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Last Updated: Monday, 16 June 2008, 13:33 GMT 14:33 UK
In pictures: Download bands 2008

Gene Simmons, Eric Singer, Paul Stanley and Tommy Thayer from KISS

KISS hold a news conference before playing the opening headliner slot at this year's Download Festival. Many fans told Newsbeat is was their favourite part of the weekend.

Gene Simmons from KISS

KISS bassist Gene Simmons shows off his infamous tongue. He sang one of the band's songs from underneath the lights on the main stage. The set finished in a mass of confetti.

Ian Watkins from Lostprophets

Lostprophets' lead singer Ian Watkins got the crowd to practice the chorus to new song, It's Not The End Of The World, before playing it for the first time live.

K.K. Downing, Rob Halford and Glenn Tipton from Judas Priest

Metal legends Judas Priest played before KISS on the main stage on the Friday evening of Download. They release new album, Nostradamus, this month ahead of a world tour.

Brandon Boyd from Incubus

American alternative rockers Incubus played the main stage in the Saturday afternoon sunshine. They played all their hits including Are You In? and finishing with Crow.

Matt Tuck from Bullet For My Valentine

Welsh metal band Bullet For My Valentine played third on the main stage on Saturday evening. They opened with Scream Aim Fire and got the crowd into a massive circular mosh pit.

Jim Adkins from Jimmy Eat World

Jimmy Eat World rolled out all their biggest hits as well. They played before Sunday night headliners Lostprophets on the main stage before flying home to America the next day.

Charlie Simpson and Dan Haigh from Fightstar

Fightstar also got the crowd going in their early Saturday afternoon slot on the main stage, with another circle pit forming. They finished off with Deathcar from their last album.

Biff Byford from Saxon

Saxon drew an impressively large audience at the festival's third stage, an indoor tent with no walls. Lead singer Biff Byford got the crowd singing the chorus to Wheels Of Steel.

Chuck Billy from Testament

Veteran American thrash band Testament played to a big crowd on the third stage. Chuck Billy and the rest of the group headlined the Gibson stage on the Saturday night.



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