Download 2019 / Ready For Slayer Farewell

Once again, Download ground staff have worked tirelessly overnight to make sure the arena is ready for the final day, headlined by Tool and featuring SLayer’s final ever UK gig, Amon Amarth, The Smashing Pumpkins, Lamb Of God, Whitechapel, Dream Theater, Godsmack and absolutely loads more.

Kahmel Farahani and Dany Jones
16th June 2019: 1.00pm

It’s currently Amon Amarth’s only scheduled UK appearance and the first time Britain will hear songs from the new ‘Berserker’ album played live.

Slayer revealed they are calling it a day some months ago so their last ever performance in the UK will be truly monumental.

As last night’s excesses slowly wear off, the talk is all about Slipknot’s outstanding headline performance last night and you can check that out right here.

It’s Father’s Day today and there are sure to plenty of celebrations taking place at Donington Park today. Talking about celebrations, next year is the fortieth anniversary of the very first Monsters Of Rock which took place on 16th August 1980 with Rainbow, Judas Priest, Scorpions, April Wine, Saxon, Riot and Touch on the bill.

Saxon’s classic track, ‘And The Bands Played On’, was written all about that day as it was pretty much the very first Metal festival of it’s kind and set a benchmark for the gatherings we enjoy today.

Look out for the next instalment of our Download 2019 coverage, coming to you soon. In the meantime, we’re looking out for some Viking ships coming out of the mist. Unfortunately, this fan is probably going to miss them…



Check out our Download coverage so far right here.



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. Tickets are still available right here.

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