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Which of these people’s first gig was Billie Piper?

…And which one’s best ever gig was Bring Me The Horizon? We spoke to fans at Download and the Metal Hammer Golden Gods. What they said might surprise you.

Rockers, punks, metalheads – do these names even mean anything any more?

As smartphones and streaming services change the way we listen to music and social media means that you get your news from a million different sources, is the typical rock and metal fan being redefined? (Is there any such thing as the ‘typical’ rock and metal fan?)

To find out, we spoke to people at Download and the Metal Hammer Golden Gods and asked them some simple questions. The answers themselves probably won’t surprise you – the people who give them might. Have a look at the gallery below and see if you can tell which of them is a Bestival regular, whose first gig was Blue, spot the Phil Collins fan, and try and work out whose love of new music was trigged by Nightwish…


Ian, Oil worker, Aberdeen

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Why are you here?

Mainly because I got free tickets from him [points to his mate, Liam]. He runs and owns Daily Dischord, a webzine.

What was your first ever gig?

Oh, that was Billie Piper. It was genuinely Billie Piper. I’m a massive fan, yeah. She fell from grace and she’s never been the same since.

What’s your favourite Billie Piper song?

That one she sings. [Thinks] What did she fucking sing again? 

Gemma, bar worker, London

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Why are you here?

Because this is my home. 

Because it feels like home?

Yeah. As soon as you walk up and you’re in the car park, and you’ve got your chair on your back and your beer in your hand… I love it. It’s my fourth year and I’ve been here every year with my parents. They’re the best parents in the world. They’re my best friends.

What was the first gig you ever went to?

Actually, I think it was Peaches. I love Peaches! I’m going to see Foo Fighters at Wembley next weekend. [Hmm. That's what YOU think...]

Bradley And Tony,  London and The Wirral

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Is this your first Download?

Bradley: Oh god, no. This would be about my seventh Download but about my 19th Donington. There you go! And I’m still young and beautiful!

What’s the best band you’ve seen here?

Bradley: Rammstein! Without a doubt - with that fucking big phallic cock? It’s all about the cock, oh yeah.

What was the first gig you ever went to?

Bradley: Actually it was the Two Ronnies at Hammersmith Odeon.

Tony: Mine was Little And Large at Blackpool- 

Bradley: Nah, fuck off! That’s just cos I said The Two Ronnies! 

Tony: …Or Ronnie James Dio at Liverpool Empire. Actually, that’s The Three Ronnies!

Dave, Clacton


Why are you here?

Why am I here? Really? [Gestures around him] This is why I’m here.

Was there any particular band that drew you?

Well I booked my tickets at the end of last year, and while the line-up’s not so great this time, there’s a few I’m looking out for. Muse I’m interested to see, Slipknot were amazing last night. Stuff like this [Hollywood Undead are playing] is not really for me.

What was the first gig you ever went to?

It would’ve been a local band, but if we’re talking big concerts and stuff, Download. I think I was 15 or 16 so probably 2005/6.

Can you remember who headlined?

No. I don’t remember much about that weekend. I’ve got vague memories of my teenage years…

Tom & Jess, Darlington


Why are you here?

Jess: Download – it’s amazing, this is my fourth one.

What was the first gig you went to?

Tom: Iron Maiden in 2005, Newcastle.

Jess: Avenged Sevenfold and Stone Sour in Newcastle.

Brittany & Natasha, Leeds

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Why are you here?

Brittany: Cos I fucking love metal. 

Natasha: I love metal, I love rock, I love indie - to be fair, I’m quite diverse.

Who’s your favourite band?

Natasha: I pretty much listen to anything. Today, I’m psyched for Slipknot and I’m looking forward to Five Finger.

What was the first gig you ever went to?

Brittany: I went to see Enter Shikari when I was about 13.

Natasha: I think I came to that. We went together. 

Brittany: I’ve seen so many people, it’s unbelievable. I’ve seen Sabbath, I’ve seen Priest.

What’s the coolest place to go to in Leeds?

Brittany: It used to be Cockpit but now it’s Key club. People were fucking devastated when Cockpit closed.

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