The heavy rock festival crosses the channel for the first time
Download, the legendary heavy rock festival, is journeying across the channel and to Paris for its first edition outside the UK.
Slipknot's Corey Taylor has described the festival as "the destination for heavy-metal and hard rock fans,” and it's easy to see why. From Gods such as Iron Maiden and proper metal outfits like Slayer down to those more obscure, Download has all rock bases covered and more.
Alongside its riff-tastic lineup, the festival is also renowned for its extra curricular activities such as its awesome Inflatable Wedding Chapel, Heavy Metal Dating, Dog's Bed Stage, and who could forget its real ale house, all providing the perfect tonic for when the moshing gets a bit too intense.
Hippodrome de Longchamp, or Longchamp Racecourse, is a 57 hectare horse-racing track on the banks of the River Seine in Paris. The facility is renowned for its challenging hill and interlaced tracks, which has led it to hosting some of the most famous races in the world, such as the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, which attracts some of the finest horses in the sport.
2 Route des Tribunes, Paris, 75016, France
BY PLANE: If you are flying to Download Paris, then the closest airport is Charles de Gaulle. From here, take a RER train into Paris Chatelet/Les Halles before another out to La Grande Arche de La Defense. Once there, a regional service will take you onto Le Val d'Or, and the festival site is a half hour walk from the station.
BY TRAIN: Paris is easily accessible by rail, with many services running direct. Once in the city, take a train out to La Grande Arche de La Defense and then onto Le Val d'Or.
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