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Download Festival 2017 Highlights – Thursday

The tents have been pitched, the stages are set, the sun is shining (no, really) and DLers have arrived in their thousands to kick-start their weekend in the village and campsites.

Find out what you missed, or made memories at with our Thursday activities.

Charity Football In The Village

Charity Football In The Village

Thursday morning saw football teams battling it out on the makeshift pitch in the Village in aid of Cancer Research UK. The teams went head-to-head in a knock-out competition, cheered on by onlookers.

It was riveting; there were some close calls, chants and even a few injuries! This year the tournament was won by joint winners Flaming Ed and Llana in Pyjamas. If you see them about the Village, buy them all a congratulatory Dogtooth pint.

Charity Football

Boardie BBQ

Boardie BBQ

We love a good get together, and this year is no exception. Thursday saw us celebrating with some of our dedicated Downloaders who have reached out to us to chat, share their stories and gush about their passion for Download.

Everyone gathered under the sun for a bit of food, drink and to raise money for a worthy cause. Boardie BBQ bracelets were offered in support of Cancer Research UK, and a fair bit of cash was raised. Good on you, Boardies!

This year, the BBQ also saw a birthday celebration complete with air guitar competition. I mean, what could be better than that?

Air Guitar

Of course, the Download Dog never turned down a BBQ either. He was woofing down the grub.

Download Boardie BBQ

Circus Of Horrors

Circus Of Horrors

The Circus Of Horrors stunned audiences in the Arena. Think fire breathing, tilt characters, and unusual cabaret perfomers… audiences were left speechless by the unimaginable. If you missed out, don’t worry; they bring their energetic show back to the Arena between 12:00 and 17:00 Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

First Tattoos Of The Season

Old Sarum 0

Old Sarum Tattoo has set up camp, and the tattoos are in full swing. Loads of you carry a permanent memory of Download with you everywhere you go on your skin. Inking our beloved Download Dog on your bodies guarantees you lifetime legend status.

After all that happened, and the music hasn’t even started yet. Join us for the best weekend in metal and if you can’t make it again this year, catch up on all of the action right here.