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DOWNLOAD Festival 2008 is set to bring 75,000 fans of metal to Castle Donington for three days of musical mayhem next weekend.

DOWNLOAD Festival 2008 is set to bring 75,000 fans of metal to Castle Donington for three days of musical mayhem next weekend.

Since the first Monsters Of Rock Festival was held at Donington Park in 1980 - featuring bands including Saxon and Judas Priest, both also on the bill in 2008 - Castle Donington has been metal music's spiritual home.

And Download 2008 is no exception, having attracted global names such as Kid Rock, The Offspring, Incubus, Lostprophets, Jimmy Eat World and headliners, the legendary Kiss, to play at the Leicestershire village.

Gene Simmons, lead singer of Kiss, said: "For 35 years, we have prided ourselves in being the best, the hottest band in the world.

"We are throwing down the gauntlet. Let those who are faint of heart, take heed - we will take no prisoners"

This year the festival is expanding outside of the confines of Donington Park racetrack, providing more space and allowing even more revellers to watch the new open-plan second stage.

Andy Copping, vice president for music at Download Festival, said: "Download Festival 2008 will continue with what was achieved last year - a line-up that caters to the entire rock genre.

"The variety of bands spread over the three stages means that Download Festival has more options than any other music event.

"We are delighted that the world's great bands of past and present are confirmed to continue Download Festival's reputation as one of the world's top festivals."

¥ If you're heading down to Download, log on to echoisaacashe.blogspot.com for The Guide reporter Isaac Ashe's top five must-sees at this year's festival.

DOWNLOAD FACTS

To put on a music festival the size of Download 2008, you would need:

¥ One venue

¥ 15km of fencing

¥ 150 water tankers and over four miles of water pipes

¥ more than 400 recycling bins

¥ around 300,000 bottles of water

¥ about 300,000 burgers

¥ more than 250,000 pints of beer

¥ around 300 stalls and stands

¥ 2,200 members of staff

¥ 75,000 people

¥ and, most importantly, more than 100 rockin' bands.

 

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