Met Office forecast gives fans hope for Download Festival 2022

 Wednesday, June 8, 2022 

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Music fans heading to Donington Park this weekend can rejoice to the metal gods – the Met Office predicts three largely dry days at the Derbyshire site.


The rock festival, which opens on Wednesday (June 8) will kick off main stage action on Friday, with Kiss, Iron Maiden and Biffy Clyro headlining on Friday, Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Download has earnt the nickname Drownload in more recent years – in 2016, 70 million gallons fell across the weekend, flooding tents and leaving rockers knee-deep in mud.

Things were definitely brighter in 2017 and 2018, but by 2019, ‘Brownload’ mud had returned.

In 2020, the festival was cancelled due to COVID-19, returning in 2021 as a controlled government pilot. And, well, it rained a bit then too.

But one thing is for sure – the weather never stops fans from getting out into the hallowed fields of Donington Park and screaming for their favourite bands. This year will be no different, and you can still grab tickets.

The forecast shows some light rain this lunchtime (Wednesday, June 8), but by Thursday (June 9), the Met Office expects a cloudy day with sunny intervals and highs of 19 degrees.

On Friday, June 10, we’re expecting similar, only it’ll be one degree warmer! Great news for the first day of fun in the fields. On Saturday, June 11, there may be light showers in the late morning but otherwise, things are looking bright with highs of 20 degrees.

And on the final day, Sunday, June 12, it’s expected to be pretty sunny all day, though a little cooler with highs of 18 degrees.



Monday is so far looking dry too, if you’re packing up to go home on Monday morning.

It’s good news for fans who will be able to swap ponchos for sunhats to see their favourite bands across four arena stages.


On Friday, Skindred, A Day to Remember and Kiss are scheduled to play the main stage with Airbourne and Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes heading up the second stage.

A Ghost Inside and Electric Wizard will close out the night on the Avalanche and Dogtooth Stages respectively.

Then, on Saturday, we’ll see Shinedown, Deftones and the mighty Iron Maiden on the main stage, as well as Mastodon and Megadeth on the second. Funeral for a Friend and Sepultura will close out proceedings on the Avalanche and Dogtooth stages.

On the last night, Sunday, Volbeat, Korn and Biffy Clyro will play the main stage. Over at the second, The Darkness and Steel Panther will bring a slice of glam, while Descendents and Myles Kennedy perform on Avalanche and Dogtooth.

Other bands set to perform over the weekend are Brum’s own Napalm Death (Dogtooth Stage, Saturday), Creeper, Spiritbox and Rise Against.

There’ll be a change to the Village this year, a brand new area called The Crucible, featuring two stages of entertainment and late night DJs.






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