Another year and another Download Festival is over. However, the rain and river of mud couldn’t dampen the spirits of the Download Festival goers. The ACC team headed waded their way through to cover the notorious rock weekend and here’s what we took away (as well as VERY dirty wellies).
The first day saw a number of incredible people take to all the stages. One of the great things about Download is it’s a festival of discovery and you can head to any stage and find someone great to listen too. From Me First And The Gimme Gimmes to Reel Big Fish, there was something for everyone. The day was closed by headliners Def Leppard who bought the crowd into an uproar with their famous Pour Some Sugar On Me. Their set showcased everything you could expect from their Hysteria tour including lights, visuals and incredible energy.
The day we had all been waiting for. The festival was flooded with orange overalls and masks as the crowds flooded in to watch Slipknot. But, before that, we were lucky enough to watch Benji Webbe and the rest of Skindred absolutely dominate the main stage. The rain poured but this didn’t deter people from taking off their raincoats and swing the above their head to do the famous Newport helicopter.
One of the names that caused a lot of raised eyebrows were Die Antwoord. Not only were they on mainstage but they were also on just before the big headliner. Many people questioned why, but you just had to wash their set to understand. The sun came out and they really got the crowd hyped up.
The crowd eagerly awaited what Slipnot and were not disappointed. You just had to look at the size of the crowd to understand why they are the kings of Donington.
Although the Sunday headliners were Tool, let’s be honest, it was all about Slayer. They were headlining the second stage, for their final UK show.
Throughout the day, there were plenty of rock/metal gods to get the crowd going and the heads banging. Both Amon Amarth and Lamb of God made sure that the circle pits were in full swing.
In true Tool style, they closed the festival with their hypnotic sounds and jaw dropping visuals. They turned off the main screens to make sure their crowd could fully immerse themselves in their sounds.
We caught up with a number of bands whilst we were there, including The Hu, Godsmack, Queen Zee and Goodbye June. Keep your eye on our socials for the full interviews.
Thanks for the memories Download and we look forward to seeing you next year.