Download Festival 2005 Reviews
For 3 days, Donington was home to one of the greatest rock festivals ever staged. Download 2005 was a total blast from start to finish and this is reflected in our most comprehensive coverage yet. Enjoy...
It's time for teen rockers, masked stage stormers, eccentric Armenians, and last day carnage, Download ends with a bang!
Following in the shuddering steps of Saturday's metal fest, the Snickers tent has another heavy weight line up for the final day.
Day three and the tent's still standing. Will this lot blow it away?
As well as the live performances, everything about Download 2005 rocked. Slick organisation, unparalleled atmosphere, interactive innovation... quite simply, the perfect rock festival!
The numbers have noticeably swolen for today's hugely awaited Black Sabbath headline show. But before that there's a right mish-mash of bands, Japanese techno rockers, US legends, and naked Dwarves.
After Billy Idol's nostalgia-packed triumph the night before, how will a predominantly metal lineup fare on the Snickers Stage?
With bleary-eyed festival fans still spilling out through the campsite gates, London-based outfit City Of Fire kick off the Napster activities before breakfast's had time to settle.
A swarm of black shirts covers the dust bowl in front of the main stage, sound checks get progressively booming as eager fans stop beating the hell out of a purple dog and prepare to listen up.
Shunning the sporadic sunshine, hoards of Download damagers prefer the darkness under the huge blue canopy that is the Snickers tent.
Snuck in between skaters and riders doing staggeringly silly stunts on the Soul Bowl, three hot new bands see if they too can take to the skies.
It's all VJing wizardry and intimate sweat sharing in the Napster/Virtual Festivals tent, where new bands get a chance to show the discerning masses what they're made of.