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Submitted by John on 2012, January 18 - 9:00pm

OK so I know that this doesn't go for the majority of people on here, but this video really does bring up a lot of points that people in the forum seem to pick up on. Watch the video and you'll see what I mean:

I love how the guy is so excited to see the lineup and then his face falls so quickly, then there's the indignation of bands that have been put on whatever stage and how wrong this is. This is quickly followed by the know-it-all comment of Donnington being the 'home of rock' music and how this year is so rubbish, his need to vent all over the internet about it and how he is paying so his opinion should count. I know there are literally hundreds of this clip on youtube, all dubbed over with various funny things, but this really does capture the attitudes of so many festival goers really perfectly, do you agree?

Also I noticed that he seems annoyed that Bloodstock is in Derbyshire, but so is Download right?

2012, January 19 - 6:59pm

HA HA!!!! Oh that was so funny!!! Thank you for that! I love those Hitler overdub videos, they are so great (if not a little morbid =P) !

The point that video was making resonated with me, too. It is true... Download is super selling out. It worries me that they seem to be heading down that awful electronica / dubstep / quasi-metal route. It is like, Download is and should always be about ROCK AND DAMN ROLL! GUITARS! DISTORTION! RARRR! They will be announcing Skrillex next cries!

It concerns me Download are trend-chasing booking all these electronica based artists... I mean, I was disappointed enough to hear The Prodigy were headlining - how can you possibly go from Metallica and Black Sabbath to bloody Prodigy?...but now they are announcing even more artists ala Chase and Status and it's just like...oh GOD! Stop already!

"YOU ME AT F*CKING SIX!!" ha ha!!

2012, January 19 - 9:40pm

I completely agree about the electronica thing. What I hate even more than these sort of acts that get put on festivals like this, such as Chase and Status, is the 'bands' who seem to have a long term affiliation with rock music such as Prodigy, Skrillex and Pendulum. Alternative music fans seem to lap up bands like this just because of the way they are packaged and marketed to them. The music of Skrillex or Prodigy isn't more rocky than a lot of other types of dance music, it is just the image or personalities behind the bands that people seem to get off on. In a way I hope that they stick Chase and Status and Prodigy on the same day just so all that tripe is concentrated into one area making easier for people to avoid. Also It really is great to see someone who hates Skrillex as much as I do.

How do you feel about You Me At Six playing the festival? Although it is quite funny in the video and despite the fact that I don't like them or their music I don't like the way bands like this get treated at festivals of this type. Yeah fair enough, you can't expect metal veterans to like them, but Download has always had emo, pop-punk and softer rock bands playing there. At least they fall under a bigger umbrella genre of rock and metal than the awful dance music that gets thrown in there.

2012, January 20 - 12:35pm

John! AMEN! I agree with what you said completely! Skrillex is NO more 'alternative' or 'rock and roll' than bloody David Guetta. But like you so rightly said, people fall for the way they are 'marketed' to them. Not to sound too mean but these people that do fall for such marketing clearly are not real music fans...a real music fan would be able to see through it (and hear through it too...is it me or does every post-dubstep song sound the bloody same? It is all about stupid bass breakdowns and squeaky girl vocals!).

Yeh I noticed they stuck Chase and Status below The Prodigy, almost as if they are marking that off as that 'electronica' day. I hope they do not plan to make this a regular thing. I really am so scared they are going to head down this electronica route and become a metal/electronica festival. Ugh, the idea makes me cringe...:(.

I agree with you about You Me At Six - at least they are not like Skrillex with half-shaved haircuts and large square glasses and playing a load of buttons. Like you said Download has always had that 'emo' element to it...it cannot be pure metal veteran after metal veteran...BUT that is no excuse for them to start booking these crappy 'trendy' electronica acts. ARRGHHH.........

2012, January 20 - 4:52pm

Hah - this made me laugh...thanks, just what I needed on a Friday afternoon.

I love the 'wob wob dubstep nonsense' - classic!

I think that it certainly captures peoples thoughts but I don't see it as a bad thing. I think if you have an opinion about a festival, whether you agree or disagree with someone then it is great. A festival would not be the same if everyone thought the same about it. I love the little, petty arguments that I have with my friends about festivals 'oh what, they're playing, corr I won't be seeing them' or 'amazing - now I know they are playing I am definitely going'.

These are the things that define us as music and festival fans. The passion. Our knowledge for bands and artists. I love all the rumors, the speculation, the last minute changes.

In general I love being geeky about the stuff that I love...I think it is great for people to vent as this creates discussion, hype, advertisement and general excitement about music and festivals.

I think after you go to your first ever festival you soon become a veteran and feel that it is your right and even your duty to make comments, pick holes and observations about festivals, their line-ups and the changes that they make each year.

If not then we wouldn't all be spending our spare time chatting and discussing things on sites like these.

In all honesty...I would be lost without them!

2012, January 20 - 4:52pm

Hah - this made me laugh...thanks, just what I needed on a Friday afternoon.

I love the 'wob wob dubstep nonsense' - classic!

I think that it certainly captures peoples thoughts but I don't see it as a bad thing. I think if you have an opinion about a festival, whether you agree or disagree with someone then it is great. A festival would not be the same if everyone thought the same about it. I love the little, petty arguments that I have with my friends about festivals 'oh what, they're playing, corr I won't be seeing them' or 'amazing - now I know they are playing I am definitely going'.

These are the things that define us as music and festival fans. The passion. Our knowledge for bands and artists. I love all the rumors, the speculation, the last minute changes.

In general I love being geeky about the stuff that I love...I think it is great for people to vent as this creates discussion, hype, advertisement and general excitement about music and festivals.

I think after you go to your first ever festival you soon become a veteran and feel that it is your right and even your duty to make comments, pick holes and observations about festivals, their line-ups and the changes that they make each year.

If not then we wouldn't all be spending our spare time chatting and discussing things on sites like these.

In all honesty...I would be lost without them!