How are you getting to Download? Car? Classic. Train? Pricey, packed and perpetually unreliable. Helicopter to the airport next door? Only if you've got as much money as Gene Simmons.
While the rest of the Kerrang! team head up in a minibus, Senior Commissioning Editor and Lord Of Darkness Nick Ruskell will be joining the legendary Heavy Metal Truants in going by bike to raise money for charity. Over three days, he and the HM Truants crew – including organiser and Kerrang! alumnus Alex Milas, Enter Shikari's Rob Rolfe, and Dr. Matt Taylor, the metal-loving scientist who led the team to park the Rosetta probe on that comet that time – will cover almost 200 miles, starting at Alexandra Palace in London, and finishing on the hallowed turf of the festival site just in time for bar opening time on the Friday.
"Even though my participation has basically guaranteed a wet festival, it's truly exciting to be joining the Truants this year," says our man. "I love cycling big things like this, and I've always wanted to join them but for one reason or another I was always too busy in the days before Download. It always looks like a laugh, and I'm looking forward to helping them continue raising money for awesome causes.
"It's going to be hard work, but still an infinitely easier way of getting to the festival than the times I've had to round up the rest of the staff after the Kerrang! Awards and drive them up there myself. And the delicious pint our Editor Luke Morton will have waiting for me when I arrive will make the sore legs worth it…"