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Download Festival 2017: Madrid's Rock and Metal Paradise

Download 2017 Madrid: A Rock and Metal Festival to Remember

If you are a fan of rock and metal music, you probably know about Download Festival, one of the most famous and prestigious festivals of the genre in the world. But did you know that in 2017, Download Festival made its debut in Spain, bringing some of the biggest names in the scene to the capital city of Madrid? In this article, we will tell you everything you need to know about Download Festival 2017 Madrid, from its origins and features to its lineup and impact. Read on and relive the experience of this amazing event!

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What is Download Festival?

Download Festival is a rock and metal festival that started in the UK in 2003, as a successor to the legendary Monsters of Rock festival that ran from 1980 to 1996. Since then, Download Festival has become one of the most popular and respected festivals in the world, attracting hundreds of thousands of fans every year to its main site at Donington Park, near Derby. Download Festival is known for its diverse and eclectic lineup, featuring some of the most iconic and influential bands in rock and metal history, as well as emerging and promising acts. Some of the bands that have headlined Download Festival over the years include Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Metallica, AC/DC, Guns N' Roses, Slipknot, Rammstein, Muse, Foo Fighters, Green Day, KISS, Aerosmith, and many more.

The history and origins of Download Festival

Download Festival was created by Live Nation UK as a way to revive the spirit and legacy of Monsters of Rock, which was discontinued after a tragic accident in 1988 that killed two fans during a Guns N' Roses performance. The name "Download" was chosen as a reference to the digital era and the rise of online music sharing platforms, such as Napster. The first edition of Download Festival took place in 2003, with Iron Maiden and Audioslave as headliners. Since then, Download Festival has grown in size and scope, adding more stages, genres, activities, and attractions to its program. In 2010, Download Festival expanded to France, with a sister event taking place in Paris. In 2016, Download Festival also launched in Australia, with editions in Melbourne and Sydney.

The main features and attractions of Download Festival

Download Festival is not only about music, but also about culture, entertainment, and community. Besides the main stage and several other stages that host different bands throughout the day, Download Festival also offers a variety of attractions and amenities for its attendees. Some of these include:

  • The Village: A camping area where fans can stay overnight and enjoy facilities such as showers, toilets, food stalls, bars, shops, lockers, charging points, etc.

  • The Arena: A large tent that hosts comedy shows, wrestling matches, circus acts, karaoke sessions, silent discos, etc.

  • The Doghouse: A smaller tent that hosts DJ sets, club nights, tribute bands, etc.

  • The Boardie Takeover: A fan-organized event that takes place on the night before the festival starts, featuring bands chosen by the festival's online community.

  • The RIP Experience: A premium package that offers access to exclusive areas such as backstage tours, VIP lounges, hospitality tents, etc.

Why Download Festival came to Madrid in 2017

In 2017, Download Festival decided to expand its horizons and bring its brand to Spain for the first time. But why did they choose Madrid as the capital city for the festival? There are several reasons for this choice, as we will explain below.

The demand and popularity of rock and metal music in Spain

Spain has a long and rich tradition of rock and metal music, dating back to the 1960s and 1970s, when bands like Los Bravos, Triana, Barón Rojo, and Leño emerged as pioneers of the genre. Since then, Spain has produced many successful and influential rock and metal bands, such as Héroes del Silencio, Extremoduro, Mägo de Oz, Ska-P, Ángeles del Infierno, Warcry, Saratoga, Hamlet, and many more. Spain also has a large and loyal fanbase of rock and metal music, who regularly attend concerts and festivals of both national and international acts. According to a study by Ticketmaster in 2017, rock was the most popular genre among Spanish concert-goers, accounting for 29% of the tickets sold in the country. Metal was also among the top five genres, with 9% of the tickets sold. Therefore, it is not surprising that Download Festival saw a great opportunity to tap into this market and bring its festival to Spain.

The challenges and opportunities of organizing a festival in Madrid

Madrid is one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities in Europe, with a rich cultural and artistic scene. It is also one of the most visited cities in the world, attracting millions of tourists every year. Madrid has many advantages as a festival destination, such as its excellent transport connections, its wide range of accommodation options, its diverse gastronomy, its friendly and welcoming people, and its sunny and warm weather. However, Madrid also poses some challenges for organizing a festival, such as its high cost of living, its strict noise regulations, its limited space availability, and its strong competition from other events. Download Festival had to overcome these challenges and find a suitable venue, date, budget, and partners to make its festival possible in Madrid. The chosen venue was Caja Mágica (The Magic Box), a multipurpose stadium located in the south of the city, near the Manzanares river. The chosen date was June 22-24, coinciding with the summer solstice and the San Juan festivities. The chosen budget was around 100-145 per ticket for the three-day pass. The chosen partners were Live Nation Spain and Last Tour International, two of the most prominent promoters in the country.

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How Download Festival 2017 Madrid was a success

Download Festival 2017 Madrid was a resounding success, both in terms of attendance and quality. The festival sold out its 40,000 tickets per day capacity, attracting a total of 120,000 fans over the three days. The festival also received rave reviews from both fans and critics, who praised its lineup, organization, atmosphere, and sound. The festival also had a positive impact on the local economy, generating an estimated revenue of 15 million for the city. But what made Download Festival 2017 Madrid so special? Let's take a look at some of the highlights of the festival.

The lineup and performances of the bands

Download Festival 2017 Madrid featured a stellar lineup of 62 bands across four stages: Main Stage 1, Main Stage 2, Stage 3, and Stage 4. The lineup included some of the most renowned and influential bands in the rock and metal scene, as well as some of the most promising and talented newcomers. Here are some of the bands that performed at Download Festival 2017 Madrid and their highlights:

System of a Down

System of a Down was one of the headliners of Download Festival 2017 Madrid, closing the Main Stage 1 on the first day. The Armenian-American band delivered a powerful and energetic performance, playing 27 songs from their five albums, including classics such as "Chop Suey!", "Toxicity", "B.Y.O.B.", "Aerials", and "Sugar". The band also played some rare songs, such as "Marmalade", "Temper", and "Mind". The band's vocalist, Serj Tankian, also dedicated a song to the victims of the recent terrorist attacks in London and Manchester, saying "We stand with you". The band's performance was met with a huge ovation from the crowd, who sang along to every word and moshed to every riff.

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