Photo taken by the super talented Graham Berry, one of the Mosh photographers from Reading Festival 2016
I’ve been going to Download Festival every year since 2009, the last four or so through press and while it’s always been a super fun weekend sometimes I’m just not all that fussed on a load of the music, especially the headliners. I’m not a huge ‘classic rock’ fan so all of the Metallica esque bands just aren’t my kind of thing. This is why I was so excited when the headliners were announced for this summer’s’ as there’s System of a Down who I didn’t actually manage to see in full last time they played so I’m looking forward to that, Biffy Clyro who are one of my favourite bands and never disappoint, and Aerosmith as part of their farewell tour so it will be great to see them before they go.
Usually I find only a handful of the bands’ further down the bill appeal but this year I feel a little spoilt as Download are trying to tap into the popularity of pop-punk and have chosen one of my favourite bands, Good Charlotte to play alongside others I love including Issues, Simple Plan and Pierce The Veil. They’re pushing some of the smaller bands and I’m excited to see them in live scenario’s, people such as Basement, Knuckle Puck, and Greywind.
I’m quite excited to see Prophets of Rage as I don’t know much about them other than it being members of Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy, and Cypress Hill. Fozzy who are fronted by Mr. Chris Jericho himself are always a pleasure to see and it feels like it’s been far too long since I last saw them. And AFI are also playing and I don’t actually think I’ve ever seen them before so as long as they play ‘Miss Murder’ I’ll be over the moon.