Jimmy Eat World threatened to sacrifice goats at Download Festival today (June 15).
The Arizona emo stars were the final warm-up on the Main Stage before headliners Lostprophets.
Hitting the metal-fest for the first time, the band wowed the sizeable crowd with tracks from current album ‘Chase This Light’, alongside old favourites ‘The Middle’, ‘Pain’, and ‘Bleed American’.
Fully aware of their position at the poppier end of the line-up, frontman Jim Adkins told NME.COM: “It looks pretty gnarly! It’s really early in the day and the Main Stage is packed, it should be a really rocking time.”
However, drummer Zach Lind reckoned they were up to the challenge: “When Jim and I first started playing together, we were in junior high and we used to play Metallica songs, so I guess we’ve got a little bit of metal in us.
“We’re gonna play some old songs, then we’re gonna sacrifice goats, and then we’re gonna play the new songs. And then we drink the blood!”
Keep up with this weekend’s (June 13-15) festival action as it happens on NME.COM. For news, pictures and blogs keep checking the NME.COM’s Isle Of Wight Festival page and NME.COM’s Download Festival page for live coverage from both sites.
You can watch our video interview with Jimmy Eat World below.