Guns N' Roses, Ozzy Osbourne, Marilyn Manson, Avenged Sevenfold and more: Top acts at Download 2018 - with set times

By Kirsten Rawlins | Best of | Published: | Last Updated:

From world-renowned classic rock icons, to up-and-coming bands, nu-metal stars, and ska groups - Download Festival boasts a huge array of varied acts this year.

Download Festival

See our selection of the top acts playing the stages from Friday to Sunday - plus the set times - below.


Avenged Sevenfold

Avenged Sevenfold - Shepherd Of Fire [Official Music Video]

Stage: Main Stage

Time: 9 till 10.50pm

Californian heavy metal outfit Avenged Sevenfold will headline on Friday night.

The band, fronted by M Shadows, is best known for songs such as Hail To The King, Bat Country, Shepherd Of Fire, and Beast and the Harlot.


The group formed in Huntington Beach back in 1999.

Bullet For My Valentine

Bullet For My Valentine - Your Betrayal

Stage: Main Stage


Time: 6.50 till 8pm

Welsh heavy metal stars Bullet For My Valentine will play a 70-minute set at Donington this weekend.

Songs the Bridgend band is famed for include Tears Don't Fall, Your Betrayal, All These Things I Hate and Scream Aim Fire.


Volbeat - The Nameless One (HD With Lyrics)

Stage: Main Stage

Time: 5.20 till 6.30pm

All the way from Copenhagen, rock, heavy metal and rockabilly four-piece Volbeat play the Main Stage on Friday afternoon.

The band, founded in 2001, is led by singer Michael Poulsen.

Their top songs include Still Counting, Black Rose, Lola Montez, Dead But Rising, Heaven Nor Hell and The Nameless One.

You Me At Six

You Me At Six - Night People (Official Video)

Stage: Zippo Encore Stage

Time: 8.15 till 9.25pm

Surrey rockers You Me At Six, fronted by Josh Franchesci, will play an evening slot at the Zippo Encore Stage this Friday.

Expect hits such as Bite My Tongue, Night People, Take On The World and more.

Jonathan Davis


Stage: Zippo Encore Stage

Time: 5.50 till 6.30pm

Korn icon Jonathan Davis brings his solo set to Download this weekend, showcasing his debut solo album Black Labyrinth.

See what the famed frontman had to say to group online entertainment editor Kirsten Rawlins ahead of the gig here

Read Leigh Sanders' review of the album here

Andrew WK

Andrew W.K. - Party Hard

Stage: Zippo Encore Stage

Time: 4.40 till 5.20pm

Party Hard with Andrew WK at the Zippo Encore Stage this weekend.

The Californian star, set to play Donington alongside his full band, is best known for songs such as Party Hard, Music Is Worth Living For and She Is Beautiful.

Bad Religion

Bad Religion - 21st Century Digital Boy (Official Video)

Stage: The Avalanche Stage

Time: 7.50 till 8.50pm

US punk icons Bad Religion formed back in 1980 and are famed for an array of songs, including 21st Century, American Jesus, Los Angeles Is Burning and Punk Rock Song.

The LA band is made up of members Greg Graffin, Brett Gurewitz, Jay Bentley, Brian Baker, Jamie Miller and Mike Dimkich.

Napalm Death

Napalm Death - If The Truth Be Known

Stage: The Dogtooth Stage

Time: 8.30 till 9pm

Midland heavy metal icons Napalm Death play a short-but-sweet set at The Dogtooth Stage this Friday.

Songs they are known for include When All Is Said And Done, If The Truth Be Known and The Wolf I Feed.


Guns N' Roses

Guns N' Roses - Welcome To The Jungle (Official Music Video)

Stage: Main Stage

Time: 7.20 till 10.50pm

World-renowned rock legends Guns N' Roses will play a huge set on the main stage as the Saturday night headliner this weekend.

Since their reunion, this will be the group's first UK festival show starring the classic line-up of Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan. Also performing will be Dizzy Reed, Richard Fortus, Frank Ferrer, and Melissa Reese.

Guns N' Roses is famed for a huge range of hits, such as Sweet Child O' Mine, November Rain, Patience, Welcome To The Jungle, Paradise City, Don't Cry, Knockin' On Heaven's Door, You Could Be Mine, Live And Let Die, Civil War, Nightrain and many more.

Black Stone Cherry

Black Stone Cherry - White Trash Millionaire [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

Stage: Main Stage

Time: 5.20 till 6.30pm

Kentucky rockers Black Stone Cherry are best known for songs such as White Trash Millionaire, Me And Mary Jane, Blame It On The Boom Boom and Hell And High Water.

The group is led by singer Chris Robertson.


Stage: Main Stage

Time: 3.50 till 4.50pm

Thunder - Love Walked In (extended)

Classic rock icons Thunder, led by Danny Bowes, formed in London back in 1989.

Songs the act is renowned for include Love Walked In, Dirty Love and Low Life In High Places.

