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Download Festival
Genre Heavy metal, rock, punk rock, house, grime, nu metal, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Hard Rock, Deathcore
Dates May/June (2003), June (2004-present)
Location(s) Donington Park, Leicestershire, England
Years active Since 2003
Website
http://www.downloadfestival.co.uk/

Download Festival is a British rock festival, held annually at England's Donington Park in Leicestershire since 2003. It is one of the two major and most popular British summer rock and metal events, the other being Sonisphere, and has hosted some of the biggest names in rock, including Black Sabbath, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Motörhead, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Def Leppard, Kiss, Judas Priest, Status Quo, Motley Crue, Journey, ZZ Top, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy, and the modern day line-up of Guns N' Roses.

History[edit]

The Download Festival was conceived as a follow up to the Monsters of Rock festivals which had been held at the Donington Park circuit between 1980 and 1996. The first Download Festival was created by Stuart Galbraith and Andy Copping in 2003 in the same location.[1][2][3] Rather than run as a single day event Download was initially a two-day event, expanding to three days in 2005.

The name Download was chosen for the festival for two reasons. Downloading was a dirty word in the music industry at the time, due to file sharing, and rock is seen as a rebellious genre of music. Also Download was to be a Monsters of Rock for the 21st century and the internet would provide connectivity with its audience.

The 2003 festival tickets had a code on them, which would allow festival goers to download tracks from bands which had played. Although this idea has been dropped in subsequent years, the festival organizers have nurtured an online community through the Download Festival Forums. Initially a sounding board for the fans (and critics) of the festival, the boards have become an integral part of the festival organization with regular contributions from Festival Director John Probyn and Promoter Andy Copping. The forums also provide face to face feedback through the Fan Forum meetings (started in 2006) and organise the Boardie BBQ (2006 on) and the Boardie Takeover night (2009), football tournaments and a pub quiz for the R.I.P. campers who arrive on a Wednesday night.

When Download began, it took place on the Donington Park circuit infield as had Monsters of Rock. However in 2008 developments for Formula One meant that the infield was no longer suitable as a festival site. 2008 saw a move to the "Sunday Markets" site to the west of the circuit. Although adequate, numbers were limited and the location of the campsite meant that getting from tents to the arena was quite a hike. 2009 saw the festival move to a much more suitable location to the south of the circuit. Security for the festival has constantly been undertaken by professional crowd management specialists Showsec, although the campsite area has had various contractors throughout.

Since 2009 there has been on-site radio broadcasting from Rock Radio on 87.7FM. This RSL broadcast has aired music from festival bands, interviews and news to the festival site and the surrounding area, with the signal reaching as far as Nottingham.

The Download Dog[edit]

The Download Dog is the official mascot of the Download Festival,[4] and appears on a wide range of material related to the festival, such as tickets, stage banners and merchandise.

2003[edit]

The first Download Festival was held on 31 May – 1 June 2003. The headliners were originally Iron Maiden and Limp Bizkit, although Limp Bizkit pulled out and were replaced by Audioslave. Metallica attempted to step in as headliners, but were unable to due to already being headliners at that year's Reading and Leeds Festivals. Instead, they played an unannounced "secret slot" in the afternoon on the second stage, with no sound check and after playing an exclusive club show in London the night before. Chevelle were scheduled to play the Scuzz stage on Sunday but pulled out at the last minute. Instruction, playing their second set of the festival, stepped in as the replacements.

Saturday 31 May
Main Stage Scuzz Stage

Iron Maiden
Marilyn Manson
Deftones
Ministry
InMe
Murderdolls
Amen
Funeral for a Friend
Stampin' Ground
Shadows Fall
Murder One

A
Reel Big Fish
Taproot
Sepultura
Reef
HIM
Soil
The Hellacopters
SikTh
3 Colours Red
From Autumn to Ashes
QueenAdreena
Violent Delight
Arch Enemy
Chimaira

Sunday 1 June
Main Stage Scuzz Stage

Audioslave
Zwan
Flint
Apocalyptica
Less Than Jake
Disturbed
Stone Sour
Evanescence
Mudvayne
Spineshank
The Darkness
One Minute Silence
Raging Speedhorn
Instruction

NOFX
Boysetsfire
The Bouncing Souls
Strung Out
Thrice
[Spunge]
T.S.O.L.
Real McKenzies
Metallica
The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster
Brand New
Instruction
Beatsteaks
Randy
Fabulous Disaster

2004[edit]

The 2004 edition of the festival was held on 5–6 June. Another stage was added to the festival, bringing the total to three. Seventy-two bands played over the two days. The 2004 event was also notable for several last minute hitches. First, Soil got lost on the way to Donington and missed their main stage appearance on Saturday (they later joined Drowning Pool on stage to perform Drowning Pool's "Bodies" and their own song "Halo"). Static-X missed their slot due to a bus breakdown. On Sunday, Slayer arrived on time, but their equipment did not, leading to a slot change from the middle of the afternoon on the main stage to a later slot (and longer set) on the second stage. Slayer were replaced on the main stage by Damageplan, who were scheduled to play the second stage. Their setlist ended with a rendition of Damageplan founders Vinnie Paul and Dimebag Darrell's most recognisable song from Pantera, "Walk."

The biggest news came from the headliners Metallica, when Lars Ulrich was rushed to hospital.[5] Taking to the stage an hour and a half late, James Hetfield explained the situation with Ulrich and the show then began with Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo playing on "Battery" and "The Four Horsemen." Slipknot's Joey Jordison played the rest of the set apart from Fade to Black which was played by Metallica's drum technician, Flemming Larsen.

The full line-up included:

Saturday 5 June
Main Stage Snickers "Game On" Stage Barfly Stage

Linkin Park
Sum 41
Iggy and The Stooges
The Hives
The Distillers
Cradle of Filth
Monster Magnet
Opeth
The Dillinger Escape Plan

Pennywise
Electric Six
Wildboyz
Arch Enemy
Biffy Clyro
Idiot Pilot
Million Dead
Instruction
36 Crazyfists
Akercocke
Viking Skull
Powder
The Bled

Peaches
International Noise Conspiracy
Ikara Colt
thisGirl
Roxy Saint
The Glitterati
Surferosa
Burst
Lowfive
Yourcodenameis:Milo
Bullet for My Valentine
The Holiday Plan
Hiding Place
Fireapple Red

Sunday 6 June
Main Stage Snickers "Game On" Stage Barfly Stage

Metallica
Korn
Slipknot
Machine Head
Damageplan
Soulfly
Ill Niño
Turbonegro
Breed 77

HIM
Bowling for Soup
Taking Back Sunday
Slayer
Life of Agony
Brides of Destruction
Drowning Pool
Hatebreed
Hoobastank
Trapt
Silvertide
Ricky Warwick
Terra Diablo

Suicide Girls
Young Heart Attack
Span
The Sounds
Dirty Americans
Recover
Amplifier
Do Me Bad Things
Danko Jones
The Black Dahlia Murder
Mooney Suzuki
Gonga
Despised Icon
Hurricane Party
Planet of Women

Scotland


In June 2004 a two-day Download Festival was held on Glasgow Green, several days before the Donington event. This had a limited line up with only nine bands performing over a two-day period. The bands which did play included the headliners, Metallica and Linkin Park. Download Scotland also saw an appearance from the Welsh rock band Lostprophets who did not perform at Donington.

