i was with you at little steven so agree its mad that it sounds that good!
The shows fantastic. Really tightly choreographed but, at least, feels like it can and will go off script at any moment. If the off script stuff was in fact script, its a hell of a performance. And if it is off script Hugh is just an absolute master of rolling with it.
1. Devin Townsend 2. Papa Roach - Nothing More 3. Terrorvision - The Amorettes 4. Skarlett Riot - Fahran - Sister Shotgun - Crosslight 5. The Lounge Kittens - Grant Sharkey 6. The SoapGirls - Fahran - Pretty Addicted - Desensitised - Next Year: Hell of a night, three girl led bands, some riot grrl, industrial, pop-punk, metal and lord knows what going on. On a Sunday! And for six quid! You really cannot go wrong. 6. James 7. Nirvananight
The limitations of the list format begin to bother me here, as how 'good' Devin was isn't miles ahead of James, but this seems to imply it. All of the gigs from original bands I've to this year have been solid 9/10's for me and It's only infinitesimal amounts separating them. Maybe in future, just a chronological list...
1. Devin Townsend 2. Papa Roach - Nothing More 3. Terrorvision - The Amorettes 4. Skarlett Riot - Fahran - Sister Shotgun - Crosslight 5. The Lounge Kittens - Grant Sharkey 6. The SoapGirls - Fahran - Pretty Addicted - Desensitised - Next Year 6. James 7. Download Festival 2019: The weather put a dampener on the first couple of days, but once the bands got going was really top notch. Of of the best line-ups for a few years and not too wet, either. 8. Nirvananight
1. Devin Townsend 2. Papa Roach - Nothing More 3. Terrorvision - The Amorettes 4. Skarlett Riot - Fahran - Sister Shotgun - Crosslight 5. The Lounge Kittens - Grant Sharkey 6. The SoapGirls - Fahran - Pretty Addicted - Desensitised - Next Year 6. James 7. Download Festival 2019 8. The Roz Bruce Infusion: A hot and sultry summer evening, the garden in Derby's oldest pub, and a friends band playing pscyhedelic inspired rock. That's a pretty damn good evening. 8. Nirvananight
They weren't on the bill. THEY WEREN'T ON THE BILL.
Southampton's retro festival. It started well, although Musical Youth could probably be done under the trade descriptions act these days. More like musical balding middle aged men. But. Toyah had done a fantastic set. I was on the barrier for Belinda Carlisle. She is just magical. But that meant I was trapped. No way out when she finished. That was when it happened. A surprise interval guest.
Them. I can't even say the name. The pineapple pushers. The tree shakers.
THEY WEREN'T ON THE BILL.
I couldn't escape quickly enough.
They aren't even a real band. Just two men with a backing track, and neither of them actually look like the originals anyway. It's horrendous. The worst kind of affrontery to human life.
They did the three 'hits'. I was sick. Children cried. The masses clawed their way over each other to get away. There was screaming. It was a massacre.
1. Devin Townsend 2. Bloodywood - Armada Of Secrets - Wolves Don't Sleep: Absolutely amazing Indian folk metal! So much energy, just an all round amazing show. 3. Papa Roach - Nothing More 4. Terrorvision - The Amorettes 5. Skarlett Riot - Fahran - Sister Shotgun - Crosslight 6. The Lounge Kittens - Grant Sharkey 7. The SoapGirls - Fahran - Pretty Addicted - Desensitised - Next Year 8. James 9. Download Festival 2019 10. The Roz Bruce Infusion 11. Nirvananight
1. Devin Townsend 2. Bloodywood - Armada Of Secrets - Wolves Don't Sleep: 3. Skunk Anansie - The Nova Twins: Absolutely incendiary from start to finish. Angry, passionate, and yes, it's f**king political... 4. Papa Roach - Nothing More 5. Terrorvision - The Amorettes 6. Skarlett Riot - Fahran - Sister Shotgun - Crosslight 7. The Lounge Kittens - Grant Sharkey 8. The SoapGirls - Fahran - Pretty Addicted - Desensitised - Next Year 9. James 10. Download Festival 2019 11. The Roz Bruce Infusion 12. Nirvananight
1 - Jimmy Eat World - Supporting Frank Turner. Got about half of Bleed America in a 50 minute set. Made me very happy.
2 - Frank Turner - As I said at the show, recommending for free (with Jimmy Eat World tickets). Never heard any of his stuff before. Puts on fantastic show, but Im not 100% sure his music is something I will listen to even though its very good.
3 - Country 2 country turned in to an incredibly busy Saturday. What was intended as a day in Dublin for c2c became a meeting with a huge chunk of dad's family that we didn't know existed till last month. Throw on captain marvel and c2c got a bit overshadowed. Still once we were in to the 3 arena we had a blast.
Ashley mcbride - fairly standard country.
Lyle lovett - weird weird stuff. Turns out I had heard some of his music before Nd it's quite good. Honestly I half slept through some of it because I was shattered and it was rather laid back.
Chris Stapleton - I'd only heard bits of his stuff before. I believe I was the only person there who could say that. I have never seen an audience this size go that crazy. I enjoyed it but the reaction was .... I mean it was Taylor Swift meets prince meets Justin timberlake meets Springsteen on a really really good night.
As an added bonus afterwards we went to see one of dad's newly discovered second cousins playing in a put in temple bar.
4 - Little Steven - Damn. Tardis like quality to the stage. That many people plus instruments should not fit on it.
5 - Hugh Jackman - I mean if you loathe musical theatre with a passion most people reserve for Nazis then you might only like the show a lot.
6. Hamilton - OMG! This is a spectacular show. I get the mania now.
Entered the lottery for Broadway tickets. 4 enteries for each show we could get to and Dad won. He gave me and my brother the tickets. Huge line to get in. But the collection line was empty so straight in. I had to use his drivers license to pick up the tickets (as they are non transferable and luckily I do look like him - if hes wearing a fake beard and oversized glasses) and we were ushered straight inside and around a corner in to the main seating area. Then directed to dead center of the front row. I was expecting back row, obstructed view. Mind blown.
Seeing the performances that up close was just stunning.
It certainly didnt hurt that we'd been in Philadelphia the day before doing the war of independece historical stuff so was properly primed.
I'm not much of a festival goer but I don't like missing Maiden. Last time they did Download I think was when I went to see them in Berlin instead in that amazing amphitheatre place doing their own gig. If it's a festival year for them next, which fits the usual pattern, there may be a couple of individual gigs in other countries I'd ponder. Ullevi Sweden I'd go for. Provided it was in a school holiday of course.
Last time Maiden played Download they planned a flyby of Ed Force One (which was called off because of the shocking weather), time before that they opened their set with a Spitfire blatting over the stage. I wonder how they're going to top that this year...?