Download Festival 2015 is just around the corner, and we’re pretty damn excited. So excited, in fact, we decided to interview a whole load of bands who are playing the festival this year to get their opinions on Download 2015. Check them all out below and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up on our campsite antics!
It’s not easy opening a stage at Download Festival. It’s even more difficult when you are opening a stage confined to a tent, but nonetheless, Greg Dean’s Iconic Eye are more than happy to step up to the challenge. Following the release of their great new album Hidden In Plain Sight, the band are ready to demonstrate to the Donington faithful why they are deserving if 25 minutes of your time. We spoke to the man behind the bands inception, Greg Dean, to discuss all things Download.
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Alaska metal quartet 36 Crazyfists are no strangers to rocking festival stages across Europe, but it has been five whole years since they last graced the stages of Donington. Armed with an excellent new album’s worth of material, the four piece will be looking to ram in as much new and old songs as possible in to what will be a crushing half hour main stage appearance. We talk the rare chance to exchange a few words with the bands frontman Brock Lindow.
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When the stage split was first announced, Rival State found themselves lined up on the Fourth Stage alongside some of the UK’s most talented up and coming bands. A huge achievement for any band, they were rightly proud of their position. Fast forward a few weeks and the quintet found themselves propelled up the poster on the Second Stage. We had a good old chinwag with the bands bassist Stef to gather what the mood is like in camp Rival State!
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It’s been quite some time since Texas rockers American Fangs crossed the pond to give the UK a taste of their balls-out rock. Download Festival has came knocking though, and like many other bands from their home country, you just don’t say no to the UK’s premier rock event. The band are preparing to release their new record via Best Before Records, so what better time to show the UK what they have to offer. We chatted to drummer Micah Miller.
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It’s always great to witness the ascent of a British band who have come from the very bottom, showing promise of reaching the summit of their respective genre. EofE are showing all the early hallmarks of being one of them bands. With main stage genre leaders Mallory Knox once gracing the same stage as the pop rock quartet, it would be foolish not to treat their appearance as a huge opportunity. Not phased by this notion, we spoke to the band about this years Download Festival!
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Hands Like Houses
Hailing all the way from Australia, Hands Like Houses are no strangers to bringing the noise to a festival audience. Selling out Camden Barfly in less than three hours, it’s clear that there’s a huge appetite for the Oz rock quartet on our fine shores, and with a support slot coming up with Enter Shikari in their homeland, it’s becoming more apparent that the group are gathering respect from all quarters. We had a chat with the bands vocalist, Trenton, to discuss their maiden Download appearance!
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Despite their short existence, it would be safe to say that St. Albans pop punkers Trash Boat are on the verge of something huge. With a number of infectious tunes and a hard work ethic to boot, the quintet have been catching the eye of fans and music industry big wigs alike, which has seen them recently acquired by the very reputable Hopeless Records. We had a long chat with drummer Oakley to discuss Download Festival, and a whirlwind year for the band.
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It’s been quite an illustrious career for Reading metal quintet Malefice. With the release of their great EP Gravitas last year via the very cool Transcend Music, the band have been doing things on their own terms since parting ways with Metal Blade Records. Set to tour the UK later in May as a warm up for their Second Stage appearance, we had a long chat with the bands guitarist Ben Symons about their third appearance at Download Festival.
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Born from the ashes of British metal titans Climates, Blood Youth have quite a lot of experience in pulverizing audiences with the sheer ferocity. Only at the very early stages of this new venture, it’s quite an exciting time ahead for the band, who have just completed their first UK tour with their friends in POLAR. We sat down with the bands guitarist Sam to discuss the year so far, and their excitement for Download Festival this year.
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