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Download 2018: Sunday Highlights

The last day of Download is usually the best, and the worst. Best – for obvious reasons. Like a great meal, the best is saved until last. We have a star studded finale to what was a great weekend and will go down as one of the biggest Downloads ever. The worst? Simply for the reason that the festival is ...

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blind river

Blind River intimate album release show

It may have been a few weeks ago now, but a slow recovery from a concussion since the Blind River album release show is testament to just how good and busy it got. It is no secret how much we (and very much I) have championed these guys since first coming across them last year, and bands like them are ...

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buckcherry

Interview with Buckcherry frontman Josh Todd “Keep an eye out for the new record!”

Californian bad boys Buckcherry have been rocking stages all over the world since they first formed in 1995 and tonight they are back in the UK to play Stone Free Festival together with Megadeth and Scorpions. After the departures of guitarist Keith Nelson and drummer Xavier Muriel and addition of Sean Winchester and Kevin Roentgen, this new lineup is once again ...

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Scorpions

Stone Free Festival: A rocking Saturday headlined by Buckcherry, Megadeth and Scorpions. 

Attending Stone Free Festival for the second year in a row, after the successful lineup of 2016, which saw Alice Cooper closing the night in style while delivering his amazing carnival of rock ‘n roll. The venue stays the same, every year this festival takes over the whole O2 complex for the weekend with the bonus of not having to deal with ...

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Download 2018: Saturday Highlights

Friday was somewhat full of surprises: an unlikely headliner, astonishing highlights, and satisfying breakthroughs. Saturday looks like the typical ‘classic rock’ day. Where some may argue the ‘classic’ flavour of rock n roll is making a comeback (hence the strange ‘NWOBCR’ label) where as others (including myself) would contend it never….ever…went away. Also – as a lot of the bands ...

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Avenged Sevenfold

Download 2018: Friday Highlights

Over for another year. This week is like the ‘boxing day’ of Download: everything’s done, everyone’s recovering, and another year to go. Fifteen years since Download was launched, is it still exciting as it was back in 2003? Will it go down in history like it’s spiritual predecessor Monsters Of Rock? Or will it be like that Christmas you got ...

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Download 2018: 10 acts you NEED to see on the main stage

We’re finally here! Download 2018! RAMzine have guided you through all of the stages at this years festival (or at leas the ones on the poster) and now we have come to the main stage. In all honesty, this year’s line-up is so stacked, this could have been a top 100, but we have stuck to the traditional 10 to ...

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Judas Priest

“It’s the Priest style of heavy metal” says Rob Halford of Judas Priest

The godfathers of pure heavy metal, the magnificent Judas Priest, hardly need any introduction at all. How can one even begin to summarise what the seemingly unstoppable British outfit have meant and still mean to legions of fans all over the world? Where to begin? The entire back catalogue is so vast and impressive that it defies words, and the ...

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Download 2018: 9 Bands you need to check out on Zippo Encore stage.

The Zippo Encore stage, or the ‘second stage’ as some may refer to it as, is probably the unsung hero of Download. It’s had some of the best bands of all time healdine on it. Last year had Slayer, Rob Zombie, and Sum 41 – plus the likes of Opeth and Devin Townsend on the undercard. That’s a festival in ...

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Download 2018: 6 acts you NEED to see on the Avalanche stage

According to their website, Download Festival’s Avalanche stage: “showcases the best in punk rock, post-hardcore and alt-rock,” We can get aboard that, for sure. To  us though Avalanche is the TRUE alternative to the rest of the festival which is filled to the brim with hard rock and metal (not that there’s anything wrong with that). This is like the ...

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