First batch of bands confirmed for Snickers Bowl at Download 2006! Henry Rollins, Gay For Johnny Depp and many more!
Other news - day tickets go on sale plus ‘Unleash the beast’ competition up and running on the Download official website!
Marking the day that Download are releasing individual day tickets, the festival organisers have now confirmed a welcome return of the SNICKERS Bowl Stage, which joins the Main Stage, SNICKERS Stage and Gibson/MySpace.com Stage at Donington Park on 9, 10 and 11 June. Gay for Johnny Depp, Sintuition, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Get Amped, Streetlight Youth, Viking Skull, Betty Curse and Evergrey will play the SNICKERS Bowl Stage across the three days, treating Download punters to the best of emerging new rock talent.
As an official sponsor, SNICKERS is bringing the much-anticipated SNICKERS Bowl to Download for the third year running. The size of an Olympic swimming pool, but twice as deep, this awe-inspiring structure comes to the UK just once a year. Previously open to invited international skate and BMX pro’s only, the all new SNICKERS UK Friday gives the best of established and new UK talent the chance to ride the bowl in an invitation-only jam. Saturday and Sunday see the pro comp take centre stage as SNICKERS brings world-class stars including Rune Glifberg, Renton Millar and Koji Kraft to the bowl to compete. The skate side of things will also be judged by ‘godfather’ of skate and star of cult documentary ‘Dogtown and the Z-boys’, Tony Alva. Check www.downloadfestival.co.uk/snickers for all the action, plus a chance to win Download 2007 tickets in the competitions section.
After his Sunday Sermon at Download 2005, the inimitable Henry Rollins is set to make an appearance on the SNICKERS Stage on Saturday 10 June. His awe-inspiring spoken word performance, punctuated by self-deprecating humour, is somewhat legendary and fans will be looking forward to attending his latest delivery.
Henry Rollins: "I was happy to be part of the festival last year and am blown away that I get to be part of it again this year. I can't wait."
More bands have also now been added to the Main Stage and the Gibson/ My Space.com Stage and will be looking forward to playing, some for the first time, to the crowds at Donington Park. Manchester trio Amplifier will be proving why they have received so much acclaim across the rock press with their ambitious and powerful blend of 70s rock and explosive post-rock sounds as they open the Main Stage on the Friday. Abrasive metallers Soil are to join them on the Friday with their own brand of furious hard rock which has led to tours with Sevendust and work with Pantera/Rob Zombie producer Ulrich Wild. Also on the Main Stage, but on the Sunday, are Gibralter’s rock experimentalists Breed 77. Combining Spanish flamenco, North African rhythms with melodic hard rock has won them many fans on these shores.
Joining the action on the Gibson/MySpace.com Stage, which already has Ginger & The Sonic Circus, Killing Joke and Sick Of It All headlining across the three days are Bullets and Octane, Animal Alpha and Enter Shikari (Friday). Saturday heralds sets from Louie and It Dies Today and Sunday now boasts Darkest Hour.
A competition has now been launched on Download’s official website, www.downloadfestival.co.uk, offering the ultimate Download rock experience. By ‘Unleashing the Beast’ one lucky winner will win £1000, plus Download VIP weekend tickets and a selection of other goodies. All ‘Unleash The Beast’ is asking, is that the Download Dog gets into the most creative and imaginative situation possible! This could be through placing an image of the Dog behind a live TV broadcast, having you and a bunch of mates wearing the Dog masks in Turkey on holiday, or going the whole hog and getting dressed up as the Dog and getting caught by the paparazzi! For full details go to www.downloadfestival.co.uk/competition.
The biggest event on the UK rock calendar – the Download festival – celebrates its fourth year in 2006 with the most outstanding line-up to date including headline performances from Tool, Metallica and Guns N’ Roses on 9, 10 and 11 June respectively.
With such an outstanding line-up, and impeccable reputation for quality, weekend tickets for this year’s festival have sold faster than ever before. Campsite spaces are only available with weekend tickets and the very last of these are now on sale with less than 3,000 campsite spaces still available. Book now to avoid disappointment.
Announced last week were a series of official Download pre-festival Club Nights. The Download Festival has exclusively teamed up with specific clubs around the UK and at each night will offer one special prize of a pair of full weekend tickets to the festival including entrance to the guest’s hospitality area. Other prizes available will be T—shirts courtesy of Attitude Clothing and a range of CD’s, posters, stickers and badges provided by bands performing at this year’s event. The remaining nights are:
Friday 5 WOLVERHAMPTON Generation @ The Wulfrun (from 7pm)
Saturday 6 BIRMINGHAM Teen Culture @ The Academy (from 5pm)
Sunday 7 LONDON Subverse @ The Underworld (from 2pm)
Download 2006 continues its reputation as the ultimate all-round festival experience, offering an incomparable range of accommodation, 24hr on-site camping and entertainment, as well as a minimum of three stages and the SNICKERS® Bowl featuring around 100 bands across the weekend.
Tickets for this year’s three-day event are on sale now in a variety of packages, including, for the first time, lockers to secure your belongings:
Weekend Ticket - £115
Weekend Ticket + Camping + Parking - £135
Parking (in advance) - £5
Parking (on the day) - £10
Camper Vans - £35
Lockers - £5
Tickets are available from www.downloadfestival.co.uk or the credit card hotline 0870 400 0822. As the official website, www.downloadfestival.co.uk will contain all information about camping, accommodation and all the packages, as well as information on the transport facilities available. Camp-sites will open at midday on Wednesday 7 June through to Monday 12 June. Get up-to-the-minute information and news by downloading the award-winning Download Dog at www.downloadfestival.co.uk/dog. Setting up home on your desktop and barking the latest news as soon as it happens, the Download Dog is an essential companion for any festival-goer.
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For the third year running SNICKERS® has come on board as an official sponsor of the Download festival, continuing its longstanding association with the UK’s biggest rock event. Building on the success of previous years, the SNICKERS Stage will be entertaining the crowds with world class music acts. The SNICKERS Bowl will be making a welcome return to the event, hosting some of the world’s leading lights in skate and BMX, and a selection of up-and-coming bands. New for 2006, SNICKERS also presents a Get On With It Zone activity area.
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