Download Festival is this week, and we are getting super excited for all the exciting bands and events that will happen over the weekend. In this preview, we have come up with the top 10 bands we are looking forward to watching. We


Top 10 Bands To See At Download Festival 2016

Rammstein Promo

1) Rammstein – Friday Mainstage

FIRE! Expect lots of it. German industrial metallers Rammstein are known to bring the kind of pyrotechnics along with the most awesome riffs, beats and hooking lyrics, even if most of us don’t understand what the hell they are saying.

Black Sabbath promo

2) Black Sabbath – Saturday Main Stage

One of the most influential bands in rock history, the mighty Black Sabbath return to Donington for what is likely to be the last time, why would you want to miss this?


3) Tremonti – Sunday Maverick Stage

Tremonti may have just produced an album of the year in ‘Dust’, as a follow-up to last year’s ‘Cauterize’. The riff master mixes metal and heavy rock sublimely with the occasional ballad and we just know he’s going to put on one of the best performances of the weekend.

Iron maiden promo

4) Iron Maiden – Sunday Main Stage

Let’s face it, Maiden are one of the biggest bands in the world and it might be considered a crime if you don’t stick around to watch at least some of their set. With no bands clashing with the metal legends, what better things do you really have to do?


Zoax Promo

5) Zoax – Friday Maverick Stage

The London rockers have built a reputation as the one of the most entertaining bands currently active. Vocalist Adam Carroll has a way of interacting with the crowd and the environment around him to put a smile on every spectator, just check out our reviews of them performing at Breakout 2015 and supporting The Qemists to see how fun they can be. Also, check out our review of Zoax’s most recent self-titled album.


Architects - Saturday Encore Stage

6) Architects – Saturday Encore Stage

Architects have just released a monster of an album in ‘All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us‘ and we are certainly excited to hear these songs live. The Brighton metalcore outfit has played Download several times, starting off in the smaller tents and working their way up to the main stage. This year performing fairly high up the bill on the second stage.

Don Broco promo

7) Don Broco – Sunday Encore Stage

The fresh Bedford quartet is a favourite here at Broken Arrow and we can’t wait to see them tear up the Encore stage at Download this year. After releasing the incredible album ‘Automatic’ last year, and with a reputation for an explosive live show, it’s sure to be a Download moment to remember for years to come!

Ghost Promo

8) Ghost – Sunday Maverick Stage

A band rife with contradictions, Sweden’s Ghost preach extreme Satanic viewpoints over surprisingly lightweight heavy metal. The band’s members maintain a strict vow of anonymity, both on record and on-stage. They obscure themselves under monks’ cowls, except for their lead singer, whose skull-faced makeup, cardinal robes, mitre and thurible reflect an anti-Pope, and we can’t wait to see them at Church on Sunday at Download.



9) KoRn – Friday Main Stage

KoRn will forever be linked with the spearheading of the so-called “nu metal” movement. The 90s band from Bakersfield, California made a huge impact on our editor Tollef ever since they released ‘Follow The Leader’ all those years ago. For some reason, he’s never caught them live! Now, finally, he gets to see them in action at Donington, where they have become sure veterans after countless performances.

Counting Days

10) Counting Days – Friday Dogtooth Stage

Only a couple of years into their career and this metallic hardcore outfit made up of from former members of Heights, TRC and Last Witness have made waves with one of the most hard-hitting albums of 2015, ‘Liberated Sounds’. Expect brutal breakdowns, the harshest of vocals and the carnage to match it.


Other Notable Acts and Events To See

While they didn’t make it into our top 10, here are some other bands we plan to watch over the weekend:

On Friday, we’re likely to hit up our first Have You Heard? band As Lions with the likes of alt-rock favourites Alien Ant Farm. We all know most people will turn up to hear their cover of Michael Jackson‘s ‘Smooth Criminal’. We’ll also be checking out the exciting In Search of Sun and Heck who will be just as entertaining as Zoax with stage antics, just you see. Killswitch Engage return to Download for a monster dose of metal, expect to hear tracks from their latest album, ‘Incarnate’ .

Saturday we’re excited to see the political Pittsburg punks, Anti-Flag, return to Donington after a five-year absence.  Expect lots of energy the band will touch on topics such as war, police brutality, government, capitalism and anti-fascism. We’re also looking forward to seeing the bouncy Swedish metallers Avatar, metalcore outfit Shvpes and Beartooth who have just released their second album, ‘Aggressive’. Metalcore favourites Atreyu are back at Donington for the first time in six years so show you what we’ve all missed. Nikki Sixx and crew Sixx:AM will be back to deliver a nice dose of rock. Bury Tomorrow who have just produced one of the heaviest albums of the year with ‘Earthbound’. Alternative metal act Deftones are no strangers to Download Festival either and will have one of the biggest crowds as they will likely perform songs from their new album ‘Gore’. Also for a nice dose of punk-rock to end the day Pennywise and NOFX are likely to have the most fun sets at Download 2016.

Sunday is packing some exciting and legendary names. Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes will likely have a highly energetic set and lots of moments to talk about after what we saw at Groezrock. Billy Talent are Download veterans and will certainly deliver yet another memorable set this year no doubt. We also have the awesome symphonic metallers Nightwish, Thrash legends Napalm Death as well the legendary Jane’s Addiction.

NXT Download 2016


One thing we are excited about is the arrival of NXT to Download 2016, just days after the NXT Takeover: The End. WWE‘s developmental brand has some of the best up and coming acts in the wrestling industry. Expect to see the likes of NXT champion Samoa Joe and the popular high-flyer Finn Balor. The lovable Bayley and the fiercest woman in NXT, Asuka, the current NXT women’s champion. Other notable wrestlers we expect to see are Austin Aries, Shinsuke Nakamura and the tag teams American Alpha and The Revival plus a load more.

The NXT Network Zone also features a Network lounge where fans can relax and watch NXT on the big screen, as well as the best of WWE Network. Fans will also be able to make their big entrance at the NXT photo booth. Plus, those in attendance will have the chance to win a free trip to New York, including tickets to SummerSlam.

Voodoo Rocks

Voodoo Rock

Voodoo Rock is easily one of, if not, the best rock, metal and alternative club night going in the UK. Download Festival goers are lucky enough that once again we get to party into the early hours with team Voodoo in a giant fucking tent. Make sure you’re at The Dogpound Stage in The Village on Saturday night anytime from 10pm. It’s sure to be one hell of a party!