Source: Download Festival 2017 Event News

It’s Friday! Let the bands begin.

My first move is to arrive on site early and check in with the main man himself, Andy Copping! We’ll kick start proceedings with a big high five to celebrate the beginning of another epic weekend at the home of rock!

Two words that perfectly sum up any righteous morning at Download Festival are simply: Breakfast…Burrito – I need to fuel up for the day ahead and these bad boys have got my back!

Just before the gates, I’ll head over to the security viewing platform that overlooks the festival site and watch as the first lot of the Download family come through the gates and down the hill into the arena.

Now… Let’s go watch some bands and have an awesome weekend!

First, I’ll head over to the sound desk of the Main Stage, tipping my cap to the giant totem dogs that guard either side of the stage on the way. I need to make sure I get over there good and early because it’s time to watch NORTHLANE open the festival in style. It’s amazing to see how far this band has come and how much they’ve grown since they played the 3rd Stage in 2015. Their new album absolutely slays, so I can’t wait to hear the new material in a live setting.

Then I’ll quickly head over to The Avalanche Stage, in time to watch ASTROID BOYS take the stage. Hopefully I’ll bump into the legend that is Alex Baker (Kerrang! Fresh Blood), give him a big hug and thank him for hosting this awesome new stage for us this weekend.

Next, I’ll head over to the NXT Arena to check out how everything is going –  if there is anything I love as much as rock & metal, it’s wrestling (oh god I bloody love wrestling and it fits so well at Download). NXT is the most exciting brand in wrestling on the planet, so I’m super stoked to have the NXT superstars back at Donington.

Now it’s time for the big guns, or should I say big tanks (I hope they bring the tank!) as SABATON take to the Main Stage. I absolutely love this band and they are incredibly entertaining. A definite ‘must see’ of the weekend.

I imagine that my breakfast burrito will be starting to wear off by now, so I’ll probably grab a quick bite to eat (which is easier said than done and there’s been plenty of days at Download where I forget to eat the entire day).

Then I’ll high tail it back over to the Avalanche Stage to see CODE ORANGE. Such an earnest, guttural and refreshing band. They killed it on the Gojira tour and I love their album. I bet the tent will be rammed for this one.

The mighty MASTODON are my next band of the day and they will be a must see as I can’t stop listening to the new album. I love the mix of their old sounds with them taking some risks and introducing new vibes – it works amazingly and I’m so buzzed to see them on the Main Stage. LONG LIVE METAL!! \m/

No doubt buzzing from that performance I’ll then pop over to the guest area to say hi to my friends and family – always great to see everyone together in the one place for the same reason. To have the best time together celebrating all things heavy!

I’ll then grab some of my friends from the guest area because it is sing-along time with FOUR YEAR STRONG back at the Avalanche Stage. I’m so tempted to wear a Lucha Libre wrestling mask for this – it would only seem fitting!

Next up is a double header – first I’ll go see BARONESS on the Zippo Encore Stage and then run to see VENOM PRISON on the Dogtooth Stage – I suggest everyone does the same because. BARONESS!! VENOM PRISON!!

Before the day is done, I’ll make sure I head up to the massive metal Download dog head – such an epic addition to the festival last year, I need to go give the pooch a pat and thank him for another killer year at the greatest place on earth.

Next band to tick off the list for the day will be PROPHETS OF RAGE. I love RATM, I love Cypress Hill, I love Public Enemy…I’m going to BLOODY LOVE this show! If you haven’t checked out the set list from their previous show, go do it now….I’ll wait…I KNOW RIGHT!?!?!

To round off the day I’m going to go for another double header and watch both of our headliners for this evening, half of SUM 41, followed by half of SYSTEM OF A DOWN, equals guaranteed sing-alongs and circle pits to close the first day….tomorrow will have a lot to live up to.

But even though the bands are over, the fun never stops as I’ll probably head up to the Village to dance the night away at the Doghouse, which will be hosted by an array of awesome club nights and DJ’s from across the UK! Come join me!!

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22 hours ago

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Ministry 💀🤘

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Honestly thought this was like, a gran photoshopped into some mad outfit there. Took me a minute 😂

How does Al Jorgensen blow his nose ?

looks like Geddy Lee got mixed up in the wrong crowd


Good old Uncle Al 👍🏼❤️

Mary fucking poppins! *mic drop

Jason Michel is that you ? 😂

Debbie Boyes

Total legend

Poor bugger is fucked

Loved their set 🤘

Looks like Ozzy's wandered on in his pygamas

Ah... i thought Jack Sparrow and the drunken pirates... 😁😂😂🤣🤣🤣🤣

Mary Fuckin' Poppins! If you know, you know! 😆😆

Caught the end of their set and was very impressed

Lorraine Davis

Glorious set

Emma Neary

Cod Riverson


Justin Smith

Bet this guy has seen stuff and things

Brilliant set 🤘🤘

Ross Alastair Woodbury Johnson airport \m/

Seriously looks like the guy who was a live organ donor in Monty Pythons Meaning of Life (won't let me post a picture)

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When Monday gets too much, go to your happy place. 🤘🤘 ... See MoreSee Less

When Monday gets too much, go to your happy place. 🤘🤘

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kunt and the gang my bumrape place

A 2nd Download Festival a year? 😉 Go on then! 😀

Paige Dobson what we were just saying 😂

Ohhhh yes please, I need my happy place x

Carys Thomas next year is a must😍

I still remember the heat from the flame cannons back when Avenged Sevenfold were headlining, and I'll never forget Linkin Park doing Hybrid Theory

Just got my ticket! 11 months left to go!

Matthew Doswell

Emily Louise Glover

Martin is this what I need to do?

This is my happy place. I deffo need to keep thinking of this today

Defo need to be back there today 😔

Sam Barnett

James Griffiths Bobby Owen

I AM going to my happy place...Ramblin' Man Fair 😉

Tickets bought, caravan booked! Roll on 2018 🤘🤘

Will Edwards

Luke Bate Liam Walker You guys game?


I'm still queuing for a beer! Roger Long.

Katie Jenkins you need to go to your happy place today

Nothing worse than the download Monday when its all said and done for another year an all that's left is to leave the campsite

Nicola Dalby

I wanna be back

Stacy Hughes Amy Hughes Clare Slayter-Abbott

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