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 »


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.

Reformed In The USA

February 12, 2009

‘Cashing in’ seems to be the term of the week in terms of bands doesn’t it? Both Blink 182 and Limp Bizkit have officially announced their comeback and it appears no-one believes a word of it. Sure they’re both going to be touring this year and will most likely make a new album too, but is it all for the money?

Blink 182 apparently have reformed due to Travis’ plane accident and that they all realised life is too short to be annoyed at each other. It seems fairly plausible but last year both Travis and Mark announced their hatred for Tom DeLonge, but this has all disappeared and Blink are back…hooray.

Limp Bizkit too hasn’t come as much of a shock, there have been rumours for months circulating the internet. Fred Durst and pals are back with the original lineup, which has been attempted before. Wes Borland did rejoin Bizkit briefly but there was no real success from it, however the hype this time could prove different. Bizkit are apparently playing Download Festival this year which may also contribute to some more fame and more importantly cash this year. It’ll keep Mr. Durst stocked up in Yankee hats for the future.

Predictions For 2009

January 1, 2009

Happy new year to everyone, and what a year 2009 is cracked up to be…or is it? 2008 saw the rise and fall of many artists both new and old, numerous bands making a comeback and many music stars sinking lower and lower into the abyss. But what’s instore for the avid music lover and the entertainment world in general over the next twelve months?

2008 was the year of the comeback, plain and simple. Countless bands made their (in some cases) triumphant return to music, possibly the most lucritive was Take That. The boys (minus Robbie) returned to the charts many many times, despite being somewhat older than during their previous success. 2009 though could see Robbie joining Take That though if rumours prove to be true, it is said that both Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow are interested in the whole group reuniting. Similarly with the successful comebacks of both Boyzone and Backstreet Boys (not so much New Kids On The Block) we could see many more pop acts return to the charts – who knows, S Club or Steps could be #1 in a few months time.

2008 also saw metal begin to enter the charts again after an absence of a few years. Albums from both Metallica and Slipknot were successes in the UK album chart, as was AC/DC’s latest album. Many underground acts who I had been following for a while gained fame in the music world, namely Rolo Tomassi. Bands who scream never used to get a look-in when the charts are concerned, but if weird experimental music is behind it then it is suddenly considered cool. I don’t mind this at all, I’m a huge fan of bands who experiment in their music – originality is getting harder to come by nowadays. 2009 then could see much more metal artists either return with a bang or emerge from the dingy back alley venues around the country. Also if rumours are to be believed then nu-metal could storm back with its head held high, Linkin Park did it this year and apparently Limp Bizkit are going to enter the music world – again. Many attempts at a comeback have been thwarted by lack of interest from metal fans, mainly due to the fact that nu-metal fans from 2000 (myself included) have grown up and couldn’t care less if Fred Durst is rollin’ or not. That said, I would love to see metal return in 2009 – I’m sick to death or manufactured pop tat.

So, basically I don’t think there’s going to be too much in the way of acts storming the charts in 2009. It will mainly be established artists cashing in on their current or former successes. Ideally though I would love new metal acts to storm the music world, which I think has a fair opportunity of happening. Radio stations just need to branch out from indie and pop music, if metal was played on Radio 1 often enough people would stop being so narrow minded about the genre and it could once again flourish in the charts.