It's too early long drive ahead.
Hopefully won't manage to turn a 3 and a half hour journey into 8 hours this year! Will be avoiding the M25 for the most part this year, turn off asap after the Dartford Crossing, so hopefully no issues there today.
Anyways have a good weekend people!
Edit: doesn't look like it's raining at the moment on the webcam, let's hope it stays like that until after we've pitched our tents (and ideally the rest of the weekend, especially tomorrow, going to Alton Towers )
Last edited by hobo06; 06-06-2012 at 06:43.
There are definitely hills, Red camp in particular, really rough terrain, and from what I've heard, ended up the boggiest because of it, but I'm still fairly certain that picture isn't Download, none of it was that bad. Plus there are far too many gazebos still standing :P
(Original post by HeyyImRyan)
Same thing happened to me, seems to be circulating facebook! But then someone informed me there are no hills at Download and the picture has hills, and that it's much too colourful to be download too
There is another picture that keeps popping up on my newsfeed though which is this year's Download - the weather is still pretty bad that's for sure
****ty start with the weather, ended up in Red camp, first time I've been in there...horrible horrible terrain for camping but managed to find a fairly decent spot by stomping down some grass/nettles, with some pretty cool neighbours. Went to Alton Towers on the Thursday, so although it was still raining, I wasn't sitting in the mud all day, which definitely helped my morale.
By Friday morning I didn't give a **** about the weather. Though don't quite understand the 2 hour (I think?) delay of the arena opening due to the conditions...we'd been trawling through the campsites and village for 2 days, the arena would have been nothing compared to that! I didn't care much for the bands that were cancelled on main, but good to see they at least managed to re-schedule Cancer Bats, and I liked the fact Billy Talent let them come out to play a track, even if it did mean they had to play a couple less songs themselves. Billy Talent are definitely one of my highlights of the weekend! Hoping for a headline tour later in the year when the new album is out.
Other notable highlights - Corey Taylor with Steel Panther. I don't know much of SP, so had no idea he had recorded with them. SP on the whole were quite fun, and followed by Tenacious D made for a great afternoon, especially with a sing-a-long of **** Her Gently.
Prodigy I've been wanting to see for a long time, so glad I've finally been able to. Though the length of the set was disappointing, and coming on stage nearly half hour late, but I guess that made for a better atmosphere being darker, otherwise they would have finished stupidly early.
Shinedown were also good, only heard a couple of songs previously, thought I'd give them a go, and they didn't disappoint. Though I didn't get the stupid long intro, for a start, wtf does Jay-Z have to do with it? Secondly, after playing a whole Jay-Z track, they then had a further instrumental intro. I'm sure people would have preferred a couple of extra of their own songs to be played. And what is with bands that have to chant their own name to get people to chant it back? You shouldn't have to prompt people to chant your band's name. But I'm willing to look past all that :P They're a decent band and put on a good show!
Went to see Rise Against as I'm not really much of Sabbath fan. But they played less than an hour so still managed to see a fair bit of Sabbath. RA were pretty good, again don't know much of them, but was impressed with the performance. And Sabbath - I watched from afar, couldn't hear too well, but from what I could see and hear, I was still enjoying it. If I'd have given them a proper chance and gone right down into the crowd, I've no doubt it would have been amazing, despite knowing nearly none of their songs.
And the biggest highlight of the whole weekend. Saw them at Sonisphere last year, thought they were pretty amazing then. But Metallica's performance at Download this year **** all over that, and just about every other show I've seen. Simply incredible. I was expecting the Black Album to be played from start to finish (with a few other tracks either side of course), so was a bit miffed after the screen presentation and Enter Sandman wasn't being played, took me a while to work out whether the next couple of tracks were from the album or if the presentation was just oddly placed in the set. But the order they did play was certainly the better choice.
Overall, another excellent weekend in Donington! Hopefully be back next year. Sorry for the long post, got a bit too carried away and almost ended up writing a review of every single band I saw :P
Edit: remembered another highlight. Was told when I left South car park Thursday morning I'd be able to go back in later (I checked as they didn't let me last year ), arrived again in the evening to find they wouldn't let me back in, so was pretty pissed off to have to head round to West again. But those shuttle buses are great, riding around Donington race track on a bus, our driver was pretty awesome, clearly enjoying it himself! Made up for having to queue for the bus :P
Last edited by hobo06; 11-06-2012 at 14:45.
Sabbath were mother ****ing incredible. Highlight of download tbh.
Refused were pretty ****ing slick too tbh.
And you guys are all boring for missing the end of sabbath tbh, you missed paranoid. Meant it took half an hour to get out of the carpark but who gives a **** when it's bloody sabbath. Had a 200 mile drive anyway so not like half an hour made that much difference.
Last edited by Serentonin; 11-06-2012 at 17:31.