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Download Festival 2014 Review


Download Festival 2014 was a tamer affair than in previous years, largely owing to the event's tightened alcohol and drugs searches, bands being instructed not to encourage the crowds to mosh, more mainstream main stage headliners, fewer boobs being shown on the live camera feed, and the sombre tone of the renamed 'Stephen Sutton Stage'. Instead of holding a silence for the cancer-struck teen, festival attendees took part in a minute of respectful applause, which was paralleled by comedy pop punk band Bowling For Soup's tribute to the late comic, Rik Mayall.

Download Festival 2014 Review

In memoriam sections aside, the festival managed to transform what could be perceived as a weaker line-up compared to its preceding year into a three-day celebration of a broad range of the rock spectrum, filled with bespoke performance gems and quality heavy metal memories. First night closers Avenged Sevenfold brought a larger stage to Donington than they'd ever taken out of the US and combined imposing crypt-inspired adornments with an explosive set that proved on a world stage that they are worthy successors to titans Metallica and Iron Maiden.

The beady-eyed punter will have had a ball spotting the odd and hilarious happenings across the weekend, including a "face-melting" washboard solo from Berlin faux cowboys The BossHoss, punk's immature popsters Bowling For Soup asking a knight to decapitate a giant inflatable sheep, full contact medieval fighting from Battle Heritage, and Killswitch Engage's Jesse Leach inviting the crowd to "dance responsibly" to a particularly heavy breakdown. Ribs were probably broken in the latter instance.

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Picture - Jaret Reddick and Bowling for... Liverpool United Kingdom, Friday 18th October 2013

Jaret Reddick and Bowling For Soup - Bowling For Soup perform as part of their 'Bid Farewell Tour 2013' at O2 Academy Liverpool - Liverpool, United Kingdom - Friday 18th October 2013

Bowling For Soup - Interview

Interview with Bowling For Soup October 2013

Bowling for Soup, Fishin' for Woos Album Review


Through my early teen years, Bowling for Soup were almost a permanent fixture on my stereo, although in recent years they fell off my radar. Fishin' for Woos is their first album after being dropped from their record deal with Jive, and they promised a more 'classic' sounding BFS record, which is exactly what they've delivered.

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Picture - Erik Chandler of Bowling For... Liverpool, England, Tuesday 19th October 2010

Chandler and Bowling For Soup Tuesday 19th October 2010 Erik Chandler of Bowling For Soup performing at Liverpool O2 Academy. Liverpool, England

Picture - Jaret Reddick of Bowling For... Liverpool, England, Tuesday 19th October 2010

Bowling For Soup Tuesday 19th October 2010 Jaret Reddick of Bowling For Soup performing at Liverpool O2 Academy. Liverpool, England

Picture - Gary Wiseman of Bowling For... Liverpool, England, Tuesday 19th October 2010

Bowling For Soup Tuesday 19th October 2010 Gary Wiseman of Bowling For Soup performing at Liverpool O2 Academy. Liverpool, England

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