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Download 2023: everything you need to know about the biggest rock festival of the year

Download 2023 Rumours: Everything You Need to Know

Download festival is one of the biggest and most popular rock and metal festivals in the UK, attracting thousands of fans every year to Donington Park. The festival has been running since 2003 and has hosted some of the most legendary acts in the genre, such as Metallica, Iron Maiden, Slipknot, AC/DC, Black Sabbath and many more.

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But what about Download 2023? What can we expect from the 20th anniversary edition of the festival? Who will be headlining? When will tickets go on sale? And what are the latest rumours and announcements? In this article, we will try to answer all these questions and more, based on the information available so far. Let's get started!

When is Download 2023?

Download 2023 will take place on the weekend of 8-11 June 2023. The campsites will open on Wednesday 7 June 2023. This means that Download 2023 will be a four-day event, instead of the usual three-day one. This is to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the festival and to make up for the two years of cancellation due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Where is Download 2023?

Download 2023 will take place at Donington Park, Derbyshire, the same location as every previous edition of the festival. Donington Park is a famous motorsport circuit that also hosted the iconic Monsters of Rock festival from 1980 to 1996. The festival site covers an area of about 550 acres and has several stages, attractions, food stalls, bars and camping areas.

Where can I get tickets for Download 2023?

Tickets for Download 2023 will go on sale on Thursday November 10 at 10am from the official Download website. A Barclaycard pre-sale is open now. The prices for the tickets are as follows:

Ticket Type


Weekend Arena Only


Weekend with 5 Night Camping


Weekend with 3 Night Camping


RIP Camping Packages

From 499

RIP Hotel Packages

From 799

RIP Quiet Camping Packages

From 499

RIP Campervan Packages

From 699

*All prices include booking fees*

Who is playing Download 2023?

The first wave of bands for Download 2023 has been announced on November 8, and it's a massive one. The headliners are Metallica, Bring Me The Horizon and Slipknot. Metallica will play two sets: they'll headline the opening night on June 8, and return on Saturday June 10. The two sets will be unique and have no songs repeated.

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Other names confirmed include Alexisonfire, Architects, The Distillers, Disturbed, Evanescence , Ghost, I Prevail, Parkway Drive, Pendulum, Placebo, Simple Plan, Ville Valo and Within Tempation. You can find the full line-up (announced so far) below:

Metallica (two sets)

Alexisonfire Architects The Distillers Disturbed Evanescence Ghost I Prevail Parkway Drive Pendulum Placebo Simple Plan Ville Valo Within Temptation As December Falls Asking Alexandria Aviva Bambie Thug Beauty School Dropout Behemoth Blackgold Black Veil Brides Bleed From Within Boston Manor Bullet For My Valentine Cane Hill Carcass Creeper Crossfaith Daughtry Dead Poet Society Deaf Havana Deftones Descendents Dinosaur Pile-Up Don Broco Dream State Enter Shikari Fever 333 Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes Funeral For A Friend Gallows Gojira Good Charlotte Halestorm Holding Absence Hot Milk In Flames Jamie Lenman Killswitch Engage Korn Lacuna Coil Lamb Of God Loathe Mastodon Mayday Parade Megadeth Milk Teeth Motionless In White Neck Deep New Found Glory Nine Inch Nails Nothing But Thieves Of Mice & Men Opeth Papa Roach Periphery Poppy Powerwolf Rise Against Sabaton Sepultura Shinedown Skillet Sleep Token Spiritbox Steel Panther Stone Sour Sum 41 The Darkness The Hara The Offspring The Pretty Reckless The Wildhearts Therapy? Trash Boat Twin Atlantic Volbeat Wage War Weezer

What are the latest rumours and announcements?

As you can see, the line-up for Download 2023 is already huge, but there are still more bands to be announced. The festival organisers have promised that there will be over 200 acts across six stages, so there is plenty of room for surprises and speculation. Here are some of the latest rumours and announcements that we have heard:

  • The festival will feature a special tribute to the late Joey Jordison, the former drummer of Slipknot, who passed away in July 2021. The tribute will include a video montage, a drum solo and a performance by his former bandmates in Murderdolls.