The Temperance Movement

The Temperance Movement - Only Friend (Rehearsal Session)

Stage: Main Stage

Time: 2.40 till 3.20pm

Brit blues rockers The Temperance Movement will play Download this Saturday afternoon.

Expect songs such as Only Friend, Ain't No Telling and Midnight Black.


SHVPES - Undertones

Stage: Dogtooth Stage

Time: 3.10 till 3.35pm

Birmingham rockers Shvpes - led by Bruce Dickinson's son Griffin - will play short set at the Dogtooth Stage this weekend.

Joining Griffin in the band are Griffin Dickinson, Ryan Hamilton, Youssef Ashraf, Grant Leo Knight and Harry Jennings.


Ozzy Osbourne

OZZY OSBOURNE - "Mr. Crowley" Live 1981

Stage: Main Stage

Time: 8.50 till 10.50pm

Brummie rock royalty Ozzy Osbourne will headline the main stage this Sunday.

This show will be The Prince of Darkness' first ever solo headline slot at the festival.

Songs the Black Sabbath icon is best known for include I Just Want You; Mr Crowley; Mama, I'm Coming Home; No More Tears; and Bark At The Moon.

The Hives

Walk Idiot Walk

Stage: The Avalanche Stage

Time: 8.10 till 9.10pm

Swedish rockers The Hives will play a set on The Avalanche Stage this Sunday, led by frontman Pelle Almqvist.

Founded in Fagersta in 1993, the band is famed for songs such as Hate To Say I Told You So, Tick Tick Boom and Walk Idiot Walk.

Marilyn Manson

Marilyn Manson - The Nobodies (Against All Gods Remix) (Official Music Video)

Stage: Main Stage

Time: 6.40 till 7.50pm

US shock rock and metal idol Marilyn Manson comes to Donington this weekend.

Expect hits such as Sweet Dreams, The Beautiful People, This Is The New S***, The Dope Show, Tourniquet and more.


Shinedown - Simple Man (Official Video)

Stage: Main Stage

Time: 5 till 6pm

Led by lead singer Brent Smith, Florida hard rock band Shinedown is best known for songs such as Simple Man, Cut The Chord and Diamond Eyes.

The group, which has sold more than 10 million records worldwide, will play an hour-long set.

In This Moment

In This Moment - Sick Like Me (Official Video)

Stage: Main Stage

Time: 2.25 till 3.10pm

Metal act In This Moment will play a short-but-sweet set on Sunday afternoon.

Songs the group - led by Maria Brink - is known for include Sick Like Me, Adrenalize, Big Bad Wolf, The Gun Show and The Fighter.

Cradle Of Filth

Cradle Of Filth - Her Ghost In The Fog (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)

Stage: Main Stage

Time: 12 till 12.40pm

Suffolk metallers Cradle Of Filth will play a 40-minute set on the main stage this Sunday.

Fronted by vocalist Dani Filth, the group is best known for numbers such as Nymphetamine, Her Ghost In The Fog and The Death Of Love.

Rise Against

Rise Against - Savior

Stage: Zippo Encore

Time: 7.30 till 8.40pm

Led by vocalist and rhythm guitarist Tim McIlrath, Rise Against is a punk rock band from Chicago, formed in 1999.

Expect songs such as Savior, Prayer To The Refugee, and Give It All.


alexisonfire-this could be anywhere in the world

Stage: Zippo Encore

Time: 6.10 till 6.55pm

Canadian post hardcore band Alexisonfire, formed in Ontario in 2001, is best known for songs such as This Could Be Anywhere In The World, Boiled Frogs, and Rough Hands.

The group consists of members George Pettit, Dallas Green, Wade MacNeil, Chris Steele and Jordan Hastings.


Meshuggah - Rational Gaze (remastered)

Stage: Zippo Encore

Time: 5.05 till 5.45pm

Swedish prog metallers Meshuggah will play a 50-minute slot on The Zippo Encore stage this Sunday.

Expect songs such as Bleed, Rational Gaze and Future Breed Machine.

Less Than Jake

Less Than Jake - All my best friends are metalheads

Stage: The Avalanche Stage

Time: 7 till 7.40pm

Ska punk icons Less Than Jake bring their energy-packed set to Download this Sunday.

Songs they are known for include All My Best Friends Are Metal Heads, The Science Of Selling Yourself Short, The Rest Of My Life and 867-5309.


Turbonegro - All My Friends Are Dead

Stage: Zippo Encore

Time: 12.30 till 1pm

Norwegian rockers Turbongero describes their music style as 'deathpunk'.

The band, led by vocalist Tony Sylvester AKA The Duke Of Nothing, is playing Download marking the release of their new album RockNRoll Machine.

Kirsten Rawlins

By Kirsten Rawlins

Online Entertainment Editor for the Express & Star and Shropshire Star. E-mail me, or phone 01902 319368


Top Stories


More from the Express & Star

UK & International News