Download Festival 2023 / Dinosaur Pile-Up shine despite gig gremlins

Download Festival 2023 – Sunday. Whenever a band suffers technical difficulties, you’ve always got to feel for them. It’s inevitably going to happen from time to time, but when it happens to you, it ain’t fun. Dinosaur Pile-Up had such a misfortune which meant their set was delayed 10 minutes, and they had to improvise slightly in regards to quickly changing their set around to give us the best show they could.

Dinosaur Pile-Up - Download Festival 2023
Dinosaur Pile-Up – Download Festival 2023. Photo: Andy Shaw/MetalTalk

As Dinosaur Pile-Up creator and frontman Matthew Bigland stated, “This is fucking bullshit, so we’re gonna have to cut a couple of songs, but we’re gonna give it our all!” And with that, they used their time in the best they could and gave us a set that was loud, grungy and get-in-your-face great.

Dinosaur Pile-Up - Download Festival 2023
Dinosaur Pile-Up – Download Festival 2023. Photo: Andy Shaw/MetalTalk

Their Nirvana-esque style, peppered with heavier elements, shone on The Opus stage, with almost everyone I knew heading over to watch their show.

Each song has its anthemic quality, which no doubt led to some heavy moshing, causing the dust from the heat and the ground to rise above the head-line of their audience.

Dinosaur Pile-Up - Download Festival 2023
Dinosaur Pile-Up – Download Festival 2023. Photo: Andy Shaw/MetalTalk

It’s a shame they were dealt a bad card but totally pulled it out of the bag with the audience response nothing short of tremendous.


Take Part: Are you at Download this year? Who are you looking forward to see? Want to get in touch and tell us how it’s going? Email MetalTalk Editor Steve Ritchie to tell us how it’s going for you. Download@MetalTalk.net.

Download Festival 2023

MetalTalk Download 2023 coverage can be found at MetalTalk.net/tag/download-2023

Download 2023 will see the festival celebrate its 20th anniversary with an additional day, meaning four days of live music in total.

This year’s MetalTalk team is:

Monty Sewell

Paul Monkhouse

Photography:

John Hayhurst – SnapAGig

Andy Shaw

For Download 2022, visit MetalTalk.net/tag/download-2022

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