Photo taken from Download's website gallery, the Main Stage during Airbourne's set in 2017

Unmissable bands at Download Festival this year

Download Festival logo with red Download Dog

I currently cannot contain my excitement in the office of my “day job”, because next week I’m going to Download Festival! I haven’t been since 2012(!!),  but it used to be my every summer festival of choice! I’m a rock girl at heart and this festival was my home for 6 years. There’s nothing quite like the family feeling of the Download crew, and I’m looking forward to getting nostalgic to my past festival years, but also discovering new music! The Download bill is spilling over with the best of old and new rock talent, and I am certain I will be running between stages trying to fit in as much as possible.

Me in 2012 with my friend stood in front of the main stage at Download Festival holding beers

Have a throwback pic way back in 2012 when I had a brown & pink bob haircut!

So with a few short days til the festival begins on the 8th June (even earlier if you’re doing 5 day camping!) I thought I’d put together a short list of my absolute must see bands (not including the headliners!) playing this year’s Download Festival. As you know, I never like to just put forward my own musical taste, so I’ve also asked for some suggestions from seasoned Downloaders on the festival’s very active Facebook group.

Firstly, here’s the Download Festival 2018 Line Up Poster:

The Download Festival 2018 line up poster featuring headliners Avenged Sevenfold, Guns N Roses, and Ozzy Osbourne

Without further ado…

My Download Festival must-see bands:

The Temperance Movement – This British blues rock band are going to be absolutely spectacular on the main stage. A friend of mine dragged me to one of their gigs in North London a few years back, and they have been one of my favourite recent discoveries. I’m obsessed with their self titled album. Listen to “Only Friend”, and then I’ll see you on Saturday afternoon down the front 😉

Whiskey Myers – If you like Black Stone Cherry, you’ll love Whiskey Myers. They’re Southern style rock with big riffs. I’ve never seen them live and am really looking forward to it!

The Hives – Some people may wonder why The Hives are on the line up, but I honestly implore you to go see them. The lead singer, Howlin’ Pelle, is one of the top frontmen I’ve ever seen, and despite some of their songs being more Radio 1 than Metal Hammer, their live show is super energetic and much more rock than pop. They will surprise you!

Napalm Death – if you like it heavy the Napalm Death will quench your thirst. This metal/grindcore band have been around since 1981 and are still serious performers. I can’t wait to get down the front for these guys, though I’ll have to be careful I don’t get a black eye in the mosh pit (or maybe I’ll wear it with pride).

Rise Against – I’ll be honest, I really need to do my homework before next week before I see Rise Against again. I know their albums “Siren Song of Counter Culture” and “Revolutions Per Minute” off by heart, but I have not kept up to date with their albums very well, and haven’t even listened once to their 2017 “Wolves” album. However I do know that they are incredible live having seen them several times. Their modern high energy American punk will have you headbanging.

More throwback photos of me at Download festival in 2012, the first to be nicknamed Drownload. The Second photo is me with one of the Download Police. Lovely guys!

More throwback photos of me at Download Festival in 2012, the first to be nicknamed Drownload. The second photo is me with one of the Download Police. Lovely guys!


From the Download Festival Facebook group:

From experience watching Turbonegro is one of the best things you’ll ever see. The energy is immense… bring denim and a towel.

Thrice are one of my favourite bands and put on an insanely good show. Dustin’s voice is a wonder – perfect clean vocals all the way through to deep screams. Such a fun band to watch.

– Nik McMahon

For me I’d say The Struts. One of my favourite bands right now. They played the 4th stage back in 2015 and are now playing the first stage this year. They aren’t as big over here, despite being a British band, but they’ve gotten really big over in the US, having toured with The Rolling Stones, Guns n Roses and Foo Fighters!

–  Mark Carnochan

Dream State are gonna be massive!! New EP released recently then they played the Breakout Stage at Slam Dunk last week, before they play on the Avalanche Stage!! Definitely looking forward to them.

Matt Marquis

See you in a few short days Download!

If you see me, be sure to say hi!


Photo taken from Download's website gallery, the Main Stage during Airbourne's set in 2017

This photo as taken from the Download Festival website gallery

12 thoughts on “Unmissable bands at Download Festival this year

  1. Will says:

    Great stuff! Like you I am a repeat Downloader (4th year!) And love the atmosphere and the new and known bands.

    I will take your recommendations and will give you a high five if I see you!

  2. Louise says:

    I am so jealous I’ve always wanted to go to Download. Although it tends to feature heavier bands than what I’m used to on it’s lineup, I still think it’s an experience I want to try at least once. I’d have loved to see The Maine (huge fan of them and have seen them many times!), Guns N Roses and Rise Against. I heard Rise Against put on an amazing show x

    • wheresmytent says:

      Rise Against were AMAZING, and of course GNR blew my mind! Thanks for the comment Louise, next year we should go together! Review coming soon! x

  3. Hannah says:

    My friends absolutely love Download but it’s never been my kind of scene. Reading is as far as I go, ha! Sounds like you had a great time though 🙂

  4. Helen says:

    Did you have an amazing time? I was SO jealous of everyone at Download, the line up for this year was amazing! I had booked Ed Sheeran tickets for my daughter and it was the same weekend so we couldn’t go. I would have loved to have seen Rise Against, Bullet and Shinedown.

  5. Kirsty says:

    I grew up on the music of oozy osbourne so that must have been incredible to see on the Sunday night to close download. It’s always been on my list of a festival I would love to attend as I love so many of the bands from A7X and you me at six!

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