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Download Festival - 2016 Review


This year's Download Festival turned out to be a very wet weekend with constant downpours and thunderstorms throughout the three days, but what would 'Drownload' festival be without a little bit of rain? Thick with mud and soggy from the rain, the crowds all gathered looking for a fantastic time and with phenomenal headliners Rammstein, Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden the weekend was never going to disappoint. Aside from the wrestling and the creative Zippo lighters that you could engrave in the Zippo Encore booth, as well as get hold of the limited edition Download Zippo lighter, the music line up for this year's festival was phenomenal - and we can't wait for the next Download festival already.

Download Festival - 2016 Review

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There were multiple highlights throughout the weekend, and as we stocked up on burgers, we headed down to the Lemmy stage to catch one of the more out-there acts of the weekend - Babymetal. Babymetal were mesmerising as they always are, with hit songs Gimme Chocolate and Road To Resistance taking the crowd by storm. A giant circle pit opened as the Japanese J-pop/metal band took to the stage and gave a fantastically choreographed performance as always.

Killswitch Engage managed to slay the stage as they always do, even in the torrential downpour that overtook their set, as the band plunged into hit songs My Curse, Strength Of The Mind and My Last Serenade, there was nothing that they can do to disappoint. A huge crowd turned out to watch the band, even in the mudpit that the Lemmy stage gave way to.

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Deftones , Chino Moreno - Download Festival - Day 3 - Performances at Donington Park, Download Festival - Donington, United Kingdom - Sunday 12th June 2016

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Chino Moreno - Deftones perform at Wembley Arena at Wembley Arena - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 4th June 2016

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Babymetal To Make Uk Debut At Sonisphere In July 2014

Posted on 08 April 2014

Babymetal To Make UK Debut At Sonisphere In July 2014

BBC Introducing Stage, Dance To The Radio And Even More For The Leeds And Reading Festivals On 23-25 August 2013

Posted on 25 July 2013

Bbc Introducing Stage, Dance To The Radio And Even More For The Leeds And Reading Festivals On 23-25 August 2013

Chi Cheng's Legacy Lives On In Deftones Of 2013


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With the death of Deftones original bassist Chi Cheng goes the departure of perhaps one of the more unassuming but quietly pivotal bassists of the past two decades or so.

Deftones influence didn’t always lend itself to worthy disciples - with the likes of Limp Bizkit and the nu-metal movement completely failing to grasp the subtlety and intelligence behind the great slabs of noise that made up Deftones’ 1997’s breakthrough album ‘Around The Fur,’ looking even more rudimentary as the group furthered themselves from the field with 2000’s seminal ‘White Pony’- but with Cheng in charge of the lo-end the group set about producing a run of records between Around The Fur and 2003’s Deftones that have arguably been unsurpassed by any other heavy rock group then or since.

Cheng’s bass lines were key in White Pony in particular, featuring a diversity that meant they often the bed rock whether contributing to the furiously thrashing ‘Elite’ or playing with the space and silence as much as the noise on the quiet-loud builds of ‘Digital Bath’ and ‘Change (In The House Of Flies)’. Live he was again an assured if un-showy presence, the group at their ferocious peak with him on board. It was in 2008 that Cheng was involved in a serious car accident, which put him in the tragically irreversible coma, but he’s never been forgotten even as Deftones brought in another bassist. It’s perhaps a dark irony that last year’s Koi No Yokan is perhaps the best album the band have recorded since White Pony, but it’s also turned out to be a fitting tribute to a musician who set them on the path to what they are today – one of the few untouchable acts left in rock music.

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Chi Cheng Dies: Deftones Bassist Dead Aged 42


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Chi Cheng, the bassist for metal group Deftones, has died. Cheng was left in a semi-conscious state that he has never been able to escape from following a car accident in 2008, yesterday (April 14) marking the date that his suffering finally ended. His family posted on Oneloveforchi.com late last night saying that Chi had been taken to the emergency room, his mother, Jeanne Marie Cheng, wrote, "He left this world with me singing songs he liked in his ear."

