Well here we are at the first major festival of the year. Download is Europe’s biggest rock and metal festival and given that we couldn’t leave Dorset until 15.30 I was anticipating a bit of a nightmare on the 200 mile drive to the festival.
I couldn’t have been more wrong. We didn’t even hit a jam at any of the usual trouble spots. Arrival on site was painless and everything went incredibly smoothly when picking up our press passes. Likewise entry to the camper van field was a doddle and we were soon set up and ready to head to the camping village for a beer.
What an incredible set up. The camping village was heaving and the atmosphere fantastic. There were DJ’s playing, a comedy tent in full swing and a fully fledged fun-fair was an amazing site. The sunset was spectacular enough to encourage me to climb onto the roof of the van to grab a few shots. This morning the toilets were immaculate.
The festival is really geared up to support the press, a safe and secure backstage area, a wealth of essential amenities including refreshments, wifi, and electrical points. An interview are is set aside and there is plenty of room to work. In short its brilliant.
I don’t have much time today as I am off to shoot my first band of the weekend in a few minutes. In the meantime here are some photos taken last night.