Review: Download Festival 2009 – Saturday

June 17, 2009

Walking into the new layout of Download at 10am was an interesting sight, watching all the eager ones run toward the front whilst the more aged fans setting up their chairs toward the back with a cup of Tuborg in hand. Opening the main stage was Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens (***) who brought some great rock ‘n’ roll to Donington with his wailing voice and very impressive  backing band. However it was obvious not enough people knew the songs to make the experience more worthwhile.

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Download Festival To Be Streamed Online

May 26, 2009

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. Read the rest of this entry »


A Quick Theory

March 3, 2009

This is going to be a short post but it’s been something which has played on my mind for a while, and that is the subject of upcoming acts for Download Festival. Admittedly I have dropped the ball somewhat by not covering the past few announcements of bands, but as of late I have been very busy with work and other such things.

Anyway, the theory is this. As it seems Download is having an ‘oldie rock’ day with Def Leppard, Whitesnake and ZZ Top so far confirmed it stands to reason that more of the older rock bands will be added to the bill in due course. One of which I feel could be Spinal Tap. I have previously reported that they are making a new album and could therefore possibly go on tour later in the year, and what better place than Donington surrounded by the creme of older generation rock music.

There’s a strong likelihood that this won’t happen, but if it does then I’d like to be the first to mention it.


Download Festival: Third Announcement

February 20, 2009

I haven’t posted on here in a long time now, but I have been busy. A number of things have cropped up; writing reviews for Thrash Hits, playing Football Manager Live and generally being busy. But alas I have found time to give another brief rundown of how good/bad I feel Download Festival is going so far.

The first band to be announced in this third installment of the Download lineup is Marilyn Manson. There’s a lot of mixed opinion about this man and his band, and to be honest I have a mixed opinion as well. On CD Manson and Co. are great, I could happily sit through his greatest hits and think “yeah, all these songs are good” but when it came to seeing MM live in 2007 I wasn’t all that impressed. The constant changing of costume and the poor stageshow was just disappointing. I’d been hearing all weekend how good his stageshow’s are etc but it was nothing special at all, I hope this year he brings something new to the table.

The second band is one of my favourites, Killswitch Engage. Having seen them in 2007 at Download Festival and 2006 at Leeds Festival I have to say KSE were born to play festivals. Being able to control a crowd of that size is simply incredible, and the music is equally as good. I can see KSE going down a storm at Donington this year, I’m guessing on the main stage – bring it on!

The final band in the third announcement for Download Festival is beardy weirdies ZZ Top! I’m not going to pretend I’m a huge fan because I’m not, I can name 2 songs by them. But at the same time I’m definately going to be watching, some true old rock will be on this year with Whitesnake and Def Leppard already confirmed. I can’t wait to see what other bands will come out the woodwork, hopefully some true rock legends!


Download Festival: Second Announcement

February 13, 2009

Four more bands have been announced for Donington this year, one of which I mentioned in my reformation post yesterday – that band is Limp Bizkit. Despite the fact Fred and pals haven’t released new material in many years, I think I’ll have to check them out purely for the fact Chocolate Starfish… was one of those albums every 12 year old had and thought it was awesome. It’ll definitely be a laugh if nothing else.

Another band announced is one of the mainstage headliners to join Slipknot, Def Leppard! The rock n roll giants are gracing Donington once more after their successful tour with Whitesnake last year. Speaking of which, guess who are Def Leppard’s special guests at Download this year? Well done, it’s Whitesnake! David Coverdale is bringing his style of hair metal to Donington for the fourth time in their career. I’ll most likely be watching both of these bands, Leppard will be a great spectacle and Whitesnake should just be fun.

The final band to be announced is Trivium, and I’m not impressed. Trivium were good 3 years ago when Matt Heafy wasn’t in his James Hetfield phase. I saw Trivium at Download 2006 shortly after he stopped screaming and started ‘singing’ and they were dire. I doubt I’ll be watching them this year, there’ll be someone better on for sure.


Download Festival: First Announcement

February 9, 2009

For those of you who listen to metal or alternative music in general, Download Festival may be on your calendar this year…it’s definitley on mine this year! After last year’s abysmal attempt at a good rock lineup, I’ve got every confidence that LiveNation will this year sort out Download Festival. So here’s my opinion on the first announced bands…

Slipknot: The only headliner act announced so far is the Iowan masked nine-piece, and I couldn’t be happier. For those of you who read my review of Slipknot’s Sheffield gig you’ll know how much I love this band. Slipknot are surely going to deliver at Donington this year, after a two year absence. Announced during the Sheffield show Slipknot will be performing the whole of their debut album during shows this year to commemorate its 10th anniversary. This is going to be one of those ‘I was there’ moments.

The Prodigy: Having caught one of their songs at Download ’06 (before rushing to see Guns ‘n’ Roses) I will catch them this time if it kills me. With their fusion of dance and rock, Prodigy are welcomed by everyone at Donington whether you’re an ageing metalhead or a teenie-bopper. I’ll be there though screaming along to Their Law, bring it on!

Korn: I saw these at Download ’07 and ’06 (despite Davies not being there) and they were a true highlight of the weekend. Korn always put on a fantastic show and I’m sure this year will be no different, I just hope they’re put on the main stage this year after the 2007 fiasco.

Pendulum: Much like Prodigy, Pendulum are a welcomed addition to Donington – but not by everyone. Drum & bass has divided both fans of rock and dance music, so undoubtedly it has divided Download. I’ll be there though, as long as they don’t neglect the first album.

Dragonforce: Not a band I’d have hoped for to be honest, I saw them at Download in ’06 and thought they were awful. They were on the main stage and the sound didn’t travel well at all, the constant random guitar-tapping was inaudible and I was left feeling a bit disappointed. I doubt I’ll watch them this year.

Motley Crue: I caught the last part of their set in ’07 and thought it was awesome, despite the fact they’re now older than their glory days and Vince has piled on the pounds. If they don’t clash with someone I haven’t seen before I shall be there showing my ‘wild side’.

Devil Driver: Famously attempting the Guinness world record for largest mosh/circle pit during their last Download appearance, the metal titans are back and this time I will try to see them. The past times I’ve been at Donington I’ve missed them, but I will definitley catch them this year…hopefully.

Anyone else going to Download this year? What’s your opinion?