Download Festival – Thursday 11th June 2015

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.

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Hi, I am Alan. I live in Broadstone, Dorset with my wife, Shirley, my son, Ryan and two dogs called Bailey and Jasper. I have recently retired after working in the Armed Forces and in Public Service since 1977 so I now have a bit more time to do the things I love. Music is a huge part of my life and always has been. I have a broad taste in music and can find something to enjoy in most styles of music. I have always been attracted to music which has something to say, is outside the mainstream and is perhaps a bit rebellious. I guess my early influences were late 1970's Punk and new wave bands, especially those who came out of Northern Ireland where I grew up. I loved Stiff Little Fingers, The Undertones, Rudi, Starjets etc but also bands like The Ramones, The Clash, The Jam and so on. I like singer songwriters including Van Morrison, Springsteen, Neil Young & Bob Dylan and in recent years I have become more interested in folk and acoustic music but I also love the sort of high drive energetic Folk/Punk music delivered by bands like The Levellers, Leatherat, Ferocious Dog and many others who frequent the UK Festival scene. I have long since lost the desire to spend my holidays laying around in the sun and these days am much more likely to be found in a muddy field somewhere in the UK during the festival season.

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