Went to my first Download festival yesterday which, embarrassingly was my first ever metal festival.
It was stunning. The people were lovely and the bands were amazing.
Started with Amon Amarth. Swedish Viking metal and the most fun of the day. Insanely catch songs, pyro, people sword fighting on stage dressed as Vikings and an inflatable Midgard serpent. If you want po faced this is not the band for you. The only people having more fun than the crowd were the band.
I mean, look at this madness!
Alcest were very interesting as they played Download as a metal band who also did some shoegaze bits instead of the other way around. Good set, far too short.
Anthrax, such a well oiled Thrash party machine. I would have liked it a lot more if it hadn’t have been the same set as I saw in November, even down to the stage banter. But still, great fun, will always remind me of being 14.
Watched 10 minutes of Dream Theater and had to leave because my laughing at the Prog madness was pissing people off
Whitechapel. Absolutely brutal metal / hardcore, you couldn’t get in the tent and the crowd was going nuts. Again a really short set was the only really drawback.
Fuck you Billy. You arrogant charisma void. Fuck right off, took 2 droning lumps of dirge and ran in to see
Crossover Thrash. They sound like Nucler Assualt singing about beer. Strange but a lot of fun.
Hats off the the guy in the wheelchair in the circle pit. You were the real hero yesterday.
Smashing Pumpkins. (The revenge)
Walk out of the MW gig and Billy is playing a really good version of Disarm! Will he save the day? (Half his crowd have left since the gig started)
Nope. Finishes on another dirge.
I hate you Billy.
Last time I saw Tool was 13! years ago.
The atmosphere was amazing in front of the main stage and Tool just showed a masterclass in how to be one of the best live bands out there. It’s more amazing because there is almost no crowd interaction, Maynard prowls on his riser at the back of the stage but somehow doesn’t matter. The 2 new songs are amazing and everyone leaves the field just beaming, it’s quite sweet hearing people in the line for the bus sawing that that Tool gig was the best of their life.
If the line up as as good next year, I’ll be back.