Event information

Location: United Kingdom, Castle Donington (Donington Park)
Date: 12-14 June 2009
Website: downloadfestival.co.uk

Tickets:

Weekend Ticket - £135
Day Ticket - Friday 12th June - £65
Day Ticket - Saturday 13th June - £65
Day Ticket - Sunday 14th June - £65
Weekend Ticket with 3-day GUEST AREA pass - £210
Camping SOLD OUT
Buy at www.downloadfestival.co.uk
 
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The Download Festival is the UK's premier Rock Festival. A mammoth 5 day rock event, based at the spiritual home of rock - Donington Park. Produced and promoted by Live Nation, The Download Festival is now in its seventh year. Previous heavy rock superstars headlining the event have included Iron Maiden, KISS, Metallica, Guns N' Roses, System of a Down, and Black Sabbath. With 3 days of incredible live music, across 3 stages and around 100 bands performing, Download Festival will be the ONLY festival to see some of the best heavy rock on the planet in 2009 - but of course the complete, now fully established Download experience (including camping facilities, 'RIP' packages and entertaining carnival atmosphere) is about far, far more than just the music - it's simply not to be missed.

Who was there?

100% Baz Anderson
100% Black Mass (UAE)
100% BRJ Events
100% infydreams (Ireland)
100% Boltus
100% M4RK
30% The Prophet


DAY 1 (12.06)

Main Stage
13:00 - 13:30 Hollywood Undead
13:50 - 14:20 The Blackout
14:40 - 15:15 Staind
15:35 - 16:15 Billy Talent
16:35 - 17:15 Killswitch Engage
17:45 - 18:45 Limp Bizkit
19:15 - 20:30 Korn
21:00 - 22:45 Faith No More
Second Stage
13:00 - 13:25 Steadlür
13:45 - 14:10 In This Moment
14:30 - 14:55 A Day To Remember
15:15 - 15:45 Parkway Drive
16:05 - 16:40 Dir En Grey
17:00 - 17:35 Bring Me The Horizon
18:00 - 18:45 Lacuna Coil
19:10 - 20:00 Opeth
20:35 - 21:45 Mötley Crüe
Tuborg Stage
13:00 - 13:20 Sleepercurve
13:35 - 14:00 Hunting The Minotaur
14:20 - 14:45 Bleed From Within
15:05 - 15:30 Sylosis
15:50 - 16:20 Lauren Harris
16:40 - 17:10 Middle Class Rut
17:30 - 18:00 Enter Shikari
18:20 - 18:50 Voivod
19:10 - 19:50 Backyard Babies
20:15 - 20:55 Duff McKagan's Loaded
21:20 - 22:20 Meshuggah
Red Bull Stage
13:00 - 13:20 The Instigators
13:45 - 14:10 Tripswitch
14:35 - 15:00 Young Guns
15:30 - 16:00 White Man Kamikaze
16:30 - 17:00 The Outcry Collective
17:30 - 18:00 Don Broco
18:30 - 19:00 Linchpin
19:30 - 20:00 Dissolved In
20:30 - 21:00 New Device
21:30 - 22:00 Blackhole


DAY 2 (13.06)

Main Stage
11:00 - 11:35 Tim Ripper Owens
11:55 - 12:30 Five Finger Death Punch
12:50 - 13:35 Devildriver
13:55 - 14:40 Hatebreed
15:05 - 15:55 Down
16:20 - 17:10 DragonForce
17:35 - 18:35 Pendulum
19:10 - 20:25 Marilyn Manson
21:05 - 22:50 Slipknot
Second Stage
11:00 - 11:30 The Crave
11:50 - 12:20 Symphony Cult
12:40 - 13:10 Hardcore Superstar
13:30 - 14:05 In Case Of Fire
14:25 - 15:05 Fightstar
15:25 - 16:05 Static-X
16:25 - 17:15 The Answer
17:40 - 18:30 You Me At Six
19:00 - 20:00 Chris Cornell
20:35 - 21:35 The Prodigy
Tuborg Stage
11:45 - 12:15 No Americana
12:35 - 13:05 Black Spiders
13:25 - 13:55 Facecage
14:15 - 14:45 Loverman
15:05 - 15:35 Billy Boy On Poison
15:55 - 16:25 General Fiasco
16:50 - 17:20 Man Raze
17:45 - 18:15 Lawnmower Deth
18:40 - 19:25 Thunder
19:50 - 20:35 Architects
21:00 - 22:00 Anvil
Red Bull Stage
11:00 - 11:25 Auger Bane
11:50 - 12:15 Japanese Voyeurs
12:40 - 13:05 The Computers
13:30 - 14:00 Serpico
14:30 - 15:00 Forever Never
15:30 - 16:00 13 Riots
16:30 - 17:00 None The Less
17:30 - 18:00 The Auteur
18:30 - 19:00 My Passion
19:30 - 20:00 People In Planes
20:30 - 21:00 This City
21:30 - 22:00 The Ghost Of A Thousand


