Download Festival 2014 Preview - Saturday

Top Picks for Saturday

Perhaps the most Metal day of Download 2014…

Linkin Park

Playing debut album ‘Hybrid Theory’ that boasts songs such as ‘Paper Cut’, ‘One Step Closer’, ‘Crawling’, ‘In The End’, etc, this is sure to be amongst the big highlights of Download 2014. Expect a long set, bursting with some of Linkin Park’s biggest sing-a-long tunes and a whole lot of nostalgia! The million dollar question currently - will they open with Hybrid Theory, stick it in the middle somewhere, or close with it or,  go all Metallica on us and play it backwards!? Your guess is as good as ours!


And then at the opposite end of the spectrum - For those who like their Metal Black, third stage is the place to be on Saturday night. With recent album ‘The Satanist’ garnering worldwide critical acclaim, Behemoth’s Download debut is sure to be spectacular and as dark and mysterious as ever. They headlined Bloodstock Open Air two years ago and absolutely smashed it, now back and firing on all cylinders, they will no doubt impress again at Download this year too.

Killswitch Engage

Since the reinstatement of original frontman Jesse Leach, Killswitch Engage continue their ascendancy. Now back at Download with a “Jesse” album under their belts, we firmly expect Killswitch to dominate the mainstage this year. With Jesse breathing a new life into the Howard-era material, and solid new songs like ‘A New Awakening’, ‘In Due Time’ and ‘Always’ in their repertoire really coming to life in the live arena, we’re you won’t want to miss Killswitch this year.  Oh and with KSE guitarist Adam D, expect the unexpected… lots of humerous banter between songs, complete randomness and probably a superman cape and a bizarre outfit to match! See you on the barrier folks!

Bowling For Soup

Towards the tail end of last year, BFS performed their UK Farewell Tour dates – though insist they’re not breaking up and will continue to make music, just not tour – so in light of that, catch them at Download because you may not get another chance to see them, ever! 

Bury Tomorrow

Let’s hear it for the Brits! If you missed these guys last year, you really missed out! The Pepsi Max stage was a sight to see and absolutely rammed and BT did not disappoint. With a new album recently released, and the hype currently surrounding them and hitting the Mainstage this year, we expect the carnage to be endless!

The Black Dahlia Murder

For the Death Metal kids and those that like snazzy guitar solos and wickedly fast drums! Expect circle pits in abundance, plenty of crowd surfers, necks broken from headbanging, and sheer chaos on the Pepsi Max stage! Full on Metal madness.

Dying Fetus
Well, why not!?


Rising Texan Metal starlets, Upon A Burning Body will be one to watch. After gracing the UK with Trivium in 2012 and with 5FDP earlier this year, UABB are crafting themselves quite the name on these shores.  Touted in the states as the next big thing, Nothing More could be worth taking a chance on. They play on the Red Bull Studio’s Live Stage at 5.15PM. Check out recently released single ‘This Is The Time (Ballast): 

On a rare UK visit, for the Rock fans there’s Chevelle who have toured with the likes of Papa Roach, Alice In Chains and Shinedown in the States. Prog-Metallers Sky Harbor with from India, USA and Nottingham are a fine choice and the reformed SikTh will surely go down a storm on the Red Bull stage!

Oh, and one last thing - if you missed our picks for the first day of the 2014 Download Festival (which would be the Friday) you can check them out right here. Stay tuned for the final part of Scribes Of Metal's preview of Download 2014!


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Wannabe Shredder who can't yet "sweep like a janitor" and lover of most things Rock/Metal - especially if band members have "snazzy" coats/jackets or waistcoats! Used to race motorbikes with no brakes (!), now spend most of my time dodging crowdsurfers on the barrier and trying not to get killed in mosh pits. Luca Turilli is my guitar hero.