FACTFILE on... Download Festival
METAL and rock festival Download was first held at Donington Park in the summer of 2003.
It originally started life as a two-day festival to replace the former Monsters of Rock festivals, which ran during the 1990s.
However, it switched to a three-day spectacular in 2005.
British legends Iron Maiden were the first to headline the festival in 2003, which has since seen Linkin Park, Metallica, Black Sabbath and Guns N’ Roses take the main slot in recent years.
Gizz’s former bandmates from the Prodigy wowed crowds at the 2009 Download - including vocalist Maxim Reality - aka Keith Palmer - who is from Peterborough and attended Jack Hunt School.
This year’s festival will see AC/DC, Rage Against Machine and Aerosmith headline the main stage, with other acts including Billy Idol, Motorhead, Bullet For My Valentine, 30 Seconds to Mars and Slash.