It bloody poured down, god it was miserable weather. As a result, the festival did not take place in 1989, but returned the year after with a limitation to the crowd of 75,000. They were never bad - just not brilliant today. Like Blackfoot before them Slade went for it, everybody forgot about the rain and rocked hard. I remember the gates being opened very early in the morning as thousands of people had arrived at the site through Friday night. Musically reminiscent of bands like King Adora, Rachel Stamp, or whisper it early Manic Street Preachers, they're something of an anomaly among the standard metal fare of a typical Download bill. Think more like Silverchair and their grunge peers.
A few others had also taken the initiative and done the same. Their brand of Southern style boogie at least got everyone off their feet for a little dance to help keep dry. Guests on the show include everyone from , , , , , , , , , , , , , , and. This year everything lot a little bigger and a lot wetter! Following this, Download has always been a three-day event. Of course, after the event we learnt that drummer Albert Bouchard had quit just before the gig which couldn't have helped.
Blustery showers, heavy at times. We soon realised our error as the time dragged. Royal Republic Liverpudlian outfit Queen Zee also deliver a dazzling set to an ever-filling Dogtooth stage tent. It was a different world from the one I lived in. A guy next to me and my mate helped me up and I was soon back in good spirits. Until I read someone else's recollections I'd forgotten there were no licensed bars, though as an inconveniently youthful-looking 16 year old I'd yet to become a successful underage frequenter of such places. Whitesnake were the best band of the day, I may be slightly biased here as I had seen them four nights running at Hammersmith Odeon in May, followed a few days later in my hometown where I met the band at their hotel after the show.
While none of this year's headliners match the profile or pulling power of 2018's big two Guns N' Roses and Ozzy Osbourne, they're all worthy bill toppers in their own right. Following up on the theme of main stage metal at Download 2019 came Behemoth, returning to the festival following their most recent appearance headlining the 3 rd stage in 2014. The program currently holds the number-one or number-two slots among males 25—54 on the majority of stations that carry it. People who had arrived by coach had not found out where they were being picked up afterwards, so we had to find the coach park and ask the drivers. For perennial favorites Slipknot, being elevated to the Main stage Saturday night headline slot is the culmination of two decades worth of dominating the nu metal scene.
Metallica were persuaded to play, but the festival was to be called 'Escape from the Studio '95', with major contributions to the organisation by the band in exchange for their services. They were the first band of this up and coming genre that I had heard and I was impressed. Emerging at a time when the metal scene was in need of a dynamic resurgence, Slayer provided a kick up the backside that's inspired just about every band worth their salt ever since. We decided that they wanted to wait until it was really dark and when that bell came down from the roof, I was ecstatic. Blackfoot — got the crowd in the mood with some straight-up boogie.
You could go and sit on a seat in the stands and use proper toilets. From there, take exit 24 and follow A453 to the Download festival. The answer to that question, after interminable queues to get out and onto the buses, was a seat on Derby station then a waiting room on Sheffield station, where one of the platform staff unlocked the door and switched on the heating for the group of bedraggled kids making their way back north. Say all you want about Slayer but there's never been a band before like them and probably never will be again. Bring it all, just in case: your wellies, your sunscreen, your raincoat- you know the drill.
It seemed only logical to add them to Donington in 1981. Whitesnake were the first real band I came to see. One of the small tents nearby housing the fire extinguishers was also demolished and all the fire extinguishers taken out to be used by the kids to stand on. N ext up was the acclaimed hard rock act Blue Öyster Cult. That's why our new email newsletter will deliver a mobile-friendly snapshot of inews. I think enough has been written about their performance that day over the years. There were still many people wanting travel information throughout the evening, as many people had not heard the stage announcements.
Beads of sweat roll as the musical anticipation builds greater and greater. By 2003 however, hard rock was growing again and decided to resurrect the Monsters of Rock of old, under a new name - Download Festival. While the frenetic energy of those early shows is omnipresent, unsurprisingly considering original members Bill Steer and Jeff Walker remain at the core of the band's progressive sound, there's also a refined depth to their repertoire here. To ease the journey, there will be shuttle buses running services to and from Donington Park. We travelled down in a transit van. Anyway, from Derby we bussed it on the provided buses to the Castle Donnington site.
Speaker cabinets, power amplifiers and mixing consoles were all custom made and proprietary. We recommend much better provisions for camping. By Train: The nearest train stations to the Download festival are East Midlands Parkway and Derby. Still no bar, in fact, the first licenced bar didn't appear here until 1984 with bizarre consequences in 1986! This would also have happened to the information tent, but we were constantly going out to ask people to get off it. Blue Oyster Cult were going to have 'fun' following that! Halestorm If Sunday is meant to be the day of winding down someone clearly forgot to tell Dinosaur Pile-Up.