Thursday 11th June: The next day was a big improvement. There were 20 of us camping in total and I got to know everyone a little better. I am quiet around new people and just sit and observe them to find out what they are like, so I did that a lot to find that they were all really nice and very entertaining. We spent the majority of the day hanging around the gazebo with food and drinks except for heading to the village at one point to get some potato wedges and have a look at a few of the stalls. A big majority of the group eventually headed to the comedy tent at 8pm to watch Kunt and the Gang, which was actually pretty funny and good for a festival environment. We sat outside the comedy tent for a while after and I caught a few glimpses of Lord Of The Rings in the cinema tent before heading off with two members of the group to find a onesie. I ended up buying a Stitch one then headed back to camp to have a few more drinks with everyone before heading to bed.
Friday 12th June: Live music! The first band wasn’t until 1pm so I got to sleep a little longer, have some food and a few drinks before taking the long walk to the arena. Sadly I instantly started feeling lightheaded and faint while watching All The Remains to only later start getting hayfever quite badly, which is strange as I don’t normally suffer from it. Before Beartooth me and two others decided to get food. I decided to go with a standard cheeseburger and found a van that sold one of the best so I only ate from there for the rest of the weekend (adventurous I know). I started feeling better after having food but still didn’t have enough energy to properly throw myself into the atmosphere. After Beartooth we went back to our meeting point on the hill where a lot of the camp had set up chairs and we could get a good view of the stage. We stayed there for the rest of the day and I finally got to see Five Finger Death Punch! They were so good and pulled up three cute little rockers onto the stage, one was really good at headbanging too. I was sad at the fact they didn’t play 100 ways to hate or Remember Everything but they still had a great set. Before Judas Priest me and a friend went for a walk around some of the stalls, as I desperately wanted a zip hoodie but couldn’t find an affordable one that I liked. Eventually I came across a stall selling old band shirts who had plain black hoodies for £10. I bought one and I am so much happier with it than I thought I’d be. Its so much thicker and better quality than I was expecting and a hell of a lot better than my £12 one from Primark. Finally to end the night was Slipknot. By the time Slipknot were on my pac-a-mac had soaked through to my hoodie, tshirt and jeans leaving me freezing and soaked, which admittedly did put a slight downer on the set. However, they were my all time #1 band to see which I had been waiting for since I had to sell my ticket to see Slipknot in January. 6 of us moved closer to the stage for Slipknot and they exceeded my expectations. They put so much passion and effort into their set and I think they have one of the best stage shows. I am so happy to have seen them and can’t wait until I can see them again.
Friday: All That Remains, Krokodil, Beartooth, Lacuna Coil, Five Finger Death Punch, Judas Priest, Slipknot.
Saturday: Heart Of A Coward, Funeral For A Friend, New Year’s Day, Mallory Knox, Hollywood Undead, Parkway Drive, Rise Against, A Day To Remember, Black Veil Brides, Marilyn Manson, Muse.
Sunday: The Darkness, Billy Idol, Slash ft Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, Kiss