DAY 3 (14.06)

Main Stage
11:00 - 11:25 Stone Gods
11:45 - 12:15 Tesla
12:35 - 13:05 Skin
13:25 - 14:05 Black Stone Cherry
14:30 - 15:10 Journey
15:35 - 16:25 Dream Theater
16:55 - 18:05 ZZ Top
18:35 - 20:05 Whitesnake
20:45 - 22:30 Def Leppard
Second Stage
11:00 - 11:25 Sacred Mother Tongue
11:45 - 12:10 Trigger The Bloodshed
12:30 - 13:00 Suicide Silence
13:20 - 13:50 God Forbid
14:10 - 14:40 Sevendust
15:00 - 15:30 Karma To Burn
15:50 - 16:20 Volbeat
18:40 - 17:10 Shinedown
17:30 - 18:00 Clutch
18:20 - 19:00 Buckcherry
19:20 - 20:05 Papa Roach
20:35 - 21:45 Trivium
Tuborg Stage
11:00 - 11:25 Brides
11:45 - 12:10 Violent Soho
12:30 - 12:55 Turbowolf
13:15 - 13:40 Pulled Apart By Horses
14:00 - 14:25 Esoterica
14:45 - 15:15 Hostile
15:35 - 16:05 Hexes
16:25 - 16:55 Dear Superstar
17:15 - 17:45 Sabbat
18:05 - 18:35 Steel Panther
18:55 - 19:35 The 69 Eyes
19:55 - 20:35 Therapy?
21:00 - 22:00 Go:Audio
Red Bull Stage
11:00 - 11:25 Fall From Grace
11:50 - 12:15 Raucous Jays
12:40 - 13:05 Million$ Reload
13:30 - 14:00 Jettblack
14:30 - 15:00 Fei Comodo
15:30 - 16:00 Logan
16:30 - 17:00 First Strike
17:30 - 18:00 Exit Avenue
18:30 - 19:00 Attack! Attack!
19:30 - 20:00 Twin Atlantic
20:30 - 21:00 Flood Of Red
21:30 - 22:00 We Are The Ocean


News

 25.06.2009 - Download Festival - Relive Download 2009
 20.05.2009 - Download Festival - Camping Sells Out & Update


Reviews

 Download Festival 2009 - Castle Donington, England, 12th June 2009 by Baz Anderson
 Download Festival 2009 - Castle Donington, England, 13th June 2009 by Baz Anderson
 Download Festival 2009 - Castle Donington, England, 14th June 2009 by Baz Anderson


Photo galleries

Download Festival - Castle Donington, England, 12th-14th June 2009 by Baz Anderson (145 images)




 
Updated: 11.06.2009




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Baz Anderson - 08.01.2009 at 00:27  
Well Heaven And Hell is definitely a good start to the line-up!! It'll be very interesting to see just who they get playing at the festival this year!

EDIT: Turned out they weren't playing after all.
infydreams - 14.01.2009 at 20:37  
According to http://www.last.fm/event/814008 Lamb of God and God Forbid will be playing too. Not heard anything by God Forbid, but Lamb of God is a pretty good addition to the line up.
infydreams - 06.02.2009 at 14:31  
Slipknot have self confirmed they'll be playing apperantly..

