Download Festival 2007

June saw rock music lovers from all over the country descend on Donington Park for three days of bands playing the fifth Download Festival. This year saw bands such as Iron Maiden, Linkin Park, Marilyn Manson, Papa Roach and Evanescence as well as regular demonstrations from the Red Bull X-Riders.

Bristol band Fortune Drive also played. They put on an awesome performance and proved why they had made it onto the line-up. A large contingent of Bristolians made it to the tent for the performance and made sure that other people walking past visited the tent to experience one of the best bands Bristol has to offer.

Other bands playing on Friday included Megadeath and Dragonforce who put on a great show which unfortunately was missing the trampolines they are well known by! Enter Shikari a new up and coming band put on an amazing show that had us all crammed into the Dimebag Darrell tent in one big mosh pit. We escaped before the Korn fans squeezed in for what was the most controversial two gigs of the three days. Korn in the tent and My Chemical Romance on the main stage. The majority of people squeezed into the tent and those who went to the main stage went with the intention of throwing bottles at My Chemical Romance, who evidently ended up cutting their set short by half an hour.

Bowling For Soup were the comedy performance of the weekend with their usual humour and adrenaline, they also brought along two giant sheep! Marilyn Manson was the penultimate performance on the main stage on Saturday. He put on an exciting performance with a good mix of new and old tunes. Linkin Park finished up Saturday with a great pick of songs from the new album and some choice favourites from the older albums. Their set was exhilarating and had the crowd singing-along to every song!

Despite being way down the set list Papa Roach were a band not to be missed. They put on a great performance with the entire crowd breaking into song for Last Resort. Evanescence put on a beautiful performance which was unfortunately not well-received by most of the crowd who felt Evanescence didn’t qualify as rock enough for the penultimate band. Amy Lee stood strong throughout though and proved her band deserved the spot!

Download was closed by Iron Maiden who put on an amazing show with a mix of songs from the new album and going right back to the first album they proved they were definite crowd-pleasers and with a stage-show that was one of the most impressive I’ve seen Download 2007 came to a close in rip-roaring style.

Published: DV8 Bristol (July 2007)

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