Acts which also appeared over the two days at Download Scotland were Korn, Slipknot, Iggy and The Stooges, Machine Head, The Distillers and HIM.

The running order went as follows:

Wednesday 2 June Thursday 3 June

Metallica
Slipknot
Korn
HIM

Linkin Park
Lostprophets
Iggy and The Stooges
The Distillers
Machine Head

2005[edit]

A view of the Main stage at Download Festival 2005

Download 2005 was held again at Donington Park, on 10–12 June 2005. This festival was different from previous years as the Saturday was officially dubbed Ozzfest 2005, as well as an "Indie day" on the first day of the festival.

Billy Idol performed on the Snickers stage on the Friday night, his first UK gig after a lengthy hiatus, performing songs such as White Wedding, Rebel Yell and a cover version of Van Halen's anthem, Jump.

Feeder's frontman Grant Nicholas was so relieved the band won the crowd over (there were concerns that they would be received badly by the traditional attendee to the festival), he decided to smash his green Fender Jazzmaster guitar after "Descend" was performed. He later said that he regretted it, but also said he kept the neck and the tremeloes, and might use what was left to make a new guitar. In a July 2010 interview with Kerrang!, it was suggested to Nicholas that he destroyed the guitar as he was frustrated at trying to win the crowd over, as their music was different from the Download demographic, but claimed himself in reply to this that he "Wanted to do the most rock and roll thing after eventually winning over the crowd". In the same interview, Nicholas said that they were "Guineapigs" at the festival as part of the organisers experiment to make it an alternative festival, but said it was a moment of the band's career he is still proud of.[citation needed]

Lemmy also took to the stage, with former MC5 members, and Gilby Clarke, to perform Back in the USA.

Initially, Bert McCracken of The Used and Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance were asked to perform their cover of Under Pressure by Queen and David Bowie, but the former friends refused the offer to perform the cover as they had recently fallen out.[citation needed]

The official line-up included:

Friday 10 June[6]
Main Stage Snickers Stage Napster Stage Snickers Bowl Stage

Feeder
Garbage
Dinosaur Jr
Megadeth
Biffy Clyro
The Others
JJ72
Idiot Pilot
Wednesday 13
Queen Adreena

Billy Idol
The Used
My Chemical Romance
InMe
The Bled
Apocalyptica
Underøath
Lordi
Fozzy
Flogging Molly

Napalm Death
Raging Speedhorn
Paradise Lost
A Change of Pace
Hurricane Party
Tokyo Dragons
Colour of Fire
Slunt
Just a Word
Crashdiet
Planet of Women

Tat
Ellis
The Mascara Story

Saturday 11 June[6]
Main Stage Snickers Stage Napster Stage Snickers Bowl Stage

Black Sabbath
Velvet Revolver
HIM
Anthrax
Alter Bridge
Bowling for Soup
A
The Mad Capsule Markets
The Dwarves
Trivium

In Flames
Chimaira
Lamb of God
Bullet for My Valentine
Meshuggah
Unearth
Every Time I Die
Open Hand
American Head Charge
The Hurt Process
Hondo Maclean
Three Children Of Fortune

Helmet
The Lucky Nine
Breed 77
The Explosion
Towers of London
Johnny Truant
The Ga Ga's
The Answer
Panic Cell
Crucified Barbara
Diamond Nights
Quit Your Dayjob
City on Fire
S.A. Sanctuary

Reuben
Days Of Worth
Fastlane

Sunday 12 June[6]
Main Stage Snickers Stage Napster Stage Snickers Bowl Stage

System of a Down
Slipknot
Slayer
Nightwish
Killswitch Engage
Papa Roach
Mudvayne
Society 1
DV8

Motörhead
DKT/MC5
Funeral for a Friend[7]
Lacuna Coil
Mastodon
Shadows Fall
Helmet
Caliban
As I Lay Dying
Gizmachi
Send More Paramedics
The Mascara Story

Therapy?
Team Sleep
Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster
The Dresden Dolls
The Glitterati
The Saints
Engerica
3 Inches of Blood
Still Remains
No Hope in New Jersey
Acidtone
Henry Rollins

Electric Eel Shock
The Suffrajets
Johnny Panic

2006[edit]

Alice in Chains at Download Festival 2006

The 2006 Download Festival was held at Donington Park, England on 9–11 June. The three days comprising the headlining acts (Tool, Metallica and Guns N' Roses) have sales of approximately 200–250 million albums between them, more than the entire line up of 2006's V Festival.

2006 was the first time the festival was mirrored in the Republic of Ireland, as Download Festival Ireland. 2006 was also by far the warmest year download has ever had.[citation needed]

During the festival Korn vocalist Jonathan Davis was rushed to hospital.[8] Similar to 2004's Metallica set, Munky, Fieldy and David Silveria arrived and explained to the fans why Davis could not make it and played with guest vocalists Corey Taylor from Slipknot, Dez Fafara from DevilDriver, Jesse Hasek from 10 Years, Benji Webbe from Skindred, M. Shadows from Avenged Sevenfold, and Matt Heafy from Trivium. Lyrics from the song "Blind" were displayed on the screen for Matt Heafy. Metallica played the album Master of Puppets in its entirety in honour of its twentieth anniversary. Guns N' Roses also performed material from the long forthcoming Chinese Democracy album.

Main Stage The main stage was situated in the centre of the arena with crowd control moving around it, and was the largest of all three stages, the safety barriers used at this stage were in a T shape so as to avoid crowd crush in the middle. The stage was open-air and named in honour of the 25th anniversary of Kerrang! magazine. Down played an unannounced set on Saturday (With the laminates showing ??? in their time slot); opening up the Main Stage.[9]

Snickers Stage The Snickers Stage was situated in a tent, behind the main stage and was the second largest stage at the festival. Access to the stage was via a one-way system which attempted to spread people around the site, rather than all attempting to push through a rather small space.

Soilwork were scheduled to play on Sunday, but were replaced by DevilDriver (playing their second set of the festival).[10]

Gibson/Myspace Stage The Myspace stage was the smallest of the three and under a smaller tent. It was positioned across from the front of the main stage.

