Download Festival 2014 Review: 10 Best Performances
10. Flogging Molly
A couple of years ago, Download scored a victory by putting the tub-thumping, aggressively second generation Irish sounds of Dropkick Murphys (as Sonisphere have for early July) and for this year, Copping stayed closer to the Emerald Isle by bringing in Flogging Molly for a mid-Friday slot. Theres something about the Irish brogue that fits the situation, especially when the weather isnt exactly playing ball, and Mollys persistently energetic, enthusiastic brand of rock went down a storm with the gathered crowds, as it invariably does when they play more intimate, smaller venues. Thats the thing about Flogging Molly - it doesnt so much matter where they play, its about how the crowd reacts, and when theyre engaged with toe-tapping, oddly familiar ditties like this, its impossible not to react well.