Also for anyone thinking of going, the tickets are slightly cheaper until Monday, then they'll be full price.
Baz Anderson - 06.02.2009 at 14:43  
Interesting.
Baz Anderson - 10.02.2009 at 02:02  
Finally a few more names announced. Seems most of the big festivals are going to have the same line-up pretty much again.
Still, The Prodigy would be interesting to see if they don't clash with a good metal band.
DayFly - 02.03.2009 at 21:15  
Not that I could go, but aside from Anvil, ZZ Top, Def Leppard and maybe Dream Theater there's no band I'd like to see.
Baz Anderson - 17.03.2009 at 02:37  
Journey and a few others just added. I am surprised how many older bands there are confirming this year!
Baz Anderson - 24.03.2009 at 14:05  
These bands added:

Opeth
Meshuggah
Dir En Grey
Five Finger Death Punch
You Me And Six
Steadlür
Laenmower Deth
Duff McKagan

Hahahahaha, Opeth?? Opeth?? Are they serious, I think I should just give up and mindlessly worship them like everyone else does. Why does everyone torment me with Opeth?? Hahahaha.
Ozman - 24.03.2009 at 16:16  
Written by Baz Anderson on 24.03.2009 at 14:05

These bands added:

Opeth
Meshuggah
Dir En Grey
Five Finger Death Punch
You Me And Six
Steadlür
Laenmower Deth
Duff McKagan

Hahahahaha, Opeth?? Opeth?? Are they serious, I think I should just give up and mindlessly worship them like everyone else does. Why does everyone torment me with Opeth?? Hahahaha.



Who the hell are Laenmower Deth? Don't you mean Lawnmower Deth? Btw, I didn't know they had reformed.
Lucas - 24.03.2009 at 16:40  
I'd only visit this festival for Chris Cornell and The Prodigy. Perhaps for Down, too.

Strange line-up.
Baz Anderson - 24.03.2009 at 18:24  
Haha yes, woops - typing mistake.
Yeh, I like the slight more emphasis towards older bands this year.
Valentin B - 30.03.2009 at 23:56  
Written by Baz Anderson on 24.03.2009 at 18:24

Haha yes, woops - typing mistake.
Yeh, I like the slight more emphasis towards older bands this year.

i on the other hand noticed how younger nu metal bands are getting the attention: limp bizkit, slipknot, lamb of god, trivium, korn, killswitch, and of course marilyn manson.
Baz Anderson - 07.04.2009 at 15:35  
The Answer
Fightstar
Bring Me The Horizon
Staind
Stone Gods
Static-X
Shinedown
Volbeat
Facecage
Auger Bane
Sevendust
Go: Audio

Confirmed
Baz Anderson - 21.04.2009 at 13:57  
17 more bands announced:

Hatebreed
A Day To Remember
In This Moment
Therapy?
God Forbid
Backyard Babies
Hostile
Middle Class Rut
No Americana
Esoterica
Suicide Silence
Ripper Owens
Voivod
Sylosis
Turbowolf
We Are The Ocean
Man Raze
Baz Anderson - 05.05.2009 at 14:09  
These bands announced:

Steel Panther
Trigger The Bloodshed
Lauren Harris
Hexes
Hollywood Undead
Hunting The Minotaur
Japanese Voyeurs
White Man Kamikaze
Loverman
Black Spiders
General Fiasco
Sacred Mother Tongue
The 69 Eyes
Dear Superstar
Pulled Apart From Horses
Violent Soho
Brides
HarmonyCorruptio - 07.05.2009 at 14:06  
Man, this looks horrible.
Valentin B - 13.05.2009 at 16:30  
People complain about the lineup at Wacken but at least it's not total sellout like this one, Trivium, Slipknot, Limp Bizkit, Staind, Def Leppard, Whitesnake... well there are a good few bands that i personally would like to see but only if they have a "true stage" and a "poser stage" lol

also i see there's a good few non-rock/metal bands on the bill, is this fest not limited only to rock/metal?
Ozman - 13.05.2009 at 16:48  
Written by Valentin B on 13.05.2009 at 16:30

People complain about the lineup at Wacken but at least it's not total sellout like this one, Trivium, Slipknot, Limp Bizkit, Staind, Def Leppard, Whitesnake... well there are a good few bands that i personally would like to see but only if they have a "true stage" and a "poser stage" lol

also i see there's a good few non-rock/metal bands on the bill, is this fest not limited only to rock/metal?


Download was never a pure metal festival whereas Wacken pretends to be. Download was always a general music fest.
amarchand - 13.05.2009 at 22:33  
This has to be one of the worst lineups I've ever seen in my life. I'd rather live in North Korea for a year than be exposed to some of these bands in concert, absolutely horrendous.
Inlé - 14.05.2009 at 01:47  
Written by Valentin B on 13.05.2009 at 16:30

also i see there's a good few non-rock/metal bands on the bill, is this fest not limited only to rock/metal?


