The Guardian festival blog: Download festival review – Guns N’ Roses dominate metal’s biggest party | Music

With everything from cacophonous extreme metal to none-more-vanilla pop-punk on offer, this year’s Download bill caters for more tastes than most – and for the second year on the trot, it doesn’t collapse into a quagmire.

Denmark’s Volbeat conquer Friday with the ease of future champions, attracting a colossal and word-perfect crowd to the main stage. The first time Avenged Sevenfold headlined here in 2014 they seemed overwhelmed by their newfound status, but they have relaxed into their bill-topping boots and deliver a set full of grand anthems, explosive pyro and eccentric detours.

Saturday is all about Powerflo’s thuggish rap-metal, Von Hertzen Brothers’ sun-scorched prog rock and, most amusingly, veteran thrashcore pillocks Lawnmower Deth’s joyous idiocy. Meanwhile, anyone who witnessed raging electrocore militants the Fever 333’s blistering UK debut will still be talking about it next summer.

In fine voice ... Ozzy Osbourne.



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