Friday 9 June[11]
Main Stage Snickers Stage Gibson/Myspace Stage Snickers Bowl Stage

Tool
Deftones
Coheed and Cambria
Soulfly
Strapping Young Lad
Soil
Wicked Wisdom
Amplifier

The All-American Rejects
Atreyu
InMe
Clutch
Fishbone
Dredg
Bleeding Through
Gojira
Throwdown
Suns of the Tundra

Ginger & The Sonic Circus
Backyard Babies
Cathedral
Engerica
Bullets & Octane
My Awesome Compilation
Animal Alpha
The Audition
Art of Dying
Enter Shikari
Kitty Hudson

Gay for Johnny Depp
Keiko
SinTuition

Down playing on the main stage
Saturday 10 June[11]
Main Stage Snickers Stage Gibson/Myspace Stage Snickers Bowl Stage

Metallica
Korn
Trivium
Avenged Sevenfold
Stone Sour
Alice in Chains
Arch Enemy
Bloodsimple
Satyricon
Down

Alter Bridge
Opeth
Within Temptation
Secret Machines
Billy Talent
Henry Rollins
DevilDriver
SikTh
Johnny Truant
Khoma

Killing Joke
Reuben
Mondo Generator
Louie
This Is Menace
10 Years
Flyleaf
Manic
It Dies Today
Living Things
Exit Ten
Colon Open Bracket
Stonegard
My Alamo

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly
getAmped
The Hedrons

Sunday 11 June[11]
Main Stage Snickers Stage Gibson/Myspace Stage Snickers Bowl Stage

Guns N' Roses
Funeral for a Friend
Bullet for My Valentine
Cradle of Filth
Lacuna Coil
In Flames
36 Crazyfists
DragonForce
Hatebreed
Breed 77

The Prodigy
Alexisonfire
Eighteen Visions
Hundred Reasons
Aiden
Fightstar
From First to Last
DevilDriver
Zebrahead
God Forbid

Sick of it All
Lordi
Skindred
Moneen
Darkest Hour
Blindside
Mendeed
Bring Me the Horizon
Zico Chain
Voodoo Six
Lauren Harris
Winterville
Streetlight Youth
I-Def-I

Viking Skull
Betty Curse
Evergrey

Controversy[edit]

During the Sunday headline set of Guns N' Roses, bottles were thrown at the band. This caused problems after the band's lead singer, Axl Rose, slipped on the wet surface and a bottle hit bassist Tommy Stinson. Stinson threw his bass, hitting one of the cameramen, and left the stage. He returned after the song and apologised, but warned the crowd that if this activity continued, he would leave for good. There were some disturbances but they eventually died down, and later in the set Rose commented "I'm actually having quite a good time now! I couldn't have said that an hour ago!"[12]

On the final night, fires were started by some festival goers and police were called, arresting twelve people.[13] At around 4 am, the fire brigade arrived to put out a large fire at the gold campsite. A number of people had taken the railings that had been used to separate the campsite area from the path and used them to barricade the road to prevent the fire engines from reaching the main fire. At this point a number of police assembled in riot gear stormed the campsite. The festival director, John Probyn, posted a message on the official website stating that "About 150 people spoiled the end of what had been a great weekend for over 75,000 of us."[14]

2007[edit]

Stone Sour playing the main stage at Download Festival 2007

The 2007 Download Festival took place on 8–10 June 2007.[15]

The three bands that headlined the 2007 festival were My Chemical Romance, Linkin Park and Iron Maiden. Korn's Jonathan Davis stated that the reason for the band returning this year was because of his absence due to illness last year. He stated on the official Download Festival website, "I am so looking forward to coming to the Download Festival this year. I was heartbroken to pull out last time. So this time I am very happy to be coming back and we promise to rock the place! I will definitely make-up for missing the last one. You can expect an amazing Korn show!"[16]

Download 2007 was Dimmu Borgir's first ever festival appearance in England. Hardcore Superstar pulled out of their slot on the Tuborg stage on the Sunday because their tour bus broke down in Germany. Download 2007 featured an Indian band Parikrama. They became the first band from India to make it to Donington.

Download 2007 also featured the first band to officially perform on the Thursday of the festival. Scumface played on the Tuborg Stage during the boardie barbecue.[17]

Lamb of God's DVD Walk With Me in Hell features the band's full performance at the festival.[18]

Friday 8 June[19]
Main Stage Dimebag Darrell Stage Tuborg Stage

My Chemical Romance
Velvet Revolver
Wolfmother
DragonForce
Megadeth
Hinder
Buckcherry
Zico Chain

Korn
Enter Shikari
Paramore
Porcupine Tree
Saosin
From Autumn to Ashes
Turbonegro
Ill Niño
ANJ

Suicidal Tendencies
Hayseed Dixie
Yourcodenameis:Milo
Job for a Cowboy
The Hedrons
Sanctity
I Was a Cub Scout
The Scare
Neurosonic
This Et Al
Cynic
Fortune Drive
Drive-by Argument

Saturday 9 June[19]
Main Stage Dimebag Darrell Stage Tuborg Stage

Linkin Park
Marilyn Manson
Slayer
Machine Head
Bowling for Soup
Thirty Seconds to Mars
Aiden
Shadows Fall
Hellyeah
Turisas

Mötley Crüe
Satellite Party
Biffy Clyro
My Vitriol
My Dying Bride
Gallows
Anathema
As I Lay Dying
Bring Me the Horizon
Bloodsimple
Elliot Minor
Cat the Dog
S.A. Sanctuary

Head Automatica
Necro
The Answer
Silverstein
Lez Zeppelin
Architects
Priestess
Panic Cell
Beyond All Reason
My Alamo
Damone
Army of Freshmen
Malpractice

Sunday 10 June[19]
Main Stage Dimebag Darrell Stage Tuborg Stage

Iron Maiden
Evanescence
Killswitch Engage
Stone Sour
Lamb of God
Mastodon
Papa Roach
Chimaira
Reuben
Parikrama

Billy Talent
Dream Theater
Dimmu Borgir
Within Temptation
Napalm Death
Paradise Lost
Orange Goblin
DevilDriver
Unearth
Cancer Bats
After Forever
Eyelash

Reel Big Fish
Fastway
Cult of Luna
Lauren Harris
Fair to Midland
Kids in Glass Houses
Between the Trees
Flood of Red
Lights. Action!
Still Remains
In This Moment
The Ghost of a Thousand
LostAlone

2008[edit]

The 2008 Download festival took place on 13–15 June. The 2008 festival had a significantly different layout to that of the previous years in that the festival arena area was situated in land to the west of the race track instead of the traditional venue of the race track infield area. Notable amongst numerous changes is that the second stage became larger and moved from a marquee to an open-air format, located on a tarmac car park.[20] Chris Cornell was originally scheduled to play the festival, but he cancelled his European tour so he could focus on a new album. Twin Method, and Finger Eleven were announced to play but were removed from the official websites lineup. On the Friday of the festival, Kid Rock was meant to appear between Seether and Disturbed on the Main Stage but pulled out at the last minute, much to the pleasure of the festival crowd. At first it was announced that this was due to illness.[21] Rock later claimed he left the festival grounds after becoming dissatisfied with the amenities.[22] But, the following year, Download's booker theorized that it had been due to a broken heart.[23] Rock's no-show allowed the two bands following him on the bill, Motorhead and Judas Priest, to have longer sets.

