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Monsters of Rock / Download

Monsters of Rock was an annual (hard rock / heavy metal) music festival held in Castle Donington, England, that branched into other locations such as The Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Germany, France, Sweden, Argentina and Brazil.
The festival continued on as the premier hard rock event in Great Britain in the 1990s but started to fall upon hard times as heavy metal became less popular, with another cancellation in 1993 due to being unable to find a strong enough headliner. In 1995 the festival found itself in a similar situation until Metallica agreed to play with the condition of the band having control over the event and naming it "Escape from the Studio". In 1996 Ozzy Osbourne and KISS co-headlined the festival and although plans to extend the festival into a two-day event in 1997, the promoters once again found themselves in a struggle for headliners and the event was cancelled and discontinued.
In 2006, the Monsters of Rock name was revived and held at the National Bowl in Milton Keynes, England, for a one off event headlined by Deep Purple and with Alice Cooper as a special guest.
In 2015 festival was held in Brazil and Argentina.

Download Festival is a British rock festival, held annually at Donington Park in Leicestershire, England since 2003. It is the most popular British summer rock and heavy metal and has hosted some of the biggest names in rock, including Black Sabbath, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Motörhead, Slipknot, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Def Leppard, Kiss, Judas Priest, Status Quo, Motley Crue, Journey, ZZ Top, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy, and the modern day line-up of Guns N' Roses.
The Download Festival was conceived as a follow up to the Monsters of Rock festivals which had been held at the Donington Park circuit between 1980 and 1996.



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