Andy Copping’s Perfect Day

Source: Download Festival 2017 Event News

Download Festival booker Andy Copping talks us through his perfect day at Donnington!

By the time Sunday comes around the festival is well underway and hopefully I can take some time out to relax and go and watch some of the bands. This year I feel I’ve already got my Sunday planned out……

First, I’m going to catch up with The Cadillac Three on the Main Stage! I’ve seen these guys a few times and they always know how to get a crowd going (luckily they have a pretty big one on the Main Stage!)

Before the next band starts I have some time to walk around site and catch up with some of you guys as well as taking a walk up to the hill to see our resident metal Download Dog who overlooks the festival. If you haven’t ever visited him before you should definitely go and get a picture with him this year!

Next up is DevilDriver, and I can’t wait to see how many circle pits Dez Fafara can conjure up in the Zippo Encore Stage crowd. DevilDriver never fail to deliver and I know they will get the crowd going crazy.

It’s now time to head back to the Main Stage to see Airbourne. Now, who doesn’t love a bit of Airbourne!? We’ve had them at Download a few times now and they never fail to disappoint. True rock stars through and through! P.S Must remember to tell Joel, no climbing this year!

After Airbourne, I have a bit of time before the next act is on to pop backstage and just check everything is ok and catch up with a few people (and maybe even nip out for a cheeky ice cream, which is a secret tradition I have every year).

Hairspray, check! Lip gloss, check! Spandex, check! It must be time for STEEL PANTHER!!!!! There is no one that puts on a show quite like these guys and it’s always a vibrant experience so definitely not one to miss. I can’t deny that they are one of my favourite bands. Let’s party like it’s the end of the word!

After Steel Panther’s colourful assault on the senses I imagine I’ll need to reserve my energy for the forthcoming headliners of the evening, so I’ll stick around the Main Stage to catch Alterbridge and no doubt sing along to a few songs. Get your lighters in the sky Donington!

Oh yes, as the evening draws in let our headliners sets commence. This is what we’ve been waiting for, it’s SLAYER time over at the second stage. No doubt chants of ‘Slayer. Slayer. Slayer.’ fill the air (and the campsite) as the crowd waits for them to hit the stage and you can feel the excitement bubbling as we wait for those first guitar chords to ring out.

Now for those of you who want to also catch AEROSMITH too, don’t fret, we always try and make sure our main headliners don’t clash so you can make the most of your Download experience and savour as many of the bands as you can. So shortly after Slayer finish it’s time to run to the main stage to catch a performance which will no doubt be one that will remain in our memories for a long time to come. It’s AEROSMITH, I mean, come on… many killer songs and you don’t really get many front men like Steven Tyler these days. ‘Walk This Way’, ‘Dude Looks Like a Lady’, ‘Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing’ – whether you’re 16 or 60 you’re going to be singing along to all these hits at the top of your lungs (I know I will be for sure).

And that’s it – another year…..another Download Festival done! Every year it’s just as exciting and I’m already planning 2018!

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