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Download Festival 2014

Finally the announcements for Download are rolling in.

There’s been 2 announcements in the past 2 days with the final announcement due tomorrow, and with the 4 bands announced so far there has been an absolute shitstorm start.

Metal Hammer covered it fairly well with their “10 Hilarious Responses to Avenged Sevenfold Playing Download” feature yesterday, the reaction from a fairly…well, stupid proportion of people has been majorly over the top.

I’m going to break down each band and the reaction to them, simply for the 4 announced so far.


Avenged Sevenfold

So it’s been confirmed that A7X are going to be the next band to be bumped up to headline, and this has been met ridiculously with claims that they’re not big enough to headline. A UK arena tour which has basically sold out, a UK number one album and a huge amount of PR pushing them down everyone’s throat for the past few months. If they can’t headline now then when can they? When they’ve played in stadiums while bands like Metallica and Iron Maiden are still only doing arena’s? If bands like A7X aren’t bumped up, then we’ll be left with a very finite number of headliners with nobody new coming through.

Linkin Park

Linkin Park will return to headline for the 4th time at Download, but this time they’ll be playing debut album ‘Hybrid Theory’ in it’s entirety. Okay yes it is their 4th time playing since 2003 but they are going to be playing the biggest selling debut album of the 21st century as part of their set, it can’t be that bad? There recent releases might not be anywhere near as good but there is no denying that Linkin Park are big enough to headline and fit Download pretty well.

Rob Zombie

Director/Musician/Screen Writer/Producer, there’s no much Rob Zombie hasn’t done and next year on Friday 13th June he will be sub-headlining Download main stage with what will likely be a huge show. To be fair the only real complaints with Zombie are the fact that before his show in 2011 Zombie had only played a handful of UK shows in 12 years, whereas now he’s played 2 UK tours and Download in the space of 3 years. That being said, this will undoubtedly be a spectacle and potentially festival stealing show.

Fall Out Boy

Now I’ll be the first to say that I am not a fan of Fall Out Boy and if I make it to Download then I will undoubtedly be at another stage during their set, in saying that I can’t deny the fact they are a decent booking for the festival. They have never played, are red-hot since reforming earlier this year, have had a UK number 1 album and are playing in arenas up and down the country prior to their Download slot next summer. They might not be your cup of tea but they are a decent booking.


And that’s that, in closing all of the complaints have been all about personal taste. Many people seem to forget that Download isn’t booked just for them, and also; how many times will I need to read about how Download is a “metal” festival from narrow-minded idiots?




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It’s been a really long time since I posted anything on here so I’m thinking that I’m going to start posting some things on here.

I have no idea what I’m going to write about or how often but I think it’ll revolve around my job and anything that just takes my fancy.

I’ll probably be writing most of these on my phone and won’t share them to social media (the odd post might be shared) so I’m not going to worry about how grammatically correct these are.

I don’t really expect anyone to read this. But it can be my own little place to write things that cross my mind.


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