Download 2011 Preview

So this weekend marks the 9th Download Festival on the hallowed ground of Donington, and this year’s bash is set to be headlined by Def Leppard, the returning System Of A Down and Linkin Park.

So to get people in the mood, here’s a run down of the headliners and 5 bands (outside of headliners) I feel you should try and see.

Now I know a lot of people have been critical over Def Leppard headlining Download again after headlining in 2009, myself included, but when you consider the stature of the acts playing below them I feel that is more than made up for. That and in 2009 Def Leppard were a big shock to my system. I really enjoyed them, I just won’t be seeing them this year due to other clashes.

System Of A Down have just returned from a five year hiatus, and I have to admit I was a bit worried about how “close” they would be and if they would be worth watching. However, after watching some of their set from Rock Am Ring this past weekend, I’m more excited than ever to see Serj, Daron, Shavo and John take the stage together at Download. I honestly think they could be one of the bands who come close to rivalling the set Slipknot played in 2009, for me anyway.

Nu-metal legends Linkin Park are this years final headliner, and to some another controversial headliner. I personally feel the band do deserve the slot. I mean, they’ve been grafting for years and do play all the big arenas to sell out crowds every night. I mean, yes the past 2 albums have been pretty dire, but when hits like Papercut and In The End are blasted out from that main stage, the crowd will go berserk and I definitely would not blame them!

5 Acts You Should Try To See

Alter Bridge – After returning last year with the release of AB III Alter Bridge have just been going from strength to strength. The album was a huge hit, and having signed to Roadrunner the band feel a lot more comfortable in what they have written as they have had more control. The band’s UK Academy tour last year sold out well in advance, and the band put on a completely memorable performance in Glasgow. With an arena tour lined up for later this year, they are just constantly rising. Mix that with the huge anthems that surely will fill stadiums one day and they are a band that are going to raise the level for everyone, and they play the first day!

Turisas – The Finns are back at Download this year, playing the second stage around mid-afternoon on Sunday, and they’re certainly going to put on a show. I saw them at Hammerfest back in March and even though Accept were billed as the headline act, the 1 hour set that Turisas put on completely blew everything else out of the water. The band are not guaranteed to play their cover of Boney M’s Rasputin (they’re fed up of being known as a one song band), but if they do, the insanity that will be seen just has to be watched!

Bowling For Soup – If you’ve never seen BFS before, you simply have to at Download! Whether it’s the acoustic or full set, it’s sure to be a comedy fuelled set with massive summer hits. Hits like Girl All The Bad Guys Want and High School Never Ends are sure to have the audience in their masses ready to party and have fun. And what’s a better way to relax than upbeat music, beer and the sun (assuming it decides to show up on the Sunday this time!).

Rob Zombie – Earlier this year Rob performed his first UK tour in 12 years, and that is being followed up with a slot closing the second stage at Download this year. RZ has promised to be bring his biggest ever stage setup to Download and that fans will be left wanting more. All from a man who directs horror movies. That has to be good, right? All of this is even before the music – hits like Dragula are sure to be loved, and you can bet your ass that there will be fire!

Times of Grace – The new project from Adam D and Jesse Leach (both of Killswitch Engage fame) are making their first appearance at a UK festival at Download this year by subbing to the legendary Glenn Danzig on Friday night. The band’s first album was critically acclaimed, and with that behind them they are sure to put on a memorable show.

So that’s it. If you’re at the festival make sure you have fun, and if you see me, feel free to come say hey!

Look out for our reviews of the festival coming in the next few weeks.


About Scott

I'm a fun-loving 18 year old Student from the sunny shores of Scotland! I love almost all kinds of metal and rock and always looking for new bands. A website designer as well as wanting to do journalism, I can be contacted about anything and everything on either Twitter or by Email.

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