last updated: Wed 18th Jul 2018

The first Download Festival was held at Donington Park, Derbyshire, in 2003 over two days, with headliners of Iron Maiden and Audioslave. In 2004 Download expanded to include a Scottish event at Glasgow Green. This didn't have the same line-up, but did include some of the same acts, including the headliners. There was no Download Scotland after 2005, and the main Donington event was expanded to 3 days.

In late 2008 it was announced that the festival's location would be moved off the racetrack, and the footprint of the festival would be more compact.

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