Download Festival weekend comes but once a year, but what a weekend it is! The festival season seems to be inundated with new rock fests every year, but Download remains the best, not only because of the consistently good headliners and amazing vibe, but the new talent on offer.
To make it easier for you to pick which bands to see in between drinking, we’ve compiled a list of 5 bands to watch at Download Festival. Check ’em out!
Can we hear a hallelujah for Crossfaith being back in the UK?! The metalcore geniuses from Osaka, Japan are gracing their almighty presence on the main stage of Download on the Friday 13th alongside headliners Avenged Sevenfold.
Creating their band with their fuelled frustration and hatred for Japan’s enormous pop culture, it’s hard to believe that they were only signed to a label three years ago by Tragic Hero Records. After extensive tours and festivals all over the world and supporting the likes of Bring Me The Horizon and Of Mice and Men, it’s been a busy few years for the five piece and boy are they ones to watch out for!
With their constant non-stop energy and incredibly stunning drum solos from Amano Tatsuya, they really are a force to be reckoned with and are definitely not a band for the faint-hearted. What makes them so different from the other bands is that not only does frontman Koie Kenta scream, but he raps like there’s no tomorrow along with their unique metal and electronic sound; they have created a new genre of their own and are leading the way for innovation and imagination in music.
Releasing their third album, APOCALYZE, last year really screamed out that they are a band that is here to stay; with their lyrics covering bullying to a nuclear disaster which occurred in their home country, they are pioneering band that aren’t afraid to push the boundaries and make a statement.
Mosh pits and circle pits will be a plenty when these guys hit the stage so be prepared; their addictive and anthemic songs are a crime to be missed and not to be danced to. So those planning out your days at Download, you can’t miss the pure spectacle of music evolution and creation that is Crossfaith.
Buy Apocalyze – Crossfaith on iTunes here
Birmingham four-piece Page 44 may seem like a small time band but these guys are back at Donnington for their fourth time in a row! Since starting up in 2010 the boys have achieved a hell of a lot – they’ve opened up for the likes of The Blackout, opened the Kevin Says stage at the UK warped tour last year and have also had their EP “Leave The Last Man Behind” released for free courtesy of Rocksound Magazine back in 2011 after winning the Red Bull Band Jam competition.
Page 44’s debut album “All That Changes, Stays The Same” was crowd-funded through PledgeMusic and came out in April 2013. Since then they’ve secured support slots for Tides’ upcoming tour, Birmingham’s Fake Festival and have also started work on their second album. The Brummie boys have also taken part in the Soccer Six Rock charity events along with the likes of Blitz Kids and Fort Hope – and y’know charitable bands are always nice to see!
It’s clear the band draw influences from many different places as no two songs sound the same – some songs sound like early Canterbury with the dual vocals, while others are more dancey like Don Broco.
With songs like ‘Answers’ and ‘Watch Me Fade’ they’ll be sure to make you sweaty, jumping messes throughout their set at download this year. Be sure to expect a hell of a lot of energy in the 25 minute slot they’ve been given! These guys are certainly ones to watch.
You can check out their album All That Changes, Stays the Same – Page 44 on iTunes here
Sheffield’s very own While She Sleeps are getting to ready to play only their second show of the year at the hallowed grounds of Donington. The ferocious five piece usually have a hectic and constant stream of live shows pencilled in their diaries, however towards the end of last year vocalist Loz Taylor and the band announced he was to undergo throat surgery. This in turn has delayed the recording of new material and put all live shows on the backburner until he has recovered. This is exactly why they deserve your attention at this years Download Festival; they will be itching to get back to the live environment and will no doubt bring the power and party to the main stage. Having played Warped Tour last summer and also a slot on the main stage at Reading & Leeds they already have good practice ahead of the big one, that can make or break careers, and so far they’re certainly grasping every opportunity thrown their way and making it theirs.
This, and other side shows will essentially be the end of the touring cycle for smash hit debut album, ‘This Is The Six’ and possibly last chance for a while to catch some of your favourites from the album live. With the bulk of album two written and looking over a recent Q & A on the bands FB page, it looks like tour plans are being held close to their chests for now and that the projected release date for the new album to be early next year. So keep your eyes peeled firmly on the WSS social media pages for future announcements, but for now only one thing matters…Download Festival, main stage, 13:55-14:35 this Saturday. Witness the beast coming back to life after recent struggles.
Friday 13th may be unlucky for some, but not for us Downloaders at the Pepsi Max stage. New boys on the block, Royal Blood, are set to play a 30 minute set, so that’s pretty lucky we’d say. The Brighton duo have been non-stop as they accomplish success after success in their two man mission.
Forming only last year and consisting of singer/bassist Mike Kerr and old school friend Ben Thatcher on drums, the pair have already been nominated for the BBC Sound of 2014, as well as earning themselves airtime on BBC Radio 1. And when Arctic Monkeys drummer, Matt Helders, was spotted wearing their tshirt in AM’s headline performance at Glastonbury last year, before the pair had even released their first single, I guess you could say they were pretty lucky too.
But their unique, punch-you-in-the-stomach-and-spit-on-your-face sound isn’t down to luck, but sheer hard work, incredible talent and pretty great facial hair.
With Kerr’s vocals reminiscent of Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme, mixed with the sultry sounds of The Black Keys and tinged with a pinch of Arctic Monkeys, these boys hit the ground running with their punky attitude, grizzly sound and will punch you in the fucking face if you try to get in their way. The heavy distortion of the bass could fool any listener into believing they are a fully fledged band. However, lack of lead guitar does not hinder them but merely sets them apart from the rest as they stand out from the ever-growing crowds of boys with guitars and create something new. Originality is hard to come across these days, but RB have already nailed it before they’ve even released their debut.
‘Out Of The Black’ was the first single to be released, which led the pair finding themselves signed to Warner Bros label that year. Releasing ‘Little Monster’ in February earlier this year, the band powered through and released their four track EP ‘Out Of The Black’ one month later.
Taking no prisoners, they are mercilessly attacking the festival scene at full force this summer. Having already supported Arctic Monkeys at Finsbury Park earlier this year, there is no rest for the wicked as the duo are set for performances at Glastonbury, T In The Park and Reading and Leeds festival later this summer.
Call shotgun and buckle up as you jump onto this bandwagon, because they’re set for a long, bumpy journey. One of which we definitely want to a part of.
As a band seriously on the rise at the moment, Marmozets are everywhere, and they still haven’t released a full length album yet. Still to come in 2014 for Marmozets is the release of their debut album, their Reading & Leeds slot, a support slot with Taking Back Sunday and even a slot at this years Glastonbury Festival! But at Download Festival, the Bradford five piece take to the Pepsi max stage, and bring their boundary pushing mix of pop-rock and math-core.
With a small but great back catalogue of songs from their earlier EP’s ‘Passive Aggressive’ and ‘Vexed’, no doubt their set will be packed with old and new material. Through the release of their albums first single ‘Why Do You Hate Me?’ and the more recent ‘Captivate You’, it’s clear Marmozets still have some bold, innovative ideas up their sleeve. With so many big slots to really show what they’re capable of, Marmozets will not waste their chance to prove to the world that they deserve these major slots and they’re certainly not a band to miss at this years Download Festival.
Check out Why Do You Hate Me? – Single – Marmozets on iTunes here
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