Download festival 2023 is going to be the biggest one yet, and that's not just hyperbole. This 20th anniversary celebration is literally the biggest ever, with a full four days of music instead of the usual three.
It's been a strange period for the Donington Park faithfiul. Following a mammoth 2019 with headlining sets from Def Leppard, Slipknot and Tool, plans for the 2020 event were in full swing, with site improvements in place and bands galore.
Then, of course, came Covid, and the postponement of the festival for a year. And then another year. It's what nobody wanted, and while Download Pilot did a valiant effort of bringing Download spirit to challenging times, it was Download 2022 that truly righted the ship, with Kiss, Iron Maiden and Biffy Clyro bringing the heat.
Here's everything we know about Download festival 2023 so far.
When is Download festival 2023?
Download festival will take place on the weekend of 8-11 June 2023. The campsites will open on Wednesday 7 Jun 2023.
Where is Download festival 2023?
Download festival will take place at Donington Park, Derbyshire, the former home of the iconic Monsters Of Rock festival.
Where can I get tickets for Download festival 2023?
Tickets for Download 2022 will go on now from the official Download website at 10am on Thursday November 10. A Barclaycard pre-sale is open now.
Who is playing Download festival 2023?
Metallica, Bring Me The Horizon and Slipknot have been announced as Download 2023 headliners. Metallica will play two sets: they'll headline the opening night on June 8, and return on Saturday June 10. The two sets will be unique headline, with no songs repeated.
Other names confirmed include Alexisonfire, Architects, The Distillers, Disturbed, Evanescence, Ghost, I Prevail, Parkway Drive, Pendulum, Placebo, Simple Plan, Ville Valo and Within Tempation.
Find the full line-up (announced so far) below:
Download 2023 - confirmed acts
As December Falls
Aviva, Bambie Thug
Beauty School Dropout
Motionless In White
Set It Off
Stray From The Path
Three Days Grace