When did you go to your first Download?
“Download 2004 – I was 16 years old. Leaving my childhood bedroom to essentially camp at a heavy metal mini-village for a week, unsupervised, in the middle of nowhere, should've been a way more daunting experience, but I never felt more safe, at home and thrilled to be part of such a crazy and chaotic experience! I’ve since between to 15 Downloads.”
What, in your opinion, makes Download different from other festivals?
“The sheer amount of people in there with the same goal: to have fun, and lots of it! It's almost like the rock version of Christmas.”
Have you had any friendships or relationships form with people you’ve met at Download?
“I’ve not only made lifelong friends with people in the crowds and campsites, but the vendors, the sound engineers, even some security guards! There's a lot of people behind the scenes that work there year in, year out that never get mentioned, and I'm lucky enough to call some of them my best friends.”
What does Download mean to you?
“Download means way more to me than any patch of grass should mean to any sane person. Making that pilgrimage, regardless of the layout, line-up or weather conditions is what truly makes the summer. I'd even go if there wasn't any bands – just the village and people alone sells it for me! The fact we get a well-balanced mix of the greatest bands on the planet just makes it an added bonus.”
How has Download changed or improved your life?
“Download changed my life more than I could have ever imagined. From 2010 to 2019 I've been DJing as part of the nightlife and The Doghouse at Download. Download made me who I am today, kickstarted my career, and created some of the best memories I'll ever have.”