  • The festival will also honour the memory of Eddie Van Halen, the legendary guitarist of Van Halen, who died in October 2020. The festival will have a dedicated stage named after him, where some of his friends and fans will play his songs and share their stories.

  • The festival will have a new stage called The Doghouse, which will host some of the best emerging and underground bands in the rock and metal scene. The stage will be curated by Kerrang! magazine and will feature bands such as Employed To Serve, Conjurer, Venom Prison, Palm Reader and more.

  • The festival will have a special guest appearance by Ozzy Osbourne, who was supposed to headline Download 2020 before it was cancelled. Ozzy has been recovering from various health issues and has not performed live since 2018. He is expected to join Metallica on stage for a song or two.

  • The festival will have a surprise headliner for the fourth day, which has not been revealed yet. Some of the names that have been rumoured are Foo Fighters, Green Day, System Of A Down, Rammstein and Iron Maiden.


Download 2023 is shaping up to be one of the biggest and best editions of the festival ever. With a four-day event, a massive line-up, a tribute to some of the legends of rock and metal, and a lot of surprises in store, it is definitely something that you don't want to miss. If you are a fan of rock and metal music, you should get your tickets as soon as possible, because they are likely to sell out fast. Download 2023 is going to be epic!


Q: How can I get to Download 2023?

A: There are several ways to get to Download 2023. You can drive by car and park at the festival site for 25 per vehicle. You can take a coach from various locations across the UK with Big Green Coach. You can take a train to East Midlands Parkway or Derby station and then take a shuttle bus to the festival site. You can also fly to East Midlands Airport or Birmingham Airport and then take a taxi or public transport to the festival site.

Q: What can I bring to Download 2023?

A: You can bring your own food and drink (including alcohol) to Download 2023, but only for personal consumption. You cannot bring any glass bottles or containers, knives or weapons, fireworks or flares, drones or lasers, illegal substances or legal highs, or anything that could be considered offensive or dangerous. You can bring your own camping equipment (including tents, sleeping bags, chairs, tables, etc.), but not any gas canisters, generators, sound systems or open fires. You can also bring your own personal items (such as clothes, toiletries, medication, etc.), but not any valuables or items that could be easily lost or stolen. You can find a full list of what you can and cannot bring on the official Download website.

Q: What are the facilities at Download 2023?

A: Download 2023 has a range of facilities to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. There are toilets, showers, water points, lockers, charging points, cash machines, first aid, security, information points and lost property. There are also various food and drink options, including vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free choices. There are also bars, shops, stalls, funfair rides, games and entertainment. There is also a welfare and accessibility team to help anyone who needs assistance or support.

Q: What are the rules and regulations at Download 2023?

A: Download 2023 has some rules and regulations that you need to follow to ensure the safety and enjoyment of everyone. You need to respect the festival staff, security and other attendees. You need to follow the instructions and directions given by the festival staff and security. You need to keep your wristband on at all times and show it when asked. You need to keep your belongings safe and report any suspicious activity or incidents. You need to dispose of your rubbish properly and recycle where possible. You need to avoid any behaviour that could cause harm or offence to yourself or others. You can find a full list of the rules and regulations on the official Download website.

Q: How can I stay updated on Download 2023?

A: The best way to stay updated on Download 2023 is to follow the official social media channels of the festival. You can find them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. You can also sign up for the newsletter on the official Download website to get the latest news and offers delivered to your inbox. You can also check out the official Download app for your smartphone or tablet, which has all the information you need about the festival, including line-up, schedule, map, FAQs and more.

Q: How can I contact Download 2023?

A: If you have any questions or queries about Download 2023, you can contact the festival team by email at or by phone at 0207 009 3484. You can also use the contact form on the official Download website or send a message on social media. The festival team will try to respond as soon as possible.


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