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This weekend there will be plenty of noise as a much loved festival returns to its full glory.

Mammoth five day rock event Download Festival has already begun, with the main headliners taking to the stages tomorrow (Friday), Saturday and Sunday.

Download, which is taking place at Donington Park, is the UK’s biggest rock and metal festival, featuring a line up filled with some of the best acts from across the globe.

Download 2018 (42173721)
Download 2018 (42173721)

On Friday, Kiss will be headlining the main stage. This will be one of the last shows the American rockers play as they embark on their ‘Final Tour Ever’.

Known for their outlandish outfits and outstanding hits, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and co will have the audience ‘Party(ing) All Nite’.

Others taking to the main stage on Friday include A Day to Remember, Skindred and Black Veil Brides while Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, Airbourne and Lacuna Coil are among the acts taking on the second stage.

On Saturday, one of England’s most beloved heavy metal bands, Iron Maiden, will be headlining the main stage. This headline show will be part of the band’s ‘Legacy of the Beast’ World Tour and is bound to feature some of their biggest hits including The Number of the Beast and Run to the Hills.

Saturday’s main stage line up also includes Deftones, Shinedown and Black Label Society, while Megadeath will be headlining the second stage.

As the festival draws to a close on Sunday, there will be a real mix of acts on offer.

The crowd at last year's event (24961077)
The crowd at last year's event (24961077)

On the main stage, Scottish chart toppers Biffy Clyro will be thrilling audiences with their electric brand of rock. The band always go down incredibly well with the Download crowd and are set to play a number of hits such as Mountains, Instant History and Many of Horror.

Korn, Volbeat, Rise Against and Alestorm will also be playing on the main stage on Sunday.

On the second stage, it’s all about hairspray and falsetto as Steel Panther present their headline set. Known for their hilarious and crude lyrics, the Los Angeles hair metal rockers are bound to have the crowd in stitches when they perform hits such as Death to All But Metal, Just Like Tiger Woods and Party All Day.

The latter song features none other than Justin Hawkins of The Darkness, who just so happens to be performing before Steel Panther on Sunday. Could we possibly see him joining them on stage as a nice little surprise?

Other bands to check out across the five stages and tents over the weekend include Powerwolf, Punk Rock Factory, Boston Manor and The Injester.

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