Metalheads heading to Download Festival in Donnington this weekend should be prepared for mixed weather conditions. Friday will start off cloudy and end with heavy rain in the afternoon, reaching highs of 16 degrees. Saturday will see more light showers interspersed with sunny intervals, and on Sunday light rain has been forecast all day.
However, any dampened spirits should be lifted by the array of rock, metal and punk on offer. it seems particularly unlikely that the weather will trouble Sunday headliners, the German industrial metal band Rammstein, who are famous for their pyrotechnic performance and theatrical costumes. Their lead singer, Till Lindemann, is in fact a licensed pyrotechnicien and spends entire songs of their set engulfed head to toe in flames.
The other headliners include veteran Brits Iron Maiden, and Slipknot, who are returning to the top of the bill for a second time since their triumphant set in 2009. Organiser Andy Copping promised that the eight piece from Iowa have “some surprises up their sleeve” this time round.
Fans heading to the Isle of Wight Festival are in slightly better luck weather-wise, perhaps as a form of karma after last year’s heavy rain caused chaos with muddy car parks and traffic queues backing up the ferries.
Friday will be cloudy with sunny spells in the afternoon and highs of 16, whilst Saturday should see sunshine all day. However, rain ponchos will be obligatory on Sunday, when it is forecast to pour all day and only reach highs of 12 degrees. Headliners at the festival include the Killers, Bon Jovi and the recently reformed Stone Roses.
If you’re still agonising over which European music festivals to attend this year, if you’re tempted and want to find out more, or if you’re simply curious to know who’s playing where and when, try out euronews’ map of European festivals.
Photos, videos and reviews of the festivals will be added to the map as the summer progresses.