Download Festival Aka Drownload

Last Friday morning I headed out super early for the drive to Donnington Park which sits next to East Midlands airport around Nottingham/ Derby/ Leicestershire for the annual Download Festival. This year was my seventh year at the festival and although I wasn’t initially excited about the line-up I realised that it was actually pretty bloody great.

The weather has always been a bit hit and miss at Download with some years being sunny and others having a bad day of rain which was enough to drive me home early in both 2010 and 2011. This year took the absolute biscuit though with pretty much constant rain from Friday early afternoon through to when I went home on Sunday.

On Friday myself and my friend were stood by main stage waiting to watch Babymetal and the heavens opened, I’m talking torrential rain, hailstones, the works, and it was awful. Clothes were soaked, mud puddles formed and the band ended up coming out 20 minutes delayed due to this. But this was just the start with the heavens opening so consistently that every single day I had wet clothes and mud splatters everywhere. I was incredibly lucky in the camp site we had which wasn’t overflowing and had much lower traffic than the standard camping but I heard horror stories of people’s camps and all their stuff being flooded which is horrible.

download mud

Despite the awful weather – which saw the festival be renamed Drownload for the weekend – it was pretty amazing. I saw such an array of music from Friday night second stage headliners All Time Low through to operatic metal in the form of Nightwish and hardcore noise in the form of Napalm Death. I experienced new bands, met up with some people I hadn’t seen in a while and braved the mud and rain to get everything from the weekend.

I was always planning on leaving Download late Sunday evening when my mate finished work there and this year I was so happy I was as I couldn’t face another night camping. Although the greatest mistake I made was not booking the Monday off work. Getting home at 2.45am and going into work wasn’t fun, but you live and learn.

Here’s a playlist featuring a host of bands I saw this weekend:

Have you ever had a rough festival experience?
June 15, 2016
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29 Comments

  • Reply Colette B

    I saw a lot of photos over the course of the weekend showing just how bad the weather was – I’m glad you still managed to enjoy yourself.
    However, going to work on the Monday morning?! School boy error!

    June 15, 2016 at 2:02 pm
  • Reply StressedMum

    I have never been to a festival before, I have friends that were there as well and all said they had a great time. I don’t think I could have coped with all the mud though lol x

    June 15, 2016 at 2:22 pm
  • Reply Melanie Edjourian

    OMG I hope you took your rubber ring and armbands with you. Bit too muddy for me.

    June 15, 2016 at 4:31 pm
  • Reply Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    I saw some of the photos from “drownload” and it looked very wet! I am glad you still managed to have a great time though.

    June 15, 2016 at 4:41 pm
  • Reply *Beth Twinderelmo*

    Oh my god it really was drown load indeed!! How on earth you survived Monday I’ll never know!!

    June 15, 2016 at 6:50 pm
  • Reply Olivia Jade

    Ha I’ve heard from a few people that it was drownload although I am so amazed that you survived Monday I would of been not best pleased 😉

    June 15, 2016 at 8:20 pm
  • Reply Natasha Mairs

    I am so jealous! I really wanted to go this year as I have never been. I know a few people who went and they got pretty wet

    June 16, 2016 at 10:47 am
  • Reply Beautyqueenuk

    So many of my friends went and looks so damp and wet in the rain but had an amazing time x

    June 16, 2016 at 11:03 am
  • Reply Secretplussizegoddess

    I went in 2014 and whilst we had a little patch of rain on the Sunday, it was nothing like you have experienced. It’s such a shame when a festival is taking place in the Summer months, yet still the weather is dismal. I am sure the amazing bands made up for it though x

    June 16, 2016 at 2:06 pm
  • Reply Tara | C&CO.

    The rain at Download looked insane this year! I don’t think I would have been able to deal with it.

    June 16, 2016 at 2:06 pm
  • Reply Leanne Dolan

    My sister went to download this year, she said even tho the weather was horrendous she didnt let it dampen her mood 😉 I bet it was great to get home though in the warm and dry!

    June 16, 2016 at 3:41 pm
  • Reply Beth

    Oh wow! I did hear about that bad weather there. It looked nuts!

    June 16, 2016 at 7:53 pm
  • Reply Sarah Bailey

    I cannot believe how bad the weather was for Download this year! Awesome that peple still enjoyed it though. x

    June 16, 2016 at 10:22 pm
  • Reply Northern Crumble

    Im so jealous of everyone that went to Download this year! Other than the weather it looks amazing

    June 16, 2016 at 10:58 pm
  • Reply Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️

    I really wanted to go to Download as NXT was there – gutted to miss that!

    June 17, 2016 at 1:57 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      I watched some of the NXT but totally gutted that I missed Triple H!

      June 17, 2016 at 3:08 pm
  • Reply Laura

    Oh wow, I must admit, the super wet weather and mud would be my idea of a nightmare but I’m so pleased that you were more optimistic than me and had a fab time. It must be great to see bands you love playing live xxx

    June 17, 2016 at 6:20 pm
  • Reply Whitney | Afro Mermaid

    I absolutely love camping at festivals, never done Download but one day haha

    June 17, 2016 at 10:26 pm
  • Reply Jessica

    Seven years straight! Wow. I hope the flood made it more memorable, though I am wishing for a better weather next festival.

    June 18, 2016 at 4:46 pm
  • Reply Leslie Hernandez

    The weather seemed pretty bad there but at least you all just tried to enjoy you’re selves and have fun.

    June 19, 2016 at 4:56 am
  • Reply Jemma Andrew-Adiamah

    Oh the weather looks awful! Glad you still had fun!

    June 19, 2016 at 10:31 am
  • Reply Ana De Jesus

    So glad that despite the rain you were still able to have fun, it must have been a nightmare but it just goes to show music will be there no matter the weather.

    June 19, 2016 at 2:16 pm
  • Reply Charlie Gray

    I’d so love to go to Download but I have to admit…the mud is really offputting for me! So jealous you saw Babymetal though!

    June 20, 2016 at 8:44 pm
  • Reply Corinne C

    I have a friend that goes here all the time! I’m not sure I’d be a fan of the weather though, I think I’m too old to go to festivals now because I can’t imagine sleeping in a tent, ha.

    Corinne x
    http://www.skinnedcartree.com

    June 20, 2016 at 8:50 pm
  • Reply Ickle Pickle

    Oh rain sucks doesn’t it – what a shame. Looks like you managed to have a great time though. Kaz x

    June 21, 2016 at 7:56 pm
  • Reply Sarah L

    Oh goodness! What awful weather. At least it didn’t spoil your fun. 🙂 I would love to go to download festival! Maybe next year and hopefully the weather will be better.

    June 22, 2016 at 8:31 am
  • Reply Jess Howliston

    Oh my gosh that looks super muddy Im not sure I would cope I hate being wet lol! Its fab that you still managed to have a great time though! xx

    June 22, 2016 at 1:08 pm
  • Reply Anosa

    You definitely leave and learn, glad you had fun even though it poured throughout

    June 26, 2016 at 7:31 am
  • Reply Ayse

    I’ve been to 2 festivals , 1 rained and the other was too sunny… not sure which was worse haha. I think a bit of rain at a festival is nice (on the last day for a clean lol) this looks a bit too much though haha. X

    June 27, 2016 at 12:46 pm
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