Saw more bands this year than I've ever seen at a festival. Truly got my money's worth. I would highly recommend that everybody checks out bands before going, and go see as many of the ones you thought sounded ok as possible. Prior festivals I intentionally went to see 5-6 bands tops and totally missed out.
AC/DC - even though I'd forked out more money than I like to admit to go see their show at the 02, assuming they wouldn't do festivals. Seriously good show that I think is hard for another headliner to top. The two-stage thing was a bonus for the whole weekend too, because when bands played the other stage, you could stand quite comfortably near the AC/DC stage, be able to see, but not squashed.
RATM - saw them before the break up at Leeds 2000, as a very young 17 year old, having not heard their stuff before, with not much clue to how good they were. Download 2010 finally got to rock out and pay them the respect they deserve. Realised I was an old fart though because I told off some kids in front of me who were trying to start a mosh-pit in a section where people were just trying to watch the show. Told them to go further down to the front to find the mosh pits.
Aerosmith were awesome. Saw them at Hard Rock Calling few years ago, and the show was pants. Seemed to last only about 40 minutes, and left pretty miserable. Download 2010 set made up for that disappointment. Powered through the rain to see it, and was totally worth it.
Airbourne...watching that crazy lead singer climb up the stage scaffolding in horizontal rain...was sure he was gonna fall. Even through the rain still managed an awesome set.
Steel Panther. Never really heard of, or paid much attention to Steel Panther before Download 2010. My husband wanted to check out the set, and I'd promised if he came to see Rock Sugar with me I'd go with him to see Steel Panther. It'd just been p*ssing down and everybody was wet and miserable. I was sure I'd hate it, but they put on such a great show, it really picked up our spirits. Left a smile on my face for the rest of the day.
As above mentioned Rock Sugar. Such a great show. Also Godsized were excellent.
Starseed on Jagermeister stage. Have become a lifelong fan. I really hope they make it big they are fantastic. Really mad at myself for missing Download 2011 when they played a bigger stage.
Really don't have anything else to complain about from 2010, except my own stupid choice to camp off-site at another campsite.
*Edit* Also, on the Sunday, it started off blazing hot. I stupidly decided to swap my sensible hiking boots for a pair of crocs. Guess what? It lashed down. Camping off-site I had no other option than to put up with it. I ended up layering my feet with a pair of socks, then sticking a pair of sandwich bags on my feet, another pair of socks, and then the crocs. Actually stayed pretty water tight for most of the day. Absolutely disgusting to clean though on the Monday!
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