Black Tide cover Metallica and Maiden at Download Festival

Miami teens open the weekend of metal in style

Black Tide opened the Download Festival today (May 13) with a set bursting with heavy metal classics.

The Miami-based teen metallers got the weekend’s action at Donington Racetrack to an uproarious start, paying tribute to metal legends through the ages on the Main Stage.

The band covered both ‘Hit The Lights’ by Metallica and ‘The Prowler’ by Iron Maiden, both previous Download headliners.

Co-frontman Zakk Sandler was up for the challenge, chastising the crowd: “You motherfuckers, this is the most excited you’re going to be all day!”

And he clearly won them over, since the band left the stage to chants of “Black Tide!”

Black Tide played:


‘Show Me The Way’

‘Hit The Lights’

‘Warriors Of Time’

‘Light From Above’

‘The Prowler’

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.

NME.COM spent some time with the band earlier in the day, check out the video below to find out what they had to say: