2007 was a great year, starting by going to a boardie meet at the Krazyhouse in Liverpool one month before Download and meeting some awesome people off of these boards for the first time, most of whom I'm still friends with and in touch with now.
Then I went to see Lamb of God play a warm-up show (Sacred Mother Tongue supporting as a "local band" and before they were really known) at the Soundhaus in Northampton on the Tuesday night - the night before the campsite opened. I helped roadie and drum-tech that night for SMT, and so at the end of the night made friends with LoG's drum tech/stage manager Mikey B, and also Randy Blythe, and took them for a lock-in at the local biker pub; The King Billy. (I am still good friends and in frequent contact with them both to this day - never had to pay to go and see a LoG concert since - and am looking forward to catching up with them again at this years fest).
Then the next day, hungover and suffering (and still a bit pissed probably), heading up to the camp sites. The boardie BBQ on the Thursday was pretty cool, getting to meet a few more people from off the forums who hadn't made it to Liverpool, as well as catching up with everyone who I'd partied with in Liverpool a month before. That night I got hammered again - a constant theme throughout the weekend, as it turned out!
As for the bands, the first one I really remember (after being drunk for half of the day) was Job for a Cowboy - I could barely stand but I can remember watching their set. After that I watched Megadeth and then Korn with Joey, which was one of the best sets of the entire weekend!
Saturday I caught quite a few bands, enjoying HellYeah, Bloodsimple (God I wish they'd bring Vision of Disorder back!), and As I Lay Dying before doing a bit of shopping, followed by watching Bowling for Soup, Machine Head (awesome), Slayer (who were poor that year), Marilyn Manson (who was worse) and then going to see Motley Crue (where I passed out after 2 songs at the back of the tent)! I also caught the very end of Linkin Park after I woke up and we made our way back around the arena.
Sunday I again saw quite a few bands, catching Chimaira, Unearth, DevilDriver, Lamb of God (AWESOME), Napalm Death, Killswitch (a bit of them), Dimmu Borgir, a BIT of Dream Theatre and then a bit of Evanescance and Maiden. Also spent most of the day hanging out with Mikey B again after he and the LoG crew had packed down, and then was given a free backstage pass to their show in Colchester the following Tuesday night. Also spent the last night in the camp sites having a great time with friends getting very drunk and messy!
Also should be noted that this was the last year when the arena was inside the race track!
I soooo wish there was a way they could bring THAT arena and layout back - it was THE BEST! I know the current arena is bigger, but inside the track was better - FACT! And you also didn't have to put up with a stupidly LONG walk from campsite to arena and back!
BRING BACK THE RACETRACK ARENA!!!!
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