Iron Maiden at Donington is always a special occasion. The 2022 Download Festival was no different. With the band returning to the hallowed turf for the first time since 2016, with new album Senjutsu, and with frontman Bruce Dickinson having a completely clean bill of health, having been at the tail end of his recovery the last time the band were at Download, all the ingredients were there for something very special.
They delivered in style. An opening period dedicated to Senjutsu was followed by 90 minutes of classic Iron Maiden. Arguably Bruce – and the rest of the band – haven’t sounded this good at Donington since the 80’s – if ever. Check out our extensive photo gallery from our photographer Jemma Dodd from the Senjutsu themed part of the set. A full review of Iron Maiden’s performance is available as part of our Download Festival 2022 Saturday review.