

With everything you could possibly wish for at a summer festival within the Download festival line up for 2014, this is one not to miss. From fun fair rides to some of the best comedy and music acts, Download is a summer event nobody should miss. Presented to you with five stages full of music, your weekend is guaranteed to be full of festival spirit. Trying a festival for the first time? Download should definitely be your pick. With all possible genres performing from rock to alternative and metal, your festival experience of this awesome Download festival line up will certainly be one you remember for life.

Download Festival Line Up: Who’s On?

Never failing to impress, the Download festival line up for the 2014 event is going to be off the chain for sure! Continuously impressing year after year, this festival is home to some of the biggest bands in the music industry, and you could even be within an arm’s reach of your favourite band!

With a fantastic opportunity to see your favourite groups or solo artists performing live, the awesome Download festival line up will give to the chance to experience hundreds of concerts merged into one. With previous acts such as AC/DC and Aerosmith in the past and already tons of acts confirmed for this year, Download 2014 is set to be the biggest yet.

Download Festival Line Up: The Run Down

The Download festival line up for 2014 includes: Avenged Sevenfold, Linkin Park, Aerosmith, Fall Out Boy, Rob Zombie, Within Temptation, Steel Panther, Bowling For Soup, Killswitch Engage, Twisted Sister, The Pretty Reckless, Trivium, Seether, Opeth, Behemoth, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Turbowolf, Bad Religion, Flogging Molly, Sikth, Zebrahead, The Used and way much more, we just thought we’d get you excited with these top announcements!

Download Festival Line Up: What Else Is Happening?

If you are one who is passionate about music, however just want to escape for a few hours and take in the whole festival experience in, then the Download festival is certainly the place for you. With tons of entertainment and activities to take part in over the weekend included in the Download festival line up such as the breathtaking funfair, this summer event is sure to have everything you can wish for.

If you need a break from moshing and getting muddy, then at Download there are endless options! Providing tons of entertainment choices besides the music this year, what better place to be this summer than at Download Festival? Keep watching this space for more updates on entertainment for this year’s Download festival line up and you are sure to be itching for a ticket in no time.
  • Comedy Tent (Side Splitter) - For 2014 the comedy club located in The Village will host some of the freshest comedians around. For two days (Wednesday 11th June – Thursday 12th June) you can catch the latest comedians doing the circuit! With talent including Katy Truelove, Ivan Brackenbury, Sam Avery and Bob Slayer to name a few, the comedy tent can’t be missed this year. Spend the first two nights chilling out at the Side Splitter before the real festival madness begins. Come back on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the Silent Disco!

  • The Doghouse: This place never gets old! Every year you can expect The Doghouse to deliver a full list of entertainment, and 2014 is set to be off the chain. Located very close to the main arena, pop into The Doghouse for a bit of Rockaoke, the Boardie Takeover or even catch Daniel P Carter from Radio in action! We’ve just mentioned a few things on offer this year to tantalise your taste buds and get you reared up for a head busting weekend at Download 2014.

  • Outdoor Cinema: Returning once again, this outdoor cinema is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a great selection of films and TV shows. Situated at the back of the village, you can be sure that this part of the festival is in the perfect place for relaxation and chilling out. So, if you need a break from music then make sure you head here.

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