- My son is going to Download tomorrow – will he die…
- Mrs ToastMember
My first ever concert was Donington 95, when I was 15.
It was ace, although the pit for Machine Head was a swift learning exercise in what to expect! I didn’t die, but I did have to be pulled out the front by security during Metallica’s set (during Fade to Black, to be exact), as I was getting a bit squashed on the barrier.
At Donington ’96 my mates decided it was time for me to have my first (and to date, only) crowd surfing experience during Paradise Lost’s set. I ended up pulling a muscle in my neck, and spent the rest of day looking after everyone else’s stuff at the back because I couldn’t go into the crowd. Went to the Type-O-Negative signing session, Pete Steele (RIP) was very sympathetic!
Festivals are ace, have so many fantastic teenage memories (Donington, Ozzfest, Dynamo)! Wanted to go this year, but it clashed with Mountain Mayhem. -_- Might go to Bloodstock though.Posted 4 years agoxiphonMember
Knowing what’s “available” for him to try, the only advice I would give is:
Have a 5 minute chat, acknowledging he may well dabble in drugs (or be tempted), and just remind him “to be sensible” i.e. keep hydrated, arrange a meeting point with friends, know where the medical tent is, etc…Posted 4 years agoTom BMember
He’ll be fine. The first ever Download was my first festival experience and I was only 16….I survived. Far less knobbers at Download than some of the other festivals.
Actually I did almost die during a slayer mosh pit…..and a deftones mosh pit…..and a machine head mosh pit……and a ministry mosh pit. He’ll be fine-just pack him some beer otherwise his spending money wont go very far.Posted 4 years ago
xiphon I have had that conversation with him and he is a sensible lad, I do trust him. No ‘pills’ though I have told him. Should I give him some condoms – just in case, or is that wishfull thinking on my part – cos I would be going for it if I was him, but he is not me, not by a long shot.Posted 4 years agotomhowardSubscriber
My 18 year old younger sister wants to go to Leeds festival this year.
Based on what my mates and I got up to at leeds the last 10 years, if she buys a ticket, I’ll burn it!
Advice for him? Stay off the drugs, at least for the first couple of days, keep as a group as much as you can and pace your drinking.Posted 4 years ago
My 18 year old son is going to Download for his first time tomorrow, he has not got a clue what is in store I bet. But it is something he has to experience with his pals and not his Dad (Although I would have loved to have gone too). I just hope he comes back OK. Any tips for him.Posted 4 years agoscruffMember
I would imagine Download is one of the friendlist festivals with down to earth metallers there for the music and good times, rather than the latest round of hogwash called festivals full of poncy hunter wellies and townies wearing mackenzie getting off their tits. Back in my day it was more simple as you knew who was trouble- any Scouser. 😛Posted 4 years agoCougarSubscriber
I would imagine Download is one of the friendlist festivals with down to earth metallers there for the music and good times,
Pretty much the size of it. Bother is minimal, and tends to be, er, self-policed. My first ever gig was Donington ’90, and I think since then I’ve seen one (brief) fight, ever.Posted 4 years ago
scruff – Member
rather than the latest round of hogwash called festivals full of poncy hunter wellies
Guy I work with is the self proclaimed festival expert. His two favourite bits of advice are leave if it rains and leave early on the sunday to avoid traffic. TART!Posted 4 years ago
Cougar – Moderator
“I would imagine Download is one of the friendlist festivals with down to earth metallers there for the music and good times,”
Pretty much the size of it. Bother is minimal, and tends to be, er, self-policed. My first ever gig was Donington ’90, and I think since then I’ve seen one (brief) fight, ever.
Only time I’ve seen nastyness at a festival was after a girl crowd surfing was groped by some tuesdays…retribution was swift and satisfying.Posted 4 years ago
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