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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 - Michael Starr - American heavy... Manchester United Kingdom, Sunday 16th March 2014

Michael Starr - American heavy metal band Steel Panther performing live on stage at the Manchester O2 Apollo - Manchester, United Kingdom - Sunday 16th March 2014

From Motorist To Minister? Danny Koker Weds Pawn Stars' Rick Harrison And DeAnna Burditt

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Danny 'The Count' Koker of the show Counting Cars presided over the marriage of his 'Pawn Stars' friend Rick Harrison and his partner DeAnna Burditt at the Ritz in Laguna Niguel, California on Sunday (July 21st 2013) - though still manages to get away with no sleeves on his suit.

The 'Counting Cars' automobile restorer took holy orders to become an ordained minister in order to legally marry his frequent co-star from his appearances on 'Pawn Stars'. He may have been known as 'The Count' before, but his latest career venture will no doubt earn him quite a few more nicknames - though, thankfully, he left the dog collar at home and opted for his usual beanie hat and sleeveless shirt.

Harrison also had his father Richard Harrison Sr. (known by most 'Pawn Stars' viewers as The Old Man) close by and roped in his Gold and Silver Pawn Shop colleague Chumlee as the ringbearer, while famously crude metal band Steel Panther was their main entertainment - though he has admitted there was a lot more organising than he had originally expected of a wedding. 'I just had no idea there was so much involved. I just thought you got a cake, had a party, buy a keg', he told People previously, despite having been married twice before.

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Picture - Steel Panther performing at Thebarton... , Tuesday 9th October 2012

Steel Panther, Thebarton Theatre and Adelaide Tuesday 9th October 2012 Steel Panther performing at Thebarton Theatre in Adelaide

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