In just one month, Download Festival, the world’s premier rock event, is set to welcome approximately 100,000 music fans to the hallowed grounds of Donington for a jam-packed weekend of legendary bands, entertainment, comedy, WWE wrestling and mindfulness at the UK’s largest single site festival. The three-day extravaganza headlined by Def Leppard, Slipknot and Tool takes place 14-16 June 2019 at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire.
The festival will play host to over 100+ acts, including stadium-smashing rock acts Smashing Pumpkins, Slash ft. Miles Kennedy, Trivium, Slayer, Enter Shikari and Halestorm. Today, six more bands join the bill including symphonic metal titans Epica, the world’s only ‘Elvis fronted Nirvana’ act Elvana as well as The Beaches, The Inspector Cluzo, Palisades and Blurred Vision.
This year sees the introduction of the first ever ‘Mind the Dog’ mindfulness initiative, where rockers can share a fully immersive live music and mindfulness experience, as well as the return of the wildly popular Do.om Yoga. Download is widely regarded as the UK’s friendliest festival and has a commitment to providing the best experience for fans, with accessibility and sustainability advances across the board. Download has already been awarded Gold Level status by Attitude is Everything and continues to improve!
Download is the only place in the world where fans can experience the exhilarating world of WWE NXT UK alongside the world’s biggest rock stars, as the biggest names in sports entertainment deliver fully-fledged, full-scale NXT shows in the festival arena. In addition to the NXT UK tapings, Download is pleased to welcome NXT superstars Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly of Undisputed ERA, Shayna Baszler, Matt Riddle, and more to come, to the already electric line-up.
There will also be a plethora of extracurricular entertainment in The Download Village with stalls, food, drink and lots of surprises, plus the return of the SINDROME in the arena – a place of death-defying record-breaking stunts and spectacular shows injected with a heavy dose of love, peace and rock ‘n’ roll. With new performers for 2019 including aerial contortionists El Duomi, Chilean death metal Bullicio Puppets, Aima Indigo’s ‘Nympho Nun’ show and the return of the UK Air Guitar Championships, where fans are invited exclusively to enter into this internationally recognised competition and to gain the chance of becoming the UK’s ultimate 2019 Air Guitar Hero and a shot at the world title in Finland.
Think you have what it takes to be crowned the winner of the UK Air Guitar Championships at Download Festival? Entrants can choose to enter any of the six heats of the competition on Friday 14th-Saturday 15th June with a chance of going through to the finals on Sunday 16th June. If you wish to enter the UK Air Guitar Championships at Download Festival, entry forms must be completed in full and handed in by noon on Friday 14 June at the SINDROME. Full details of how to apply here.
The Side Splitter Stage located in The Village, will play host to huge shows featuring hilarious standups, character acts, and musical comedy. Joining the previously announced and huge Jim Breuer, are Mock The Week regular Ed Gamble, plus Aaron Simmonds, Allyson June Smith, Andrew Bird, Andy Field, Brett Domino, Dan Nightingale, Danny Mcloughlin, David Longley, Emmanuel Sonubi, Jimmy Mcghie, John Lynn, Jonathan Mayor, Laura Lexx, Lou Conran, Mark Simmons, Milo Mccabe, Rachel Fairburn, Rich Wilson, Rob Kemp, Stephen Buchanan, Sully O’ Sullivan and Thomas Green.