The Download Festival 2023 line up is here!

The Download Festival 2023 line up is here!

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Downloaders, we miss you! 🖤

The countdown to #DL2023 is on! Download's coming back bigger and better than ever with their 20th anniversary festival in June! ğŸŽ‰

So what's new for 2023? 4 days of live music mean an even bigger celebration of rock music than ever before!

Metallica will be making their long overdue return to Donnington Park after 10 years away with headline slots on both Thursday and Saturday night! 🤩

If you missed Bring Me The Horizon's INCREDIBLE performance at Reading and Leeds Festival this year you're in for a treat as they take the Friday headline slot! 🔥

Finally, Slipknot will bring the biggest weekend of rock music to a close with a Sunday headline performance! 🤘

But the music doesn't stop there - Ghost, Parkway Drive, Pendulum, Alexisonfire, Architects, Evanescence, Within Temptation, Placebo, The Distillers, Simple Plan, I Prevail, Disturbed and Ville Valo make this a jam packed line up already! ğŸŽ¶

Plus, Asking Alexandria, Fever 333, Motionless in White, Behemoth and Hotbox favourite, Elvana playing across the weekend! 🙌

We're so excited to welcome you back to Download next year so get the dates in your 2023 diary! ğŸŽª

When can I sign up?

2023 festival applications will open at midday on Friday 27th January 2023.

To be the first to sign up, make sure your PAAM account profile is up to date!

What's it like to volunteer at Download Festival?

If you haven't joined us at Download before and are wondering what it's like, check out our Download staff and volunteer interviews!

You can also join our Facebook group to chat with thousands of our previous staff and volunteers and make friends before the festival!


If there is anything you would like to ask or you would just like to chat with us about, the easiest way is to...

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If you would like to chat with others who have joined us before head to our Facebook Group and Forum

On Facebook and in our Forum you will find new and returning staff and volunteers chatting about what it is like to join us at festivals, arranging to share lifts, asking and answering questions about working at festivals and making new friends!


If you have not joined us at a festival before and are wondering what it is like, check out some of our staff and volunteer interviews!

In the interviews you will get to hear from those who have joined us talking about how they found their shifts, how they felt they were looked after by the Hotbox team, what it was like working solo for the first time, taking on more responsibility year on year, and even how the experience and confidence gained has helped with career progression away from festivals!


Another way to see what joining us is like is to check out some of our festival photos!

In our festival photo galleries, you will find thousands of photos covering our festival history over the past twenty years!

Going Solo

It's totally normal to be anxious before coming to a festival, particularly if you're coming solo! We get hundreds of messages every year from people wanting to join us but nervous about doing it, so we promise you're not alone! We're a very friendly bunch so if there's anything we can do to reduce your anxiety please get in touch! Try joining our Facebook Group to make friends with others before the festival - there are even a few WhatsApp groups that have been set up too!


If you have specific questions about joining us at festivals try our festival FAQs!

Our festival FAQs are regularly updated and packed full of answers to the questions we are usually asked, plus lots of handy hints and tips about working at festivals.


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Festival filled summer!

We cannot wait to welcome you to the Hotbox Events team for an amazing festival filled summer 😊

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