Download Festival 2018 in Photos
If you’re into rock music and live in the UK, you will be aware that the legendary Download Festival took place from 8-10 June at Donington Park… three days of great rock music, eating, drinking and partying! If you’ve never been, you really should go (next one is 14-16 June 2019 if you’re interested!)!
We spent a day a day there this year (Saturday – as Freya had school) and had an amazing time watching the bands and soaking up the atmosphere. As usual the event was well-organised and there was a great lineup… so here are some of my images from the day (all shot on my iPhone 6):
There were lots of great bands, but the highlight of the festival for us was Parkway Drive… they killed it and had the crowd bouncing along with them from start to finish… but what was even more impressive, was the BSL interpreter (pictured below) who signed the whole performance!! Well done Download Festival on making it an even more inclusive festival than usual!
We managed to catch at least parts of the sets of Tigress (we hadn’t heard of them but they gave a great performance so will watch out for them in future); Thunder (a pretty flawless set as ever); Black Stone Cherry (very good but just not to my taste); Asking Alexandria (great set); L7 (their sound was awful unfortunately); Lawnmower Deth (the funniest band of the day!); the Pink Slips (only caught a bit of their set but what we saw, we liked!); and Bury Tomorrow (who I hadn’t seen before but really enjoyed).
And then it was on to the grand finale… Unfortunately, the Guns n’Roses set was a bit long in my opinion (it was just over 3 hours) – half of it was Slash playing guitar solos (not really my thing) and they also played a fair few covers too (why?). That said, their big hits – Sweet Child o’ Mine, Paradise City, November Rain, etc – went down a storm with the crowd (although other than during their biggest hits, the atmosphere was a bit flat). But they rounded off an awesome day in style!
And if you got fed up of watching bands, you could always head to the fair and go on a few rides, dance to the DJ at Rocktail Cocktail (and you weren’t limited to rock there – he played all sorts of music… even Abba!!) or check out one of the many, many food stalls…
As usual, merchandise, food and drink were pricey… but the tops were good quality, the food was pretty good and the drinks came in reusable cups which made great souvenirs (and were more environmentally friendly than the usual throw away cups) so overall we were happy with what we spent during the day!
To sum up, we had an amazing day at Download 2018 – as did our 12 year old daughter who went for the first time… so much so that we have already bought our weekend tickets (in RIP) for next year! Bring on Download 2019!