It was announced today that Download Festival will be being broadcast online live over the Download weekend. The festival takes place between the 12th and 14th of June and features such big names as Faith No More, Slipknot, Def Leppard, Marilyn Manson and The Prodigy.
The footage to be streamed via the Download website though is only from the main stage, not the other three stages which are featuring some cracking bands over the weekend. This in itself is an annoyance as I’m not too fussed over the majority of main stage acts this year, but the other stages are packed with some of the newest and best talent in the industry today; The Ghost Of A Thousand, Blackhole and Pulled Apart By Horses to name a few.
I have managed to get myself a ticket to the Saturday at Download Festival this year (it would be the weekend but I have other commitments) and I doubt I’ll be at mainstage for more than two bands. Download is about discovering new artists not watching bands you’ve seen hundreds of times before playing none of the songs you like.
However despite this brief rant about Download Festival, it is overall a good idea. It means I can watch Faith No More’s return to the UK, feel really old when Limp Bizkit play Rollin’ and feel really young when ZZ Top blast out many songs I don’t know. I just wish the footage wasn’t limited to main stage, then again if it proves a success maybe next year all the stages will be streamed. Hoorah!