The 2008 Boardie BBQ took place on the Gibson stage on Thursday 12 June and included a performance by Forever Never.[24]

Friday 13 June
Main Stage Tuborg Stage Gibson Stage

KISS
Judas Priest
Motörhead
Disturbed
Seether
Beat Union
Black Tide

Simple Plan
Rise Against
Rival Schools
The Subways
The Fall of Troy
Comeback Kid
The Black Dahlia Murder
Stone Gods
Zebrahead

The Dillinger Escape Plan
Kill Hannah
Slaves to Gravity
High on Fire
In Case of Fire
Blackhole
Hostile
Firewind
Caimbo
Rolo Tomassi
Lovvers

Saturday 14 June
Main Stage Tuborg Stage Gibson Stage

The Offspring
Incubus
Bullet for My Valentine
Biffy Clyro
Alter Bridge
Madina Lake
36 Crazyfists
Job for a Cowboy
Skindred
Sign

HIM
Ash
Pendulum
Ace Frehley
Amon Amarth
Bleeding Through
Throwdown
A Day to Remember
The Devil Wears Prada
Alesana
Annotations of an Autopsy
Malefice

Testament
Saxon
Johnny Truant
Fighting With Wire
Brigade
Army of Freshmen
The Haze
Big Linda
The Last Supper
Trigger the Bloodshed
Mexicolas
Go:Audio
Rise to Remain
Verra Cruz

Sunday 15 June
Main Stage Tuborg Stage Gibson Stage

Lostprophets
Jimmy Eat World
Coheed and Cambria
In Flames
Within Temptation
Apocalyptica
Black Stone Cherry
Fightstar
From First to Last
Glamour of the Kill

Cavalera Conspiracy
Children of Bodom
The Wildhearts
Elliot Minor
Kids in Glass Houses
Chiodos
Airbourne
Rose Tattoo
Lethal Bizzle
Municipal Waste
Animal Alpha
Cry for Silence

Jonathan Davis and the SFA
Valient Thorr
Haunts
August Burns Red
Voodoo Six
Between the Buried and Me
Ted Maul
Canterbury
Exit Ten
The Galvatrons
Sons of Albion
Devil Sold His Soul
Invasion

[25]

2009[edit]

The 2009 Download Festival took place on 12–14 June at Donington Park with an estimated attendance of 120,000 over 3 days. The arena had once again changed location, this time to an open field area south of the race track which was more suitable and less of a walk from the camping areas than last year.

The headliners were Faith No More (Friday), Slipknot (Saturday) and Def Leppard (Sunday).[26] A notable feature was that Sunday had a strong classic rock theme on the main stage which attracted many Monsters of Rock festival goers. Other notable performers included Limp Bizkit, who were playing in the UK with their original line-up for the first time since 2001, Trivium returning for their third appearance and first head lining spot, Anvil, the band featured in the 2008 film Anvil! The Story of Anvil, and Steel Panther, who were making their first appearance in the UK on the Tuborg Stage. A fourth stage, the "Red Bull Bedroom Jam Stage", also made an appearance at this year's festival. This stage was also present at other UK festivals, such as T in the Park in Balado, Scotland, and the Underage Festival in Victoria Park, London.

The 2009 Boardie BBQ took place in the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Stage on Thursday 11 June. This year the band was Attica Rage.

The Thursday night of the 2009 festival also saw the Boardie Takeover night. Four bands, three DJ's: Cyst, Dave KC and Gabber Fox, two singers, a stand-up and a burlesque dancer – all members of the Download Festival Forums – performed to a full house in the End Tent. These bands were Scumface (returning after a successful appearance at the Boardie BBQ in 2007), Orestea, Echovirus and headliners, Silent Descent.[27]

On Monday 18 May the festival confirmed on its official website that Camping tickets had completely sold out.[28]

On 19 May, it was revealed in an interview with Andy Copping on Music Channel Scuzz that there would be secret sets. It was later revealed the bands would be Enter Shikari and Thunder.[29]

On Wednesday 3 June, one week before the campsite opened, Download released a further 2,500 camping tickets. These limited tickets sold out within 24 hours of being released.

The winners of the "Red Bull Bedroom Jam Competition" was Gravesend-based band After the Ordeal. This set was a 'virtual gig', with the band playing live from their bedroom and this footage being streamed live onto the Main Stage at Download Festival, between Pendulum and Marilyn Manson.

The winners of the "Tuborg Battle of the bands" was Leeds punk band Acid Drop and they opened the Tuborg stage on Saturday 13 June.

The Ghost of a Thousand were scheduled to headline the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Stage on Saturday but the band cancelled. The Blackout stepped in to play their slot, thus giving them two slots on the festival's bill.

Slipknot's performance is available in their new DVD (sic)nesses. It was released on 28 September 2010 and served as a tribute to their late bassist Paul Gray. It was also Slipknot's last performance in the UK before his death.

Friday 14 June
Main Stage Second Stage Tuborg Stage Red Bull Bedroom Jam Stage

Faith No More
Korn
Limp Bizkit
Killswitch Engage
Billy Talent
Staind
The Blackout
Hollywood Undead

Mötley Crüe
Opeth
Lacuna Coil
Bring Me the Horizon
Dir En Grey
Parkway Drive
A Day to Remember
In This Moment
Steadlür

Meshuggah
Duff McKagan's Loaded
Backyard Babies
Voivod
Enter Shikari
Middle Class Rut
Lauren Harris
Sylosis
Bleed from Within
Hunting the Minotaur
Sleepercurve

Blackhole
New Device
DissolvedIn
Linchpin
Don Broco
The Outcry Collective
White Man Kamikaze
Young Guns
Tripswitch
The Instigators

Saturday 15 June
Main Stage Second Stage Tuborg Stage Red Bull Bedroom Jam Stage

Slipknot
Marilyn Manson
Pendulum
DragonForce
Down
Hatebreed
DevilDriver
Five Finger Death Punch
Ripper Owens

The Prodigy
Chris Cornell
You Me at Six
The Answer
Static-X
Fightstar
In Case of Fire
Hardcore Superstar
Symphony Cult
The Crave

Anvil
Architects
Thunder
Lawnmower Deth
Man Raze
General Fiasco
Billy Boy on Poison
Loverman
S.A. Sanctuary
Facecage
Black Spiders
No Americana
Acid Drop

The Blackout
This City
People in Planes
My Passion
The Auteur
None the Less
13 Riots
Forever Never
Serpico
The Computers
Japanese Voyeurs
Auger Bane

Sunday 16 June
Main Stage Second Stage Tuborg Stage Red Bull Bedroom Jam Stage

Def Leppard
Whitesnake
ZZ Top
Dream Theater
Journey
Black Stone Cherry
Skin
Tesla
Stone Gods

Trivium
Papa Roach
Buckcherry
Clutch
Shinedown
Volbeat
Karma to Burn
Sevendust
God Forbid
Suicide Silence
Trigger the Bloodshed
Sacred Mother Tongue

Go:Audio
Therapy?
The 69 Eyes
Sabbat
Steel Panther
Dear Superstar
Hexes
Hostile
esOterica
Pulled Apart by Horses
Turbowolf
Violent Soho
Brides

We Are the Ocean
Flood of Red
Exit Avenue
First Strike
Twin Atlantic
Attack! Attack!
Logan
Fei Comodo
Jettblack
Million $ Reload
Raucous Jays
Fall from Grace

2010[edit]

The Download Festival was confirmed to return to Donington on the weekend 11–13 June 2010, the campsites opening on 9 June. On 25 January, nine bands were announced at the official Download website, including AC/DC as one of the main stage headliners.[30] On 15 February Rage Against the Machine and Aerosmith were confirmed as the other two main stage headliners, as well as 5 more bands confirmed a few hours later.[31]

Saxon performed their 'Wheels of Steel' album in its entirety to commemorate its 30th anniversary. Download 2010 was also the 30th anniversary of rock festivals at Donington Park, since the first one – which Saxon performed at – in 1980.

