Download Festival review: "Biffy Clyro own Saturday like cats own the internet"
Venue: Donington Park, Leicestershire
The great, the good, the bad and the downright ugly converge in a field in the middle of England for what is still rock’s biggest weekend fun-fest
The tragicomic concerns of everyday life rarely spill over into the hard-rocking escapist fancy-dress party that is Download, but this year real events intrude to an unprecedented degree. Following recent festival bomb scares and terror atrocities at gigs, security at the gates is tighter than ever, with airport-style scanners and bag searches in effect. But once inside, a mood of sunny euphoria dominates. It is Friday, the morning after the snap general election, and the metal nation’s massed hordes are still reeling in dazed disbelief. Having courted the heavy-rock vote during his campaign, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is rewarded inside the arena with tribute T-shirts and even a name-check or two from bands.