The 2023 instalment of Download festival is right around the corner — with some promising and some wet weather being predicted for the rock event. Check out the final forecast below.
This year’s festival — held at the Donington Park in Leicestershire — will see rock and metal heavyweights including Metallica, Slipknot and Ghost take to the stage, as well as Alter Bridge, Bring Me The Horizon, Architects and many more.
Those lucky enough to attend this year’s edition, taking place from Thursday June 8 to Sunday June 11, are set to have largely hot and dry weather – although with chances of thunder and rain across Saturday and Sunday.
See the latest forecast according to BBC Weather below.
Thursday, June 8: Light clouds in the morning, before sunny weather with a moderate breeze from midday, with temperatures peaking at 18° and lows of 9°.
Friday, June 9: Sunny all day but with a chance of moderate winds, with temperatures reaching 20° mid-afternoon, and the lowest being around 9°.
Saturday, June 10: Cloudy intervals with a slight chance of rain for the morning, a sunny afternoon, but then chances of thundery showers in the early evening. The day will see highs of 24° and lows of 14°.
Sunday, June 11: Light rain and thundery showers predicted throughout the day before clear skies in the evening, with temperatures peaking at 23° and dropping to 14°.
The first wave of artists set to appear at this year’s Download festival was announced in November of last year, when over 50 acts were added to the lineup, including Evanescence, The Distillers and Placebo. It was also announced that the three-day festival would be extended to four days this year, in celebration of its 20th anniversary.
Thrash pioneers Metallica will perform two unique headline sets over the weekend with no songs repeated on Thursday (June 8) and Saturday (June 10), while Bring Me The Horizon will perform on Friday (June 9) and Slipknot on Sunday (June 11).
Parkway Drive, Disturbed, Nova Twins and Fever 333 were also confirmed to be part of the initial line-up, as were Municipal Waste, Lorna Shore, Alexisonfire, Asking Alexandria and Motionless In White.
In a three-star review of the festival, NME praised the event for offering “fearless, frantic and fun” performances from newer acts, while the headline set from Iron Maiden balanced on the verge of feeling “outdated”.