FESTIVAL REVIEW : Download Festival (Day 3, Sunday) – Kiss, Mötley Crüe, Lamb Of God, Cavalera Conspiracy & More
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Evil Scarecrow are one of my favourite live bands and they didn’t let down for their first Download performance either. The tent was fully packed so I had to push my way in, in order to get a clear view of the stage. As “Space Dementia” kicks off a large robot joins them on stage carrying a box an alien pops out, to sing along as the crowd gets ready for a gravity-less mosh pit. The inclusion of the “Thunder Cats Theme” and Dr Hell doing well to command an entire tent full of people to scuttle around during “Crabulon” is always an amusing experience to see.
One of the final performances Mötley Crüe will do in England, unfortunately it was lacking in comparison to the last time I saw them Download Festival back in 2009. Vince Neil was struggling by the end of their set and the lack of nudity diminished the Crüe atmosphere slightly due to the family friendly notion being pushed by the festival organizers. The song choices were enjoyable with classics “Live Wire”, “Girls Girls Girls” accompanied by dancers on stage and a cover of “Anarchy in the UK” to my amusement.
Lamb of God didn’t stand apart so much from the average bands, but still a reasonable set to enjoy. Randy Blythe made mention of the tenacity and craziness of the crowd for enduring the shoddy weather, finally whipping the crowd up in to a large circle pit for “Redneck” and “Black Label” to complete their performance.
I sat in my tent debating whether or not to go see the final headline act, I thought as I was there and as it was the final night I would go see the end of the festival. After missing most of their antics and catching the latter half of Kiss. I was only particularly interested in one cheesy song which was played as their encore “Rock and Roll All Night” which went down well with the giant crowd. The band was out of time with the pyrotechnics often falling off beat with the rhythm. I was quite glad it was over as finally over as they kept to the stage with a drone as the fireworks went off to signal the end, even a Catherine wheel got bored and decided to stop spinning.
We had one last night of partying to attend to and that was it for this years Download Festival. All the mud and rain through to the fantastic acts of Testament, Cavalera Conspiracy and Slipknot, made it another Download to remember.