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Download 2016: The Ultimate Heavy Metal Experience with a Killer Line Up


Download Line Up 2016: A Rock and Metal Extravaganza




Download Festival is the UK's biggest and most popular rock and metal music festival, held annually at Donington Park in Leicestershire. In 2016, the festival took place from June 10 to June 12, featuring over 150 acts across five stages. The festival attracted over 100,000 fans who came to witness some of the genre's biggest names, such as Rammstein, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Babymetal, All Time Low, Jane's Addiction, and many more. Download Festival 2016 was a weekend full of unforgettable moments, amazing performances, and incredible atmosphere.


The Headliners




The main stage at Download Festival 2016 was graced by three legendary bands who delivered headline sets that left the crowd in awe.




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Rammstein




The German industrial metal band Rammstein opened the festival on Friday night with a spectacular show that featured pyrotechnics, fireworks, flamethrowers, explosions, and other props. The band played songs from their entire discography, including classics like Du Hast, Sonne, Ich Will, and Engel. The band also performed a controversial rendition of their song Mein Teil, which involved singer Till Lindemann wearing a butcher's apron and chasing keyboardist Christian Lorenz with a giant knife. The band ended their set with an encore of Amerika, which saw them shooting confetti cannons into the audience.


Black Sabbath




The legendary heavy metal band Black Sabbath headlined the festival on Saturday night as part of their farewell tour. The band played a classic set of songs that spanned their career, such as War Pigs, Iron Man, Paranoid, and Children of the Grave. The band also performed some rare tracks like Hand of Doom and Dirty Women. The band was joined by drummer Tommy Clufetos, who replaced original member Bill Ward. The band thanked their fans for their support and said goodbye with an emotional speech from singer Ozzy Osbourne.


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Iron Maiden




The British heavy metal icons Iron Maiden closed the festival on Sunday night with a massive production that included a giant replica of their mascot Eddie, a Spitfire plane flying over the stage, and various props and costumes. The band played songs from their latest album The Book of Souls, as well as classics like The Trooper, Fear of the Dark, The Number of the Beast, and Run to the Hills. The band also interacted with. the crowd and encouraged them to sing along and wave their flags. The band ended their set with an encore of Wasted Years, which saw them throwing out wristbands to the fans.


The Other Acts




Besides the headliners, Download Festival 2016 also featured a diverse and exciting line up of other acts who performed on different stages throughout the weekend.


Babymetal




The Japanese metal idol group Babymetal made their debut at Download Festival 2016, playing on the main stage on Friday afternoon. The group surprised and impressed the audience with their fusion of J-pop and metal, featuring catchy melodies, heavy riffs, and synchronized choreography. The group played songs from their first and second albums, such as Gimme Chocolate!!, Karate, and Road of Resistance. The group also received a warm welcome from the other bands, especially Rob Zombie, who invited them to join him on stage for a photo.


All Time Low




The American pop-punk band All Time Low brought a party vibe to the Zippo Encore Stage on Saturday evening. The band played songs from their latest album Future Hearts, as well as older hits like Dear Maria, Count Me In, Weightless, and Something's Gotta Give. The band also engaged in some banter and jokes with the crowd, and invited some fans to join them on stage. The band ended their set with a cover of Blink-182's All the Small Things, which got the crowd singing and jumping along.


Jane's Addiction




The alternative rock band Jane's Addiction played on the Zippo Encore Stage on Sunday night, celebrating the 25th anniversary of their album Ritual de lo Habitual. The band played the album in its entirety, as well as some other songs like Been Caught Stealing, Stop!, and Jane Says. The band also paid tribute to David Bowie, who had passed away earlier that year, by covering his song Rebel Rebel. The band was joined by two female dancers who performed acrobatic moves on stage.


The Experience




Download Festival 2016 was not only about the music, but also about the experience of being part of a huge rock and metal community. The festival offered various attractions and facilities to make the weekend enjoyable and comfortable for everyone.


The Atmosphere




The festival-goers enjoyed the music, the camping, and the community spirit at Download Festival 2016. The festival had a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, where people could meet new friends, share their passion for music, and have fun. The festival also had a sense of humor, as seen by the inflatable sheep that were thrown around during Rammstein's set, or the giant rubber duck that floated above the crowd during Iron Maiden's set. The festival also had a resilient attitude, as seen by how people coped with the rainy weather and muddy conditions.


The Accessibility




The festival catered to different needs and preferences of the attendees, by providing various options and services. The festival had different types of camping areas, such as quiet camping, eco camping, family camping, and accessible camping. The festival also had a dedicated accessibility team, who provided assistance and facilities for people with disabilities or medical conditions. The festival also had a cashless system, where people could use their wristbands to pay for food, drinks, merchandise, and other items.


The Sustainability




The festival promoted environmental awareness and responsibility among the attendees and staff. The festival encouraged people to recycle their waste, by providing recycling bins and bags throughout the site. The festival also rewarded people who brought back their empty cups or bottles to designated points, by giving them vouchers or prizes. The festival also partnered with various organizations and charities, such as Energy Revolution, Attitude is Everything, Nordoff Robbins, Teenage Cancer Trust, and Heavy Metal Truants.


Conclusion




Download Festival 2016 was a rock and metal extravaganza that delivered some of the best performances and moments in the history of the festival. The festival showcased a variety of acts that appealed to different tastes and generations of fans. The festival also provided a great experience for everyone who attended, by creating a positive atmosphere, an accessible environment, and a sustainable culture. Download Festival 2016 was a weekend that will be remembered for years to come.


FAQs




  • Q: How much did a ticket cost for Download Festival 2016?



  • A: A ticket cost 205 for a weekend pass with camping or 170 without camping. A day ticket cost 82.50 for Friday or Sunday or 87.50 for Saturday.



  • Q: Who were the other bands that played on the main stage at Download Festival 2016?



  • A: The other bands that played on the main stage at Download Festival 2016 were Korn, Megadeth, Deftones, Nightwish, Disturbed, Killswitch Engage, Alien Ant Farm, Halestorm, Shinedown, Sixx:A.M., Amon Amarth, Saxon, and The Wildhearts.



  • Q: What were the other stages at Download Festival 2016 and who played on them?



  • A: The other stages at Download Festival 2016 were the Zippo Encore Stage, the Maverick Stage, the Dogtooth Stage, and the Lemmy Stage. Some of the bands that played on these stages were NOFX, Breaking Benjamin, Billy Talent, Skillet, Don Broco, Bury Tomorrow, Neck Deep, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Gojira, Ghost, Beartooth, Architects, Periphery, Napalm Death, Municipal Waste, and Electric Wizard.



  • Q: What were some of the non-musical attractions and activities at Download Festival 2016?



  • A: Some of the non-musical attractions and activities at Download Festival 2016 were the WWE NXT Live Wrestling Arena, the Download Dog House Comedy Tent, the Circus of Horrors Show, the Inflatable Wedding Chapel, the Download Cinema Tent, the Download Ferris Wheel, the Download Zipline, and the Download Tattoo Parlour.



  • Q: How can I watch or listen to some of the performances from Download Festival 2016?



  • A: You can watch or listen to some of the performances from Download Festival 2016 on various platforms and media. For example, you can watch some of the highlights on Sky Arts or YouTube. You can also listen to some of the live sets on BBC Radio 1 or Spotify.





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