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Old 03-19-2013, 04:50 PM
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Anyone planning on going to this?

I am considering it, but know nothing about the area - airport, lodging, transportation... But I do like an adventure!
There is no airport, there are no lodgings, and transport is a bitch.

Anything else you need to know?

Seriously, if you're going to come all the way from the US to Europe, there are countless better festival options than Download.
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I like Newsted's new material, and until he writes more new songs and does an album, the set is guaranteed to include Metallica songs, I'd have thought. Maybe some Voivod too. I'm definitely watching him at Sweden Rock.
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It amuses me how you Americans think this is a thing at festivals
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It amuses me how you Americans think this is a thing at festivals
I don't think everyone realizes that bands like Enter Shakira and HIM are bigger overseas then they are here.
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Saturday would be an incredible day - Maiden, Queens, Motorhead, Alice in Chains, Mastodon, The Hives, Uncle Acid...

I'd love to do it but Hellfest is the next weekend and I'm still shooting for that.
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There is no airport, there are no lodgings, and transport is a bitch.

Anything else you need to know?

Seriously, if you're going to come all the way from the US to Europe, there are countless better festival options than Download.
I think that is EXACTLY what I needed to know!
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I think that is EXACTLY what I needed to know!
To elaborate a bit, from the US pretty much your only option is to fly into London Heathrow. From there you'd need to get a train into London, underground across London to King's Cross or Euston, then a train north to whichever town that actually has a station is nearest to Donington (probably Derby), then work out how to get from there to Donington.

The only accommodation on site will be a campsite, and the village of Donington itself will easily be fully booked already. So if you're not up for camping, then you're looking at staying in another nearby town, which means somehow getting from the festival to that town every morning/evening.

I have no idea if they run any buses specifically for the festival, or which towns they go to if they do run any. Hiring a car is of course an option, and parking is very expensive.

In short, go to Graspop
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:12 AM
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To elaborate a bit, from the US pretty much your only option is to fly into London Heathrow. From there you'd need to get a train into London, underground across London to King's Cross or Euston, then a train north to whichever town that actually has a station is nearest to Donington (probably Derby), then work out how to get from there to Donington.

The only accommodation on site will be a campsite, and the village of Donington itself will easily be fully booked already. So if you're not up for camping, then you're looking at staying in another nearby town, which means somehow getting from the festival to that town every morning/evening.

I have no idea if they run any buses specifically for the festival, or which towns they go to if they do run any. Hiring a car is of course an option, and parking is very expensive.

In short, go to Graspop
Yes, it did always seem to be out in the middle of BFE.
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