|When is Download Music Festival?|
|What is Download Music Festival?|
Founded in 2003, the Download Festival is an annual three-day rock festival that is hosted at Donnington Park in Leicestershire, England, which also played host for the Monsters Of Rock Music Festivals between 1980-1996 as well as 2002's Ozzfest. Owned and managed by Live Nation, Download Festival typically occurs on the second weekend in June and features rock, heavy metal, and punk musical genres. Initially as a two-day festival, Download Festival expanded to three-days in 2005.
Some of the biggest names to perform at Download Festival include Iron Maiden, Marilyn Manson, Deftones, Reel Big Fish, Audioslave, Linkin Park, HIM, The Offspring, Jimmy Eat World, Def Leppard, 30 Seconds to Mars, Rage Against the Machine, Sum 41, Metallica, Pennywise, Slipknot, Korn, Lostprophets, Billy Idol, Black Sabbath, Lamb of God, The Used, System of a Down, Aerosmith, Danzig, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, Rise Against, Motorhead, Slayer, Atreyu, Avenged Sevenfold, Alice in Chains, Guns N' Roses, DragonForce, and Motley Crue.
The official mascot of the Download Festival is the Download Dog, which appears on a wife variety of marketing and promotional material every year including tickets, brochures, banners, and shirts.