In Pictures: Download Festival 2018

Parkway Drive at Download festival
(Image credit: Kevin Nixon)

Download festival (aka Heavy Metal Christmas) is over for another year. Over three days we saw the great and the good from the world of rock 'n' roll tear through a sun-drenched Donington Park, leaving tens of thousands of us with ringing in our ears and a hangover to last a lifetime.

If you weren't there, or if you were and your memories are too blurred by partying, we've put together this day-by-day gallery from the weekend. There's Avenged Sevenfold, Marilyn Manson, Shinedown, Parkway Drive, Body Count, Bullet For My Valentine and loads more!

Day One

Avenged Sevenfold, Jonathan Davis, Bullet For My Valentine, Andrew WK and more!

Day Two

Parkway Drive, Corrosion Of Conformity, Black Stone Cherry, L7 and more!

Day Three

Marilyn Manson, Shinedown, Body Count, The Hives and more!

Luke Morton joined Metal Hammer as Online Editor in 2014, having previously worked as News Editor at popular (but now sadly defunct) alternative lifestyle magazine, Front. As well as helming the Metal Hammer website for the four years that followed, Luke also helped relaunch the Metal Hammer podcast in early 2018, producing, scripting and presenting the relaunched show during its early days. He also wrote regular features for the magazine, including a 2018 cover feature for his very favourite band in the world, Slipknot, discussing their turbulent 2008 album, All Hope Is Gone.