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Download Festival live review - Donington Park, Derby

Live Review

Venue: Donington Race Course, Derby

Black Peaks, TesseracT, Periphery, Good Tiger and Nightwish bring some prog to the UK's biggest metal fest.

Only the strong survive at Download this year. The strong and anyone with really good-quality waterproofs. But even as the Donington site begins to resemble a World War I battlefield (minus the corpses), the music continues to provide some sunshine and to remind us why we put ourselves through this soggy torture (nearly) every year.

Black Peaks may have an early start on Saturday, but it doesn’t detract from their debut Download experience. Plaid-shirted frontman Joe Gosney stalks the stage with bags of energy to bash out their particularly unique blend of alt-rock, metal and prog. These Brightonians are easily one of the most exciting and original new bands on the rock scene today, as today’s set certifies.

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