The 12th annual Download Festival took place at Donington Park where the three counties of Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire meet in the east Midlands of England on June 13-15, 2014. It is one of two major rock and heavy metal events in Britain and has featured such acts as Black Sabbath, Metallica, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Kiss, Journey and Motley Crue in the past.
The festival was conceived by Stuart Galbraith and Andy Copping as a follow up to the Monsters of Rock events which took place between 1980 and 1996. The festival originally started as a two-day event back in 2003 and was expanded to a three-day event in 2005. The 2003 tickets featured a code which enabled fans to download songs from the bands performing at the festival. This feature was eliminated the following year, unfortunately.
The event utilizes five stages to showcase various bands. The Main Stage, the Zippo Encore Stage, the Pepsi Max Stage, the Red Bull Studios Live Stage and the Jägermeister Acoustic Stage. There is a comedy tent called the Side Splitter Tent, featuring various standup comedians. Countless attractions such as the Download Cinema are also very popular during the festival. To satisfy hungry festival goers, Download features numerous onsite caterers offering everything from pizza to burgers and everything in between.
A campsite is established at the grounds where festival goers can pitch their tent and enjoy the festivities. Away from the rowdy main camp site there is a family campsite which caters specifically to families and provides a quieter atmosphere. Please note that children under 5 years old are not permitted at the festival. Festival tickets can be packaged with camping options for 3-5 days. The arena only ticket costs £190 where the 3-day camping option will up the charge to £215 and a 5-day camping option will increase pricing to £225. Children aged 12 and under will get in at a discounted price. There is a car parking charge of £25. Lastly, day time only tickets to the festival can be purchased for £87.50.
Download festival even has its own mascot called Download Dog who is featured on tickets, banners and merchandise related to festival.
If you missed the US Festivals of the 1980s or are too young to remember the Woodstock or the Monterey International Pop Music Festival of the 1960s, don’t worry, the Download Festival and other rock festivals around the world are still going strong and are begging for you to partake in the festivities!
Web page: http://downloadfestival.co.uk/