Download Festival 2023 / It’s a record-breaking year

Download Festival 2023 celebrated its 20th Anniversary with a four-day event for the first time. With over 100,000 Heavy Metal fans in attendance, this year’s Donington Park show was it’s most successful ever. As well as the fastest-selling Download in history, the Megastore broke the UK record for most festival merchandise sales of all time.

With two headline sets from Metallica, Bring Me The Horizon, and Slipknot owned the Apex stage as headliners on the other two nights. It really was a world-class rock and Metal show, held across four days and six stages with acts from all over the world. MetalTalk covered as much as we could. With more news to follow, you can read our reports from the festival here.

This year saw Download feature a new Humans Of Download project to pay tribute to the diversity of the Download crowd. “This location and the beautiful people that inhabit this space fills my soul,” Danny North, the creative director collaborating with Download on the project, told us. “I wanted to create a photo series that holds a mirror up to the people that make this festival what it is.”

In 2024, Download Festival will return to Donington Park from Friday, 14 June – Sunday, 16 June. Limited Early Bird tickets are on sale at 12 noon Monday 12 June from

Take Part: Are you at Download this year? Who are you looking forward to see? Want to get in touch and tell us how it’s going? Email MetalTalk Editor Steve Ritchie to tell us how it’s going for you.

Download Festival 2023

MetalTalk Download 2023 coverage can be found at

Download 2023 will see the festival celebrate its 20th anniversary with an additional day, meaning four days of live music in total.

This year’s MetalTalk team is:

Monty Sewell

Paul Monkhouse


John Hayhurst – SnapAGig

Andy Shaw

For Download 2022, visit

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