It was announced on 16 May that the second stage would be renamed "The Ronnie James Dio Stage" in tribute to the singer who died of stomach cancer on the same day.[32] It was also announced that the main stage would be called The Maurice Jones Stage after the co-founder of Monsters of Rock who also died the previous year.

28 May saw 15 more bands added, as well as the official announcement of the Jägermeister-sponsored fifth stage, which would host acoustic acts including bands already performing usual sets at the festival.[33] Sum 41, who were initially announced, then cancelled their appearance due to drummer Steve Jocz being involved in an accident.[34] On 30 May 2010 it was announced that Wolfmother had to cancel their set due to illness and they were replaced by Killswitch Engage.[35]

Aside from Ronnie James Dio, the year was also sadly memorable for other deaths. Y&T performed the Pepsi Max Stage to a jam-packed audience, marking the band's long-anticipated return to Donington since performing at Monsters of Rock, Castle Donington in 1984. Download 2010 would be bassist Phil Kennemore's last show in the UK, as he died from lung cancer six months later. Killing For Company drummer Stuart Cable, previously of Stereophonics, died the week of the festival at which the band were scheduled to play.

Ratt were scheduled to play on Sunday, but cancelled due to illness of lead vocalist Stephen Pearcy. On 9 June, FM were announced as Ratt's replacement.

The Boardie Takeover ran for the second year in a row on Thursday 10 June.[36] It featured the bands Silent Descent, Fallen Fate, Jacknife Holiday and Cyster Scalpel, as well as singers, DJs and a burlesque dancer.

AC/DC played their set on an exclusive stage positioned next to the Maurice Jones stage, allowing the band to bring their full stadium show to the festival. As announced on 28 May. This marked the first time a headlining band had brought their own stage to Donington. All of the other headlining bands on the other stages had finished their sets before AC/DC began their performance. The AC/DC stage was used only for the actual band, the runway at the front was taken down the next day and the stage remained empty and unused for the rest of the festival once their headlining set was over.

Friday 11 June
AC/DC Stage Maurice Jones Main Stage Ronnie James Dio Stage Pepsi Max Stage Red Bull Bedroom Jam Stage Jägermeister Acoustic Stage

AC/DC

Them Crooked Vultures
Killswitch Engage
36 Crazyfists
Unearth

Bullet for My Valentine
Coheed and Cambria
A Day to Remember
Anathema
Trigger the Bloodshed

Job for a Cowboy
As I Lay Dying
Tyketto
Lawnmower Deth
Sweethead
Year Long Disaster

Devil Sold His Soul
Funeral Party
Heights
Never Means Maybe
Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders
Imicus
The Humour

Skin
Jettblack
Sondura
Starseed
Danny Vaughn

Saturday 12 June
Maurice Jones Main Stage Ronnie James Dio Stage Pepsi Max Stage Red Bull Bedroom Jam Stage Jägermeister Acoustic Stage

Rage Against the Machine
Deftones
Megadeth
Lamb of God
Five Finger Death Punch
Flyleaf
Atreyu
Hellyeah
Taking Dawn

Thirty Seconds to Mars
HIM
The Blackout
Volbeat
We Are the Fallen
Cancer Bats
My Passion
Rolo Tomassi
Sonic Syndicate
Rise to Remain

Michael Monroe
Skin
Y&T
Senser
Enuff Z'nuff
Halestorm
Rock Sugar
Genitorturers
Reckless Love
Sybreed
Holy Grail
Killing for Company
Godsized

Breed 77
Glamour of the Kill
Kadawatha
This Is Divine
Stand Up Guy
No Mean City
The Dead Lay Waiting
The Plight
Urban Voodoo Machine
Revoker

Reckless Love
Panic Cell
The Humour
The More I See
Dommin
Everything Burns
The Blackout

Sunday 13 June
Maurice Jones Main Stage Ronnie James Dio Stage Pepsi Max Stage Red Bull Bedroom Jam Stage Jägermeister Acoustic Stage

Aerosmith
Stone Temple Pilots
Motörhead
Billy Idol
Slash
Cinderella
Saxon
FM
Dommin

Stone Sour
Airbourne
Steel Panther
Porcupine Tree
The Dillinger Escape Plan
The Damned Things
Napalm Death
Switchfoot
August Burns Red
Nonpoint
3 Inches of Blood
White Wizzard

Suicidal Tendencies
Zebrahead
Young Guns
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Whitechapel
The Jim Jones Revue
esOterica
Your Demise
Crime in Stereo
TAB the Band
The Morning After
S.A. Sanctuary
No Americana
Ben Poole

Panic Cell
Max Raptor
T-34
Starseed
Hearts Under Fire
You And What Army
Sacred Betrayal
Enemo-J
The Virginmarys
Straight Lines
Tiger Please

Ginger Wildheart
Nonpoint
Enuff Z'nuff
DJ Clash (Scott Rowley and Alexander Milas)
The Dirty Feel
Ricky Warwick
Taking Dawn

2011[edit]

Just before Escape the Fate's set on the main stage at Download Festival 2011

The Download Festival was confirmed to return to Donington on the 10, 11, and 12 June 2011. Linkin Park and System of a Down were the two main stage headliners officially announced, with Saturday subheadliners Avenged Sevenfold and Sunday second stage headliner Rob Zombie announced a short while later.

On 22 February, Def Leppard were announced as Friday's main stage headliner,[37] with Twisted Sister, Down, Duff McKagan's Loaded and Trash Talk also added to the line-up.

15 March saw The Darkness unveiled as the widely-speculated Friday subheadliner, with Funeral for a Friend, Plain White T's, Framing Hanley and Hyro Da Hero also added. In April, the Red Bull Bedroom Jam stage and Jägermeister Acoustic stage's acts were revealed.

Wayne Static was scheduled to open up the main stage on the Sunday, but he pulled out a month prior. Masters of Reality were scheduled to perform but pulled out on 30 March and Karma to Burn were to play the second stage on Sunday but were replaced by Hyro Da Hero, thus giving him three sets over the course of the festival; the most in Download history.

