Bloodstock has cemented itself into the festival calendars and stayed true to its ethos - By the fans, For the Fans. Its head is not turned by shiny trinkets or evolving into nothing more than a numbers game. Long may it continue, and may the bigger festivals take note.
Before a foot had trodden on the hallowed Donington turf, many an armchair promoter and naysayer wailed at the 2014 offerings. With competition from other festivals and the memory of 2013 there was always the expectation that this year would be a quieter one for Download. Well as quiet as a rock and metal festival can be.