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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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Sharon den Adel and Within Temptation - Dutch rock band Within Temptation perform at Wembley Arena as part of their 'Hydra' tour - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 12th April 2014

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Sharon Den Adel and Within Temptation
Ruud Adrianus Jolie and Within Temptation
Ruud Adrianus Jolie, Sharon Den Adel and Within Temptation
Sharon Den Adel and Within Temptation
Sharon Den Adel and Within Temptation

Sharon den Adel - Within Temptation performing a sell out show at Manchester O2 Apollo - Manchester, United Kingdom - Friday 11th April 2014

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Within Temptation and Ruud Jolie
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Within Temptation, Sharon Den Adel and Jeroen Van Veen
Within Temptation and Sharon Den Adel
Within Temptation and Sharon Den Adel

Within Temptation and Coliseu Dos Recreios Wednesday 12th October 2011 Dutch symphonic metal/rock band Within Temptation performing live at Coliseu dos Recreios. Lisbon, Portugal

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Within Temptation and Coliseu Dos Recreios
Within Temptation and Coliseu Dos Recreios
Within Temptation and Coliseu Dos Recreios
Within Temptation and Coliseu Dos Recreios

Within Temptation Thursday 22nd September 2011 Dutch band, Within Temptation performing at Filmfestival. Utrecht, Holland

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Within Temptation - Wednesday 10th October 2007 at E-werk Cologne, Germany

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