Gig of this week can only be the right of passage to the hallowed ground known as Donington. Yes, it may no longer be Monsters Of Rock, and you may no longer be able to walk the track and have your photo taken under the Dunlop tyre, but Download Festival still rocks.
From Wednesday onwards, an army of Metal fans will start their annual pilgrimage and set up base in campsites surrounding this legendary venue.
Friday night headliners Prodigy will be sure to get the ground pounding and Saturday sees Metal legends Metallica play their hit 'Black Album' in full. Sunday closes with Black Sabbath.
As it's the tenth year of the festival in this incarnation, then the bill is packed to the rafters with bands sure to please any rock or Metal fan. If that's not enough remember pre-weekend entertainment starts on Wednesday and Thursday!
To warm you up, why not check out our video playlist, featuring songs we'd love to be played over the weekend. Click here for the playlist.
You can also have a look at Nik's memories of ten years at the festival by clicking here or if you fancy reminiscing then check out our reviews of Download Festival 2011 from Judith (click here) and Tina (here).
Also, check out The Clash Finder General so you don't miss your favourite bands. It's worth printing the Clash Finder as late as possible to ensure correctness. Click here for Clash Finder General.