Ozzy rocks Down­load stage

Loughborough Echo - - LEISURE - DAVID GODSALL david.godsall@reach­plc.com

THIS year’s Down­load Fes­ti­val had some of the big­gest per­form­ers ever - and thou­sands upon thou­sands of fans were treated to a feast of rock in glo­ri­ous sun­shine.

The fes­ti­val based at Don­ing­ton Park is now in its 18th year here and fans of all ages de­scended on the venue for three days of mu­sic, food, drink and laugh­ter, as this is by far one of the friendli­est, most re­lax­ing fes­ti­vals in the UK, from the visi­tors to the down-to-earth staff work­ing on site.

A huge line-up of bands were brought to­gether to per­form on the var­i­ous stages, with Fri­day fea­tur­ing such names as Tesser­act, Bad Re­li­gion, Hell is for He­roes and You Me At Six, with Bos­ton Manor kick­ing things off on the main stage.

Highlights of Fri­day in­cluded DragonForce who en­ter­tained the crowd with their power metal songs, while Bri­tish mod­ern metal in­sti­tu­tion Bul­let For My Valen­tine lit up the staged be­fore head­lin­ers Avenged Seven­fold tore it up with some rau­cous rock.

Satur­day saw lots more big names

take to the stage, with Ask­ing Alexan­dria giv­ing a mem­o­rable per­for­mance, Aussie rock ti­tans Park­way Drive were im­pres­sive, and Canadian jug­ger­naut Monster Truck rocked the crowd with a cou­ple of clas­sics, plus a sneak peek at a few tracks from the new al­bum True Rock­ers due out in Septem­ber.

An­other great per­for­mance came from Amer­i­can South­ern bluesy rock­ers Whiskey My­ers who smashed out some tracks and set the stage alive.

High­light in the day was English hard rock band Thun­der. Formed in 1989, the group per­formed a fan­tas­tic set with lead singer Danny Bowes get­ting the crowd go­ing and in­ter­act­ing with them, hav­ing a bit a fun which the fans loved, while also pow­er­ing out some amaz­ing vo­cals.

Black Stone Cherry fol­lowed up with an im­pres­sive set, then it was time for Satur­day’s head­lin­ers, the reunited Guns N’ Roses, to per­form a three-hour set with Axl Rose joined on stage by gui­tar leg­end Slash to per­form a mix­ture of their hits in­clud­ing the an­thems Sweet Child O’ Mine, Par­adise City and even cov­ers in­clud­ing Live And Let Die.

Die-hard Guns N’ Roses fans - of which there were many there - left the arena sat­is­fied af­ter see­ing their idols back to­gether.

The fi­nal day again had some­thing for every­one, with per­for­mances from acts such as All Them Witches, The Hives, No Hot Ashes, Hate­breed and Black Veil Brides.

Shine­down, per­form­ing fresh from a world tour, were a stand­out act with their mas­sive rifts and huge an­thems, again show­ing how get­ting the crowd in­volved lifts the per­for­mance and got the Down­load crowd jump­ing to the mu­sic.

Mar­i­lyn Man­son, fresh off the re­lease of crit­i­cally ac­claimed new al­bum Heaven Up­side Down, gave

an en­er­gised per­for­mance to a heav­ing crowd, be­fore mu­si­cal icon Ozzy Os­bourne touched down on the stage to bring the fes­ti­val to its finale.

And he sure did bring it - pow­er­ing out his hits in his first ever Down­load head­line solo ap­pear­ance, Ozzy rocked the crowd with an im­pres­sive set that proved that maybe this may not be his fi­nal tour af­ter all.... #NoMoreTours 2.

And with plenty else to en­ter­tain visi­tors, from NXT Live wrestling, Sin­drome, Air Gui­tar World Cham­pi­onships, Lords of Light­ning Area 51, com­edy acts... the list goes on and on, Down­load shows it is up there as one of the lead­ing fes­ti­vals in the UK.

Rock on, Down­load 2019!

Rockin’ good fun at Down­load Fes­ti­val.

Fans at Down­load. (Photo by Joseph Raynor/ Not­ting­ham Post)

Cir­cus per­form­ers en­ter­tain a crowd. (Photo by Joseph Raynor/ Not­ting­ham Post)

Ozzy Os­bourne per­form­ing on the Down­load Fes­ti­val main stage. Photo by Ross Halfin

Thun­der live on the main stage at Down­load Fes­ti­val 2018. (Photo by Joseph Raynor/ Not­ting­ham Post)

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