This week organisers announced the complete line-up for next years festival with none other than Aerosmith unveiled as the final addition to an already stellar line-up of hard rock prodigies, including Fall Out Boy, Avengeed Sevenfold, Alter Bridge, Rob Zombie and Linkin Park. The line-up and all details of the event were released in full at a lavish party in East Londons newest and most grandiose bar, Far Rock Away. With trippy and erotic artwork every which way you turn, a huge case of figurines housing characters from Lord of the Rings to Marvel, vintage arcade machines, an intimidating collection of vinyl, decadent couches and private areas with a menu of craft beers and cocktails that you will struggle to better, it is like Las Vegas condensed into a bar in the East End. A more rock n roll venue I would struggle to name you and the perfect place to host the many supporting acts and performers who will be at Download that were in attendance. Friday will see the weekend kicked off by the heavy beats of Avenged Sevenfold with a selection of tracks that will certainly be dominated by their latest, all conquering album Hail to the King. That will be before the man of many talents and tats roars onto the stage for what will undoubtedly be a spectacular set. And yet despite the presence of the band Wayne and Garth once profusely declared their unworthiness to be in the presence of, it was Saturday nights headliners, Linkin Park who have promised to perform Hybrid Theory in full from start to finish. They will headline the Saturday evening with support from Fallout Boy, which means the ageing rockers of Aerosmith will have a hard act to follow on the Sunday night. Im sure that the more youthful Alter Bridge will ensure that the crowd are revved up to a frenzy when they blast out tracks from Fortress to the early evening audience. Download Festival will take place at Donington Park between June 13 and 15.
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In 2011 I launched the restaurant and food criticism section. I now review restaurants alongside film and the greatest rarity – the food ‘n’ film crossover. Let your imaginations run wild as you mull on what that might look like!