Download Festival: Saturday 10th June 2017 - Donington Park
Into the second day of Download 2017 and the weather is holding steady. In fact, it's down right scorching. First up on must see bands is Southampton's own Creeper. Having recently released debut album Eternity, In Your Arms and gigging every toilet circuit on earth, it's nice to see the band taking to the main stage, which they use to their full advantage. Frontman Will Gould even using the ego ramp at the front to full effect. As evidenced on record Hannah Greenwood's vocals are well used as she stalks the area behind her keyboards and songs like 'Misery' and set closer 'I Choose To Live' bring a genuine lump to the throat as the crowd sing every word back to the crowd.
Next up on the main stage are mathcore legends Sikth. For a band like Sikth who have a divisive, complicated sound, its a challenge for them to be on the main stage of a large festival, and although the band use every available space given to them the diminished crowd shows maybe they should be put on a larger, tented stage next time out. Of Mice &Men have had a rough year to say the least. After the release of 2016 album Cold World and about to embark on a world tour, lead singer Austin Carlile left for the second time due to ongoing health issues. Rather than put the band in retirement the band soldiered on with bassist Aaron Pauley stepping up to the mic. It's a little bit jarring not seeing a frontman moving around the stage but it works and it's business as usual for the band.
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Back in 1996 Sepultura released one of, if not, the most seminal albums in the nu-metal genre, an album called Roots. After the world tour, lead singer Max Cavalera left the band due to management issues. Now on it's 21st anniversary, Max and that albums drummer (and Max' brother, Igor) return to play the album in full for a baying Download crowd. With less puff than he had 21 years ago, Max steamrolls through the album pummelling your senses with a rousing 'Roots'. There is something to be said for bands servicing a fans needs and Californian band AFI haven't been to these shores for the best part of seven years, missing out our fair isles on whole album cycles and today's crowd, although dedicated is sparse for such a storied band as they rip through their back catalogue. 'Miss Murder' is still a banger though.
As the clouds start to form ("stay away I tell thee!") Floridian band A Day To Remember take to the stage to the biggest crowd of the day so far. The band have earned their dues to be main support to Biffy Clyro and be this high up the bill. Their hard work has truly paid off. Their clash of poppier, newer material blends well with older heavier material and even acoustic moments fill the stage well and frontman Jeremy McKinnon interacts well with the crowd dedicating 'Have Faith In Me' to the ladies in the crowd.
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And so we end Day Two with the most British of bands Biffy Clyro. Leading up the festival naysayers within the Rock community decried that the band were not 'Download' enough and shouldn't be here. So Biffy Clyro have something to prove and prove it they do. Bringing more of a stage show than last nights headliners System Of A Down opening track 'Wolves Of Winter' starts off with a bang and confetti cannons soon wake up the crowd. Every song even the less well known deep cuts performed tonight are sung back by a crowd in the palm of Simon Neil palm. Even putting snippets of tomorrow nights headliners Aerosmith's songs into their set helps put some levity into the bands set.