Welcome to 2014, ladies and gents.   I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and fun New Year.   It’s been some time since I’ve written and reviewed, so I think now is a good time to start.

One thing that excites me about a new year is the new festival season, and seeing which bands are playing which slot where.   Having been to only one festival before, Download 2012, I was very interested to see what the lineup looked like, and so far, it’s not too shabby.

I’m going to be honest, when I saw that Aerosmith were one of the headliners, that was it, it was sold to me, I need to go.   I have to let Steven Tyler scream in my face, it’s on the bucket list.   He may be almost 66, but boy does that man still have it.

Other mainstage headliners include Linkin Park, performing the entirety of their debut album, Hybrid Theory, which includes In The End, Crawling and Papercut; and Avenged Sevenfold, a band I have always had a soft spot for but never had the opportunity to see live.

More big names mentioned include Rob Zombie, Status Quo (even my Mum says I should check them out as she’s seen them twice!), Alter Bridge and The OffspringThe Offspring should be fun, as they’d remind me of my days studying in the common room in school, they usually provided our lower 6th year soundtrack.   Did they help learning Pythagoras Theorem?   Not really…

So far, the line up was keeping me interested, compared to 2013, where I was really only interested in seeing one or two, such as Thirty Seconds to Mars, and HIM.

Lower down the bill, are some bands I’ve never heard of.   A lot of them seem very Kerrang typical, but because I haven’t heard the majority of them, I’m not going to judge until I’ve given them a chance.   It’s surprising what I find myself listening to.

Names that I do recognise however are Dillinger Escape Plan, Buckcherry, Volbeat and Trivium.   Having seen Volbeat supporting Metallica a few years ago, I wouldn’t rush back and see them.   And the same goes for Buckcherry, having seen them play Hard Rock Hell in 2012 and really boring me.   That wasn’t a show, that was a band just doing it because “they had to”.

Trivium, however, would be interesting to see.

This was a good lump of the lineup until the most recent announcement on Monday 13th January.   Some more names I didn’t know were announced, but so where some that I was really interested by.

This announcement included fun bands such as Bowling For Soup, an instant good-mood band in my opinion, Danger Danger, Flogging Molly and Skid Row, as well as Opeth, Tesla and The Graveltones.

So all in all, there’s a good few bands I’d like to see here, which is good news, and, even more excitedly, more bands still to be announced, so stay tuned to see who’s announced next.

I’d most be looking forward to Aerosmith, of course, accompanied by some good company and good old fashioned fun.   Let’s hope the weather holds out this time, as the first time I attended, I got branded a scud due the torrential downpours and high winds.

Thanks, guys, thanks.

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