Having attended each of the first 5 Downloads, I'd missed 2008 and 2009 - '08 in protest of the god-awful line-up and even worse new festival layout, and '09 because I had a baby on the way and was truly skint. The lack of money continued into 2010, and having been told by the missus that there was no way I was allowed to attend Download unless she could come too, I was resigned to missing yet another Download festival! That was, until a very successful car-boot sale followed by the acquisition of 2 weekend tickets off ebay, BOTH for HALF PRICE, making it possible to attend just days before the festival! We even managed to get the funds to bring our step-son.
Due to the last minute organising of it, I could only get the Friday off work, so travelled up first thing Friday morning to set up camp.
Enjoyed all of the mainstage acts on the Friday while catching up with mates and having a few drinks... My step-son found his pocket money avenue for the weekend in the cup collecting, so everyone was a winner!
Saturday caught HellYeah before stumbling across Rolo Tomassi's set, who were quite good to watch. FFDP, Lamb of God and Megadeth were great, Deftones were OK but would have watched the England match, but for the walk - wasn't prepared to go back to the village for it - and RATM were awesome!! Had a great Sat night getting pissed too.
Sunday I enjoyed the sun in the morning and early afternoon, but decided to spend that time packing our camp down instead of staying for the last night. By the time we'd loaded the car and got to the arena, the clouds were beginning to form. Eventually the heavens opened, and suddenly it wasn't quite as fun any more!
Didn't stop me and mates getting pissed though and having a good time (the missus was on drive-home duty).