No. It's pretty much a melting pot full of big bands in big contemporary genres with emphasis on rock and pop pretending to be rock...
Ilham - 14.05.2009 at 04:25  
Written by amarchand on 13.05.2009 at 22:33

This has to be one of the worst lineups I've ever seen in my life. I'd rather live in North Korea for a year than be exposed to some of these bands in concert, absolutely horrendous.


Haha. Agreed.
Baz Anderson - 14.05.2009 at 18:07  
The running order hasn't been uploaded yet, but we can see who will be on what stage.

Slightly annoyed as Mötley Crüe clash with Faith No More, and also Slipknot clash with The Prodigy. I would like to see both of those.
Ozman - 14.05.2009 at 18:24  
Written by Baz Anderson on 14.05.2009 at 18:07

The running order hasn't been uploaded yet, but we can see who will be on what stage.

Slightly annoyed as Mötley Crüe clash with Faith No More, and also Slipknot clash with The Prodigy. I would like to see both of those.


What? You want to see Mötley Crüe? You have any idea how crap they are? (and then especially live nowadays) And also Slipknot? Man, you are weird.
Baz Anderson - 14.05.2009 at 18:30  
Written by Ozman on 14.05.2009 at 18:24

What? You want to see Mötley Crüe? You have any idea how crap they are? (and then especially live nowadays) And also Slipknot? Man, you are weird.

Hahaha, of course I do. I love a few of the Mötley Crüe albums so I need to see them live. We'll be seeing them at Hellfest anyway, so maybe I will just completely miss them here and watch the full Faith No More set.
Slipknot were one of the first metal bands I listened to and have always been interested in seeing them live... apparently they put on quite a crazy show. Prodigy are just one of those classic bands that really need seeing live. I don't know what I'll do there... neither are playing anywhere else I am going.
Doc Godin - 15.05.2009 at 13:03  
Written by Baz Anderson on 14.05.2009 at 18:30

Written by Ozman on 14.05.2009 at 18:24

What? You want to see Mötley Crüe? You have any idea how crap they are? (and then especially live nowadays) And also Slipknot? Man, you are weird.

Hahaha, of course I do. I love a few of the Mötley Crüe albums so I need to see them live. We'll be seeing them at Hellfest anyway, so maybe I will just completely miss them here and watch the full Faith No More set.
Slipknot were one of the first metal bands I listened to and have always been interested in seeing them live... apparently they put on quite a crazy show. Prodigy are just one of those classic bands that really need seeing live. I don't know what I'll do there... neither are playing anywhere else I am going.

Take it from me, paying big bucks to see Motley Crue fuck up 2 times in a row totally ruined my taste for them. They can't play for shit live. I used to be a big fan until I got burned twice, I gave them the benefit of the doubt and thought maybe they just had an off night the first time I saw them...nope. If you have any respect for them I recommend not seeing them live, they'll ruin it for you. Both times I saw them rank up there as some of the worst shows I've ever seen.

The FNM reunion should be really fucking solid though.
Baz Anderson - 20.05.2009 at 20:13  
Press Information - 10 am Wednesday 20th May 2009

Festival organisers for the DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL AT DONINGTON PARK have today announced that all camping tickets have now officially SOLD OUT.

This includes all RIP Park Farm packages, including Tipis and Shacks. In addition, all combined coach travel & camping tickets have also now completely sold out. There are still a LIMITED number of the RIP "Platinum" hotel packages available.

Organisers are now urging anyone planning to attend this year's Download who haven't yet picked up their tickets to do so NOW - arena tickets for the full weekend and day tickets are still on sale but are likely to all be snapped up soon. For all tickets and packages please visit http://www.downloadfestival.co.uk/tickets .

For the first time in Download history, this year's festival will be extended to FOUR STAGES, with over 100 bands playing across the weekend of 12-14 JUNE.

Courtesy of RED BULL BEDROOM JAM, the new stage will host performances from the previously announced WE ARE THE OCEAN, WHITE MAN KAMIKAZE AND AUGER BANE, plus MY PASSION, DISSOLVED IN, THIS CITY, TWIN ATLANTIC, LINCHPIN, FALL FROM GRACE, DON BROCO, NONE THE LESS, EXIT AVENUE, YOUNG GUNS and FIRST STRIKE.

