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DOWNLOAD - THE EXPERIENCE
Download Festival is an iconic festival which hosts rock and metal music acts from the biggest bands and up and coming artists.
From hard hitting rock music line-ups to heavy metal clangers, Download has much more than just music to keep the crowd entertained. Switch from thrashing to laughing at the Side Splitter Stage hosting a rich line-up of comedy, or explore the Circus of Horrors including everything from sword swallowers, acrobatics and circus acts. You can also enjoy the huge variety of food, drink and merchandise stalls. You can enjoy the festival as a three-day or five-day event. You can also avail of a unique RIP experience, a fitting version of VIP, which includes the Park Farm and Sleepy Hollow campsites, along with a dedicated VIP entrance, RIP exclusive 'Doggy Bag' and luxury facilities. There are a variety of ticket and camping options available to suit every festival-goer.
Download festival was first founded in 2003 and it has hosted such acclaimed music legends and bands such as Iron Maiden, Marilyn Manson, Audio Slave, Linkin Park, Metallica, Feeder, Black Sabbath. System of a Down, AC DC, Rage Against The Machine, KISS, Slipknot and The Prodigy. Avenged Sevenfold, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Aerosmith and Guns N Roses have also performed at the Donington event's history. It has since grown to establish itself the UK's top and internationally acclaimed rock music festivals.
Interview: Simple Creatures on Playing Download 2019
Blink-182 bassist and co-vocalist Mark Hoppus and All Time Low frontman Alex Gaskarth recently unveiled their collaborative project, Simple Creatures. Releasing their Strange Love debut earlier this year, and new track Special shortly before Download Festival, the pair took to the Avalanche Stage for a headline slot – their very first festival appearance.
Download Festival Address:
Castle Donington, Derby, England DE74 2RP
The Festival is located around 3 miles from the main routes of the M1/M42 and A50. Follow all event signage.
There is car parking available and you will need to purchase a car park pass. Those driving by motorcycle will also need to purchase a motorcycle pass.
The nearest rail stations are East Midlands Parkway along with Derby train station. There will be shuttle busses from each rail station.
Disabled access customers should first buy a Weekend or Day Ticket.
Please buy your festival ticket first. You will then need to apply for access to disabled facilities and/or a complimentary PA ticket via download
Only buy a ticket for the Access Customer and any friends and family attending, NOT including the PA. If you are applying for a Personal Assistant Ticket, you need to apply for this by completing the Access Requirements Application form. If you are not offered a complimentary ticket for a PA but you still wish to bring someone and the event has sold out by the time we inform you, we can make one ticket available to buy.
Where is Download and how do I get there?
Download is based in Donington Park which lies between counties Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.
You can get there by:
- By Car – There is car parking available and you will need to purchase a car park pass. Those driving by motorcycle will also need to purchase a motorcycle pass.The festival is located around 3 miles from the main routes of the M1/M42 and A50.
- By Bus – There will be a bus service from Derby and Notts to and from East Midlands Parkway and Derby Station to the site. There are also Skylink and MY15 bus services which connect Nottingham, Derby, Leicester and Loughborough city centres along with the East Midlands Airport.
- By Train – The nearest rail stations are East Midlands Parkway along with Derby train station. There will be shuttle buses from each rail station.
- By Plane - The festival is located by East Midlands Airport which is only a short distance from the festival. You can walk to the site or get a taxi to one of the drop off points.
Does Download festival do day tickets?
Yes, there will be day tickets available for the festival. At the moment weekend ticket options are available on early-bird and day tickets will become available at a later date.
What is the Download festival mascot?
The Download Dog is the official mascot for the event and has become an iconic symbol of the festival appearing on stage design, tickets and merchandise. See Download Dog take on NXT UK ahead of the festival in our blog.
How much are Download tickets?
Download ticket prices vary ending on the ticket type purchased, such as instalment plans, five day or three weekend options and luxury options. You can find the most up to date ticket prices here.
Can I camp at Download? Is it a camping festival?
Yes Download is a camping festival but also includes non camping tickets. There are five and three night camping options along with three day non-camping day tickets available. There are different campsites to choose from including the main campsite, quiet campsite and eco campsite.
Can I book accessible tickets for the festival?
Yes, the festival offer accessible tickets and there is access ticket information for various ticket types. Find out more about access tickets for Download here. You can also read more about accessible tickets and how to book on our help page
When will I receive my tickets?
You should receive your tickets five days before the event. If the tickets have yet to arrive five days before, please contact us. You can check ticket dispatch information here.
Can I sell my Download tickets?
Yes, if you can no longer go to the festival, you can head to our verified fan to fan ticket exchange site to sell your tickets safely and securely so another fan gets to enjoy the festival. See our Ticket Exchange site here.
Please note that Ticketmaster can only deal with questions and issues regarding tickets. For all other enquiries regarding the festival, please visit the Download website or contact them directly.