Last weekend saw thousands brave the British Summertime (down pour after down pour) to watch some of the world’s greatest rock stars, in strangely what came to be some career rejuvenating performances. The opportunity to watch the cream of Rock, Metal and Punk deterred no man (or Woman) on this annual celebration of all things loud.
Over the course of three days the likes of ‘Fightstar’ demonstrated their rock story worthy, ‘Five Finger Death Punch’ educated some of the younger rockers in how to head bang to expletives and ‘Marilyn Manson’ was .. well, just be plain scary. It may have been wet, it may have been muddy but absolutely nothing was going to stand in the way of rock music in its most glorious form and at it’s most famous citadel.
Each year organisers offer a diverse range in bands and this year was certainly no different. Across the weekend were old school rock and roll stars such as ‘Slash’, ‘Thunder’, ‘KISS’ and ‘Motley Crue’ – quite literally throwing down the gauntlet to a younger generation. Even the controversial choice of ‘Muse’ as the Saturday night headline slot seem to pay dividends as they produced a set worthy of their lofty billing.
Representing the new generation of rock stars were the likes of ‘Black Veil Brides’, ‘We Are Harlot’ and Kerrang ones to watch ‘EofE’ – who demonstrated why their popularity is soaring. Bringing country to the rock scene was ‘Cadillac Three’ who ensured their Southern twang firmly belongs at Download.
An unexpected highlight from the wet, windy and muddy weekend had to be Canadian 4-piece ‘Three Days Grace’. The energy they produced on the Maverick Stage was quite incredible and while members have come and gone their sound was as fresh as ever.