Have you heard of Download Festival? Rightfully deemed the ‘spiritual home of rock’, it’s the country’s leading rock and heavy metal festival and takes place every summer at Donington Park, Derby.
We went for the first time a few years ago and instantly felt at home as the atmosphere is completely amazing. You can truly be yourself and the mood is so relaxed and carefree, it’s wonderful.
We’ve been every year since (we even went last year although just for the day as Lily was only a few months old – we couldn’t miss Slipknot though!) and it’s become our annual pilgrimage and mini-holiday.
It means so much to us and something that we look forward to all year round so much that Mike even has the Download Dog tattooed on his leg and he adds a new tally mark each year. Here it is freshly inked a few years ago…
MarperArt Tattoos did the work for him in their rolling bright-yellow studio dubbed ‘The Wasp’s Nest’. I was supposed to have a heartagram tattooed but they couldn’t fit us both in as they’d overran with another festival-goer earlier in the day. It’s lucky I didn’t really as we found out a few days later that I was pregnant with Lily!
In the run up to #DL2016 which takes place over the second weekend in June (10th – 12th) I’ll be publishing a small selection of posts about the festival including what I’ll be packing to take with us, my style wishlist for the weekend and, more importantly, what bands I just can’t wait to see this year.
There’s tons of bands that I don’t know well or that I haven’t even heard of this year so I’ll be taking the opportunity to discover some of the newer bands over the coming weeks. What I really need is one of these wireless speaker systems that I can connect up to my phone/spotify and rock out to whilst I try to get the housework done! That would be fab! 😉
So, I’ve had a little think and narrowed down my top five bands from this year’s line-up…
I’ve always loved Rammstein and they’re one of my favourite bands in the entire world – even though I have to look up what they’re saying as I don’t speak German fluently!
We’ve only been lucky enough to see them live already back at Download Festival in 2013. We were at the barrier right at the front and as they go heavy on the pyrotechnics (the band’s lead singer, Till Lindermann, is actually certified nowadays as they’ve had some hiccups in the past, oops!) we were nice and toasty warm 😉 It was such an amazing night!
This year, Rammstein will be headlining the main stage on Friday night so it’ll be an awesome way to kick off #DL2016.
Favourite Songs – Ich Tu Dir Weh, Mein Teil, Mein Land, Du Hast
I only discovered my love for Deftones fairly recently and I am just completely hooked on their deep, grunge sound. I feel like I can really lose myself in their music and I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to get round to listening to them properly, where have I been all of this time?!
I’ve seen them twice but the first year I didn’t really know too much about them and the second year I was in the early stages of pregnancy at Sonisphere and spent most of my time throwing up, eeek!
Deftones will be opening for Black Sabbath this year at the main stage on Saturday evening. I can’t wait! 🙂
Favourite Songs – Digital Bath, Back To School (Mini Maggit)
I was practically brought up on Disturbed with my Mum blasting out their early albums and rattling the walls of our house as I was growing up (yes, my Mum is and always has been the definition of ‘cool’) 😉 She even had Dave Draiman as her screensaver for years!
I know most of their songs word-for-word and I definitely want to be somewhere near the front for this one (near or in the pits!) where I can cut loose and really feel the full force of their music. It’s going to be one to remember I think!
Disturbed play the main stage on Sunday before Nightwish and Iron Maiden.
Favourite Songs – Down With The Sickness, The Game, Remember
The first time I saw Korn live was at a really intimate gig about 5 or 6 years ago at the Manchester Apollo. It was a night I’ll always remember and it was the first show that Mike and I went to together which made it super special for us both.
Again, we were right at the front and the energy was crazy, it was such a wonderful night. They were absolutely fantastic and I really wish I could go back and have the experience again.
Korn open for Rammstein at the main stage on Friday.
Favourite Songs – Falling Away From Me, Coming Undone, Let The Guilt Go
If I had a bucket list of bands to see before I leave this world, Black Sabbath would be on there for sure…I mean, how could they not?! They are the founding fathers of heavy metal.
I think I’ll do everything black that day. Black clothes, black boots, black beer (oooh Guinness!)
It’s going to be a good’un!
Black Sabbath are headlining the main stage on Saturday.
Favourite Songs – War Pigs, Iron Man
Have I inspired you to get yourself a ticket for this year yet?
We’ll be there for the whole weekend (don’t ask me how I’m feeling about being away from Lily for a couple of days, I can’t even think about it right now! 🙁 ) so if you do fancy it make sure you say ‘hi!’ if you see me!
Is your favourite band playing this year?
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