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June 16th, 2008

Download Festival – Sunday 15 June 2008: Interviews and photos

Download Festival Sunday

Thrash Hits .com is backstage at Download Festival 2008 getting all the latest gossip from as many bands as we can lay our hands on. Check out a few interviews and some great live photos below.

36 Crazyfists – Brock Lesner
Download #3
How does it feel being invited back to Download Festival for the third time?
I don’t know why we got so lucky and but we’re realy honoured to keep getting asked back all of these times. It’s really cool.
What’s been the highlight of Download Festival 2008?
Just that my voice hasn’t been blown out this year. A couple of years ago was the only time I have ever completely lost my voice. It didn’t even feel like it was going the day before – it just went. That has scared me since then. Luckily the Download gods were smiling on me this year!
If you had to share a hotel room with one band tonight, who would it be?
I’m going to say Exit Ten because they’re supporting us on tour at the moment and they’re cool so we we feel pretty comfortable with them right now.

Airbourne – Justin Street
Download #1
What’s been the highlight of Download Festival 2008?
Playing was awesome but I’m looking forward to drinking a lot. I don’t do a lot of interviews. I’m not allowed.
If you had to share a hotel room with one band tonight, who would it be?
There was someone cool playing… I can’t remember who it was. Judas Priest? Judas Priest!

Apocalyptica – Mikko Siren
Download #2
How does Download Festival compare to Finnish festivals?
I really like the atmosphere – people are sober. Usually at Finnish festivals people are shitfaced. Performers, the crowd. Lonkero is one of the things that fucks you up.
If you had to share a hotel room with one band tonight, who would it be?
I can easily sleep in a tent and give my hotel room to someone else. Maybe I could share with… no, I’d rather just sleep in a tent. All the bands, they all play metal music and worship Satan and drink blood and kick old grandmas. I’m really afraid of them so I’ll stay in my tent.

Ollie Wilde – magician
Download #2
If you had to share a hotel room with one band tonight, who would it be?
I think it would have to be Bullet For My Valentine because they’re really nice guys and when they party, they party hard. They also make great music and that’s enough for me.

Devil Sold His Soul – Paul
Download #2
How has Download Festival 2008 compared to before?
I’ve had ‘flu all weekend actually. Musically, the lineup is nowhere near as heavy and is maybe more diverse, but the weather is good and it’s a celebration of music.
If you had to share a hotel room with one band tonight, who would it be?
Maybe Fightstar because they’re just trying to do their own thing but they really split opinion down the middle. Some people just hate them while a load of other people are trying to give them a chance.

The Galvatrons – Johnny
Download #1
How are you finding Download Festival 2008?
This is my first British festival. I’ve never been to a festival this big, definitely not one based around one genre. I walked in wearing a red tshirt and red jacket. I looked kinda outta place.
If you had to share a hotel room with one band tonight, who would it be?
Airbourne are mates of ours so definitely them. They’re fucking great. They’re bringing back dirty pub rock ‘n’ roll. They’re brawlers. Joel’s like Spiderman the way he climbs stuff. A lot of bands say they’re going to die onstage. Joel actually will.

Black Stone Cherry – John Fred Young
Download #1
How are you finding Download Festival 2008?
I’ve never seen this many people in one place. We took a little digital camera out with us on the Main Stage and had the crowd say our name one time. Having 60,000 people saying our name was pretty intense.
If you had to share a hotel room with one band tonight, who would it be?
Probably Jimmy Eat World because when they very first hit the scene I just thought they were a very cool rock band. It’s happy and there’s nothing depressing or sad about it, which is kind of what we do. We do it in a Southern, aggressive way but it’s the same message.

Within Temptation – Robert Westerholt
Download #3
If you had to share a hotel room with one band tonight, who would it be?
I think bands are not the best people to share a hotel room with. Are there any girls here or just ugly guys? If it’s just ugly guys, I can drink beer with them.

Exit Ten – Ryan Redman and Joe Ward
Download #2
What’s been the highlight of Download Festival 2008?
Ryan: Tonight’s going to be the highlight. We’ve had to take it easy so that today’s performance was as good as possible.
Joe: We’re going to be all over it. You’ve been all over it haven’t you? You will be all over it. Let’s get mashed up.
If you had to share a hotel room with one band tonight, who would it be?
36 Crazyfists or Devil Sold His Soul. Maybe both of them!

Chiodos – Matt Goddard and Brad Bell
Download #1
What’s been the highlight of Download Festival 2008?
Brad: Sitting in the garage of Tesco for 24 hours yesterday and playing a lot of Grand Theft Auto and drinking.
Matt: Checking out all the new band on this bill. There are a lot of bands on this lineup who I don’t know.
If you had to share a hotel room with any band tonight, who would you choose?
Matt: From First To Last, I think because we know those guys pretty well, but it depends on how hard Children of Bodom party. If they party hard, then them.


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