Download 2012: festival preview

Going to Download this weekend? Here's our guide to the festival and how you can get involved

Download festival celebrates its 10th year this weekend, with headliners the Prodigy, Metallica and Black Sabbath performing alongside around 130 other acts, mostly of the rock and metal persuasion, all creating a fabulous racket over Donington Park's hallowed rock grounds.

Here are a few of our picks from the lineup, along with links to some of our coverage of the artists, exclusive videos, album streams, playlists and various other bits and pieces to read, watch and listen to.

• Are you attending Download? If so, let us know how it goes. Tweet @guardianmusic using the #download hashtag and tell us about the best and worst things you've seen. Or if you've got the Guardian's iPhone app, you can use the "Send us a story" function at the bottom of the homescreen to tell us more. We'll be rounding up your views next week when we review both events.

• Are you taking a camera? If so, we'd love to see your photos. Our Festivals 2012 Flickr group is the place to upload your pictures from this summer's outdoor music events. We'll be featuring some of our favourite pictures from the group on

Video preview featuring headliners Prodigy, Metallica and Black Sabbath Reading this on mobile? Click here to view

Biffy Clyro Jim Marshall stage, Saturday 9 June, 18.30
Biffy treat us to an acoustic version of their song Many of Horror in this video, and here they speak to Rob Fitzpatrick about their rise to fame.

Black Sabbath Jim Marshall stage, Sunday 10 June, 21.00
A classic interview with Black Sabbath by Metal Mike Saunders, bought to the Guardian courtesy of Rock's Backpages. And in this video from last year, guitarist Tony Iommi talks to Stuart Jeffries at the Home of Metal exhibitions in Wolverhampton and Birmingham

Gallows Red Bull stage, Friday 8 June, 20.35
Just in case you're not up to date with all things Gallows, here's our 2010 news story on Alexisonfire's Wade MacNeil replacing Frank Carter as singer. And from the vaults, here's a 2010 interview with "the UK's angriest band".

Megadeth Jim Marshall stage, Sunday, 17.30
See all our recent Megadeth coverage here, or head straight to news of Dave Mustaine's recent political shenanigans.

Metallica Jim Marshall stage, Saturday, 20.45
Take a look at our picture gallery from Metallica's early years, and read about Mission to Lars, a new documentary that follows Tom Spicer as he leaves his Devon care home on a quest to meet drummer Lars Ulrich.

Slash feat Myles Kennedy Zippo Encore stage, Friday, 21.00
Listen to our stream of Slash's new album Apocalyptic Love, find out what his favourite smell is in this 2011Q&A, and check out what he has to say about festivals in this interview from our 2012 festivals guide.

Soundgarden Jim Marshall stage, Sunday, 19.00
In this 2009 interview, Soundgarden's Chris Cornell spoke to the Guardian about bemusing his fans by doing a spot of R&B funkiness with Timbaland, while here the band disclose how a poorly worded tweet led to their reunion.

The Prodigy Jim Marshall stage, Friday, 21.00
Did Charly kill rave? No, says Andrew Harrison in this look at the Prodge's 20-year history as the figureheads of out-of-control, hedonistic, devotedly hardcore dance music. For a taste of what to expect from them at Download, here's a review of their 2009 Glastonbury performance.

Turbonegro Zippo Encore stage, Saturday, 14.10
"Turbonegro's combination of shock value, cheerily dumb anthemics and lowbrow laughs works perfectly," said Alexis Petridis in his 2003 live review.

• Want more? Join the Download 2012 discussion on their official forums, check out all manner of video content on their extensive YouTube channel and, thanks to Spotify user bitofatit, get in the mood with this playlist of almost 200 tracks by artists playing at the festival.


Adam Boult

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