Download festival

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Download Pilot review – a joyful noise for fans and bands
Exuberant scenes at the rock and metal festival test event find its 10,000 guinea pigs leaving Covid blues far behind

Matt Mills

20, Jun, 2021 @5:09 PM

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‘It’s going to be weird’: Download festival opens with no social distancing
10,000 rock and heavy metal fans look forward to weekend of moshing without masks at Covid pilot event

Jessica Murray

18, Jun, 2021 @7:23 PM

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Peter Gabriel: festivals risk ‘losing everything’ without government insurance
Industry figures warn nightclubs and music venues also being pushed towards ‘financial cliff edge’ by delay in lockdown easing

Laura Snapes and Jasper Jolly

17, Jun, 2021 @10:31 AM

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Download festival to return as 10,000-capacity test event – with moshing
Metal festival in June, operating at eighth of usual size, will be first three-day camping festival as pandemic restrictions relax

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

26, May, 2021 @9:49 AM

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Isle of Wight festival moves to September as Download and Primavera cancel
Events originally scheduled for June are postponed and cancelled, as sector continues to press UK government for insurance scheme

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

02, Mar, 2021 @2:21 PM

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Metallica: the night the masters of metal gave me hope for the future
Continuing our series on the artists who had a formative influence on our music writers, Matt Mills recalls how a cataclysmic set at his first ever festival helped him overcome his deepest anxieties

Matt Mills

02, Feb, 2021 @9:36 AM

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Download and Isle of Wight festivals cancelled due to coronavirus
Metal and pop events called off, joining Glastonbury, the Great Escape and more on the cancellation list

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

26, Mar, 2020 @1:42 PM

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Download festival review – fire, fury and hymns to the dark side
Headliners Slipknot and Def Leppard lead the way on a long weekend of big riffs and shouting

Dom Lawson

17, Jun, 2019 @11:13 AM

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Reading and Leeds, Latitude, Download and Wireless festivals to go plastic-free
Global promoter Live Nation pledges to eliminate single-use plastics from festivals and venues by 2021

Laura Snapes

24, May, 2019 @11:20 AM

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Download festival review – Slayer cast dark spells with ferocious swan song set
British hard rock festival brings angst, anger and a lot of black lipstick to western Sydney’s peaceful parklands

Nathan Dunne

11, Mar, 2019 @1:43 AM

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Download festival review – Guns N' Roses dominate metal's biggest party
Marilyn Manson is a chilled-out entertainer, Avenged Sevenfold comfortably top the bill and Ozzy Osbourne feels the love during the metal marathon

Dom Lawson

11, Jun, 2018 @10:09 AM

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The UK’s eight best music festivals
From the Mighty Hoopla’s queer, pop-focused celebration to Download’s annual joyous metal onslaught, there’s an event this summer for everyone

Leonie Cooper

12, May, 2018 @8:15 AM

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