News: Download Festival announces village and arena activities and entertainment

Are you one of those people that always spills the beer when faced with a trek from the bar to your mates carrying six pints of amber nectar and a packet of pork scratchings?  If you are then help is at hand.  Download are bringing back the popular Do.omyoga where you can perfect your inner calm (and pint balancing) to the sound of crunching riffs. 

Also announced is the return of Rockfit where you can hone your fitness levels ready for the next mosh pit.  The SINDROME Arena will be back this year playing host to a programme of death-defying stunts, bohemian freaks and mechanical madness.  Area 51 and their wandering Caravan of Lost Souls are back with their dark circus sideshow and human curiosities to hype the crowds. In an Official World Premiere The Thunderdome comes to Download, where Young Wall of Death stars Luke and Kerri Fox will defy death right before your eyes.  Hugely popular with Devolution readers the ‘Demolition Download’ from Battle Heritage are making the charge back to Donington for a sixth year where medieval fighters from all over Europe will gather to take each other on in battle to be crowned champions.  This year festival goers will be able to try their hand at this most ancient of sports, at the Demolition Download workshops featuring Battle Heritage Fighters in the SINDROME.

The UK Air Guitar Championships makes its return to Download too.  Festival fans are invited exclusively to enter into this internationally recognized competition and to gain the chance of becoming the UK’s ultimate 2019 Air Guitar Hero and a shot at the world title in Finland. DR HAZE   Ringmaster of The Circus of Horrors hosts the competition and at the end of each heat, performers from the Circus of Horrors will hit the SINDROME Stage.

The much loved Doghouse features a stacked bill including fan favourites The Boardie Takeover featuring five hand picked bands and Circus of Horrors, who are back with two new shows ‘Asylum’ and ‘Welcome To The Freak Show’.  The World’s Greatest Wall of Death returns to The Download Village providing more high octane thrills.  Deep in the Woods in the heart of the Village,The Metal Den can be discovered – where revellers can lay in hammocks and savour Download’s very first Outdoor Cinema The Metal Screen and its hand curated Cineprogram. From noon to midnight each day a collection of Arthouse, classic, comedy and documentaries will be screened. As the witching hour strikes the Metal Screens’ resident metal VJ Harry K will take to the decks spinning metal & rock classics into the early hours. Download’s resident tattooists, Old Sarum will also be on hand for those who want a more permanent memento of their weekend.

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