Download Festival 2019 is now well underway and Last In Line have absolutely obliterated the Main Stage at Castle Donington, leaving Tesla with the unenviable task of following them.

Kahmel Farahani and Dany Jones
14th June 2019: 2.00pm

Both bands played London on Wednesday, with Tesla performing a select gig at London’s Abbey Road studios and Last In Line putting on a superlative performance at the O2 Academy Islington.

We’ll be revealing more about Tesla’s afternoon at Abbey Road in the coming weeks and meanwhile, you can check out just how much of a great night Last In Line had at Islington here.

Ground staff at Download really had their work cut out for them this week dealing with the appalling conditions but have come up trumps and made sure this show absolutely goes on, no matter what the weather can throw at it.

However, the Derby Telegraph are reporting that “fans are complaining because umbrellas are not allowed inside the Download Festival arena”, despite more rain being forecast.

This is because of health and safety rules. Umbrellas are listed on the Download website as one of the items you cannot take into the arena but some fans have questioned whether the rule should be relaxed as there is probably more chance of becoming sick because of the heavy rain than getting poked in the head with an umbrella.

It seems that the festival organisers are in chains on this one and the elf and safety boffins will have the final word on the matter.

Elf was Ronnie James Dio’s original band and the chains were definitely on as Last In Line opened the Main Stage at 1.00pm. They are keeping the legacy of Ronnie James Dio and Jimmy Bain alive, blending plenty of Dio classics with their two albums’ worth of original material and guitarist Vivian Campbell is on double duty today as his other band, Def Leppard, are tonight’s headliners.

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Bass player Phil Soussan last played Donington Park in 1986, with Ozzy Osbourne in the pre-Download days when Donington was one day, one stage, six bands. Also on the bill that day were Def Leppard, playing their first gig since drummer Rick Allen lost his left arm in a car accident.

So it’s two Doningtons for Phil, one with an Ozzy band and one with a Dio band, making him one of only three people to have played in both, barring the original Black Sabbath members. The other two are also bass players, Bob Daisley and Rudy Sarzo.

Last In Line set the bar extremely high as they opened a packed Donington Park, happy that the worst of the weather now appears to have passed and you can get a taste of the atmosphere right here.

Meanwhile, over on the Zippo Stage, the very appropriately named Goodbye June got procededings under way and won over a mass of new followers as they grabbed the opportunity to up their profile by the throat.

Skid Row have now taken to the Zippo Stage and we’ll let you whether they and second Main Stage act, Tesla, managed to follow two really superb opening acts in our continuing Download 2019 coverage. Check out the index right here.

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Friday 14th June
Main Stage
Def Leppard – 9.10pm
Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators – 7pm
Whitesnake – 5.20pm
Clutch – 4.05pm
Blackberry Smoke – 2.55pm
Tesla – 1.55pm
Last In Line – 1pm

Zippo Encore Stage
Rob Zombie – 8.55pm
Eagles Of Death Metal – 7.35pm
Opeth – 6.15pm
Deadland Ritual – 5pm Delain – 3.50pm
Kvelertak – 2.50pm
Skid Row – 1.50pm
Goodbye June – 1pm

The Avalanche Stage hosted by Kerrang! Radio
Me First And The Gimme Gimmes – 8.35pm
Reel Big Fish – 7.15pm
The Interrupters – 6pm
Zebrahead – 4.55pm
Man With A Mission – 3.50pm
Icon For Hire – 2.50pm
Sumo Cyco – 1.50pm
PENGSHUi – 1pm

The Dogtooth Stage
At The Gates – 10.10pm
Ne Obliviscaris – 9.10pm
Jinjer – 8.15pm
Twelve Foot Ninja – 7.20pm
Vega – 6.30pm
Lost Society – 5.40pm
Skynd – 4.50pm
Conjurer – 4pm
Nova Twins – 3.10pm
Those Damn Crows – 2.20pm
GroundCulture – 1.30pm

Saturday 15th June
Main Stage
Slipknot – 9.10pm
Die Antwoord – 6.40pm
Trivium – 5pm
Skindred – 3.35pm
Behemoth – 2.20pm
Power Trip – 1.10pm
Royal Republic – 12pm
Alien Weaponry – 11am

Zippo Encore Stage
Halestorm – 7.45pm
Stone Temple Pilots – 6.20pm
Three Days Grace – 5.10pm
Brothers Osborne – 4pm
Epica – 2.55pm
Animals As Leaders – 1.50pm
Elvana – 12.45pm
Bad Wolves – 11.50am
The Inspector Cluzo – 11am

The Avalanche Stage hosted by Kerrang! Radio
Simple Creatures – 8.40pm
The Wonder Years – 7.25pm
nothing,nowhere. – 6.10pm
Trash Boat – 5.05pm
Roam – 4pm
Palisades – 2.55pm
The Beaches – 1.55pm
Hot Milk – 12.55pm
Yours Truly – 11.55am
Parting Gift – 11am

The Dogtooth Stage
Carcass – 7.40pm
Batushka – 6.35pm
Intervals – 5.35pm
The Hu – 4.35pm
Riding The Low – 3.35pm
Lovebites – 2.40pm
Queen Zee – 1.45pm
Underside – 12.50pm
Cloud – 11.55am
Vambo – 11am

Sunday 16th June
Main Stage
Tool – 9.25pm
The Smashing Pumpkins – 7.10pm
Lamb Of God – 5.20pm
Amon Amarth – 3.50pm
Godsmack – 2.30pm
Underoath – 1.10pm
I Prevail – 12pm
Cane Hill – 11am

Zippo Encore Stage
Slayer – 8.45pm
Dream Theater – 7pm
Anthrax – 5.35pm
Beartooth – 4.20pm
State Champs – 3.10pm
Starset – 2.05pm
Badflower – 1pm
Dinosaur Pile-Up – 12pm
Like A Storm – 11am

The Avalanche Stage hosted by Kerrang! Radio
Enter Shikari – 8.20pm
Fever 333 – 7.10pm
Palaye Royale – 6pm
The Amity Affliction – 5pm
Our Last Night – 4pm
Black Peaks – 3pm
Heart Of A Coward – 2pm
Allusinlove – 1pm
Black Futures – 12pm
RedHook – 11am

The Dogtooth Stage
Municipal Waste – 7.50pm
Whitechapel – 6.50pm
coldrain – 5.50pm
Alcest – 4.50pm
Toska – 4pm
Crystal Lake – 3.10pm
Kim Jennett – 2.20pm
Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics – 1.30pm
Blurred Vision – 12.40pm
Wolf Jaw – 11.50am
Lost In Stereo – 11am

Download takes place at Donington Park, which is just off the M1 and right next to East Midlands Airport on Friday 14th to Sunday 16th June 2019.

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