Zippo SES­SION TAKE OVER DOWN­LOAD

Iconic brand Zippo brought ex­clu­sive acous­tic sets to Down­load’s back­stage area, let­ting us see a new side to our favourite bands

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This year, Zippo Ses­sions came to Down­load to of­fer fans ex­clu­sive, in­ti­mate back­stage gigs with some of their favourite bands. With around only 100 lucky pun­ters be­ing given ac­cess to each per­for­mance, it was a rare chance for fans to get up close and per­sonal with some of the best rock and metal bands in the game to­day.

Across three days, the likes of Noth­ing More, Ask­ing Alexandria and Baroness all per­formed spe­cial, one-off acous­tic shows for fans who had bought a Zippo lighter at Down­load. What fol­lowed were some of the most unique per­for­mances of any fes­ti­val sea­son.

Noth­ing More were ap­pear­ing at Down­load for the sec­ond time, and came from their Sat­ur­day af­ter­noon slot on the big Zippo Encore stage to play their set. “It was great to be back,” en­thuses singer Jonny Hawkins. “The tran­si­tion from play­ing such a huge stage in front of thou­sands to a su­per-in­ti­mate show brought a re­ally in­ter­est­ing per­spec­tive to the day, and al­lowed us to share a dif­fer­ent side of our­selves and re­ally con­nect with a small au­di­ence for an in­ti­mate ex­pe­ri­ence. We loved it.”

Mean­while, Baroness front­man John Bai­z­ley and gui­tarist Gina Glea­son duet­ted their way through spe­cial ver­sions of Chlo­rine &

Wine, Co­cainium and Eula.

Since 1932, Zippo has made the best lighters in the game, cel­e­brat­ing its 85th an­niver­sary in 2017 and hav­ing sold more than

500 mil­lion lighters world­wide. Zippo Ses­sions in the US have pre­vi­ously fea­tured bands such as Stone Sour, Korn and Al­ter Bridge. This was the first time the Zippo Ses­sions had come to the

UK, but it won’t be the last. Keep an eye on www.zippo.co.uk for fu­ture Ses­sions an­nounce­ments, and use the #Zip­poSes­sions hash­tag to join the con­ver­sa­tion.

“We Re­ally con­nected

with peo­ple IN an in­ti­mate ex­pe­ri­ence”

NOTH­ING MORE’S JONNY EN­JOYED THE SES­SIONS

rock’n’roll brand Zippo: the ul­ti­mate

Even Ben Bruce’s knee liked Ask­ing Alexandria’s set

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