We can reveal that Download fans will be in for a very special surprise in the form of a band whose identity will not be revealed until they appear on-stage - plus we have loads more news about the festival!
The stage, day and time of this secret performance will be announced to visitors on arrival at the festival, which takes place at Donington Park from June 10-12. Interestingly, it was the band themselves that requested the secrecy, prefering to play to an unfamiliar crowd. This echoes the legendary surprise appearance by Metallica who performed in the second stage tent, in the middle of the day, at the first ever Download in 2003.
Festival boss Andy Copping told us in a recent interview: “We have got something very special lined up. People are going to flip when they find out who. We always want to surpass expectations and put on something a bit out of the ordinary and I can’t think of any other festival that does that. We can’t say we’ll be able to put on a secret guest every year, but we’ll try! I guess we’ve created a bit of a Frankenstein’s monster in that respect.”
We can also reveal that early birds arriving at Donington on the Thursday will be able to witness a special 5-a-side football tournament at 5pm, organised by Virtual Festivals and featuring teams that include the VF Crew, the festival organisers and fans. The 5-a-side pitch will be located in the Campsite Entertainment area and will be available for all to use throughout the weekend.
In other Download news, festival boss Andy Copping has exclusively told us that plans are afoot to expand the festival further, following this year’s addition of a third day. In a recent interview, he disclosed that: “We’re currently talking with a few sites about twinning it like Reading/Leeds and V festival, but we’re also toying with the idea of having a Download festival in Europe as well. It’s certainly on our agenda.”
You can read the full interview here.
And finally… if, like us, you can’t wait to get to Donington, you can now travel there virtually, to see the site being built, via a live webcam on the official website. Click here to check it out.