Over 90,000 rock and metal fans attended Leicestershire’s Donington Park on 10-12 June for Download Festival 2016.
Day one of Download saw headliner Rammstein deliver a rocket-fuelled performance on the Lemmy Stage. The set brought madness and mayhem from start to finish and included 'Sonne', 'Du Hast' and 'Mein Herz brennt'.
Earlier, Japan’s BABYMETAL made an impressive Download debut with their unique brand of pop-metal. Killswitch Engage tore through some of their classic tunes and Korn ripped through a set packed with nu metal classics. Korn’s singer Jonathon Davis told the Download crowd the festival is one of the band’s favourite places to play on the planet.
Black Sabbath gave a performance to remember during their last ever headline slot at Download on Saturday night. This is the third time Sabbath have headlined the event and their send off, part of 'The End Tour’, saw them go out with a bang. The two-hour set included 'N.I.B’, 'Black Sabbath’, 'Children of the Grave’, 'Iron Man’ and 'War Pigs’, and ended with 'Paranoid’.
Other Saturday highlights came from Mötley Crüe legend Nikki Sixx with his band SIXX:A.M. He also joined Megadeth on stage for a roaring version of 'Anarchy in the UK’. Deftones gave a set packed with fan favourites including 'Rocket Skates’ and 'Swerve City’, while Kim Wilde joined Lawnmower Deth on stage for a version of 'Kids in America.’
Sunday night’s headliners Iron Maiden touched down at Donington in style on Ed Force One, piloted by Bruce Dickinson. The British heavy metal legends gave an unmissable show packed with hits, such as 'The Trooper', 'Fear of the Dark' and 'Wasted Years'.
In addition to her band Halestorm’s performance at Download, Lizzy Hale joined Disturbed on stage as guest vocalist for a version of U2’s 'Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.’ Blaze Bayley and Benjamin Burnley also joined the band on stage.
Headlining the Zippo Encore Stage, Jane’s Addiction gave an engaging performance that got the crowds buzzing with energy. Canadian rock band Billy Talent gave an upbeat and fun performance, while Finnish metal band Nightwish brought some positive energy with an enigmatic set.
This year’s main stage was named in tribute to Lemmy Kilmister and also featured a moving celebration of his life in the slot originally scheduled for Motörhead. There were special messages from friends and musicians, including Dave Grohl and Metallica’s Lars Ulrich.
WWE NXT was a new addition for 2016 and superstars Finn Balor, Bayley, Jason Jordan, Chad Gable, Shinsuke Nakamura and more all wrestled it out on the specially built WWE NXT ring in the main arena.
Legendary wrestler Triple H, who used Motörhead’s 'The Game’ as his entrance theme, made a special on-stage appearance with Megadeth to accept the first ever Spirit of Lemmy Award presented by Dave Mustane on behalf of the Metal Hammer Golden Gods.