This year, the Leicestershire mecca of rock welcomed 100,000 heavy metal fans to the mosh pits and headlined acts Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Rammstein to its main stage

Slipknot, who have played some of the most memorable sets of the festival over the last ten years, returned for the first time since their unforgettable 2009 performance, which marked the masked men’s last gig in Britain before the tragic death of bassist Paul Gray.

They topped the bill on the Friday night following a set from Korn, who welcome the much-anticipated return of Brian ‘Head’ Welch, who quit the group in 2005 to focus on religion. The main stage also welcomed Welsh metal group Bullet for My Valentine and US rockers Papa Roach, who celebrate their 20th anniversary in 2013.

Iron Maiden headlined a bumper line-up on the Saturday night which also included Queens of the Stone Age, grunge act Alice in Chains and Download regulars Motörhead. Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson promised that their fifth appearance at Download would be “loud” with a “huge light show” and “plenty of pyro”.

German metal giants Rammstein ended the event with a bang on Sunday night, playing their only UK festival of 2013. Sunday also saw New Jersey Rockers The Gaslight Anthem and Jared Leto’s 30 Seconds to Mars take to the stage.

Our highlight shows include performances from the following:

Show 1
Slipknot
Rammstein
Queens of the Stone Age
Iron Maiden
Korn
Black Stone Cherry
Europe
Volbeat
Down
Dragonforce
Papa Roach
Enter Shikari
Asking Alexandria
Stone Sour
Mastodon

Show 2
Iron Maiden
Thirty Seconds to Mars
Motorhead
Rammstein
Bullet for my Valentine
Limp Bizkit
Alice in Chains
Gaslight Anthem
Parkway Drive
Gogol Bordello
Five Finger Death Punch
A Day to Remember
Young Guns
Stone Sour
Cancer Bats
Ghost
Heavens Basement
Jimmy Heat World
Sacred Mother Tongue
The Ghost Inside
Airborne
Rival Sons
Amon Armath
Masters of Reality
Graveyard

 

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