Download Festival 2011 – Essential Playlist

Are you ready to RAAAAWK? It’s time to paint your nails black, perfect your head banging skills and polish up your air guitar – as Download Festival is hitting Donington. Having celebrated its 30th anniversary last year, one of the biggest weekends on rock’s calendar is returning this summer.

Download crowd

With the likes of Def Leppard, System Of A Down and Linkin Park on the bill, it’s gonna be a good weekend so we’ve compiled our ultimate playlist for you to rock out to.

Take a listen, and let us know who you’re most looking forward to by commenting below.

Alternatively you can listen on Spotify here.

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