10 REASONS WE CAN’T WAIT FOR DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL 2017!
Piss off Christmas! There’s only one ‘most wonderful time of the year’ and that’s festival season, which is almost upon us. And Download – the loudest festival of them all – is so close we can already smell the mud and doughnuts. To get you in the mood for three awesome days of the best music rock and metal has to offer, we thought we’d put together a list of 10 solid reasons to get excited. Now, get excited.
10. NXT IS BACK!
As reliable as the promise of rain, NXT is back at Download for a second year! You can expect all the biggest names from WWE NXT Live – like Alexander Wolfe, Killian Dain, Kassius Ohno, Asuka and more – smacking chairs and limbs into each other’s faces in the purpose-built wrestling ring. Plus, prepare to take part in a wrestling-themed Fancy Dress Friday! Which will not only be fun, but will make your friends easier to find when you inevitably lose ’em.
9. ROB ZOMBIE WILL BE THERE. BEING ROB ZOMBIE
Last time he played it was 2014, on the main stage, right before Avenged Sevenfold, and it was something of a stripped-back set (for him, anyway). But this time Rob Zombie’s closing out the Zippo Encore Stage on the Saturday, which will mean plenty of fire (it is the Zippo stage, after all). He’s also put out a new album since then: 2016’s The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser, so a satanic orgy might even be on the cards (but hopefully not, eh?)
8. WE'LL BE WAVING GOODBYE TO THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN. SOBS!
Hard nuts don’t cry! But if they did, we’d definitely be taking tissues to The Dillinger Escape Plan’s final-show-until-they-come-back-in-10-years-and-do-the-reunion shows. Hopefully vocalist Greg Puciato won’t sit on the sofa and read a newspaper like he did at their last Reading Festival, as that wouldn’t be the send-off they deserve. We’re thinking more: him sat at a dining table devouring a gravy-drizzled roast dinner. Yeah, that’s more like it.
7. OF MICE & MEN WILL PLAY THEIR FIRST UK SHOWS WITHOUT AUSTI
When Austin Carlile sadly left music, Of Mice & Men did not give up, oh no, they came back just as strong with new track Unbreakable: which will be our mindset when we get into the mosh for their first UK show without him. Okay, maybe not quite ‘unbreakable’ since we need functioning legs to get home after the weekend, but you get the gist. See you in the pit.
6. IT’S A POP-PUNK BONANZA
There’s more pop-punk bands playing Download this year than Domino’s sells pizza. Okay, we’re exaggerating, but whatever. You got… (takes a deep breath): A Day To Remember, As It Is, Good Charlotte, Four Year Strong, Knuckle Puck, Pierce The Veil… STILL WITH US? YES? GOOD… Simple Plan, Sleeping With Sirens, State Champs, Sum 41, The Story So Far, Trash Boat. Phew! That’s a whooooole lot of sing-alongs.
5. OLD PROS SOAD WILL BE SHOWING EVERYONE HOW IT’S DONE
The Glendale metallers are seasoned pros when it comes to shouting “HELLO DONINGTON” during the hours of 9.30-11pm (or whenever the headliners play). They first got their name at the top of the poster in 2005, where they played a whopping 23-song set, and then they came back to headline again in 2011, with an even more impressive, 26-song set. If we’ve done the maths right, that means they’ll be playing a 29-song set this time. Because that’s definitely how set lists work..
4. ALERT! CREEPER FEVER IS SET TO HIT DONINGTON
According to weather reports, there’s a good chance of hazy purple clouds descending over Donington when Southampton goth-punks Creeper arrive. For those not already obsessed with them, don’t worry, it’s not actually harmful, but inhalation will make you obsessed and have you singing lines like ‘Aaaaaand iiiiiiiin theeeeee raaaaaaaain, I screeeeeamed yoooooour naaaaaame’ at the top of your lungs. And then you’ll be ONE OF US! ONE OF US!
3. RAGE WITH PROPHETS OF RAGE
Theresa May obvz isn’t planning on coming to Download since she’s called an election on June 8, the day we’re set to go up there. We will know the results by June 9, and we probably won’t be happy about them, so what better band to make you feel better about the world than Prophets Of Rage. Might we suggest some May dolls to take your Rage out on in the pit? Ahhh, we’re feeling better already.
2. THERE’S SOOOOO MUCH NEW MUSIC
Another thing Download has in abundance this year is awesome new music. We’re talking Blood Youth, Greywind, Casey, Fizzy Blood, I The Mighty, Holding Absence, Idles, The Raven Age and The One Hundred. If you’ve not listened to any of ’em yet, then we’re officially setting you some homework: GO LISTEN NOW! We’ll be grading you on lyric recall come June 9. And the ‘dog ate my homework’ excuse isn’t gonna fly here. Sorry!
1. IT'S BIFFY CLYRO’S FIRST DOWNLOAD HEADLINER SLOT
They made light work of closing Reading & Leeds last year, and that was just a co-headliner with Fall Out Boy. This is them as bonafide metal-fest headliners! Simon Neil is such a nice chap, we reckon he’ll be sticking some of their older heavier material into the set – a few choice cuts from 2004 effort Infinity Land, perhaps? Plus, that weird art installation turned stage set thingy of theirs will definitely have dead goat guts hanging from it. Maybe.
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Words: Jennyfer J. Walker