Steward 0836 was manning the main stage at the festival, when he caught the attention of fans waiting for Sunday's bands to appear. Some friendly interaction led to cheers from the audience, then one of the giant stage-screens showed him making the "devil horns" gesture, which was applauded by tens of thousands of rock fans. The official Download Festival website even featured him as an artist on their site.[38][39][40]

Friday 10 June
Main Stage Second Stage Pepsi Max Stage Red Bull Bedroom Jam Stage Jägermeister Acoustic Stage

Def Leppard
The Darkness
Alter Bridge
Thin Lizzy
Black Stone Cherry
Duff McKagan's Loaded
Puddle of Mudd
CKY

Pendulum
Korn
Bring Me the Horizon
Children of Bodom
The Damned Things
Anti-Flag
Young Guns
Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows
Evaline

Danzig
Times of Grace
FM
Hyro Da Hero
Asking Alexandria
Lower Than Atlantis
Japanese Voyeurs
Royal Republic
Betraeus
Sweet Savage

Modestep
Envy of the State
OAF
The Hype Theory
Don Broco
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Hill Valley High
Makethisrelate
Kellermensch

Skindred
The Last Republic
The Dirty Youth
Million $ Reload
Obsessive Compulsive
The Verses

Saturday 11 June
Main Stage Second Stage Pepsi Max Stage Red Bull Bedroom Jam Stage Jägermeister Acoustic Stage

System of a Down
Avenged Sevenfold
Skunk Anansie
Down
Hollywood Undead
Skindred
Escape the Fate
All That Remains
The Devil Wears Prada

Alice Cooper
Twisted Sister
Cheap Trick
Mr. Big
Dio Disciples
Clutch
Dan Reed
Rock Sugar
The BossHoss
Rise to Remain
Chthonic
Sacred Mother Tongue

Funeral for a Friend
The King Blues
Sevendust
Evile
Trash Talk
Your Demise
letlive.
VersaEmerge
Ghost
Straight Line Stitch
TRC
Houston
The Rods

Dangerous!
Kill 21
The Dangerous Summer
Dear Superstar
Heights
Blitz Kids
Welcome Wednesday
The Ocean Between Us
The Morning After
Dripback
Fighting Wolves

Bowling for Soup
Dan Reed
Sons of Icarus
Royal Republic
Maiden uniteD
Never Means Maybe
Skin
Intraverse

Sunday 12 June
Main Stage Second Stage Pepsi Max Stage Red Bull Bedroom Jam Stage Jägermeister Acoustic Stage

Linkin Park
Bullet for My Valentine
Disturbed
The Gaslight Anthem
The Pretty Reckless
Bowling for Soup
Madina Lake
Biohazard
Suicide Silence

Rob Zombie
The Cult
Black Veil Brides
Buckcherry
Turisas
Gwar
Kvelertak
Hyro Da Hero
Malefice
Yashin
Collapse

Frank Turner
Plain White T's
Silverstein
Framing Hanley
Deaf Havana
T-34
Starseed
My Darkest Days
Sworn Amongst
Hell
Trucker Diablo
Knock Out Kaine
Jameson Raid

H.E.A.T.
Baptized in Blood
The Dead Lay Waiting
Illuminatus
ACODA
You and What Army
Floods
Autumn In Disguise
October File
Belligerence
Skeletal Damage

Dave McPherson
Red, White and Blues
Hyro Da Hero
The Morning After
Slaves to Gravity
Heaven's Basement
Voodoo Johnson
Raven Vandelle

2012[edit]

On 12 July 2011 it was confirmed via Twitter, and the Download official website that the festival would be staged in 2012 between 8–10 June. Limited early-bird tickets were put on sale on 15 July. It was announced on 10 November via BBC Radio 1 that Metallica would headline the main stage on the Saturday and also that they would be playing their self titled album in its entirety.[41] The next day Black Sabbath were announced to headline the main stage on Sunday 10 June, closing the festival.[42] On 18 November, The Prodigy was announced as the headliner for Friday 8 June.[43]

On 12 April 2012, Download Festival announced on their website, official Facebook page and official Twitter page that the main stage will be named after Jim Marshall who died a week earlier.

Due to the wet and windy conditions on the site, there was a delay in opening the arena on the Friday, resulting in the cancellation/postponement of certain performers.

American heavy metal band Machine Head reportedly broke the festival record for the most circle pits happening during one song, with a reported 29 pits happening at once.[44]

Comedian Bob Slayer, who is a regular on the comedy stage at Download, broke his neck doing a wheelie bin crowd surf stunt whilst entertaining at the festival.[45]

The line-up won an award in the 2012 UK Festival Awards, and festival director John Probyn won a "Lifetime achievement award".[46]

Friday 8 June
The Jim Marshall Main Stage Zippo Encore Stage Pepsi Max Stage Redbull Bedroom Jam Stage Jägermeister Acoustic Stage

The Prodigy
Chase & Status
Machine Head
Billy Talent
NOFX
Fear Factory

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators
Nightwish
Opeth
Little Angels
Terrorvision
The Quireboys
Red, White and Blues

The Devin Townsend Project
AxeWound
Soil
While She Sleeps
The Defiled
Lawnmower Deth
Hounds
Absolute Power
Silent Descent
Impaled Existence

Cancer Bats
Gallows
The Safety Fire
Voodoo Six
Marmozets
Upon a Burning Body
Dive Bella Dive
Reachback
Dead Harts
The Jellycats
Broken

Yashin
Skindred
Breed 77
Million Dollar Reload
Neonfly
With One Last Breath

Saturday 9 June
The Jim Marshall Main Stage Zippo Encore Stage Pepsi Max Stage Redbull Bedroom Jam Stage Jägermeister Acoustic Stage

Metallica
Biffy Clyro
Tenacious D
Steel Panther
Trivium
Black Veil Brides
Saxon
As I Lay Dying

You Me at Six
Killswitch Engage
Skindred
Kids in Glass Houses
Theory of a Deadman
Four Year Strong
Lower Than Atlantis
Turbonegro
Ginger Wildheart
Halestorm
Fozzy
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The Mission
The Union
Corey Taylor
Sylosis
My Passion
The Treatment
Anti-Nowhere League
Gun
The Yo-Yos
Turbowolf
Don Broco
Avosetta
No Americana

Cockney Rejects
Fearless Vampire Killers
LostAlone
Mallory Knox
Butcher Babies
ACODA
Never Means Maybe
I Divide
Golden Tanks
4Arm
Freebase
Royal Cartel

Tyla
The Quireboys
Toby Jepson
Heaven's Basement
Red, White & Blues
Soil
Gun
Six Hour Sundown

Sunday 10 June
The Jim Marshall Main Stage Zippo Encore Stage Pepsi Max Stage Redbull Bedroom Jam Stage Jägermeister Acoustic Stage

Black Sabbath
Soundgarden
Megadeth
Lamb of God
Black Label Society
Anthrax
Kyuss Lives!
DevilDriver
Stellar Revival

Rise Against
Dropkick Murphys
Refused
Shinedown
Ugly Kid Joe
Sebastian Bach
Rival Sons
August Burns Red
We Are the Ocean
Black Spiders
Kobra and the Lotus

Periphery
Ghost
Firewind
Emmure
La Dispute
The JCQ
Shadows Fall
Edguy
Reckless Love
Heaven's Basement
Feed the Rhino
Skarlett Riot

William Control
Hawk Eyes
The Dirty Youth
The Minutes
With One Last Breath
Kopek
You and What Army
Strangle Kojak
Adelaide
Mechanical Smile
PitchBlack
Kamchatka

Saint Jude
Fearless Vampire Killers
Furyon
Mordecai
Daken
Voodoo Johnson
Sanguine
White Powder Gold

Cancellations[edit]

Five Finger Death Punch were scheduled to perform on Sunday on the Main Stage between DevilDriver and Kyuss Lives! but on 5 April they pulled out due to "logistic difficulties". Anthrax, who were initially set to play on the Zippo Encore Stage, were brought up to the main stage (later dubbed the Jim Marshall stage) due to Five Finger Death Punch's cancellation.