In addition to these exciting new acts, For the first time ever an unknown band will get to play the main stage in a live broadcast from their Bedroom. This world first will see the virtual gig beamed to thousands of rockers ahead of the performance from Marilyn Manson on the Saturday.

Here's how…

Upload your video to http://www.redbullbedroomjam.com . Don't worry about the quality, a mobile phone video of you playing in your bedroom will do…it's the talent that counts (a good tip would be to check out Don Broco's video on the homepage!)
Get your fans to log on and watch and rate your video…
The most popular artists get seIected for a live-streamed performance…on broadcast day, the Red Bull Bedroom Jam crew collect the musicians and seIected mates and fans, and the winners rock out in front of the camera!

For this one off special, videos will have to be uploaded by Friday 5 June. The winners will then be informed on Monday 8 June.

In other news, it has been announced that ROCK RADIO will be powering this year's DOWNLOAD RADIO, and broadcasting throughout the weekend.

With three stations across Manchester, Scotland and the North East of England, Rock Radio will be bringing their team of rock DJ experts to Download to deliver everything from the latest festival news, exclusive interviews with artists to what's happening backstage. Heading up the presenter team will be Rock Radio Manchester's Paul Anthony, Rock Radio Scotland's Tom Russell and legendary rock writer, broadcaster and presenter of Rock Radio's Classic Rock magazine radio show Mick Wall.

The station will be activated from 9am Wednesday 10th June through to 12pm Monday 15th June, and available through the local frequency of 87.7FM.

Rock Radio Station Manager, Ciaran O'Toole said, "Since the launch of 96.3 Rock Radio, one of our ambitions has been to team up with a major festival and the Download festival is the best in Britain. We're delighted to be working with them to make Download 2009 one of the best yet."

The Leicestershire Constabulary have released their latest initiatives and messaging to help make this year's event as safe and secure as possible for all those attending.

For the third year in a row, the police will be using a text messaging and email service aimed at gathering crime prevention information from people coming along this year. The service was launched to encourage festival-goers to give the police information about crime related matters in advance of the event.

Anyone with information can text 'police' and then their message to 86688 or email downloadfestival.intel@leicestershire.pnn.co.uk.

The information will be treated anonymously and will enable the police into build up a picture, in advance of the event, of any potential trouble
Baz Anderson - 23.05.2009 at 14:43  
Well here's some more metal points for the festival. Sabbat have just confirmed to play the last day apparently.
We just don't know at what time yet. I only pray they don't clash with anyone else. I've only successfully seen Sabbat once before.
Baz Anderson - 26.05.2009 at 14:36  
And these bands have been officially announced today, which complete the full line-up of the festival:

Bleed From Within
Sleepercurve
Blackhole
New Device
The Outcry Collective
Tripswitch
The Instigators
In Case Of Fire
Hardcore Superstar
Symphony Cult
The Crave
Billy Boy On Poison
The Ghost Of A Thousand
People In Planes
The Auteur
13 Riots
Forever Never
The Computers
Serpico
Sabbat
Flood Of Red
Attack! Attack!
Logan
Fei Comodo
Jett Black
Million$ Reload
Raucous Jays
Baz Anderson - 26.05.2009 at 14:49  
Ok, I have put in all the bands at the festival. The line-up is complete!

Looks like Sabbat are going to clash with Dream Theater, or someone around that time - which isn't good!!
Some of the clashes this year are just badly thought out I think. If you like metal, sometimes there are no metal bands on, and then when there are - they are all on at the same time!
Black Mass - 03.06.2009 at 12:07  
Baz.....I'm so excited!! FAITH NO MORE!!!
Baz Anderson - 03.06.2009 at 15:01  
Haha yeh! I'm getting pretty excited about the whole thing. There's not long now!
I just hope I'm not going to be worn out for Hellfest a few days after this, haha!

I'm actually looking forward to the last day most and the block of:

Def Leppard
Whitesnake
ZZ Top
Dream Theater
Journey

(with Sabbat in there somewhere too).
Baz Anderson - 03.06.2009 at 20:30  
Extra camping tickets are now on sale!

Press release

Due to massive public demand, Download festival organisers have examined the final Donington 2009 site and are delighted to announce that a further 2,500 camping tickets have been made available and are now on sale!

