Download Festival looms: when are goths out in all their glory, soaking up their year’s supply vitamin D – as long as it isn’t bucketing down with torrential rain. There’s cracking acts at this year’s bust-up at Donington Park. Big names like Slayer, Slash, and Slipknot decorate the top of the line-up poster in a pleasing array of sibilance.
But if I’m honest, it’s the weeniest of names down at the bottom that get me revved up the most. Starset or Man with a Mission might appeal to the most theatrical of us. One is an intergalactic electronic orchestra, the other are five Japanese wolves throwing out absolute pop-rock jams. Zebrahead bring rap-rock to the Avalanche Stage,
Maybe you’d like to catch Hot Milk: they sprang up out of nowhere a few months ago, and have since caught the UK by storm supporting the likes of You Me At Six. The highlight of the weekend for me would be Queen Zee. The queerpunk band put on exceptionally energetic shows, and their debut album which dropped earlier in the year quickly launched itself to the top of my all-time favourite records.
Of course, none of these names might spark joy for you, and that’s okay. There’s plenty else going on over this weekend to make sure any rock fan will have the absolute best time of their life.