Hallelujah! And we’re back in business…

If you’re not entirely sure what our jubilations concern, then I have two words (and a number) for you. Download. Festival. 2022. It’s finally here!

Where? Donnington Park Circuit

When? 10-12 June 2022

How much? Adult weekend tickets start from £216 (plus fees)


“I’ve said it before, Download Festival audiences are the best. They are up for whatever is thrown at them. KISS is going to come fully prepared to rock their world in 2022 to say thank you for always showing up for us.” – Gene Simmons

After the countless festival and concert postponements and cancellations, we’ve got our fingers crossed. 2022 seems miles more realistic than some festivals that are set to go ahead early this Summer, so we’re hopeful, but still keeping our wits about us. With over 70 rock bands joining the snippet of a line-up it’s almost impossible to contain our excitement.

With a penchant for hosting some of the biggest names in rock history (we’re talking Black Sabbath, Aerosmith, White Snake, Linkin Park, Guns N Roses, the lot), it's impossible to deny that they put on one of the best festivals to liven our British summers. After two years without Download, it’s fair to say that we’re all aching to be back in front of the main stage, rocking along with our closest friends and our favourite musicians.

Here’s who we’re most excited for:

Iron Maiden: If you’ve never come across the metal majesties that are Iron Maiden then you’re sure in for a treat. Having been around for over four decades, the band have firmly stamped their presence onto the metal-rock community and shaped it into what we know today. With their chilling vocals and a powerful attitude, they’re a performance not to be missed.

Biffy Clyro: The Scottish rockers known for their softly titled hit ‘Bubbles’ are not ones to shy away when put on stage. Dissonant sounds and rock ballads are their forte, making up the unique punk-pop sound that has gained them a delightful following. With over a dozen headliner tours under their collective wing and the ability to release hit album after hit album, it’s no surprise to see Biffy Clyro as a headliner for Download Festival. It’s been over a quarter of a century since their inception, and they’re still going strong.

The Pretty Reckless: Born from actress Taylor Momsen (best know for Gossip Girl), fans watched her go from an onscreen sweetheart to dark rock-princess, donned in heavy black make-up and bleached blonde hair to match. Dark and emotionally charged, The Pretty Reckless create dynamic soundscapes that has led to their acclaim as a band. The band have recently announced the postponement of their tour, in light of Covid-19.

The Darkness: Perhaps best known for their Christmas bop and the accompanying eclectic music video, the Hawkins brother led escapade make massive and magnificent tunes that make them a worthy artist of such a prestigious festival. After extensive tours and multiple album releases, the band are not yet ready to slow down – and who can blame them?

Funeral For A Friend: Fans for the likes of The Blackout and Lostprophets, Funeral For A Friend (FFAF), are an unstoppable force to be reckoned with. With tracks like ‘Roses For The Dead’ and ‘Into Oblivion’, it’s hard to deny FFAF’s emo-rock prowess.

The Hara: Set to play the Avalanche Stage, The Hara are steadily rising to fame through their alt-rock tracks and insatiable guitar hooks. Having only formed in the last decade, the band have already proved their enormous potential through sell-out shows and enormous sonic creations. Citing taking inspiration from a multitude of genres, from Slipknot to Queen, right through to the 1975, their tastes know no boundaries.

Of Mice and Men: An all too familiar name for anyone who studied English Literature in Secondary School, Of Mice and Men (OM&M) produce tracks teeming with thrilling drums and piercing metal-core screams that have become their staple characteristic. OM&M are easily one of the best metal bands to come out of America this century.

Electric Wizard: The doom-metal band from Dorset, formed in the early ’90s, have a certain penchant for blistering tracks and experimental sounds and have drummed up nearly a dozen releases. Oborn’s voice parades and stuns atop of fuzzed-out instruments and manic sounds, cementing their ability to keep producing stage-worthy music, even after nearly thirty years.

Sepultura: The Brazilian heavy metal legends, take their moniker from the Portuguese word for ‘grave’, a fitting title for the dark metal sound they produce. Formed by a pair of brothers in the 80’s, their ability has truly stood the test of time. Their latest release. from last year, ‘Quadra’ has received ample positive reviews. With their unique monolithic production techniques and tell-tale riffs, they’re not ones to miss on the Download lineup.

Korn: And last, but by no means least – Korn. Perhaps one of the most exciting names on the bill, Korn are the pioneers of nu-metal bands to come out of California and have seamlessly stamped their name across all oceans. Their monumental following no doubt sky-rocketed the success of their dark and contemporary sound in a completely thrilling way.

Korn photographed by Jimmy Fontain for Rolling Stone

Get your tickets quick – I have a feeling they’ll fly off the proverbial shelves.

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