Download Festival Australia
Steven Tyler brings characteristic unhinged abandon, while metal quintet Avenged Sevenfold prove ready for festival headliner glory, writes Dom LawsonDonington Park festival headlined by Aerosmith and Linkin Park will include set from Sikth, playing

Steven Tyler brings characteristic unhinged abandon, while metal quintet Avenged Sevenfold prove ready for festival headliner glory, writes Dom Lawson

Donington Park festival headlined by Aerosmith and Linkin Park will include set from Sikth, playing their first show since 2007

Steven Tyler and his band to play their first UK gig in four years, joining Avenged Sevenfold and Linkin Park at next summer's rock festival

Steven Tyler brings characteristic unhinged abandon, while metal quintet Avenged Sevenfold prove ready for festival headliner glory, writes Dom Lawson

Donington Park festival headlined by Aerosmith and Linkin Park will include set from Sikth, playing their first show since 2007

Steven Tyler and his band to play their first UK gig in four years, joining Avenged Sevenfold and Linkin Park at next summer's rock festival

If you’re into rock and heavy metal, Download is likely to satisfy your music taste. Donington Park circuit was initially home to the Monsters of Rock festivals held between 1980 and 1996. Back in 2003, Stuart Galbraith, Tom Pyke and Andy Copping created the first Download event as a sequel to the Monsters of Rock. The early noughties brought a lot of change for music, downloading was seen as something cheap by the music industry; illegal downloading and file sharing was at a peak and for this reason the festival was rebelliously named Download.

Since 2003, the festival has attracted more attention and hosted some of the biggest names in rock and metal including Black Sabbath, Whitesnake and Judas Priest. Starting out with a 2-day event across 2 stages, the event has grown stronger year on year attracting crowds of 90,000 people during the 3-day event. In addition to the UK edition, an expansion of Download will be held this year at the Longchamp Racecourse in Paris.

Download set an original precedent of providing music to its audience. Organisers created a new way of integrating the online world with live music. Tickets sold in 2003 included a code that gave access to MP3 downloads from the performing artists. A forum on the event website has also allowed a community to build, which has given feedback from fans, and helped organisers know what works. Rock Radio has been on-site radio broadcasting the event since 2009, airing music from the bands, interviews and news to the festival and its surrounding area.

Steven Tyler brings characteristic unhinged abandon, while metal quintet Avenged Sevenfold prove ready for festival headliner glory, writes Dom Lawson

Donington Park festival headlined by Aerosmith and Linkin Park will include set from Sikth, playing their first show since 2007

Steven Tyler and his band to play their first UK gig in four years, joining Avenged Sevenfold and Linkin Park at next summer's rock festival

If you’re into rock and heavy metal, Download is likely to satisfy your music taste. Donington Park circuit was initially home to the Monsters of Rock festivals held between 1980 and 1996. Back in 2003, Stuart Galbraith, Tom Pyke and Andy Copping created the first Download event as a sequel to the Monsters of Rock. The early noughties brought a lot of change for music, downloading was seen as something cheap by the music industry; illegal downloading and file sharing was at a peak and for this reason the festival was rebelliously named Download.

Since 2003, the festival has attracted more attention and hosted some of the biggest names in rock and metal including Black Sabbath, Whitesnake and Judas Priest. Starting out with a 2-day event across 2 stages, the event has grown stronger year on year attracting crowds of 90,000 people during the 3-day event. In addition to the UK edition, an expansion of Download will be held this year at the Longchamp Racecourse in Paris.

Download set an original precedent of providing music to its audience. Organisers created a new way of integrating the online world with live music. Tickets sold in 2003 included a code that gave access to MP3 downloads from the performing artists. A forum on the event website has also allowed a community to build, which has given feedback from fans, and helped organisers know what works. Rock Radio has been on-site radio broadcasting the event since 2009, airing music from the bands, interviews and news to the festival and its surrounding area.

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