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Download Festival 2011 - 20 must-see bands

  • Rock returns to Donington this June 10-12 for Download Festival 2011. But who should you be checking out? Here are our picks. First up it's the metallers from the North... Bring Me The Horizon. Friday, Second Stage. Sheffield's maddest export will melt faces with their extreme heavy metal full-force screaming. Beware.

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    Added: 06 Jun 2011

  • Linkin Park. Sunday, Main Stage. Final day headliners bringing ten truckloads of hits and 200 tonnes of riffs.

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    Added: 07 Mar 2011

  • Funeral For A Friend. Saturday, Pepsi Max Stage. Energetic Welsh rockers sure to turn the non-believers with tracks from their new album 'Welcome Home Armageddon'.

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    Added: 06 Jun 2011

  • Pendulum. Friday, Second Stage. The band who can play any kind of gig and still get arms pumping will work their magic on metal's masses on the festival's opening day.

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    Added: 14 Feb 2011

  • Skunk Anansie. Saturday, Main Stage. Skin and co are ready to unleash an energetic set of Anansie classics cementing their position as one of Brit's greats.

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    Added: 06 Jun 2011

  • System Of A Down. Saturday, Main Stage. Second day headliners reunited for a loud and large aural attack sure to send the entire field into a whirling frenzy.

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    Added: 06 Jun 2011

  • Trash Talk. Saturday, Pepsi Max Stage. Californian hardcore collective sure to bring a well-needed dose of utter violent chaos to the weekend's proceedings.

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    Added: 28 Sep 2010

  • Frank Turner. Sunday, Pepsi Max Stage. Those ready for a quieter end to their hedonistic weekend should pull up a patch of grass for Mr Turner's closing set.

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    Added: 12 Jan 2011

  • The Gaslight Anthem. Sunday, Main Stage. Brian Fallon and the New Jersey folk masters will bring a little calm and gentle class to the final day's proceedings.

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    Added: 06 Jun 2011

  • Alice Cooper. Saturday, Second Stage. Shock rocker, actor, performer and all-round legend, Mr Cooper deserves your full attention.

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    Added: 06 Jun 2011

  • Skindred. Saturday, Main Stage. Welsh ragga-metallers famed for their intense, energetic and utterly entertaining live sets. Miss at your peril.

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    Added: 06 Jun 2011

  • Thin Lizzy. Friday, Main Stage. Classic rockers heating things up on the festival's opening day. get your vocal chords warmed up for 'The Boys Are Back In Town'.

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    Added: 06 Jun 2011

  • Rob Zombie. Sunday, Second Stage. Not just an acclaimed movie-director, Rob cut his teeth rousing crowds around the planet and will undoubtedly set Download thrashing.

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    Added: 17 May 2011

  • Avenged Sevenfold. Saturday, Main Stage. Orange County's tattooed metal addicts fusing anthemic soaring melodies with brutal instrumental force.

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    Added: 07 Mar 2011

  • Disturbed. Sunday, Main Stage. David Draiman and his band of merry men look set to get fists pumping and feet stomping all the way to Donnington Castle.

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    Added: 06 Jun 2011

  • The Darkness. Friday, Main Stage. Reunited spandex rockers with a well-deserved high-spot on day one, get ready for a united wailing extravaganza.

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    Added: 06 Jun 2011

  • The King Blues. Saturday, Pepsi Max Stage. Itch, Jamie and the gang gear up for a political party with tracks from their latest album 'Punk & Poetry'. Take a look back at our 50 greatest festival performances ever

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    Added: 06 Jun 2011

  • Def Leppard. Friday, Main Stage. First day headliners and a perfect chance to wave your lighters in the air to some rock classics. Also take a look at our 50 bands to see this summer.

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    Added: 06 Jun 2011

  • Bullet For My Valentine. Sunday, Main Stage. Welsh rock troop get set to blow peoples minds (and ears) with their distinctive heavy metal assault. We will be reporting direct from Download Festival 2011, download our NME Festival App - Powered By BlackBerry to keep up with all the action.

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    Added: 06 Jun 2011