Plus there's a surprise guest to close the Donington three-dayer...

DOWNLOAD closed its gates tonight (June 12) with storming headline sets from three generations of metal.

The third day of action at Donington Racecourse was headlined by the future-rock overlords System Of A Down, who have just unleashed their ambitious third album ‘Mezmerize’.

The nineties thrash generation were represented in the form of crowd-pleasers Therapy? on the Napster Stage while Motorhead kept classic fans happy closing the Snickers Stage.


Motorhead frontman Lemmy made a busy night of it by joining the MC5 onstage when they played second-headline to them.

Earlier on the Snickers Stage, surprise guests Funeral For A Friend – added at the eleventh hour to replace Finch – met a rousing reception just hours before second album ‘Hours’ hits record stores tomorrow.

Singer Matt Davies told NME.COM: “I woke up this morning thinking we were coming to Alton Towers for a nice day out but we ended up on a Magical Mystery tour and coming to Donington. No, it was just a cool little idea not to mention we were playing because (we confirmed) so late before the festival actually happening.

He continued: “I missed Helmet which was very disappointing, but I’m going to try and watch half of Slayer’s set on the Main Stage. They’re on just before us so I’ll catch a bit of them and then run over to play our set.”

Other highlights of the day included Main Stage acts Slipknot and [a][/a], although in rather less dramatic circumstances than last year when Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich was taken ill at short notice. The bands’ respective sticksmen Joey Jordison and Dave Lombardo saved the day after learning the set in an afternoon.


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