Jimmy Eat World insist they’re ready for ‘challenge’ of Download Festival

Band admit they might have to change their set slightly to suit metal festival

Jimmy Eat World have insisted they aren’t worried about alienating the metal-loving crowd at Download Festival this weekend.

The US band, who released their latest album ‘Damage’ on Monday (June 10), will perform at the Donington Park bash this coming weekend, joining a bill headlined by Iron Maiden, Slipknot and Rammstein. Speaking to NME ahead of the festival, frontman Jim Adkins conceded that “Download is traditionally more of a heavy festival.”

However, he went on to say: “I sort of like a challenge of trying to win over people. At the events which are skewed heavier than us it’s still a fun time. Everyone there is as big a fuck-up as you are. Everyone is just really into music: why else would they spend three days getting muddy? When we start with our Rihanna cover that should set the tone.”


The latter comment came in reference to the cover of Rihanna’s ‘Only Girl (In The World)’ that the band performed as part of their recent NME office session. You can watch footage of the performance here.

Meanwhile, Adkins’ bandmate Zach Lind echoed his sentiments, adding: “We have songs we can play like that so it’s just up to us to decide. Our discography is pretty varied. We could pick a collection of songs that would be super mellow and bum people out. It might be in our best interests to pick more rocking tunes. As long as we don’t get bottled it will be great.”

Download Festival will take place from June 14-16 at Donington Park. See Downloadfestival.com for more information.

Of Slipknot’s headline set on June 14, festival organiser Andy Copping has said: “Slipknot’s last appearance at Download has gone down in the festival’s history as one of the best ever headline sets. God knows what they’ll have in store for 2013 but I’m looking forward to seeing how they’ll top the last one.”

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