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Rock Out with Slipknot, Volbeat, and More at Download Germany 2023

Download Germany 2023: Everything You Need to Know About the Rock and Metal Festival

If you are a fan of rock and metal music, you might have heard of Download Festival, one of the most popular and iconic festivals in the world. But did you know that there is also a German edition of Download Festival? That's right, Download Germany is back in 2023 with a spectacular line-up of heavy metal and rock legends. In this article, we will tell you everything you need to know about Download Germany 2023, including when and where it is, who is playing, how much are tickets, and what else can you expect from this amazing festival.

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What is Download Germany?

A brief history of Download Festival

Download Festival is a British rock and metal festival that started in 2003 at Donington Park in Leicestershire, England. It is named after the download culture that emerged in the early 2000s, when fans could access music online through file-sharing platforms. Download Festival is known for its diverse and eclectic line-up of rock and metal acts, ranging from classic to modern, mainstream to underground, local to international. Some of the most famous bands that have headlined Download Festival include AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Slipknot, System of a Down, Rammstein, Muse, Guns N' Roses, KISS, Def Leppard, Linkin Park, Aerosmith, Green Day, Biffy Clyro, Foo Fighters, and many more.

The German edition of Download Festival

Download Festival has also expanded to other countries over the years, such as France, Spain, Australia, Japan, and Germany. The first edition of Download Germany took place in 2018 at Olympiapark in Munich. It featured bands such as Ozzy Osbourne , Judas Priest, Five Finger Death Punch, Kreator, and more. The second edition of Download Germany was scheduled for 2020, but it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the festival organizers have announced that Download Germany will return in 2023 with an even bigger and better line-up of rock and metal icons.

When and where is Download Germany 2023?

The dates and location of Download Germany 2023

Download Germany 2023 will take place on Saturday, June 24, 2023 at Hockenheimring in Hockenheim, a town in the state of Baden-Württemberg in southwestern Germany. Hockenheimring is a famous motor racing circuit that hosts the Formula One German Grand Prix and other major events. It has a capacity of up to 120,000 spectators and offers a spacious and scenic setting for Download Germany 2023.

How to get to Download Germany 2023

Hockenheim is located about 20 kilometers south of Mannheim and about 100 kilometers south of Frankfurt. There are several ways to get to Hockenheimring for Download Germany 2023, depending on your preferred mode of transport. Here are some options:

  • By car: You can drive to Hockenheimring via the A6 or A61 motorways and follow the signs for the festival parking. Parking tickets cost 15 per car and can be purchased online or on site.

  • By train: You can take a train to Hockenheim station, which is about 3 kilometers away from Hockenheimring. There will be shuttle buses running between the station and the festival site. Train tickets can be booked online via Deutsche Bahn or other providers.

  • By bus: You can also take a bus to Hockenheimring from various cities in Germany and neighboring countries. There are several bus companies that offer direct or connecting services to Hockenheimring, such as Flixbus, BlaBlaBus, Eurolines, and more.

  • By plane: The nearest airport to Hockenheimring is Frankfurt Airport, which is about 90 kilometers away. From there, you can take a train, a bus, or a car to Hockenheimring. Frankfurt Airport is one of the largest and busiest airports in Europe and has flights from many domestic and international destinations.

Who is playing at Download Germany 2023?

The confirmed headliners of Download Germany 2023

Download Germany 2023 has announced three amazing headliners that will rock the stage at Hockenheimring. They are:




Notable songs


Thrash metal / Heavy metal / Hard rock

Los Angeles, California, USA

Enter Sandman / Master of Puppets / Nothing Else Matters / One / The Unforgiven / Sad But True / Seek & Destroy / For Whom the Bell Tolls / Fade to Black / Fuel / Wherever I May Roam / ...And Justice for All / The Day That Never Comes / Moth Into Flame / Hardwired / etc.


Nu metal / Alternative metal / Groove metal

Bakersfield, California, USA

Freak on a Leash / Blind / Falling Away from Me / Got the Life / Here to Stay / Coming Undone / Twisted Transistor / A.D.I.D.A.S. / Make Me Bad / Shoots and Ladders / Clown / Word Up! / Rotting in Vain / You'll Never Find Me / etc.


Heavy metal / Rockabilly / Hard rock / Groove metal

Copenhagen, Denmark

Lola Montez / Still Counting / The Devil's Bleeding Crown / Sad Man's Tongue / Heaven nor Hell / A Warrior's Call / Fallen / Seal the Deal / Last Day Under the Sun / Die to Live / Leviathan / The Bliss / etc.

These three headliners are among the most influential and successful bands in the history of rock and metal music. They have sold millions of albums, won numerous awards, and performed in front of massive crowds all over the world. They are also known for their energetic and powerful live shows, where they deliver their signature songs with passion and skill. You don't want to miss the chance to see them live at Download Germany 2023!

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The other bands and artists on the line-up of Download Germany 2023

Besides the three headliners, Download Germany 2023 also features many other bands and artists from different genres and backgrounds. Some of them are:

  • Ghost: A Swedish rock band that combines elements of doom metal, progressive rock, pop, and occult themes. They are known for their theatrical and mysterious image, where the lead singer is called Papa Emeritus and the other members are called Nameless Ghouls. Some of their songs are Square Hammer, Rats, Cirice, Dance Macabre, He Is, Year Zero, etc.

  • Five Finger Death Punch: An American heavy metal band that blends groove metal, thrash metal, alternative metal, and hard rock. They are known for their aggressive and catchy songs, often dealing with topics such as war, violence, addiction, and redemption. Some of their songs are Wrong Side of Heaven, Bad Company, Jekyll and Hyde, Wash It All Away, The Bleeding, Coming Down, etc.

  • Sabaton: A Swedish power metal band that specializes in songs about historical wars and battles. They are known for their epic and anthemic songs, often featuring choirs, keyboards, and symphonic elements. Some of their songs are Bismarck, The Last Stand, Ghost Division, Primo Victoria, To Hell and Back, The Red Baron, etc.

  • Gojira: A French progressive metal band that incorporates elements of death metal, groove metal, thrash metal, and experimental music. They are known for their technical and complex songs, often addressing environmental and social issues. Some of their songs are Flying Whales, Stranded, Silvera, L'Enfant Sauvage, The Art of Dying, Born in Winter, etc.

  • Alter Bridge: An American hard rock band that features former members of Creed and The Mayfield Four. They are known for their melodic and emotional songs, often showcasing the powerful vocals of Myles Kennedy and the guitar skills of Mark Tremonti. Some of their songs are Blackbird , Metalingus, Isolation, Addicted to Pain, Open Your Eyes, Watch Over You, etc.

And many more: The full line-up of Download Ger


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