T. Mills was scheduled to perform on Saturday on the Red Bull stage but pulled out in May and also Porter Robinson, who was also set to play on the same stage on the Friday pulled out due to the recording of a new album. He was replaced by Voodoo Six.

Problems[edit]

Due to the wet and windy weather, Download did not open its Arena gates on Friday 8 June until 14:00 whilst laying down straw in the Arena and removing potentially dangerous signs and banners which could prove hazardous in high winds, meaning some of the bands were shifted around. Cancer Bats were moved from second opening band on the Jim Marshall Stage to a headline slot on The Red Bull Bedroom Jam Stage, with Rise to Remain and Six Hour Sundown missing out on a slot entirely. Fear Factory were also given an additional 10 minutes of performance time due Cancer Bats being relocated to a different stage and Rise to Remain being cancelled. Europe were scheduled to play the Zippo Encore stage on Friday before Little Angels, but it was announced at the last minute that they will not be able to perform due to traffic and transportation issues. Much criticism was aimed at the organisers for not preparing better as the poor weather occurred before the festival goers arrived. Also the conditions in the camping and arena meant that many fans who required disabled access were left stuck in the mud requiring help from their fellow fans to reach their destination, or even the toilets.[47]

2013[edit]

The eleventh annual Download festival was confirmed for 14–16 June 2013. Early bird tickets went on sale 15 June 2012, where a newly implemented deposit scheme was introduced; which allowed customers to pay for their ticket(s) over three payments rather than one. Iron Maiden were announced as the Saturday headliner on 20 September 2012 to commemorate 25 Years since first appearing and headlining Monsters of Rock in 1988 on Seventh Tour of a Seventh Tour .[48] Rammstein let slip on the same day that they will be headlining Download on the Sunday,[49] which was confirmed by the festival organisers the following morning. Seven days later it was confirmed via Andy Copping (festival promoter) that Slipknot would be the Friday headliner.[50] From 5 November, bands started to be announced sporadically via Facebook, Scuzz TV, BBC Radio 1, Kerrang! Magazine and the personal Twitter account of Andy Copping.

Goldsboro were due to be playing at the festival, but on 19 February they confirmed they would not be able to perform. After the Burial were scheduled to perform on the Red Bull Studios stage, but pulled out on 17 May in order to focus on their new album.

On 28 May, Skin and Red, White & Blues cancelled their appearances at the festival. Both acts were to perform twice over the weekend, on the Zippo Encore and Jägermeister Acoustic stages. On 3 June, Andy Copping confirmed that Buckcherry would be pulling out of the festival and that they would be replaced by Black Star Riders.

Friday 14 June
Main Stage Zippo Encore Stage Pepsi Max Stage Red Bull Studios Stage Jägermeister Acoustic Stage

Slipknot
Bullet for My Valentine
Korn
Down
Papa Roach
Asking Alexandria
Architects
Rise to Remain

Black Stone Cherry
Gogol Bordello
3 Doors Down
Volbeat
Europe
DragonForce
Uriah Heep
Dir En Grey
Monster Truck

HIM
Converge
Motionless in White
Turisas
In This Moment
The Sword
Hang the Bastard
Patent Pending
Palm Reader
Emperor Chung

Fearless Vampire Killers
FIDLAR
The Algorithm
Zico Chain
Blood Command
Verses
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Zoax
Semperfi
Akord
Free Fall
Hammer of the Gods

We Are the Ocean
Walking Papers
Hear Kitty Kitty
Toseland
Rob Lynch
Avosetta

Saturday 15 June
Main Stage Zippo Encore Stage Pepsi Max Stage Red Bull Studios Stage Jägermeister Acoustic Stage

Iron Maiden
Queens of the Stone Age
Motörhead
Alice in Chains
Mastodon
Black Star Riders
Young Guns
UFO

Enter Shikari
Jimmy Eat World
Thunder
Lit
Karnivool
Katatonia
Escape the Fate
Hardcore Superstar
Heaven's Basement
I Divide

The Hives
Kvelertak
Chthonic
Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats
Bury Tomorrow
Heart of a Coward
Empress AD
Walking Papers
Nekrogoblikon
earthtone9
Crowns
Hill Valley High
Broken

Last Witness
Rat Attack
Lonely the Brave
Voodoo Six
Press to Meco
Searching Alaska
Wounds
Sky Valley Mistress
Silent Screams
Black Moth
Astroid Boys
Idiom
The Wild Lies
Cytota

Devin Townsend
Acoustic TV
Buffalo Summer
Crowns
Straight Lines
Fahran
The Killing Floor
The Afterparty

Sunday 16 June
Main Stage Zippo Encore Stage Pepsi Max Stage Red Bull Studios Stage Jägermeister Acoustic Stage

Rammstein
Thirty Seconds to Mars
The Gaslight Anthem
Stone Sour
Parkway Drive
Five Finger Death Punch
Coal Chamber
Cancer Bats
Sacred Mother Tongue

Limp Bizkit
A Day to Remember
Airbourne
Ghost
Rival Sons
Amon Amarth
Masters of Reality
Graveyard
The Ghost Inside
Hellyeah
Blitz Kids

Satyricon
Modestep
P.O.D
Newsted
Red Fang
Vision of Disorder
Bleed from Within
Hacktivist
Brutality Will Prevail
Little Caesar
Krokodil
States of Panic
Bovine

Sonic Boom Six
Glamour of the Kill
I Am I
Falling with Style
Surrender the Coast
The Howling
Forever Can Wait
Radkey
Buffalo Summer
Huntress
Black Dogs
Mordecai
The First
Naked Flame

Heaven's Basement
Pig Iron
Crash Mansion
New Killer Shoes
I Am I
Night By Night
The Graveltones
Arthemis

2014[edit]

Fall Out Boy's set on the Stephen Sutton Main Stage on Saturday at Download Festival 2014

The twelfth annual festival was held 13–15 June 2014. Earlybird tickets went on sale 21 June 2013. Between 4–6 November, all three main stage headliners were confirmed, along with all the sub-headliners. Linkin Park performed their debut album, Hybrid Theory album in its entirety.

