Celebrating in its 10th anniversary, Download Festival welcomed 100,000 fans to its Donington Park home this weekend (8-10 June), all with one thing on their minds: ROCK. Though the heavens opened on Friday, resulting in a late start, the elements did nothing to dampen the spirits of the Jägermeister-fuelled community who came to mosh to a smorgasbord of monstrous noise including Black Veil Brides' costume drama, Trivium's thrash and Steel Panther's riotous comedy.
Opening for Friday headliners The Prodigy, surprise pick techno-ravers Chase & Status were eagerly welcomed into the festival fraternity, while Metallica's pyromania-driven "Black Album" set on Saturday was the stuff of legend.
Come Sunday, blue skies appeared to soothe the battle-weary as they headbanged to the event's climax via a reformed Soundgarden and metal godfathers Black Sabbath.
Q's act of the weekend: Biffy Clyro
Despite playing just before of Metallica - an in awe frontman Simon Neil simply described his life as: "Birth. School. Metallica. Death" - the trio triumphed at Download, as they brought
an epic set of old and new material to the Jim Marshall stage. Reclaiming Many Of Horror from X-Factor winner Matt Cardle in the process, the trio also played two new songs from the forthcoming album including Modern Magic Formula.
A longer review of the 2012 Download festival will appear in an issue of Q later this summer. In the meantime, for more head to Downloadfestival.co.uk and our sister site Kerrang.com for more coverage.
3:29 PM | 11/06/2012
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