In 2003 Download Festival landed for the first time at Donington Park and metal fans flocked in their thousands to mosh out to bona fide rock legends Iron Maiden…
Things had looked a little hairy in the run up to the gates opening after Limp Bizkit pulled out mere weeks before showtime, but super group Audioslave heroically stepped up to the plate after being bumped up the line-up.
And let’s not forget that secret slot by Metallica.
To celebrate the return of the festival this weekend we’ve flicked through our archives to find the best pictures from the last ten years… see if you can spot yourself looking a little younger and a bit drunker…
This year’s headliners Biffy Clyro played the Dimebag Darrell Stage warming up for Motley Crue
And you guys LOVED it
Forget iPhones, fans had to capture their memories on digital cameras
And bucket hats were still in fashion (see exhibit A)
Over the years the festival has seen a Kiss or two but 2008 was a particularly amorous year
We hope these co-ordinating rockers are still pals (and that the dye washed out)
We hear David Draiman, lead singer of Disturbed, is actually still waiting for someone to undo his straight-jacket
Let’s take a moment to remember this absolute legend of a human
And another to appreciate this outfit which is fit as!
We gather the rain must have paused for a mo in 2009 (or maybe she was giving her t-shirt a chance to dry)
Our Marilyn didn’t need quite so much foundation back then
And you guys were pretty needy for a bit of attention
The rain started early in 2010
But that didn’t stop you getting your rock on
2010 was a confusing year for fashion and we are in no position to judge anyone’s choices… not even a tartan trilby
Braveheart even made an appearance that year
As did a schoolboy on the AC DC stage
Props to any of you who were in this crowd and lived to tell the tale having not sweated to death
Even Alice’s eyeliner was running that year
We found out Danger Mouse loves metal
And floppy side fringes were in fashion
However the half face skull make-up never did really catch on
2012 and the cameras are smaller but still digital
But some scenes are timeless
Jack Black was paying Tribute
And this group of friends had got a buy-two-get-one free offer of their pink wellies
It was not the year for coulrophobes
Things got pretty messy
Even Ernie was on it
EVEN these jokers were on it
It was a questionable year for banners
But a great year for hairstyles (RIP the side sweep)
Rock and football collided as the World Cup was shown on site
Granddad jumpers were having a moment
Of course, head scarves are always having a moment
It did get a little bit much for some though
2015 was the year of Steam Punk
And carrying giant tubes of toothpaste
… and masks of Ellen DeGeneres
Not to mention raincoats
We can’t remember exactly… but we heard rumours 2016 was a little damp
OK, a little wet
A tad muddy
But bloomin’ awesome
Thanks to the Nottingham Post for this story – Original Story
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