Here's What Went Down Backstage At This Year's Download Festival

Written by Charley Read / July 05, 2018

Missing your daily dose of Download action? We've got you covered with some of our fave moments that we captured backstage at this year's Download Festival with some of the biggest bands in the world! 

To warm you up here's a sneak peek at the moments before BLACK STONE CHERRY took to the stage for their epic performance, we've got goosebumps just thinking about it...

Off the back of their incredible performance, Kentucky's finest announced a UK headline tour for this December with support from Cadillac Three and Monster Truck (more from them later).  “We absolutely cannot wait to come back to what we consider our second home this winter to play some music for y’all!” The Kentucky boys told us. Check out where and when you can see them later this year below 👇


6th December - Motorpoint Arena Cardiff

7th December - Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

9th December - SEC Armadillo, Glasgow

10th December - Manchester Arena

11th December - Arena Birmingham

13th December - First Direct Arena, Leeds

14th December -The SSE Arena, Wembley, London

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 After losing in the Scuzz quiz against Download Festival promoter, Andy Copping, PARKWAY DRIVE didn't let us down by taking part in the ultimate forfeit below 😂 

Following their incredible performance at this year’s Download Festival, the band announced their biggest headline tour to date, which will call at Manchester, Nottingham, Cardiff and London in early 2019. Check out where and when you can see them next year below 👇


29th January - O2 Apollo, Manchester

31st January – Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham

1st February – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff

2nd February – Alexandra Palace, London

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So you're waiting in the crowd for BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE to take to the stage and you're thinking hmm what goes on just before they perform, right? Well look no further as we captured their walk to stage for your viewing pleasure 👇

 And if that wasn't enough, we even caught up with the band for a game of Firsts and Lasts. Check it out 👇

After the release of their new album 'Gravity' last month we're even more excited for the huge UK shows the band have lined up for later this year. 


10th November – Alexandra Palace, London

11th November – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff

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Whilst excitement builds for the the release of their fifth album 'Black Flame' next month, check out BURY TOMORROW live from Download 👇

We can't wait to hear new tracks from the album when the band hit the road for a UK tour later this year with support from 36 Crazy Fists and Cane Hill. Check out when they're playing and snap up tickets below 👇


11th December – Bristol SWX

12TH December – O2 Institute Birmingham

14th December – O2 Ritz, Manchester

15th December – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London

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And finally, we hung out with MONSTER TRUCK backstage to quiz them on the first time they ever played Download, the first ever gig they went to and more 👇

Catch them supporting Black Story Cherry on their UK tour alongside Cadillac Three later this year 👇


6th December - Motorpoint Arena Cardiff

7th December - Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

9th December - SEC Armadillo, Glasgow

10th December - Manchester Arena

11th December - Arena Birmingham

13th December - First Direct Arena, Leeds

14th December -The SSE Arena, Wembley, London

Book tickets here 

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