Walk this way, we’re about to give you the low-down on everything that happened on the jam-packed last day of Download 2017.
“I want this to be the loudest crowd at 11am Download has ever seen!”
Although we didn’t measure sound levels, we’re pretty sure the cheers could be heard back in the Village, and even up to Castle Donington itself. Yes, it’s 11am on Sunday but Fozzy’s set was exactly the kind of high intensity kick everyone needed to get their day started with a bang.
‘Judas’ was the first song that had the crowd hooked, and it didn’t take long for Chris Jericho to find his flow on stage. Grabbing a bottle of water, running down the catwalk and spraying the crowd as a cover of Krokus’ ‘Eat The Rich’ reached a natural crescendo.
Bringing out fire spinning acts on stage upped the ante of their performance even further. Fozzy declared they wanted to wake up the hungover people back in their tents and if this didn’t wake them from their slumber, they need to lay off the Dogtooth’s a little…
The Cadillac Three
If you were looking for fast riffs and Southern drawls, The Cadillac Three’s 10-song set on the Main Stage was the place to be on Sunday. Totally unphased by the huge crowd, it was the country-rockers’ turn to wow DLers. ‘Bury Me In Boots’ and ‘Slide’ kicked off their performance, but it was ‘Peace, Love & Dixie’ that really got everyone moving. “I love the way you talk,” pronounced Jaren. “You’re probably thinking, listen to this dumbass, he’s the one that talks weird.” In reality, it was the opposite, their Tennessee infused vocals bought a new meaning to rock at this year’s Download.
‘She Stole My Heart’ had the loudest singalong of the set, with the band proclaiming it was probably the “loviest” tune anyone would hear at Download this weekend.
In the NXT Arena, it was time for Download Festival promoters Andy Copping and Dave Bradley to step into the ring. DING, DING, DING, ROUND 1. Only joking; Andy and Dave strutted out proudly and jumped over the ropes to say thank you to you, the Download Family and WWE NXT for returning to the spiritual home of rock. Metal and wrestling go together hand in hand, and we’re proud to have welcomed them back for a second year.
After Andy and Dave’s exit (without a knockout) it was time to welcome Jack Gallagher and Tyson T Bone into the ring. Although the underdog, it was clear from the chants at the start that Jack was the clear favourite to win. Battling Tyson who was undoubtedly in a heavier class to him, Jack managed to twist and kick his way out of chokeholds and pins to flip Tyson over – and claim the match his own.
If you strolled around the Main Arena for just five minutes on Sunday, you’d soon be held witness to a number of DLers sporting spandex. Not just because it’s a comfy fashion choice, but because today’s the day we welcome the mighty Steel Panther to the stage. The ultimate party band packed out the Main Stage right up to the top of the hill with their sea of fans. Their set felt like a greatest hits from the most glamorous band to ever honour the stage. Playing the likes of ‘Eyes Of A Panther’, ‘Just Like Tiger Woods’, ‘Community Property’ and ‘Gloryhole’, it was a spectacle you needed to witness.
AERO-VEDERCI BABY! If there’s one thing the bad boys from Boston were born to do – it’s headline Download Festival. With a career spanning over forty years, the back catalogue Aerosmith have to play with is exhaustive.
Opening with ‘Let The Music Do The Talking’, Steven Tyler didn’t waste any time getting warmed up. Using the full length of the runway and every available space to perform in, it only to the growing suspense for what was about to unfold in front of everyone’s eyes.
Aerosmith are no strangers to performing at Donington having taken to the stage in 1990, 1994, 2010 and 2014. Flashing footage from past Download performances on the Main Stage screens was a beautiful nostalgic touch for the band, who made it clear that the UK had special connotations for them.
Joe Perry’s solos are full of passion while Joey Kramer never misses a beat – and when the band perform live, they’re seamless. The hits came thick and fast including ‘Love In An Elevator’, ‘Dude (Looks Like A Lady)’ and ‘I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing’. There were even covers of Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles and James Brown thrown in for good measure!
It wasn’t until the encore we were able to hear Aerosmith’s smash hits, ‘Dream On’ and ‘Walk This Way’ complete with confetti cannons and a genuine heartfelt message from Steven Tyler to the glowing crowd. It was the perfect way to draw Download 2017 to a close.
Thank you for joining us and becoming part of the Download family. Keep your metal horns raised hight and we’ll see you in 2018!