Download Festival sweats it out to back Heavy metal truants in metal spin class

Download Festival stamped their style on the latest fitness trend by hosting a spin class to the very best in heavy metal music. Taking place at 1Rebel Studios in London on Wednesday 26th April, the event saw the festival and fans pedal to the metal to get behind the Heavy Metal Truants’ training schedule, ahead of their annual charity ride from London to Donington Park.

 The metal spin class saw a host of Truants, festival fans and the Download Dog unite to cycle, head bang and sweat it out to tracks by bands from this year’s festival. Now in its fifth year, the Heavy Metal Truants sees the rock and metal community raise money for Nordoff Robbins, Teenage Cancer Trust, and Childline, by embarking on three days of cycling, covering 164 miles from Alexandra Palace and arriving at the hallowed grounds of Donington Park on Friday June 9th.

Boasting a line up of legendary titans in rock, metal and punk, this year’s Download Festival will welcome momentous performances by the almighty headliners System Of A Down, Biffy Clyro, and a ground-breaking final ever UK performance from the rock ambassadors themselves, Aerosmith. Behemoths of their genres Five Finger Death Punch, Mastodon, A Day To Remember, Slayer, Rob Zombie, AFI, Airbourne, Opeth, Dillinger Escape Plan, Simple Plan, Every Time I Die, and many many more unrivalled names alongside WWE NXT Superstars live in action, make Download Festival the most unmissable weekend for any rock fan. Metal horns at the ready!

Full Download Festival Pedal to The Metal Playlist

Aerosmith – Walk This Way

Slayer – Raining Blood

Clutch – Electric Worry

DevilDriver – Clouds Over California

Rage Against the Machine / Prophets of Rage – Killing in The Name

Suicidal Tendencies – Cyco Vision

Rob Zombie – Dragula

Sabaton – The Last Stand

System of a Down – B.Y.O.B

Every Time I Die – It Remembers

Mastodon – Blood and Thunder

Steel Panther – Death to all but Metal


Inspired by the success of Download’s epic metal spin class, 1Rebel Studios will launch a rock spin playlist later this year.


Download Festival takes place 9 – 11 June 2017 at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire. Tickets are on sale now at


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