THE ROAD TO GREAT­NESS

Ahead of their re­turn to Down­load, we pick seven his­toric UK gigs that helped Avenged on their jour­ney to the big time

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THE UK DE­BUT

WHERE: Glas­gow QMU

WHEN: Fe­bru­ary 7, 2004

WE SAY: The mo­ment our na­tion was in­tro­duced to Avenged first­hand dur­ing their tour with Lost­prophets and The Bronx. While some scoffed at their AFImeets-Guns N’ Roses im­age, the songs spoke for them­selves. Safe to say, they made an im­pres­sion.

THE FIRST FES­TI­VAL

WHERE: Read­ing Fes­ti­val

WHEN: Au­gust 28, 2004

WE SAY: Pack­ing out the Con­crete Jun­gle tent (remember that?), Avenged’s first time on a UK fes­ti­val stage was an ab­so­lute riot, spark­ing some of the big­gest pits of the en­tire week­end. They stole the day and earned them­selves a le­gion of new fol­low­ers.

THE GAME-CHANGER

WHERE: Down­load Fes­ti­val

WHEN: June 10, 2006

WE SAY: Strid­ing on­stage in cus­tomised A7X football shirts (that year’s Down­load took place in the mid­dle of a World Cup), they dom­i­nated the main stage, stak­ing their claim as a band des­tined for big­ger things. One of metal’s most promis­ing bands had come of age.

THE BIG SUP­PORT SLOT

WHERE: Twick­en­ham Sta­dium

WHEN: July 5, 2008

WE SAY: Be­ing picked to sup­port Iron Maiden at the metal le­gends’ big­gest ever UK show is no small or­der, but Avenged went down well with an of­ten-dif­fi­cult crowd, im­press­ing 80,000 met­al­heads with a con­fi­dent, ma­ture show­ing.

THE REV’S LAST SHOW

WHERE: Son­siphere Fes­ti­val

WHEN: Au­gust 2, 2009

WE SAY: That A7X’s head­line set on Son­i­sphere’s sec­ond stage was one of the most mem­o­rable of a week­end that in­cluded Me­tal­lica speaks vol­umes. That it was the final show The Rev would ever play lends it an un­for­tu­nate – but im­por­tant – emo­tional grav­i­tas.

THE DOWN­LOAD HEAD­LINER

WHERE: Down­load Fes­ti­val

WHEN: June 13, 2014 WE SAY: eight years af­ter they first im­pressed on Down­load’s main stage, Avenged were back as head­lin­ers. Pack­ing their mighty Hail To The King set, it was a retina-burn­ing, pyro- and prop-filled feast for the senses; Avenged hadn’t been passed the torch – they had proudly taken it.

THE GREAT­EST SHOW ON EARTH

WHERE: London O2 Arena

WHEN: Jan­uary 21, 2017

WE SAY: Could Avenged recre­ate the bold am­bi­tion of

The Stage live? You bet your ass they could. Us­ing the Cirque Du Soleil as in­spi­ra­tion, Avenged crafted one of the most im­pres­sive stage shows ever seen, with the setlist to match. We can only imag­ine what Down­load 2018 will bringx…xxxSxxx

Avenged at Down­load in 2006, al­ready eye­ing up the head­line slot

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