Gone are the days where a music festival merely features a stage, these days you can become an true Air Guitar Champion, battle Medieval Fighters, or run away with the Circus.
No longer do you need to attend Download and let the fitness plan go out of the window… Introducing RockFit™, an heavy metal exercise class that will be playing hit’s from bands on the line-up, as you get in shape. DO.OMYOGA™ will return this year where you can learn the ancient Indian practice of Nada Yoga, where music and sound become one. Download have said that these classes will be open to all and adaptable, taking place in The Download Village.
But if that’s not your thing, why not try one of the most ancient form’s of full contact sport with Demolition Download, who will be hosting workshops featuring Battle Heritage Fighters in the SINDROME. Demolition Download see’s Medieval fighters from all over Europe gather to take each other on in battle.
The SINDROME will also play host to the UK Air Guitar Championships, which return to Download Festival with your chance to become the UK’s ultimate 2019 Air Guitar Hero. Winners will perform on the SINDROME Stage hosted by the Undead Ringmaster of The Circus of Horrors. There’s even a chance to make it to The World Championships!
If you find the Caravan of Lost Souls wandering around, that would be the folk from Area 51 with their dark circus sideshow and human curiosities to hype the crowds. In an Official World Premiere The Thunderdome will be joining Download, where young Wall of Death stars Luke and Kerri Fox defy death right before your eyes on a 9m mesh wall in their brand spanking new adrenalin fuelled stunt show.
And of course The Doghouse will be jam packed yet again! Circus of Horrors are back with two new shows ‘Asylum’ and ‘Welcome To The Freak Show’. Each featuring an amazing amalgamation of bizarre, fantastic circus acts and the darkest of magic. Expect unbelievable sword swallowers, whirlwind acrobats, flaming limbo twisted contortion, blade walkers, fiery hula hooping divas and lots, lots more in this roller coaster of a show.
However, if you just need to take it easy for a bit, you can do that too! The Metal Den will feature hammocks at Download’s very first Outdoor Cinema The Metal Screen and its hand curated Cineprogram. From noon to midnight each day an awesome collection of Arthouse, classic, comedy and documentaries will be screened. As the witching hour strikes the Metal Screens’ resident metal DJ Harry K will take to the decks spinning metal & rock classics into the early hours.
And if none of that is quite enough for you then why not visit Old Sarum who will be on hand ready to ink, for those who want a more permanent memento of their weekend.
Def Leppard, Slipknot and Tool headline Download 2019. Day tickets for the festival have also now been released and are on sale from £79.50 + booking fees from www.downloadfestival.co.uk.