The Skinny: Day One of Download Festival saw 80,000 rock fans descend on Castle Donington Race Track for a weekend of rock, metal, alcohol, friends and, sadly, the first of two days of torrential rain. Weather aside, Download Festival organisers again delivered a cracking line-up and here is the first of our three galleries.


I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.