Download reveals programme of village and arena activities and entertainment
Download Festival has today announced a plethora of extracurricular and extra spectacular rock n’ roll activities and entertainment for fans at this year's event.
Alongside the world’s biggest rock bands such as 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 - from June 14 to 16 - have also now been released and are on sale from £79.50 plus booking fees from www.downloadfestival.co.uk
For those looking to get revved up in moshing shape, Download welcomes 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, Metallica as well as acts from the bill like Slash, 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’ 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 nine metre mesh wall in their brand-new adrenaline-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.
The beloved Doghouse features a stacked bill including fan favorites Circus of Horrors, who are back with two wild new shows ‘Asylum’ and ‘Welcome To The Freak Show’. Each featuring an amazing amalgamation of bizarre, fantastic circus acts and the darkest of magic. Expect unbelievable sword swallowers, whirlwind acrobats, flaming limbo twisted contortion, blade walkers, fiery hula hooping divas and lots, lots more in this roller coaster of a show, hosted by undead ringmaster Dr Haze with a metal soundscape of devil driven rock n’ roll.
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 and 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 is the home of rock music and takes place on the sacred grounds of Donington Park, which have been associated with rock since the eighties. The festival attracts icons of rock and metal to its main stage, plus some of the best and hottest new acts in the world. AC/DC, Kiss, Metallica, Def Leppard, Guns N’ Roses, Rage Against The Machine, Slipknot, Linkin Park and many more have all headlined its main stage.