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Things You Didn’t Expect To See At #DLXXI

There are many things that are certain at Liquid Death presents Download Festival. You’ll get to see some of the best rock and metal artists on the planet. You’ll meet incredible, like-minded people. Your step count will be the best it’s ever been. But here’s some things you probably didn’t have on your bingo card for this year…

Comedians Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan joining Bleed From Within on stage

Comedians Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan on stage with Bleed From Within

You’ll find out why later this year 👀

Parkway Drive showing up to play a secret set on the Dogtooth Stage

Parkway Drive on Dogtooth Stage performing

Most artists arrive for their set in a bus or a buggy, but not Bambie Thug, who rocked up in a bin

Bambie Thug on stage in a bin

Ghost took over all the screens for a Sunday Service

Ghost being shown on stage screens

Look, we know it was muddy, but watching Rou from Enter Shikari faceplant it mid-set was unexpected to say the least

Rou from Enter Shikari laying in mud

Elsewhere, there were a bunch of pirates and sailors blowing bubbles at you in District X

People dressed as pirates and sailors dancing at District X

There were also Drag Queens taking you on a nostalgic roadtrip with emo karaoke

Drag Queens singing karaoke on stage

This guy hyping you up every time you went to buy a meal deal in the Co-op

Co-op staff outside Co-op

Pro skateboarders jumping over mariachi wrestlers on the Liquid Death skate ramp

Pro skateboarders jumping over mariachi wrestlers

This lot who entered the gates of hell during the chilli eating competition

Group of festival go-ers holding chilli's

A full-blown gaming station where you got to road test the new Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance game, as well as immersing yourself in Darkfield’s 360 audio Eulogy experience

Festival go-er playing a video game at game station
Eulogy sign for Darkfield’s 360 audio Eulogy experience

Spiderman turning up to meet the next generation

Spiderman meeting young fans in District X

And even Sooty and Sweep made an appearance, who knew they were such metalheads?

Download festival go-ers with Sooty and Sweep puppets

Finally, these two, who got MARRIED at DLXXI!!

Festival go-er couple posing for the camera

Who knows what 2025 might bring! Grab your Early Bird tickets now to make sure you’re part of the full Download experience 🎟️