Customers who have already purchased weekend arena tickets and haven't been able to buy camping are advised to call Ticketmaster on 08444 999 999. Customers who wish to buy weekend arena tickets and camping are advised to purchase online at www.downloadfestival.co.uk. A limited amount of day tickets are also available.

With tickets for this year's event selling fast, these additional camping tickets will come as good news to festival goers still planning on spending the weekend in the company of legendary artists such as Faith No More, Slipknot and Def Leppard.

These extra camping tickets WILL sell out. Book now to avoid disappointment.
Black Mass - 04.06.2009 at 17:58  
I'm only going on Friday and I really only bought a ticket to see FNM. But now I'm seeing them at their gig at Brixton Acadmey too. FNM twice in 2 days, bring it on.
ZZ Top should be good for a laugh
Baz Anderson - 05.06.2009 at 21:20  
Here's some last-minute information I have been sent:

Its less than a week to go until the campsite gates open at Donington Park for the DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL 2009, and things are hotting up at a rapid pace! Another 2,500 camping tickets were released this week after organisers re-examined the site and were quickly snapped up within 24 hours of going on sale.

Download organisers have issued last minute tips and handy hints to ensure that festival goers get as much out of the weekend as possible! The main thing for anyone coming to Download this year is to bring along a portable radio and tune it to 87.7FM to get all the latest updates and news from DOWNLOAD RADIO powered by Rock Radio!

One change that all festival-goers travelling to Donington for this year's Download should be aware of, is a BAN ON GAS CANISTERS. In the main campsites, ticket holders will not be able to bring in gas canisters or petrol fuelled cookers. Anyone found in possession of a gas cylinder or petrol may be asked to leave.

The recommended cooking stoves are any solid fuel type such as Disposable BBQ's or Hexi Stoves with solid fuel block. Gas cylinders will be permitted in the Campervan Site, providing they are professionally installed and certificated in a caravan/campervan. Gas cylinders will be permitted in the RIP campsite and Disabled Access campsites as these areas are much easier to ensure responsible usage.

Under 21s are advised to bring proof of age to Download as part of the CHALLENGE 21 SCHEME. Wristbands with the Challenge 21 logo will be issued at the Main Campsite Bar to those who have ID to prove they are over 18. If a festival goer looks younger than 21, they will not be served alcohol unless they can show their ID to prove that they are at least 18 years old. Every bar on site will have someone in a high-visibility vest for customers to show their wristband so they can get served.

TRAVEL INFORMATION for those attending this year's Download can be found on the Info Page of the award winning Download website - www.downloadfestival.co.uk . This year NATIONAL EXPRESS is offering travellers a more eco-friendly way of getting to and from the festival by operating routes into Download from up and down the UK direct into the festival site, as well as the hugely successful LIFTSHARE scheme - which offers the chance to win a VIP upgrade! Official SHUTTLE BUSES will be operating from Derby and East Midlands Parkway stations to Donington, and for those who STILL haven't picked up their tickets, there is still the option to add 50p to the ticket order in order to offset environmental impacts of travelling, the money will be invested into the development of an orchard and conservation area at the Castle Donington Community College.

COMEDIANS, SILENT DISCO, ROCK KARAOKE and LUCHA BRITANNIA WRESTLING are just a few of the on site entertainment options for this year's Download, situated in THE VILLAGE for those wishing to continue the party after the headliners have finished their sets.

The EA Hub will be cranking it up to 11 at Download this year as festival goers will be drafted into an Army of Rock with one righteous aim - smashing the Guinness World Record for the Largest Air Guitar Ensemble! Download will have an exclusive first-play on the new Jack Black heavy metal videogame - Brütal Legend, and there will be band appearances onboard - not to mention loads of competitions, the latest in EA HD gaming and giveaways galore.

For those who don't manage to make it to this year's Download but want to re-create the Donington festival in the comfort of their home, the Download webcam is up and running, a fly on the wall look at the site, plus Main Stage performances will be streamed live via the Download webcast. For everything else, head to the Download Twitter for all the gossip from backstage and in the main arena.

The winner of the Steel Stage Battle of the Bands competition, which ran last month in association with Tuborg and the Sheffield Leadmill has been announced! Leeds based punk rockers ACID DROP will now be performing an exclusive 25 minute set on Saturday 13 June on the Tuborg Stage.