Reactions to Avenged Sevenfold being announced as headliners were very mixed. After a Facebook user suggested that Dying Fetus headline the festival instead, a social media trend titled #WhyNotDyingFetus was started as a joke. However, this actually led to the band being booked to play, although not in a headline slot, and they were officially confirmed on 6 November.

To commemorate its twenty year anniversary, The Offspring performed their third studio album, Smash, in its entirety. Also, their appearance marked the first time in Download history that a previous main stage headliner returned to play a lower slot.

Andy Copping confirmed via Twitter that there would be a Secret Set on the Pepsi Max Stage on the Sunday, performing in the time slot in between Crazy Town and Memphis May Fire. This transpired to be Black Stone Cherry.

On 23 May, the Main stage was renamed the Stephen Sutton stage after Stephen Sutton who died on 14 May.

The Boardie Takeover returned on Thursday 12 June and featured four bands and 2 DJs. The bands playing the Takeover are: Last Edition, Scumface, Dumbjaw & Incinery.

Joe Bonamassa was originally booked to play on the Zippo Encore Stage Saturday before Status Quo but he was moved to the Sunday Main Stage due to a double booking. Trivium were initially confirmed to be headlining the Red Bull Studios Live stage on the Sunday, but following a generally negative response from fans due to the size and limited capacity of the tent, the band was moved to Zippo Encore Stage headliner.

In Flames were scheduled to sub-headline the Zippo Encore stage on Sunday, but they were quietly removed from the line-up poster on 26 February. It was later revealed that they had cancelled all of their Summer shows to finish recording their new album. On 22 March the latest announcement was leaked by Classic Rock Magazine. Shortly after the leak, Defeater, who were scheduled to play on the Pepsi Max Stage Sunday, were confirmed to have pulled out due to their lead singer, Derek Archambault, suffering an injury and having to undergo hip replacement surgery. Danger Danger were originally confirmed, but pulled out on 7 April, claiming that bookings had been erroneously made for various dates. September Mourning were confirmed for the Pepsi Max Stage on the Friday but were removed from the lineup on 2 May (as they wished to focus on getting their sophomore album completed), they were replaced by I Am Fire. Cage the Gods also pulled out on 2 May. King 810 pulled out the day before they were due to play because their lead vocalist and bassist were arrested. Upon a Burning Body were scheduled to appear on the Pepsi Max stage on Saturday, but were forced to pull out because singer Danny Leal was taken seriously ill with an inner ear infection that meant doctors would not clear him to fly to the UK.

The unknown band 'Iceman Thesis' were subtly added to the lineup poster in the buildup to the event. They were scheduled to perform for five minutes on both the Pepsi Max and Red Bull Studios Live Stage on the Saturday at the same time. The band performed both sets as scheduled with all ten (two bands of five) member's identities hidden using balaclavas. They performed one song known as 'Return to Harmony' before leaving the stages.

Friday 13 June
Stephen Sutton Main Stage Zippo Encore Stage Pepsi Max Stage Red Bull Studios Live Stage Jägermeister Acoustic Stage

Avenged Sevenfold
Rob Zombie
Within Temptation
Black Label Society
Skindred
Powerman 5000
Crossfaith
Miss May I

The Offspring
Bad Religion
Flogging Molly
Rival Sons
The Temperance Movement
The Answer
Drenge
Tesla
Tax the Heat

Opeth
Anathema
letlive.
Royal Blood
Quicksand
The Amity Affliction
Radkey
Turbowolf
I Am Fire
No Hot Ashes

Dan Reed Network
Tyketto
Battlecross
Baby Godzilla
Huntress
Lyger
Drones
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They Say Fall
Bloody Hammers
Bad Touch
Goldray

Jamie Lenman
The Answer
Danny Vaughn
New City Kings
The Mercy House
Mia Klose
Brother & Bones

Saturday 14 June
Stephen Sutton Main Stage Zippo Encore Stage Pepsi Max Stage Red Bull Studios Live Stage Jägermeister Acoustic Stage

Linkin Park
Fall Out Boy
Bring Me the Horizon
Killswitch Engage
Bowling for Soup
While She Sleeps
Bury Tomorrow
Fozzy
Dying Fetus

Status Quo
Twisted Sister
The Wildhearts
Monster Magnet
Orange Goblin
Skid Row
Twenty One Pilots
The BossHoss
Chevelle
The Dirty Youth
Press to Meco

Behemoth
American Head Charge
The Black Dahlia Murder
Vamps
Blessthefall
Arcane Roots
Lonely the Brave
Marmozets
Lawnmower Deth
Zoax
Collibus
Iceman Thesis

SikTh
The Howling
Malevolence
Martyr Defiled
New Politics
Nothing More
Skyharbor
coldrain
Chasing Cadence
Sinners Highway
Colt 45
Breathe in the Silence
Cytota
Iceman Thesis

Ginger Wildheart
Bowling for Soup
Anathema
Toby Jepson
Dave McPherson
Richards/Crane
Ducking Punches
Enemo-J

Sunday 15 June
Stephen Sutton Main Stage Zippo Encore Stage Pepsi Max Stage Red Bull Studios Live Stage Jägermeister Acoustic Stage

Aerosmith
Alter Bridge
Steel Panther
Volbeat
Joe Bonamassa
Richie Sambora
Buckcherry
Winger
Red Dragon Cartel

Trivium
The Pretty Reckless
Seether
Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals
Sabaton
Sepultura
Emmure
We Came as Romans
Skillet
Kill Devil Hill
Avatar

The Dillinger Escape Plan
The Used
Suicide Silence
Against Me!
Memphis May Fire
Black Stone Cherry
Crazy Town
The Treatment
Feed the Rhino
Thy Art Is Murder
The Graveltones
The Charm, The Fury
Viza

Zebrahead
Monuments
Polar
Heart in Hand
Reignwolf
Adelphia
The Magnus Puto
Create to Inspire
Kid Karate
Chinese Missy
Life on Standby
Arthemis
Dead City Streets

Nick Oliveri
Jon Gomm
Oxygen Thief
Milk Teeth
Versechorusverse
Fizzy Blood
Stormbringer

2015[edit]

The 2015 edition of the festival is due to take place 12–14 June. The top three acts on the main stage and the second stage headliner for each day were announced over the 18, 19 and 20 November.

Following on from The Offspring's second stage appearance in 2014, Faith No More's subheadlining position marks the second time a previous main stage headliner have returned to play in a lower slot. Mötley Crüe's performance will be their last ever UK festival appearance.

Friday 12 June
Main Stage Zippo Encore Stage

Slipknot
Judas Priest
Five Finger Death Punch

Black Stone Cherry

Saturday 13 June
Main Stage Zippo Encore Stage

Muse
Faith No More
A Day to Remember

Marilyn Manson

Sunday 14 June
Main Stage Zippo Encore Stage

KISS
Mötley Crüe
Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators

Enter Shikari

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