We take a look at the all the going’s on at the weekend.
Bullet For My Valentine played the Main Stage on Sunday (June 12). It was their sixth appearance at the festival. Playing before headliners Linkin Park in their highest slot at the festival yet, the Welsh metallers played a ten-song set accompanied by a spectacular pyrotechnic show and ending with a firework display.
Bowling For Soup played the Main Stage on Sunday (June 12). They released their 11th album ‘Fishing For Woos’ last year.
Black Veil Brides played the Second Stage on Sunday (June 12). The Californian glam rockers are known for their KISS-inspired make-up – and got suitably dolled-up for the show. Their album ‘Set The World On Fire’ is due later this month.
Frank Turner played the Pepsi Max Stage on Sunday (June 12) as he celebrated the news that his album ‘England Keep My Bones’ went Top 20.
Linkin Park played a triumphant headline set on Sunday (June 12) to close the festival. It was the third time they’ve headlined the rock bash.
The Gaslight Anthem played the Main Stage on Sunday (June 12). Frontman Brian Fallon said: “We haven’t played before. It’s going to be the one to see if we can stand up without getting booed off the stage because it’s a heavy festival. We’ll have to see what we’re made of.”
The Pretty Reckless played the Main Stage on Sunday (June 12). Frontwoman Taylor Momsen recently spoke out on the lack of female frontwoman in rock. She said: “I think there’s been a drought in rock music in general. I tend to not think of it as all female. Most of my influences are males. I think definitely there’s been a lull in rock music.”
Revellers at the festival were left sodden in the rainy weather over the three days. George Goodfellow at the Met Office said: “The outlook is unsettled with no long summery periods ahead,” which pretty much summed it up.
Download Festival 2011 took place on June 10-12. The Main Stage headliner for Friday was Def Leppard, on Saturday it was System Of A Down and Sunday Linkin Park closed the 2011 bash
Rock legend Alice Cooper headlined the Second Stage on Saturday (June 11). Cooper recently said that he wanted to created a ‘rock’ version of The X Factor. “I’d like to see a TV show that discovers real songwriting rock genius. I’d call it Lunatic Fringe,” he said.
System Of A Down were the headliners of the Main Stage on Saturday (June 11). The Californians played a mammoth 26 songs in just half an hour. The highlight of their set was a run-through their classic ‘Chop Suey’.
Before playing his set, Cooper said he was looking forward to playing the festival. “It’s going to be fun, British audiences are great,” he said. “I think British audiences got our show and us before the American audiences did, so we owe that to them.”
The Download festival was originally conceived as a follow up to the Monsters of Rock festivals that had been big the 80s and were held in Donington Park. Unlike that festival (which was two days long), Download ran to three. The first Download festival took place in 2003.
Avenged Sevenfold played the Main Stage on Saturday (June 11) below headliners System Of A Down. The band’s singer M.Shadows dedicated ‘Afterlife’ to The Rev, his “brother upstairs”, it was a reference to their former drummer (real name James Sullivan) who passed away in December 2009.
Trash Talk played the Pepsi Max Stage on Saturday (June 11). Although relatively new, the Californian hardcore band are well respected amongst their peers. They’ve worked with the producers behind the Mars Volta, Joby Ford from the Bronx and have toured with Gallows.
When Download started in 2003 it was held on Donington Park circuit, but in 2008 developments for Formula One meant that it moved to the Sunday Markets site, on the west of the circuit, which had less of a capacity. By 2009 it moved again to the south of the circuit.
Skunk Anansie played the Main Stage on Saturday (June 11). They band played a 60 minute set, which included material from last year’s ‘Wonderlustre’ album.
Ghost played the Pepsi Max Stage on Saturday (June 11). The psychedelic rockers are notable for their quirky on-stage outfits, which sees members dressed in dark hooded robes, skull masks and cardinal outfits.
Trash Talk played the Pepsi Max Stage on Saturday (June 11). Frontman Lee Spielman is known for his antagonistc on-stage behaviour which includes aggravating security staff and leaping off the stage into the crowd.
Down played the Main Stage on Saturday (June 11) below Skunk Anansie. The band have not released a new album since 2007 and have been without bassist Rex Brown due to illness. They are expected to release their fourth album ‘Down IV’ soon.
