Arguably the biggest annual rock n' roll gathering in Europe, if not the entire world, Download Festival is a mythical beast of an event. For many metalheads, the annual pilgrimage to Donington in the middle of June is a rite of passage - a ritual that demonstrates your love of and dedication to heavy music.
However, due to the entire festival being comprised of four stages over the course of three full (and probably wet) days, it is also an environment in which it is easy for fans to miss a true gem of a rock group. This list hopes to rectify that, naming ten performers that every one of this year's Download attendees should definitely check out if possible.
It is worth saying, though, that while you should undeniably experience acts like Opeth, Slayer, System of a Down, Steel Panther, Aerosmith, Alter Bridge and Mastodon, the immense fanbases that these bands have mean they're already very likely to draw a huge and dedicated crowd.
This list is more for the unsung heroes of Download: the "smaller" or more underrated showmen that you could very easily miss, but owe it to yourself to witness.
(N.B.: Shout-outs to Coheed & Cambria, Kvelertak, Fozzy, Exodus, Alestorm, The Contortionist, RavenEye and more. Check those guys out over the weekend if you can.)