As always, my post-festival post is long overdue, partly because I’ve spent the time recovering, chilling out or seeing my boys in Guns N Roses tear up London…either way, I’m back to talk about Download Festival 2017 and *spoiler alert* how it’s been the best one in years.
2017 marks the 9th year I’ve been going to Download for, since I was a lil 13 year old gal. It’s reached the stage now where it’s more like homecoming than anything; it represents some of the most fun times I have every year with a bunch of the most accepting people, and for that I love it.
One of the main reasons I go to Download every year (financial stability permitting) is to see all of my friends spanning from different countries. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – festival friends are friends for life. There’s no way you’re not going to be life friends after spending 5 days cooped up in a field, in some right states, having not showered in 5 days* with people you’ve never met before! Once they’ve seen you in that state, the only way is up. I’ve made friends at Download who I’m still friends with to this day, and that’s the beauty of the place.
*Disclaimer: I always shower at Download. I mean it doesn’t help, but the effort is there…
Line-up wise, this year was a bit poor but the weather actually held out for once! There’s something beautiful about a Download that doesn’t rain as it happens so rarely! For once I got to ditch the wellies and crack out shorts and trainers, a welcome change after last year…
I’m also going to throw in a disclaimer saying yes, I look awful in most of these photos but that’s what festivals are about, right?
Top 11 Highlights from Download 2017:
11: Seeing The Dillinger Escape Plan’s last ever UK show
I’m not going to lie, they were one of the last bands on the Sunday, closing the Avalanche Stage and by that point it’s impressive I was still standing, but they played a set to break my heart which was incredible in so many ways.
10: The LaFontaines
I saw this band for the first time at 2000 Trees last year and I love them. They played the Dogtooth stage this year and the Scottish energy in the tent was palpable.
9: The weather
I’m sorry, I have to give another shout-out to the weather. It’s just so rare that it doesn’t rain, let alone is consistently sunny for the whole weekend! It definitely improves the festival mood.
8: Peaked Apparel’s Zombie Pikachu
Just, Zombie Pikachu.
7: Creeper’s whole set
Creeper are going places and I’m going to be right behind them. They might have been playing early on a Saturday morning but they drew a huge crowd and it was worth it.
6: Watching the Election results in the cinema tent
There’s something to be said for chanting “OOOOOH JEREMY CORBYN” every time Labour won a seat, and people throwing drinks at the giant cinema screen whenever Theresa May or Nigel Farage came on screen. Up there as one of the best nights of my life. Enough said.
5: Seeing Good Charlotte for the first time
Circumstance would have it that I’ve never seen Good Charlotte – what a way to pop my cherry than their first ever Download set. 15 year old me was happy. Very happy.
4: Camp Don’t Be A Dick
Every year we reconvene, every year bigger and better than the last. There’s always approximately 20 of us and while it’s getting ridiculous, they’re some of the best people in my life and they make every year great.
3: System Of A Down headlining
Again, never seen System. Would see System again. V good.
2: The Hippy Chippy’s sweet chilli cheese chips
Honestly, I don’t even care that they made it to second place, those chips kept me alive all weekend.
1: Discovering an entire forest bar I didn’t even know existed
Download always surprises me, and there’s no time like 4:30am on the Sunday to discover that there’s an entire bar in a hidden forest, complete with paper butterflies stapled to the trees and everything. I’ll probably never find it again. Does it really exist? Who knows.