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Download Festival 2005

Download Festival 2005

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...

Download 2005: Sunday Main Stage

Download 2005: Sunday Main Stage

It's time for teen rockers, masked stage stormers, eccentric Armenians, and last day carnage, Download ends with a bang!

Download 2005: Sunday Snickers Stage

Download 2005: Sunday Snickers Stage

Following in the shuddering steps of Saturday's metal fest, the Snickers tent has another heavy weight line up for the final day.

Download 2005: Sunday Napster/VF Stage

Download 2005: Sunday Napster/VF Stage

Day three and the tent's still standing. Will this lot blow it away?

Download 2005 - an overview

Download 2005 - an overview

As well as the live performances, everything about Download 2005 rocked. Slick organisation, unparalleled atmosphere, interactive innovation... quite simply, the perfect rock festival!

Download 2005: Saturday Main Stage

Download 2005: Saturday Main Stage

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.

Download 2005: Saturday Snickers Stage

Download 2005: Saturday Snickers Stage

After Billy Idol's nostalgia-packed triumph the night before, how will a predominantly metal lineup fare on the Snickers Stage?

Download 2005: Saturday Napster Stage

Download 2005: Saturday Napster 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.

Download 2005: Friday Main Stage

Download 2005: Friday Main Stage

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.

Download 2005: Friday Snickers Stage

Download 2005: Friday Snickers Stage

Shunning the sporadic sunshine, hoards of Download damagers prefer the darkness under the huge blue canopy that is the Snickers tent.

Download 2005: Soul Bowl

Download 2005: Soul Bowl

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.

Download 2005: Friday Napster/VF Stage

Download 2005: Friday Napster/VF Stage

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.

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