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The Darkness for July 2012 Forest show

The Darkness for July 2012 Forest show

The Darkness are the first headliners to be announced for the return of the Forestry Commission's annual series of gigs next year.

Glastonbury wins Best Festival gong at Live UK Awards

Glastonbury wins Best Festival gong at Live UK Awards

Glastonbury Festival picked up the Best Festival gong at the Live UK Business Awards last night (Thursday 6 October).

Virtual Festivals' 2011 Festival Census

Virtual Festivals' 2011 Festival Census

Let us know how the summer of festivals in 2011 has been for you and have your chance to win a brand new iPad!

Watch Def Leppard at Download Festival 2011 footage

Watch Def Leppard at Download Festival 2011 footage

Watch live footage of Def Leppard at Download Festival 2011 online now.

Introducing... the Virtual Festivals Vouchers app

Introducing... the Virtual Festivals Vouchers app

Having visited a slew of summer festivals already, we realise that they're getting more expensive. So to save you some cash, we're proud to introduce the Virtual Festivals Vouchers app!

Rob Zombie horrifies at Download 2011

Rob Zombie horrifies at Download 2011

Back at Donington after a 16 year wait, Rob Zombie hits the stage with a huge show utilising all of the weird and wonderful things you could expect of a horror-movie director.

Download Festival 2011: Round up!

Download Festival 2011: Round up!

Stellar line-up did not fail to dazzle at Donington Park this past weekend, despite the poor weather.

Avenged Sevenfold cause stir at Download Festival 2011

Avenged Sevenfold cause stir at Download Festival 2011

Avenged Sevenfold caused a stir at Download Festival 2011, despite a more muted performance from the usually raucous group.

System Of A Down wow at Download 2011

System Of A Down wow at Download 2011

They may be older, wiser and slightly more rotund (minus Serj Tankian of course, unless he was hiding a beer belly beneath his hoodie) but System of A Down are back to teach the kids how to rock a true metal set.

Alice Cooper up to old tricks at Download

Alice Cooper up to old tricks at Download

Top billing set draws thousands of fans in as System of a Down rule over the main stage.

Shaky Linkin Park turn out triumphant at Download 2011

Shaky Linkin Park turn out triumphant at Download 2011

Starting out with a wet, miserable crowd and competing with the infamous Rob Zombie, it did not look like the best circumstances for Linkin Park to bring Download Festival 2011 to a close.

Def Leppard defiant headline set at Download

Def Leppard defiant headline set at Download

The band play second Download Festival headline set in three years.

Black Veil Brides: 'It takes us an hour to put on our makeup!'

Black Veil Brides: 'It takes us an hour to put on our makeup!'

Black Veil Brides have admitted that it takes them an hour to get ready to perform ahead of their Download Festival 2011 show.

The Darkness make a dazzling return at Download

The Darkness make a dazzling return at Download

Reunited glam rockers The Darkness took to the Download main stage with a burst of light and colour, sparkly stacks and a gigantic pink banner, wearing the usual zebra print leggings, denim and studs.

Bring Me The Horizon fail to create a 'scene' at Download Festival

Bring Me The Horizon fail to create a 'scene' at Download Festival

With the clouds gathering overhead the metal magazine poster boys did little to warm the spirits of anyone out with their devotees in a disjointed set which was hampered by a patchy sound.

Weather watch: what to pack for festivals this weekend

Weather watch: what to pack for festivals this weekend

It turns out that the Met Office's prediction of a warm June isn't quite coming to fruition at festivals this weekend. Here's what weather to expect at IOW Festival, Download, RockNess, Glade and Get Loaded In The Park.

We're saying farewell to our forums...

We're saying farewell to our forums...

It's time to say goodbye to the MyFest and Virtual Festivals forums...

Download 2011 radio goes on air

Download 2011 radio goes on air

As Download 2011 approaches, it's time to get into the mood and what better way of setting your face to melt and ears to bleed than by tuning into Download FM radio.

The Darkness give Download 2011 setlist hints

The Darkness give Download 2011 setlist hints

The Darkness began warming up for this weekend's Download Festival with their first live show in five years last night (5 June), at Norwich's Waterfront venue.

New acts for Download Festival 2011

New acts for Download Festival 2011

With under a week to go until Download Festival 2011 gets underway, organisers have added a slew of new acts including The Last Republic and Collapse.

Download Festival 2011 stage times released

Download Festival 2011 stage times released

The stage times for Download Festival 2011 have been released, with the event set to take place from 10-12 June at Donington Park, UK.

Good news! June is going to be dry!

Good news! June is going to be dry!

It's the news that every festival-goer wants to hear: it's going to be dry!

Get 100 off tickets including IOW Festival

Get 100 off tickets including IOW Festival

Secondary ticketing site viagogo are offering 100 off of Isle Of Wight Festival and Reading and Leeds Festival tickets.

New Virtual Festivals site: feedback wanted

New Virtual Festivals site: feedback wanted

So, as you've probably noticed, Virtual Festivals has had a re-jig and a lick of paint and we want to know your thoughts!

System Of A Down give Download 2011 set list clues

System Of A Down give Download 2011 set list clues

System Of A Down gave fans clues towards their Download Festival 2011 set list, following their first reunion show in Edmonton, Alberta on 10 May.

Download 2011 adds Acoustic Stage

Download 2011 adds Acoustic Stage

Download Festival has announced the return of of its Acoustic Stage at the Jager Rock Truck for 2011, with Bowling For Soup, Slaves To Gravity and Hydro Da Hero topping the bill.

