Download Festival 2024: The Struts Rock The Apex Stage Amid Rain And Rumors

Download Festival 2024 – Friday. It may be wet, muddy, and busy, but that does not hinder the enjoyment for thousands at this year’s festival. The rumour mill has been hot with speculation about the secret set, but that did not deter The Struts, who graced the Apex stage in style.

Download Festival 2024 – Friday

“Something very, very special,” Andy Copping said of the band booked for the secret set at Download Festival 2024. Metallica, Enter Shikari, Creeper and Black Stone Cherry have played secret sets in the past. The gossip line is hot, with mentions of Weezer, Foo Fighters, Green Day, Nickelback, and Fightstar. We will find out on Sunday.

The Struts - Download Festival 2024. Photo: Ryan Hildrew/MetalTalk
The Struts – Download Festival 2024. Photo: Ryan Hildrew/MetalTalk

The Struts 

Using the sudden showers from the sky as a tool to pump up their performance, The Struts flawlessly own the Apex stage. Luke Spiller is his usual outstanding frontman as he takes their enormous audience through their set with a gracious, unending energy.

Sending the festival into a rock dance-out frenzy, The Struts blast out tracks like Body Talks, as the weather only enhances the dramatic take-on of the music.

The Struts - Download Festival 2024. Photo: Ryan Hildrew/MetalTalk
The Struts – Download Festival 2024. Photo: Ryan Hildrew/MetalTalk

Looking up from the main stage, a sea of bright yellow ponchos cascades down the hill towards the pit. Say what you want, there ain’t nothing a good ‘ol British rain mac can’t fix.

The Struts - Download Festival 2024. Photo: Ryan Hildrew/MetalTalk
The Struts – Download Festival 2024. Photo: Ryan Hildrew/MetalTalk

Utilising the herd of loud-and-proud music lovers, Spiller engorges them into a crowd chant with duel sides battling it out. Seeing them last year was great, but it just hits differently at a festival this size.

The Struts - Download Festival 2024. Photo: Ryan Hildrew/MetalTalk
The Struts – Download Festival 2024. Photo: Ryan Hildrew/MetalTalk
The Struts – Setlist

Primadonna Like Me

Join Hillbilly Vegas on Tour This July

Body Talks

Fallin’ With Me

Too Good at Raising Hell

Kiss This

Pretty Vicious

Put Your Money on Me

Could Have Been Me

The Struts - Download Festival 2024
The Struts – Download Festival 2024. Photo: Ryan Hildrew/MetalTalk

Download Festival 2024

MetalTalk Download 2024 coverage can be found at MetalTalk.net/tag/download-2024.

Download Festival 2024 will mark the second year of the festival selling out, with weekend, day and camping tickets now completely gone. The festival will reunite its incredible community of fans for a jam-packed five-day event (June 12-16).

This year’s MetalTalk team is:

Monty Sewell

Photography:

Ryan Hildrew

For Download 2023 coverage, visit MetalTalk.net/tag/download-2023.

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

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