Mobile competitions will be running throughout the weekend - fans can text messages and photos to be displayed on the Main Stage screens. Text Competitions to meet bands such as Fightstar and Papa Roach; and another competition to get on the main stage to watch artists such as Whitesnake and Limp Bizkit live will also be taking place across the weekend. For more information go to www.downloadfestival.co.uk/mobile
Black Mass - 08.06.2009 at 16:52  
Can someone please tell me which twat scheduled Meshuggah to play at the same time as Faith No More?
Baz Anderson - 08.06.2009 at 22:18  
..and Mötley Crüe. I'm with you there, it is an awful clash on all three stages in my opinion.

I am pleased with the times on the last day though. As soon as Journey finish I am going to see Sabbat. I really don't mind missing the first ten minutes of Dream Theater for them.

I'm not a fan of Trivium, but if I were I would be very annoyed that they clashed with Def Leppard.
But then again if I were a Trivium fan, maybe I wouldn't care for Def Leppard.
I wouldn't have minded giving Trivium a go live though, could have been interesting.
Promonex - 08.06.2009 at 23:00  
Written by Baz Anderson on 08.06.2009 at 22:18

I wouldn't have minded giving Trivium a go live though, could have been interesting.

I found them quite annoying when they opened for Slayer. Whenever they got your hopes up high with a streak of thrashy songs, they interrupted that streak and went for metalcore again. During their gig my mood was like a sine wave oscillating between joy and tediousness and eventually fading into indifference. Don't bother and just go for Def Leppard, at least you'll know what you're in for.
Baz Anderson - 08.06.2009 at 23:05  
Yeh, well there was no contest anyway. At least now I know I'm not going to miss anything worth seeing! Haha!
Black Mass - 09.06.2009 at 18:55  
Written by Promonex on 08.06.2009 at 23:00

Written by Baz Anderson on 08.06.2009 at 22:18

I wouldn't have minded giving Trivium a go live though, could have been interesting.

I found them quite annoying when they opened for Slayer. Whenever they got your hopes up high with a streak of thrashy songs, they interrupted that streak and went for metalcore again. During their gig my mood was like a sine wave oscillating between joy and tediousness and eventually fading into indifference. Don't bother and just go for Def Leppard, at least you'll know what you're in for.

I saw Trivium when they played with Machine Head in Sydney. They had the audacity to cover Master of Puppets. It was like watching a car accident in slow motion. And they thought they were so fucking cool. Twats
Baz Anderson - 09.06.2009 at 20:25  
Hahaha, oh dear.

Camping opens tomorrow and most people I know who are going, are actually going tomorrow!
I think I am going to arrive sometime between Thursday and Friday.. sometime during the middle of the night probably.. haha.

Weather says it will rain on Thursday, but be fine and sunny on Friday & Saturday.. so it would be nice to miss the rain.
Baz Anderson - 11.06.2009 at 01:22  
Secret bands confirmed:

Enter Skikari on Friday, and
Thunder on Saturday

(I thought Thunder had split forever..)
Ozman - 11.06.2009 at 02:00  
Written by Baz Anderson on 11.06.2009 at 01:22



(I thought Thunder had split forever..)


That's what I thought as well. But then again they have split up for good a couple of times before as well
Baz Anderson - 11.06.2009 at 02:11  
Apparently they are doing a "farewell tour" this July. Maybe it'll be the end after that.
Baz Anderson - 11.06.2009 at 03:47  
Download is going to be broadcast over the internet. Here's the link to watch bands over the weekend:

http://www.downloadfestival.co.uk/webcast/index.aspx

Not all bands will be shown, but you can see the ones confirmed to be shown already.
I'm sure a few of you might be interested to watch Faith No More if they are broadcast.
Black Mass - 11.06.2009 at 15:49  
Baz I'm getting a train up there tonight so give me a call tomorrow and we'll do beers. I sent you a PM with my mobile number.

BTW - Faith No More last night was f**king amazing!
Baz Anderson - 15.06.2009 at 04:08  
Fantastic festival! Back now!
Review coming before Wednesday, hopefully!
Black Mass - 15.06.2009 at 13:18  
Friday was awesome! Faith No More, once again, blew me away. And having table service at the bar was pure genius
Baz Anderson - 16.06.2009 at 23:16  
Review now online!

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