Download update: Saturday

Air raid warning: Bruce Dickinson
Who played…
Main stage: Iron Maiden, Queens Of The Stone Age, Motorhead, Alice In Chains, Mastodon, Black Star Riders, Young Guns, UFO
Zippo Encore Stage: Enter Shikari, Jimmy Eat World, Thunder, Lit, Karnivool, Katatonia, Escape The Fate, Hardcore Superstar, Heaven’s Basement, I Divide
Pepsi Max Stage: The Hives, Kvelertak, Chthonic, Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats, Bury Tomorrow, Heart Of A Coward, Empress, Walking Papers, Nekrogoblikon, Earthtone9, Crowns, Hill Valley High, Broken
Red Bull Studio Stage: Last Witness, Rat Attack, Lonely The Brave, Voodoo Six, Press To Meco, Searching Alaska, Wounds, Sky Valley Mistress, Silent Screams, Black Moth, Astroid Boys, Idiom, The Wild Lies, Cytota
Jagermeister Acoustic Stage: Devin Townsend, Acoustic TV, Buffalo Summer, Crowns, Straight Lines, Fahran, The Killing Floor, The Afterparty
Light touch: Maiden heat it up
Couldn’t have asked for more…
Asking Alexandria knew their Friday set could go one of two ways – guitarist Ben Bruce said: “We’d either get bottled or it would be amazing. And it was amazing; we got an encore!” As a result he possibly got a little too excited: agreeing to drummer James Cassells’ assertion that they’d wanted to play Download since attending as teenagers, Ben said: “I jizzed in my pants. Game on!”
Working for the moment…
In This Moment leader Maria Brink told how she never stops working on the band’s art – and playing to an audience is what she lives for. “We’ve fallen in love with bringing visual art to the show,” she explained. “When you see us, I want to bring art to it. I’m a workaholic; I’m OCD. I’m continuously writing things down and singing little things into my phone.”
Munky’s metal music…
Korn guitarist Munky didn’t quite say so, but you get the feeling he’s delighted about the results of having Brian ‘Head’ Welch back on board for their next album. He commented: “Having Head back has brought more metal back. The new album is guitar driven, which I’m happy about and he’s happy about. There’s a lot less electronics – they’re still in there but not as heavy. We’re looking for a September release and hopefully a single soon.”
Papa’s back…
Jacoby Shaddix said he hoped Papa Roach could put the distractions of the last year behind them. “The theme of the next record is ‘face everything and rise,’” he reported. “This is going to be the one where we refocus and recalibrate the band.”
It’s a bit hippie…
Walking Papers bassist Duff McKagan has played at Donington six times – but since the band appeared twice this weekend he decided to count seven. It’s six more than bandmate Jeff Angell, who was impressed, but a little taken aback, by his first experience. “It’s pretty mad,” he said. “There’s nothing you can put on camera that captures what it’s like. Slipknot was like watching a fireworks display and a crime scene at the same time. For a metal festival it’s a bit hippie.”
Fear of the light…
One thing was foremost in the minds of Enter Shikari before they hit the stage: terror of their own lighting rig. “It’s the most exciting set we’ve ever had,” said Chris Batten, while Rou Reynolds added: “And the most dangerous. It’s all moving and coming in at you from different angles.” Their second-stage headline performance saw them performing new track Radiate for the first time – and presenting guitarist Rory Clewlow with a One Direction birthday cake partway through the gig. (Because it was his birthday.)
Heep touched by Bolder gesture…
Uriah Heep thanked Download bosses for a thoughtful gesture in memory of late bassist Trevor Bolder during their main-stage set. Russell Gilbrook commented: “We really played well and the crowd were with us from the first note. The most amazing thing happened: they put Trevor’s photo up as a tribute. He would have been so honoured. He was there with us – and turned the rain into sun as we started our set. A day I will remember so well for ever.”
Acoustic Terror-virgin…
Tony Wright’s Acoustic TV side-project – in which he delivers Terrorvision songs in a stripped-down two-piece format – were meant to have played a number of small pub gigs before appearing at Download. But it didn’t happen, meaning it was Wright’s first time playing the music to a crowd. That wasn’t worrying him ahead of time; he said: “It’s going to be great. I hope people hear our songs and the words in a different way.”
Down with The Sickness…
Corey Taylor admitted his bandmates once nicknamed him “The Sickness” – and you may not want to know why. “I would through up before every show because I was so amped,” he remembered. “Then the way I’d sing would make me throw up. They’d be like, ‘Dude, the sickness is just flowing out of you.’ So that was my first nickname.”
Taylor is the proud owner of one Grammy, but he doesn’t think he’ll get another because he keeps bad-mouthing the organisation. “If I ever win another one I’m going to weld a metal dowel into the bell and hang toilet paper from it. It’s a proper tribute to a Grammy award.”
He ain’t heavy, he’s my Jimmy…
Jimmy Eat World weren’t concerned about playing among a stack of much heavier bands, as they did this weekend. Frontman Jim Adkins explained: “I sort of like a challenge of trying to win over people. At the events which are skewed heavier than us it’s still a fun time. Everyone is just really into music – why else would they spend three days getting muddy? When we start with our Rihanna cover that should set the tone.”