RichardThinks.Org Presents : Bands To Watch At Download Festival 2014

The summer festival season is in full swing across the pond, and the prestigious Download Festival always rounds up an excellent bill across the span of three days. With such an eclectic group of bands and artists performing that span over the course of three days, it’s easy to feel a little overwhelmed with the choices one can add to their itinerary. From catching Linkin Park performing “Hybrid Theory” in it’s entirety, or perhaps catching either Kill Devil Hill or Philip Anselmo and The Illegals performing a Pantera cover as the two are playing on the same stage on the same day! Today, we highlight a few bands performing over the three days at this year’s Download Festival. For tickets and more information, please visit the official Download Festival website.


The Amity Affliction – Playing Day One – Roadrunner Records

By the time The Amity Affliction takes the stage at this year’s Download Festival, their highly anticipated new album “Let The Ocean Take Me” will have been released to the world. So far the Australian quartet have been leading a strong campaign for “Let The Ocean Take Me” with singles “Pittsburgh” and “Don’t Lean On Me”. You can be sure The Amity Affliction will be showcasing material from “Let The Ocean Take Me” as they take the stage on Day one at this year’s Download Festival.


Royal Blood – Playing Day One – Black Mammoth Records

For years the British indie scene has been wrapped in a downward spiral of increasingly dull, sanitised bands – but no more! One of the most highly tipped underground acts of today, Royal Blood are masters of riff-centric rock and roll with the swagger of Queens of the Stone Age and the huge sound of Muse. Featuring just a bassist and drummer, this two-piece are remarkably heavy but heartily embrace melodic sensibility. Rising stars – catch them on the first day of the festival, before they get massive.


Trivium – Playing Day 3   – Roadrunner Records 

Time travel may not exist yet, but Trivium will take long-time followers and new fans alike to the past when they take the stage on Day three at Download Festival. Having announced they will be performing their Download 2005 setlist along with other fan favorites, it’s a set not one to be missed. Trivium are fan favorites at every festival they perform at and all it takes is just to witness the first song being performed to realize why; a force to be reckoned with indeed.

WhileSheSleepsWhile She Sleeps – Playing Day 2 – Sony (UK) / The End Records (US)

One of the most aggressive and passionate acts in hardcore, Sleeps have earned a formidable live reputation for their frenzied performances. Having slayed Warped Tour 2013 and the main stage at Reading and Leeds, the band make their live return at Download after vocalist Loz Taylor was forced to undergo throat surgery. Expect them to unleash months of pent-up energy in what promises to be an intense Saturday set.


Marmozets – Playing Day 2 – Roadrunner Records

Balancing the accessibility of pop rock with off-kilter mathcore attack, these young hotshots are Roadrunner’s best new catch in years. Set to unleash their debut full-length soon, the quickest way to hear what will inevitably be some of the best new music of 2014 is to witness them decimate the Pepsi Max Tent at Download Festival. Notoriously in your face, the guys and girl that make up Marmozets are the spirit of punk personified, and a must-see attraction.



Volbeat – Playing Day 3 – Universal

Currently enjoying a surge of commercial success with albums flying off the shelves, it’s in the live arena where Volbeat have really attracted their rapidly expanding fanbase. Fusing high-octane metal with good-times classic rockabilly, they’re one of those bands whose live performances far outshine their recorded output. Already Download favourites, this year sees them make their main stage debut on the festival’s final day. Don’t miss it.


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