This morning, Deftones frontman Chino Moreno confirmed Cheng's untimely passing on his Facebook page, although the group have yet to release an official statement relating to Cheng's passing. The Grammy-winning band reluctantly began playing again after Cheng's accident with a back-up bassist, Sergio Vega, but as a founding member of the group Cheng always remained a source of influence for the band. Cheng co-founded the band along with Moreno, Stephen Carpenter and Abe Cunningham in 1988 and he performed on their first five albums (three of which went platinum, one gold) until 2006's Saturday Night Wrist. The band had been working on new material at the time of Cheng's accident, but were forced to selve the project following his accident.

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Reading And Leeds Festivals Return With Green Day Headliner And More On 23rd-25th August 2013

Posted on 12 March 2013

Reading And Leeds Festivals Return With Green Day Headliner And More On 23rd-25th August 2013

Metallica's Orion Festival Reveals 2013 Line-Up, Including Red Hot Chili Peppers


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Metallica have revealed the line-up for their second annual Orion Music + More Festival, and as you’d expect from the ageing veterans of heavy metal, it’s one that bristles with more noise and riffs than you can shake a Flying V guitar at.

Over 30 acts have been announced so far for the five stages, with Metallica being joined by the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rise Against, Deftones and Bassnectar for the two day event that takes place in Detroit on June 8th and 9th. “Last year’s Orion Music + More Festival was hands down the highlight of the Metallica calendar. A great time was had by all, especially the band members,” Lars Ulrich said in a press release reported by Classic Rock “The fact that it also resonated with enough of our fans and friends that it warrants another go-around in ’13 is beyond exciting. I can think of no better place than the Motor City, with its rich and diverse history of music, for the second ride on our Orion festival train. Bring it the f— on!”

With the Chilis joining Metallica as headliners, it marks a potentially busy time for their bassist Flea, who has also been involved in Thom Yorke’s Atoms For Peace project. They released their album AMOK today (February 25, 2013) and he’ll be likely joining them on some live dates as well.

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Chino Moreno - Deftones performing at Manchester Academy at Manchester Academy - Manchester, United Kingdom - Monday 18th February 2013

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Deposit Scheme For Reading And Leeds 2013, Featuring Alt-J, Deftones And Boy Better Know


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It may still only be November but tomorrow (November 30, 2012), early bird tickets will go on sale for next year’s Reading and Leeds Festivals, with Mercury Music Prize winners Alt-J unsurprisingly featuring on the list. The festivals take place on the August bank holiday weekend and the festival organisers are following in the footsteps of Glastonbury Festival by introducing a £50 deposit scheme, to help spread out the cost of the ticket price, which could be a little too steep, especially this close to Christmas.

Other acts to be announced in the line-up are Sub Focus, Deftones and Wiley’s grime gang, Boy Better Know. The line-up will be moving away from its rock traditions, as the tastes of the festival’s audience begins to diversify. Organiser Melvin Benn told the press earlier this year “There will quite a bit more dance music, quite a bit more other bits and pieces” and also announced that there will also be three new stages introduced at the festival, too.

Tickets for the two festivals which run the same line-ups, on separate days, will go on sale at 9am tomorrow morning . The deposit scheme ensures that fans can secure their ticket for the festival, as long as they pay the balance before March 31, 2013. For a limited period (until December 31, 2012, tickets will be on sale at 2012 prices.

Deftones Sunday 14th November 2010 Deftones performing at Manchester Apollo Manchester, England

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Deftones Announce UK Tour With Support From Coheed And Cambria!

Posted on 07 September 2010

Deftones Announce UK Tour With Support From Coheed And Cambria!

Deftones - Friday 9th July 2010 at Optimus Alive! Lisborn, Portugal

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Deftones, Mein, Single Review


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