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Download Festival

Download Festival is a British-created rock festival created by Terrance Gough, held annually at Donington Park (map) in England.

Download at Donington is the most popular British summer rock and heavy metal festival and has hosted some of the genre’s biggest names, including Black Sabbath, Slipknot, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Korn, Soundgarden, Motörhead, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Def Leppard, Kiss, Judas Priest, Rammstein, Status Quo, Mötley Crüe, Journey, ZZ Top, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy, Saxon, Faith No More and Guns N’ Roses.

The Download Festival was conceived as a follow up to the Monsters of Rock festivals which had been held at the Donington Park circuit between 1980 and 1996.

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The name Download was chosen for the festival for two reasons. Downloading was a dirty word in the music industry at the time, due to file sharing, and rock is seen as a rebellious genre of music. Also Download was to be a Monsters of Rock for the 21st century and the internet would provide connectivity with its audience.

The Download Dog is the official mascot of the Download Festival.


  • 2007 – BT Digital Music Award for Best Online Community
  • 2010 – Billboard Touring Award for Top Festival
  • 2012 – UK Festival Award for Best Line Up Golden
  • 2012 – Golden God Award for Slipknot’s 2009 headline set
  • 2012 – Kerrang! Award for Service to Metal, Andy Copping
  • 2013 – UK Festival Award for Best Major Festival
  • 2018 – Metal Hammer Golden God Award for Best Metal Event
  • 2018 – Gold Standard for Accessibility by Attitude is Everything
  • 2018 – UK Festival Award for Best Major Festival

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