Radisson Blu Hotel, East Midlands Airport

Download Festival

For fans of rock and heavy metal music, Britain's annual Download Festival is a must-see event during the summer festival season. Since it began in 2003, the festival has attracted some of the biggest names in metal and rock, including the likes of Metallica, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Korn, Paradise Lost, Slipknot, Pendulum and Marilyn Manson.

The popular 3-day event is held at the Donington Park motorsports circuit in the middle of scenic Leicestershire, not far from cities such as Derby, Leicester and Nottingham. The site is easy to access from the A50 and M1/M42 motorways, and there are good public transport links between the nearby cities and East Midlands Airport.

The very best in rock and metal

Everyone from Black Sabbath, Motörhead and AC/DC to Motley Crue, Guns N' Roses and Def Leppard have played at this epic heavy metal and rock festival. This is the place to see legendary bands, as well as the best up-and-coming acts.

Camping is available on-site, with toilets, showers and a quiet camping area provided. The Village area is packed with food and drink stalls, and those who splurge on an RIP ticket can also enjoy superior facilities and services, including access to an eco-spa.

Stay in style

Of course, going to Download and seeing the bands you love doesn't mean you have to rough it. If you're not keen on facing fields of mud and the unpredictable British weather, staying at our nearby hotel is the perfect alternative to camping out at Donington Park. You can enjoy seeing all your favourite bands at the Download Festival, then head back to the Radisson Blu Hotel at the East Midlands Airport to relax in a modern, air-conditioned room complete with flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi.