The most unlikely of things can sometimes spark on the Internet, snowballing into an enormous chain reaction that can not be ignored and must be addressed. This is one of those times. Following Avenged Sevenfold's announcement as the first Download headliners for next years' festival, the "tr00 metulz" brigade were out in force on Twitter, Facebook and various Internet forums.
After surveying the chaos for most of the day, Metal Hammer put together a blog post about the funniest and most rediculous reactions they'd seen, one of which referenced an individual calling for Dying Fetus to headline the festival. Thus was born the #WhyNotDyingFetus hash tag, which took off like wildfire across Twitter with thousands of Tweets bearing the hash tag (with some truly humourous responses attached).
After two days of the "campaign", Download head honcho Andy Copping announced that Dying Fetus had indeed been booked for the 2014 Download Festival. John Gallagher, guitarist and vocals from Dying Fetus, has remarked on the good will towards the band from both the Download Festival people and from the fans:
"The people have spoken and now it's time to piss in the mainstream! This started as a joke but has turned into something truly incredible! Never under estimate the power of the internet. Big thanks to all our undying fans for making this happen and for the promoters of Download for having the courage to invite us on the fest! Cheers!"
Download Festival booker Andy Copping also commented on Dying Fetus being added to the line up and on the power of the Internet:
"When #whynotdyingfetus started circulating on Monday, it gained too much momentum to ignore, so calling the band and asking them to play at next year’s Download was a no brainer. I’m thrilled to say that they seem as excited about it as we are. ‘Why not Dying Fetus?’ you asked. We say ‘Why the hell not?"
Needless to say, Scribes Of Metal thinks this is very cool. Dying Fetus join Avenged Sevenfold, Linkin Park, Aerosmith, Rob Zombie, Fall Out Boy and Alter Bridge at the 2014 Download Festival. Tickets are available now from the official festival website www.downloadfestival.co.uk. Further updates from the Download team will be available here as and when they are announced.