Download Festival Aka Drownload

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?


  1. June 15, 2016 / 2:02 pm

    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!

  2. June 15, 2016 / 2:22 pm

    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

  3. Melanie Edjourian
    June 15, 2016 / 4:31 pm

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

  4. Hungry_Healthy_Happy
    June 15, 2016 / 4:41 pm

    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.

  5. *Beth Twinderelmo*
    June 15, 2016 / 6:50 pm

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

  6. June 15, 2016 / 8:20 pm

    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 😉

  7. Natasha Mairs
    June 16, 2016 / 10:47 am

    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

  8. Beautyqueenuk
    June 16, 2016 / 11:03 am

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

  9. June 16, 2016 / 2:06 pm

    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

  10. June 16, 2016 / 2:06 pm

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

  11. Leanne Dolan
    June 16, 2016 / 3:41 pm

    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!

  12. June 16, 2016 / 7:53 pm

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

  13. June 16, 2016 / 10:22 pm

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

  14. June 16, 2016 / 10:58 pm

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

  15. Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️
    June 17, 2016 / 1:57 pm

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

    • Rhian Westbury
      June 17, 2016 / 3:08 pm

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

  16. Laura
    June 17, 2016 / 6:20 pm

    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

  17. Whitney | Afro Mermaid
    June 17, 2016 / 10:26 pm

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

  18. Jessica
    June 18, 2016 / 4:46 pm

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

  19. June 19, 2016 / 4:56 am

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

  20. June 19, 2016 / 2:16 pm

    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.

  21. June 20, 2016 / 8:44 pm

    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!

  22. Corinne C
    June 20, 2016 / 8:50 pm

    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

  23. Ickle Pickle
    June 21, 2016 / 7:56 pm

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

  24. Sarah L
    June 22, 2016 / 8:31 am

    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.

  25. Jess Howliston
    June 22, 2016 / 1:08 pm

    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

  26. June 26, 2016 / 7:31 am

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

  27. Ayse
    June 27, 2016 / 12:46 pm

    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

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