Advantages it really is the experience of a lifetime for everybody!
Disadvantages the cost, and the travel, and the queuing.
|Booze and nosh|
|Variety of music||Excellent|
|Accessibility to various stages||Excellent|
|Facilities (campsite, toilets, creche, etc.)||Good|
|Sound quality/rigging of stages||Excellent|
|Value for money||Excellent|
I've been to download festival two years running now and although I can't go for the full trip this year im still hoping on going for on of the days maybe even two.For those of you who don't know what download festival is, well I assume everybody is aware of a what a festival is, but download plays mainly rock, metal and music from the alternative scene, but even if this isn't really your kind of thing there is plenty going on that everybody will enjoy. For those who are into this kind of thing, it used to be called 'ozzfest'., and before that I believe 'monsters of rock' festival was held in the same place.
Ill start with 2004... Let's do things chronologically.DOWNLOAD 2004.
Well I can't believe I went for a start, it was one of those things id always dreamed of doing but never thought would happen, but I made it and it was really the best experience I have ever had. I had only been to one concert before that and I thought that was great but it's just so different with all those people, outdoors in that atmosphere.THE TRAVEL
I think from where I am it was about a 2 1/2 hour drive to 3 hour drive... roughly.There was also a coach option for the festival were you could meet up for a coach at the nearest pick up point, this cost about £30. Or alternatively people could get a train to Derby and catch the coach from there.
GETTING IN AND CAMPING.
This is were the experience got abit tough. You see there are thousands and thousands of people who attended download that year and it would seem they all arrived at the same time as us! So we were stuck in a massive crowd, that was meant to be a queue, for hours, literally hours. By the time we reached the gates to enter I had caught the sun really bad on my shoulders and drank half of the beer supply! There is a bag check at the gates since no glass, knives, fireworks or BBQs are allowed in the campsite. That only takes a short while though. Then you're off to find a pitch for your tent.
There are various campsites, all labelled with colours and each campsite had there own toilets and food joints. There was also an area just inside the main gates where games could be played, there were lots of shops and many food places for all kinds of food, including a corner shop, chippy, noodle bar, hotdogs and burgers, a place that sold breakfasts like bacon sarnies, and the like.
Anyway you get your tent up and you can freely doss around for the rest of the day. Assuming of course you get there the day before the event starts, which I strongly suggest if you want a good pitch and don't want to miss some of the stuff going on.
Obviously there were the bands, all the live music you could dream of, three tents in total each playing a different band. Minor bands had half hour sets and then the more important bands played later with longer sets, the headlines got a couple of hours, like a full concert of there own. The 2004 headliners were Linkin Park on the Saturday and Metallica on the Sunday. With bands such as Korn, slipknot, Iggy pop, Machine head, cradle of filth and slayer playing before them. Also playing were damage plan, this was the same year that the legendary Dime bag (guitarist) was shot dead in America. I was one of the fortunate few that got to hear him before this tragic event. And I never realised that at the time but now I feel very grateful and honoured for it.
LATE NIGHT... AFTER THE BANDS
The fun never stopped once the headlining band had finished, when you go back to the campsite its almost guaranteed fun if you want it, with the amount of merry people, every one of them friendly your guaranteed to find yourself in someone else's tent, sat around drinking beer, and there was even the odd person with a stereo or guitar at hand to keep the music going.
For anybody interested, I really do recommend going, it will be an experience to say the least, there really is so much to keep you occupied, the only thing I would say is you have to be willing to spend the money and have the patience to wait in the queue.Its great to with friends, but if you don't that's ok because there are so many friendly people there that will gladly talk to you, it is the most friendly atmosphere I have ever been in I truly felt like I was at home.
TIPS FOR PEOPLE GOING
+take your own snacks and beer, its might mean more journeys or more carrying but its a damn site cheaper.
+take some water proof clothing and a change of shoes, if it rains it gets really muddy
+take a bandana.. if you go in the mosh pit in the sunny weather you'll find youself in a cloud of dust and you might need a bandana to breath.
+if you go in the mosh pit, make sure your strong enough to cope! Both times i went i ended up in the medical tent!
+Take loo role!!! Believe me with them toilets there you will need it!
+there is a cash machine there but there is always a huge queue for it so i suggest you take some money and keep it somewere safe.
+dont take too much, bear in mind how far you have to carry it!
WARNING!!! For anybody looking for tickets on the cheap.... do not look on eBay for them. Last year I bought tickets on eBay and then I ordered some more for my friend. We received one set but the other set never arrived and my friend never got to go, we had paid for these tickets and have never seen the refund either so please be aware of this I would hate for the same fate to happen to any of you.
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