Festivals to get pop-up hotel rooms in 2011

Festivals to get pop-up hotel rooms in 2011

A new "pop-up hotel room" company for this year's festivals could represent the last chance for festival-goers to get a ticket for Glastonbury Festival 2011.

Download 2011 day tickets available now

Download 2011 day tickets available now

Day tickets for have gone on sale today for Download Festival 2011, which takes place from 10-12 June at Donington Park, UK.

Sky Arts to film summer festivals in 3-D

Sky Arts to film summer festivals in 3-D

Isle Of Wight Festival 2011 and Bestival 2011 will be the first UK festivals to be filmed in 3-D, say Sky Arts.

Skindred and 42 more for Download Festival

Skindred and 42 more for Download Festival

43 new acts named for the Donington metal festival in June.

The Darkness Divide - Poll results are in!

The Darkness Divide - Poll results are in!

You've spoken and it seems spandex and leather jackets are back in for summer 2011..

The Darkness reform for Download Festival 2011

The Darkness reform for Download Festival 2011

Get the spandex bodysuit out because The Darkness are back and set for a performance at Download Festival 2011.

Download: "Booking Metallica would have been boring"

Download: "Booking Metallica would have been boring"

Download Festival's chief booker Andy Copping has once again defended Def Leppard as the choice of headliner for this year's festival.

Download Festival 2011 add seven more acts

Download Festival 2011 add seven more acts

The Pretty Reckless, the band who feature actress Taylor Momsen, are among seven new names for Download Festival 2011, which takes place at Donington Park in Castle Donington from 10-12 June.

Download booker "not scared" by online criticism

Download booker "not scared" by online criticism

Download Festival's booker Andy Copping has posted an open letter, urging critics of the event's headliners to judge the Donington festival on the diversity of its attractions and "awesome" atmosphere rather than its bill-toppers.

Def Leppard to headline Download Festival 2011

Def Leppard to headline Download Festival 2011

Def Leppard will join System Of A Down and Linkin Park as headliners of Download Festival 2011.

Four more for Download Festival 2011 line-up

Four more for Download Festival 2011 line-up

Twisted Sister and Duff McKagan's Loaded are among the latest names confirmed for Download Festival 2011, which will take place at Donington Park in Castle Donington from 10-12 June.

Alice Cooper, more for Download Festival 2011?

Alice Cooper, more for Download Festival 2011?

According to eagle-eyed enthusiasts, it looks as if tonight's (Monday) Download Festival 2011 announcement may have been leaked by mistake.

More for Download Festival 2011 revealed

More for Download Festival 2011 revealed

Pendulum, Korn and Alice Cooper are among the acts confirmed for Download Festival 2011, which will return to Donington Park, Castle Donington from 10-12 June.

Buckcherry self-confirm UK 2011 festival dates

Buckcherry self-confirm UK 2011 festival dates

Glam-metallers Buckcherry are to appear at two festivals in the UK this summer.

Red Bull Bedroom Jam competition returns

Red Bull Bedroom Jam competition returns

Red Bull Bedroom Jam, the weekly live music webcast, is back for a fifth year and looking for aspiring musicians to launch in to the spotlight.

Download Festival 2011 tickets on sale

Download Festival 2011 tickets on sale

Download 2011 tickets have gone on sale today (22 December).

Download Festival 2011 tickets on sale tomorrow

Download Festival 2011 tickets on sale tomorrow

General sale tickets for Download Festival 2011 go on sale tomorrow (22 December) at midday.

Linkin Park to headline Download Festival 2011

Linkin Park to headline Download Festival 2011

US rockers Linkin Park have been added to the Download Festival 2011 line-up, which will take place at Donington Park from 10-12 June.

Buy Download Festival 2011 tickets today

Buy Download Festival 2011 tickets today

Early bird weekend tickets for Download 2011 have gone on sale today (Friday 3 December).

Download Festival 2011 tickets on sale tomorrow

Download Festival 2011 tickets on sale tomorrow

Early bird tickets for Download 2011 go on sale tomorrow morning (Friday 3 December) at 9am.

'No Foos, Jovi, Ozzy or Blink' at Download 2011

'No Foos, Jovi, Ozzy or Blink' at Download 2011

In a tweet, the Download Festival organiser confirmed that Foo Fighters, Bon Jovi, Ozzy Osbourne and Blink 182 would not be playing Download Festival 2011.

System Of The Down to headline Download 2011

System Of The Down to headline Download 2011

System Of The Down are set to headline Download Festival 2011, organisers have revealed.

Download Festival 2011 tickets on sale in December

Download Festival 2011 tickets on sale in December

Organisers have confirmed the dates for the next Download Festival as the 11-12 June 2011 and have announced that a limited amount of tickets will go on sale on 3 December 2010 at 9am.

Apologies for the downtime

Apologies for the downtime

We would like to apologise for the disruption to VF's service yesterday (19th October) and any alarm caused by the warning messages that may have appeared in your web browser when you tried to access the site.

UK Festival Awards 2010 longlist voting to close

UK Festival Awards 2010 longlist voting to close

Voting in the UK Festival Awards 2010 longlists will close tomorrow (Tuesday).

 Download Festival 2011 dates confirmed

Download Festival 2011 dates confirmed

Download Festival 2011 dates have been announced.

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