My trip to Download festival and the trauma that followed

Being a huge KISS fan I had to go see them at Download festival on Sunday, it was all a it rushed as my friend and myself didn’t decide to go until Thursday.

Due to the expense and uselessness of the trains on a Sunday my friend drove, which was fine until we hit the car park, never again! There were vehicles stuck all over the place in the mud, and only a few event staff that could actually be bothered to do anything. Luckily we were in no rush having only gone to see the headliners as it took fucking ages to finally get parked and  trawl through the thick mud to the festival itself.

Bear in mind I am quite ignorant to modern music and hadn’t really heard of many of the bands playing. When we finally got there we sat down to what my friend told me were Josh Homme’s new band; Eagles Of Death Metal. They were pretty good but I was more concerned making sure I didn’t move off the small plastic bag I was sat on, getting more mud and shit on me, plus it was really fucking cold and wet. Being the moron I am I didn’t bring a coat and had to wear my friend’s mum’s anorak.

The first band of interest we saw was Slash and Myles Kennedy who were pretty awesome. It was great to hear them play guns n roses sweet child o mine and paradise city as Kennedy pulled it off way better than Axl Rose probably can now, they also played the velvet revolver hit, slither which was cool. It was nice to see slash wearing the same outfit he wore in all of those videos years ago.

  
Whilst not a motley crew fan, my friend loves them. Their set was pretty good with impressive pyrotechnics, they played their well known songs as well as a cover of anarchy in the UK which went down well. It was quite clear that the guitarist had seen better days which may explain the final tour they announced.

  
Finally it was time for KISS! I have wanted to see them for the last 10 years so I was just about ready to piss myself, which was preferable to waiting in this line.

  
KISS really went all out with their stage show as usual, although I was disappointed to hear physcho circus which really is shit. Paul Stanley did his classic flying through the crowd for love gun which made my year. I was really gutted that I missed kiss facepainting so had to walk around with normal face.

Here are a few low quality pictures from their set, my iPhone camera is t very good.

   
   

Not really sure what this was.

So after the excitement of seeing my hero Paul Stanley I was feeling pretty good, and then we got to the car. There were vehicles stuck in every direction and no movement whatsoever. There were no staff in sight and I really needed to piss. I eventually found a poor member of staff being shouted at by a Middle Aged bitch in a Nissan micra. After nearly intending the back of her car by pushing her several times, roughly an hour later we managed to get out.

This is when shit got unpleasant:

I was on the verge of pissing my pants all over my friends car when I made her stop at some services in Derby, I ran to the toilet as quick as humanly possible and returned to the car. I noticed some scummy looking cunt had pulled his window down and was trying to get my friends number which she was not responsive to. She the told me he was snorting white powder in full view and nodding out at the wheel.  As a drug user I believe in responsible use, definitely not whilst driving down a motorway late at night.

We quickly pulled out when a few minutes later I noticed that the guy was behind us, I kept an eye on this for a while and it became appRent he was following us. He would t allow us to overtake and would purposely slow down in order to stop us getting passed. I told my friend to pull over at some services in Sheffield to see if he would follow us in there so we could sort this out. Surprisingly he pulled in behind us and parked a few spaces away. I made my friend get inside the service station ASAP. I called the police and made them aware of the situation who said they would send someone out, but in the mean time the guy had parked right next to us effectively blocking us out of fear. The police eventually turned up and searched the guy finding heroin which was enough to arrest him, we just wanted to leave as soon as we could.

This experience has left me a little on edge, being physically strong and able to fight in a controlled environment I never thought anyone could intimidate like that, it has made me think more about my own personal safety.

I would like to thank the gentleman at WH Smith at Woodhall northbound services for being a hero and looking after us, I have emailed your boss to pass on my thanks.

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