Get ready for a weekend of rock with Download TV – a new three-day virtual festival.
Organised by the team behind Download Festival, it is taking place from Friday, June 12, to Sunday, June 14, via Download Festival’s official social channels and YouTube.
This is the same weekend that Download Festival was due to take place at Leicestershire’s Donington Park.
It was announced at the end of March that the event would no longer be going ahead, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
However, rock fans will now be able to enjoy the three-day virtual festival from their own living rooms.
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You can enjoy music from headliners KISS, Iron Maiden, and System Of A Down, as well as acts such as Korn, Deftones, Babymetal, Alter Bridge, The Darkness, Volbeat, Creeper.
Plus, there’s the newly-announced addition of Biffy Clyro – who headlined in 2017 alongside System Of A Down.
Fans can subscribe to Download TV on YouTube now, to see them and a long list of exclusive content in the evening.
This is a one-time event and can only be watched at the time of broadcast.
The weekend will be split into day and evening.
The day will feature everything that celebrates the spirit of Download Festival, and the evening will bring hours of tailor-made programming where Downloaders can tune in and rock out.
The day will have host Sophie K guiding through programme, while the evening will have Download favourite Kylie Olsson.
The day activities kick off on Friday at 12pm and will see activities such as Doom Yoga, Trivia, KISS makeup tutorial with Gemma Stafford, a cookalong with vegan superstars BOSH, and a chance to show your best hero outfits.
Bands involved in the Friday day programme include Dinosaur Pile-up, Black Futures, Theory, Of Mice & Men, and a world premiere from Chester Bennington’s previous band Grey Daze.
From 7pm, Downloaders can head over to YouTube for more than four hours of performances, exclusive interviews, and more, headlined by the one and only KISS.
Saturday starts at 12pm with RockFit bringing you your morning fitness, plus there will be a cookalong with Nat’s What I Reckon, cocktail making with Simon Wood, and artist involvement from the likes of Killswitch Engage, Stonebroken, Employed To Serve, Holding Absence, Higher Power, Amaranthe, Bury Tomorrow and more.
From 7pm, there will be more exclusive content and previous performances on YouTube, headlined by more than an hour of Iron Maiden.
Activities on Sunday start at 11.30am with a Mind The Dog mindfulness session, then further trivia, a jam session with Nandi Bushell, an insight into Download Festival France, Circus Of Horrors, guide to festival fashion with Amy Valentine, a cookalong with Masterchef Simon Wood, and a mixology class with Rocktail Cocktail.
There will also be more artist fun with Wage War, Milk Teeth, Twin Temple, and Cemetery Sun.
The evening segment on YouTube will begin at the earlier time of 4.25pm, headlined by System Of A Down who will close the event with more than four hours of footage.
Downloaders can head to BBC Radio 1 for the afterparty on Radio 1’s Rock Show with Dan P Carter at 9pm.
Listeners can hear interviews with Download acts from across the years and get nostalgic with the best Download memories by tuning in on Radio 1 and BBC Sounds.