Download 2017 – Festival Preview

This weekend (June 9-11) sees the UK’s biggest alt-rock and metal gathering, Download Festival, return to Donington Park for three days of metal mayhem. Derbyshire will never have seen so much destruction!

Rock and metal bands are going to be out in force, as over 150 acts descend upon Donington Park for the festival. With top headliners including Biffy Clyro and Aerosmith, you know you’re in for a treat if you’re a metalhead.

There are several bands on the roster that we reckon you should be checking out. One such outfit would be the incredible System of a Down. The band, fronted by Serj Tankian, will be bringing their take on the metal sound all the way from California, for your delectation.

Photo: Kennerdeigh Scott (Download Festival 2016)

Since the release of their eponymous debut studio album back in 1998, the band have been carving their own notch on the bedposts of the metal scene, with their unique style and delivery. It was the release of their second album, Toxicity, that paved the way for the band to enter the mainstream metal scene, and with that their collective career took off. Hopefully Download will be brought to its knees with performances of favourites such as Chop Suey! and Toxicity.

Slayer are also appearing at several dates over the 2017 festival season. Having played Benicassim 2017 last weekend, the band will be jetting over to the significantly less sunny Derbyshire Peak District to bring the ruckus. The band really need no introduction. They are true veterans of the metal scene, having been active since 1981. That is quite the feat!

The band have received numerous accolades, ranging from Grammy Awards, to Metal Hammer’s Golden Gods award. Despite courting unending controversy due to the subject matter of their lyrics and album artwork, they remain one of the world’s most popular thrash metal bands.

If EBM is more your bag, then you’d do well to check out industrial metal act, Ministry. The 1980’s saw the band pioneering the industrial metal sound, which was quickly taken up by other bands such as Nine Inch Nails.

Having split up in 2008, the band went on to reform in 2011. Two albums followed, with a third due for release at the back end of 2017, titled AmeriKKKant. You’ll hopefully be given a sneak preview of the tracks at Download this weekend.

Photo: Ben Gibson (Download Festival 2016)

Obviously, a festival wouldn’t be a festival without additional attractions. There will be the usual market stalls, where you will have the opportunity to buy your favourite band’s merch, and you can also enjoy some stand-up comedy if you need a little light relief after Slayer have hammered some serious metal into your ears.

For the full line-up, plus photos, videos and ticket information, head to our Download Festival information page.


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