Download Festival, Donington Park, UK

Download Festival, Donington Park, UK

June 14-16

The time of year is approaching when metalheads and rockers from all over begin to flock to the former Donington Park estate near Coventry. The reason? Download Festival – one of the world's largest rock festivals, gathering tens of thousands of heavy music fans. This year, the event will take place from June 14 to 16, 2024, and will be the culmination of the metal festival season. Rockers from all over the world will gather to pay tribute to their idols, including headliners Fall Out Boy, Avenged Sevenfold, Limp Bizkit, The Offspring, and the legendary Pantera, and immerse themselves in the unforgettable atmosphere of true rock culture unity.

History and Traditions

What sets Download Festival apart from many other rock festivals? First and foremost, its rich history. The first Download was held in 2003 and became the successor to the most massive British rock fests of the past – Monsters of Rock and Ozzfest. The festival took the best from its predecessors and traditionally offers a powerful lineup featuring metal and rock legends alongside rising stars of the genre such as Royal Republic, Zebrahead, Sum 41, and Royal Blood.

Another distinctive feature of Download is its commitment to rock in the broadest sense. Here you can hear everything from classic heavy metal to alternative rock experiments by bands like Queens Of The Stone Age, Silverstein, and Enter Shikari. This event is for all rockers, regardless of their musical preferences within the genre.

Program and Main Events

In 2024, Download will feature

In 2024, Download will feature Slipknot, Tool, Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, and many other metal giants on its main stage. Fans of the alternative scene will be delighted by an evening dedicated to the memory of Chester Bennington and Linkin Park. Headliners will also include punk rock legends Fall Out Boy and the reunited Pantera. Additionally, there will be plenty of entertainment outside the stage areas.

As in previous years, Download will host its famous comedy village, shopping rows, beer gardens, and numerous attractions for those who want a break from the music. But the central event remains the thunderous open-air rock concerts. It is for this unique atmosphere that fans travel from all over Europe.

How to Get to Donington Park

Donington Park is located 24 km southeast of Derby and 19 km northwest of Leicester. You can get there in several ways:

  • By car: The journey takes about 2-3 hours from London, an hour from Birmingham, and half an hour from the M1 motorway. There are large parking lots on the festival grounds at Donington Race Track.
  • By train: The nearest railway stations are East Midlands Parkway, Long Eaton, and Loughborough City. From there, you need to take festival shuttle buses.
  • By plane: The nearest airport is East Midlands in Castle Donington. Transfer buses also run directly to the event site from there.

Service and Recommendations for Visitors

At the festival grounds Donington Race Track

For those who decide to fully enjoy Download, there is a large camping area right at the festival grounds at Donington Race Track, where you can rent a permanent tent or bring your own. Additionally, there are numerous hotels, apart-hotels, and guesthouses in the vicinity of Donington Park.

It is recommended to book your spot in advance, as the influx of guests is enormous during the festival days. Good budget accommodation options can be found in nearby cities – Coventry, Birmingham, and Leicester. Getting to Download Festival from there takes about half an hour by car or bus.

On the Donington Race Track grounds, there are numerous food stalls to suit any taste and budget. You can grab fast food or visit themed food courts with more sophisticated dishes and drinks.

Attending Download is an excellent opportunity to combine relaxation with immersion in the culture and history of the West Midlands region. In between concerts, you can explore the picturesque local towns and enjoy the traditional English atmosphere.


If you are a true rock music enthusiast, Download Festival should be your summer Mecca. Here reigns the unique spirit of rock 'n' roll, where people of all ages and social strata unite in a single impulse. Download is the thundering riffs of Fall Out Boy, Avenged Sevenfold, The Offspring, Limp Bizkit, and other big names, an ocean of the crowd, rock to the max, and unforgettable experiences for a lifetime! Join us!