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Download announces 2014 dates and early bird offer


Story by Jack Foley

EVEN AS 90,000 rock fans were enjoying this year’s Download Festival, organsers were plotting next year’s follow-up.

Download Festival 2014 will take place from June 13-15 and, as a thank you to fans, for a limited time Download is offering £10 off the current 2013 prices for 5-day camping tickets, 3-day camping and weekend arena tickets.

All tickets go on sale at 9am on June 21 with the offer closing on July 1, 2013. There are only 5,000 available, so visit to get yours.

This year’s Download has proved to be a massive success. The opening day saw Asking Alexandria, Papa Roach, Architects, Korn, Bullet for My Valentine all perform mind blowing sets throughout the day, while bands like Fearless Vampire Killers, Fidlar and The Algorithm ripped up the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Stage.

Slipknot had Donington in the palm of their hand as they opened their set with Distasterpiece before launching into Liberate, Wait and Bleed, Before I Forget and Psychosocial.

Saturday’s epic line-up saw Queens of the Stone Age make their Download debut, while Motorhead, Alice In Chains, Mastodon, Enter Shikari, Jimmy Eat World, The Hives, Kvelertak and many more all played blinding sets.

A Spitfire circled Donington Park before Iron Maiden burst onto stage with their headline set bringing the Maiden England tour to the festival marking 25 years since the band first headlined Donington Park. The set included Run To The Hills, Fear of the Dark, The Number of the Beast and an encore of Aces High, The Evil That Men Do and Running Free.

Download Festival promoter Andy Copping commented: “It’s been an amazing weekend. We’ve had over 150 bands across five stages and a trio of ground breaking, world class headliners. Having Iron Maiden back 25 years after they first headlined Donington was an incredible moment. Slipknot as usual delivered an unforgettable set, and Rammstein tonight will be the first time the band have played Donington.”

As this year’s event winds to a close, Ticketmaster has revealed that metal and rock fans are amongst the most loyal there are.

Research conducted by Ticketmaster’s LiveAnalytics team has revealed that attendees of Download were much more likely to be returning after a previous visit than at an average festival.

Loyalty is increasing significantly year on year, with 27% of this year’s festival goers returning after attending last year, growing steadily from 20% in 2012 and 13% in 2011, to this year’s all-time high.

It means the clamour for early bird tickets is likely to be even more frenzied – so make sure to book early!