11 – 13 JUNE 2010 – DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL, DONNINGTON, UK

I’ve just been on an exciting journey with Godsized who played to the largest amount of people in their career so far, opening the 2nd Stage for the Saturday – a tent capacity of 5,000 people. Exhausted, still slightly damp from the torrential rain on the way home I write this.

We arrived and set up camp on Friday early afternoon and wandered around the festival to check out the stage that they would be playing, got some drinks and had a very chilled out afternoon while the boys prepared themselves for the morning. We enjoyed AC/DC’s set and got a relatively early night. We did wonder exactly how many people would grace the 2nd stage hung-over at 11am the morning, especially after the show that AC/DC put on!

Everyone woke to alarms (yes alarms at a festival) at about 7:30am as the guys had to showered and be at the stage for 9am to get their gear set up and sound checked. I followed shortly after and took a walk to the tent. This is what it looked like at 10am.

Deserted!

As the noise started emanating while they were sound checking, people started appearing from nowhere…The delay in the schedule for some reason of about 15 minutes worked in their favour as the tent filled up loads more in that small amount of time. People were chanting! It was incredible. I think they had a half hour (maybe a little more) set. I took pics in the pit and then from side stage. Just look at this!

That’s only half of the tent as I had to hide behind a speaker stack :)

The boys were very happy indeed

Lots of interviews and meeting people followed. As well as great catering. Where I bumped into good friend Phil Demmel from Machine Head, he wasn’t feeling too good from a dodgy burger after AC/DC, poor guy.

While in the press area, I was grabbed to take some pictures for Dean Guitars of the new design that they had just created; Dimebag Darrell had drawn it on a napkin a week before his death. Vinnie Paul was there to present it to Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Jason Hook. It was a real honour to be asked to take pictures for them.


We watched Lamb of God from side of the stage and generally celebrated the night away. I’m not sure how much alcohol got consumed, but it’s safe to say the boys had maybe a litre of spirits each. And rightly so with a job superbly done!


The morning after….

And Effon has his victory porridge

Camp Godsized – The morning after. The hangover. The victory.

About the Author:
Marie Korner is an internationally published photographer, with over a decade of experience. She has an insatiable love for collecting skulls & vintage items. A wife, mother of two, and occasional foul mouth in a pint-sized package.


Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.