Download Festival, the UK’s premier rock event has today announced a plethora of extracurricular and extra spectacular rock n’ roll activities and entertainment for fans in The Download Village. Alongside the world’s biggest rock bands; including headliners Def Leppard, Slipknot and Tool and the high-flying WWE NXT UK, fans will enjoy a stunning array of unique performances, experientials, stalls, food, drink and more at the three-day rock extravaganza. Day tickets for the festival have also now been released and are on sale from £79.50 + booking fees from www.downloadfestival.co.uk.
For those looking to get revved up in moshing shape, Download is proud to welcome heavy metal exercise class RockFit™ to make its festival debut. The classes will see fans throwing shapes and working out to an energising soundtrack featuring AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses, and Metallica as well as acts from the bill like Slipknot, Def Leppard, Slash and Rob Zombie and more. The classes are suitable and adaptable for everyone and fans are invited to take part.
DO.OMYOGA™ is back after an incredibly successful first outing, where fans can perfect their asanas, practice their downward facing Download Dog, and reconnect to themselves through the ancient Indian practice of Nada Yoga where music and sound become one. Welcoming all to taking a leap into the heavier world of wellness and fitness in a slow vinyasa based practice, set to a selection of dark, ‘vibrational’ end of the music, along with up to 250 other Metal Yoga enthusiasts, experts and curious beginners alike.
The SINDROME Arena will be back this year playing host to a programme of death-defying stunts, bohemian freaks, mechanical madness, Viking battles and a heavy dose of love, peace and air rock n roll. Fan favourite, Area 51 and their wandering Caravan of Lost Souls are back with their dark circus sideshow and human curiosities to hype the crowds. In an official world premiere, The Thunderdome comes to Download, where young Wall of Death stars Luke and Kerri Fox defy death right before your eyes on a 9m mesh wall in their brand spanking new adrenalin fuelled stunt show. The hugely popular ‘Demolition Download’ from Battle Heritage are making the charge back to Donington for a sixth year where medieval fighters from all over Europe will gather to take each other on in battle to be crowned champions in this full force, full contact sport. By popular audience demand, festival goers will be able to try their hand at this most ancient of sports, at the Demolition Download workshops featuring Battle Heritage Fighters in the SINDROME.
Fans are invited to make air, not war as the UK Air Guitar Championships makes its grand return to Download. Festival fans are invited exclusively to enter into this internationally recognized 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. DR HAZE, the Undead Ringmaster of The Circus of Horrors, hosts the competition and at the end of each heat, performers from the Circus of Horrors will hit the SINDROME Stage.
Deep in the woods in the heart of the Village, The Metal Den can be discovered – where revellers can lay in hammocks and savour Download’s very first Outdoor Cinema, The Metal Screen, and its hand curated Cineprogram. From noon to midnight each day an awesome collection of arthouse, classic, comedy and documentaries will be screened. As the witching hour strikes the Metal Screens’ resident metal VJ Harry K will take to the decks spinning metal & rock classics into the early hours. Download’s revered resident tattooists, Old Sarum are on hand ready to ink the masses, for those who want a more permanent memento of their weekend.
The Download Village also plays host to delicious food and drink stalls fairground rides and lots of surprises!
Download Festival, the champion of rock events, is pleased to welcome WWE NXT UK to the hallowed grounds of Donington Park across 14-16 June 2019, as well as SEVENTEEN further bands including supergroup Simple Creatures, The Wonder Years, and Dinosaur Pile-up.
WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne, NXT UK Women’s Champion Toni Storm, and Tyler Bate will be among the NXT UK stars parading thrilling displays of dynamic athleticism during the bonafide full-scale ring bouts in the festival arena, which for the first time ever will be taped and aired as part of the weekly NXT UK show on the WWE Network. Superstars Trent Seven, Walter, Rhea Ripley, Jordan Devlin, NXT UK Tag Team Champions The Grizzled Young Veterans, Travis Banks, Gallus and many more to be announced, will descend upon Download for a weekend of high flying maneuvers, action-packed matches and unexpected surprises. NXT has made a massive impact at the festival in previous years, performing to capacity crowds throughout the weekend, featuring impressive debuts, shocking returns and exciting moments. This is the ultimate win for wrestling fans!
Joining headliners Slipknot, Tool and Def Leppard and a host of acts already announced for the annual rock spectacle, are SEVENTEEN other amazing acts. In a UK Festival Exclusive is supergroup Simple Creatures, comprising of blink-182’s Mark Hoppus and All Time Low’s Alex Gaskarth, who will headline the Avalanche stage on the Saturday night. Known as legends of the pop-punk scene, the pair will give an unmissable exclusive and first UK Festival performance at this year’s Download.
Simple Creatures said: “An evening of Trash-Pop reverie awaits you at Download Fest. There will be Creatures. They will be Simple. There will be singing and dancing in a big tent. What more could you possibly want?”
Also added are Dinosaur Pile-up who have spent the better part of two decades as purveyors of riff laden ginormous rock and are well versed in whipping the crowd into a frenzy, the powerhouse blend of psychedelic with grunge from Allusinlove, and Liverpool’s Queen Zee who are ready to cause a commotion with their inspiring anthems through their fluid expression of brash queer punk. The Wonder Years will smash a punk shaped whole through Donington with a raucous set of anti-suburban anthems, and they will be in good company with UK pop-punk upstarts Roam, known for their energetic and frantic live shows.
Norway’s Kvelertak are on their way to lead the crowd through a relentless onslaught of exciting ‘black n roll’ and join this year’s line up, as are the aptly named Hot Milk who are one of the hottest upcoming names in UK rock. Finland’s own thrash prodigies Lost Society are bringing with them their relentless insanely fast metal for head banging aplenty, and the grime meets punk London duo Nova Twins. Graveyard will be making their welcome return seamlessly blending rock, soul, 60’s acid fuzz and of course a big dash of heavy metal into an infectious musical stew, alongside Mongolian internet sensations The Hu which is a genre you didn’t know you needed in your life. Goodbye June, Vambo, Cloud and Kim Jennett also set to play.