The first Download Festival was held in 2003. The headliners were Iron Maiden and Audioslave after Limp Bizkit, pulled out. Metallica were rumoured to be replacing Limp but had to pull out because they were headlining the Reading And Leeds Festivals.
Letlive. played the Pepsi Max Stage on Saturday. The Californian post-hardcore band released their album ‘Fake History’ in April.
The Darkness made their comeback on the Main Stage on Friday (June 10). Frontman Justin Hawkins said: “This is already the best night of my life, thank you.” He donned his trademark catsuit for part of the show and played a set which included ‘Growing On Me’, ‘Love Is Only A Feeling’ and ‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’.
2006’s Download was notable for Guns N’ Roses headlining set. Bottles flew on to the stage and Axl Rose slipped on a wet surface, while and a bottle hit bassist Tommy Stinson. Stinson threw his bass and left the stage. He returned after the song and apologized, but warned the crowd that if this activity continued, he would leave for good.
In 2004, there was a Scottish off shoot of the festival. It was held on Glasgow Green and saw Metallica and Linkin Park headline the two day event. Slipknot, Iggy and The Stooges and Korn also played.
Bring Me The Horizon played the Second Stage on Friday (June 10). The Sheffield metalcore band played a set which included ‘It Never Ends’ and ‘Anthem’. Frontman Oli Sykes called the crowd: “sexy motherfuckers” and dedicted the set to “anyone (who’s) been shagging today.”
Bring Me The Horizon’s Oli Sykes told the crowd that the band would not play ‘Pray For Plagues’ from their debut LP ‘Count Your Blessings’ unless they “show the biggest fucking circle pit I’ve ever seen in my life.” The crowd obliged though, and the band delivered on their promise by wheeling out the tune.
There was controvery in 2006, when fires were started on the final night by festival goers. Police ended up arresting 12 people and the fire brigade arrived at 4 am putting out a large fire at one of the campsites. The festival director, Stuart Galbraith, posted a message on the official website stating that “About 150 people spoiled the end of what had been a great weekend for over 75,000 of us.”
Korn played the Second Stage on Friday (June 10). The band said they were planning a new dubstep-influenced follow up to 2010’s ‘Korn III: Remember Who You Are.’ Bassist Fieldy said that their new record was a collaboration with “six or seven dubstep producers”.
2010’s festival saw AC/DC headline and being in the unique position of bringing their full stadium show to the festival. Their stage was only for their set actual band.
Def Leppard headlined the Main Stage on Friday (June 10). Singer Joe Elliot said: “We want to thank The Darkness [pictured right], who are back together again. Good for them.” He also commended CKY, Puddle Of Mudd, Black Stone Cherry, Thin Lizzy and Alterbridge on their sets earlier in the day.
During the 2006 festival, Korn vocalist Jonathan Davis was rushed to hospital.Drummer David Silveria explained to the fans why Davis could not make it, instead they played with guest vocalists which included Corey Taylor from Slipknot and M. Shadows from Avenged Sevenfold.
The Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins admitted he was “terrified” of playing their slot. He said: “We’re terrified, but in a good way. We’ve missed the daunting-ness. It’s one thing to play to your fans – that’s an awesome experience – but we haven’t done anything for a while that involves hostility.”
Duff McKagan’s Loaded played the Main Stage on Friday (June 10). it was recently revealed that the former Guns N’ Roses bassist had started his own financial advice company, Meridian Rock. It was revealed that he attended a finance course at Santa Monica Community College and then went on to enrol full time at Seattle University’s Albers School of Business.
Download 2010 was the 30th anniversary of rock festivals at Donington Park. Saxon performed who performed at the first once in 1980, played their Wheels of Steel’ album in its entirety at the 2010 festival to commemorate its 30th anniversary
Thin Lizzy played the Main Stage on Friday (June 10). In January their albums ‘Jailbreak’, ‘Johnny The Fox’ and ‘Live and Dangerous’ were reissued. During their Download set they were joined by Def Leppard’s Vivian Campbell on guitar.
Linkin Park closed the festival last night (June 12). Guitarist Mike Shinoda played the bands set – which featured tracks including ‘Breaking the Habit’, ‘One Step Closer’ and Faint’ – despite having split his finger earlier in the day.
Rob Zombie closed proceedings on the second stage. The singer told the crowd: “You’re not here for a rock show, you’ve had enough rock, enough bands and heavy metal over the last two days. We’re not having a rock concert here – we’re going to have a fuckining zombie party.”