Download update: Sunday


Who played…
Main Stage: Rammstein, 30 Seconds To Mars, The Gaslight Anthem, Stone Sour, Parkway Drive, Five Finger Death Punch, Coal Chamber, Cancer bats, Sacred Mother Tongue
Zippo Encore Stage: Limp Bizkit, A Day To Remember, Airbourne, Ghost, Rival Sons, Amon Amarth, Masters Of Reality, Graveyard, The Ghost Inside, Hellyeah, Blitz Kids
Pepsi Max Stage: Satyricon, Modestep, POD, Newsted, Red Fang, Vision Of Disorder, Bleed From Within, Hacktivist, Brutality Will Prevail, Little Caesar, Krokodil, States Of Panic, Bovine
Red Bull Studio Stage: Sonic Boom Six, Glamour Of The Kill, I Am I, Falling With Style, Surrender The Coast, The Howling, Forever Can Wait, Radkey, Buffalo Summer, Huntress, Black Dogs, Mordecai, The First, Naked Flame
Jagermesiter Acoustic Stage: Heaven’s Basement, Pig Iron, Crash Mansion, New Killer Shoes, Night X Night, The Graveltones, Arthemis
Basement on fire…
Heaven’s Basement played twice this weekend: a full-power set yesterday and an acoustic one today. But however it’s delivered, singer Aaron Buchanan has a clear favourite among their songs. “Fire, Fire is the babe for me,” he said. I believed in that song from day one. It’s had such a great response all over the world; I’m stoked to be able to hear people scream along with me each night.”
No repeat performance…
Five Finger Death Punch literally stopped the show on their last visit to Donington in 2010. When frontman Ivan Moody invited the fans to get involved, too many took him at his word and security moved in to clear the stage before they were allowed to continue. Drummer Jeremy Spencer wouldn’t speak negatively of that moment, saying instead: “What a crazy day that was – there were 5000 over the barricade!” But he has his own survival tips for a festival weekend: “Drink lots of water, wear sunscreen and comfortable shoes.” The second is optional most years.
Hacked off?
Josh Gurner of Hacktivist thought he had a good reason for missing Enter Shikari this weekend – his band were supposed to be opening for Limp Bizkit in Glasgow. But the show was called off while Fred Durst received medical attention to make sure he was fit for tonight’s set. Gurner said: “We were gutted to be missing Shikari, but supporting Limp Bizkit seemed like a good excuse.” The band are riding high at the moment with a lot of new interest – and, inevitably, attempts to compare them with other acts for the purposes of reviewing. “We’re not trying to jump any bandwagons,” said the bassist. “But it does seem like a good time for us. Everyone seems to leave smiling.”
Bullet fear…
Bullet For My Valentine guitarist Michael Paget admitted to a big concern before his band took the stage on Friday. “Going on before Slipknot scared me,” he said. “But, we are a UK band – so we should be safe.” BFMV announced a UK tour during Download: Dec 1, Manchester Arena; Dec 2, Glasgow SECC; Dec 3, Birmingham NIA; Dec 4, London Wembley Arena; Dec 5, Cardiff Motorpoint Arena.
Never too much…
Thrash Hits reported that Maria Brink went through three costume changes during In This Moment’s half-hour set on Friday. “That’s more changes of clothes than the entire team of Thrash Hits has for the entire festival,” they said. They remained downwind, thankfully.
Who we are…
Pelle Almqvist: “We are The Hives. You are not. We’re all going to have to live with that.”
Lit up with excitement…
Lit frontman A Jay Popoff couldn’t quite believe his band were appearing on the same bill as Iron Maiden. “The first concert I went to was Maiden, opening for UFO,” he remembered. “I was nine years old. That’s the reason we play music, so it’s pretty incredible.” The band have had their ups and downs over 25 years, before struggling back with fifth album The View From The Bottom in 2012, eight years after their previous outing. “We never stopped writing or playing,” Popoff says. “The last few years were challenging, but it feels great to be back.”
Sail on…
Amon Amarth didn’t have the best of days, with their late start meaning they were only able to deliver four songs. Reports suggest they almost made up for it by kitting out the second stage with a full-size Viking longship. Almost, but not quite.