Machine Head Unleashes Ferocious Metal Fury At Download Festival 2024

Download Festival 2024 – Sunday. Machine Head. After three days wandering these grounds, one of the band t-shirts I have seen the most has been Machine Head.

Machine Head - Download Festival 2024. Photo: Ryan Hildrew/MetalTalk
Machine Head – Download Festival 2024. Photo: Ryan Hildrew/MetalTalk

Ferocious in their music and ferocious in their festival performance intent, the band struck onto another level, going down on a blazing saddle of Metal wrath at this year’s Download.

Barely a phone was in sight as their audience was locked into their show. 

Machine Head - Download Festival 2024. Photo: Ryan Hildrew/MetalTalk
Machine Head – Download Festival 2024. Photo: Ryan Hildrew/MetalTalk

The stage was set like some dystopian machine warfare, with a screen behind showing clips of blackened, waving flags, like we were standing at the helm of battle.

What made them one of the pioneering bands in the new wave of ’90s Heavy Metal was brought to life here in Derby. 

Machine Head - Download Festival 2024. Photo: Ryan Hildrew/MetalTalk
Machine Head – Download Festival 2024. Photo: Ryan Hildrew/MetalTalk

Head-banging to Is There Anybody Out There? amongst a throng of fellow Metal lovers brought about that kind of gut-lifting feeling only the heaviest of music played live can.

Machine Head - Download Festival 2024. Photo: Ryan Hildrew/MetalTalk
Machine Head – Download Festival 2024. Photo: Ryan Hildrew/MetalTalk

By now, the sun was beaming high, and Machine Heads froth of Progressive Metal indulgence took hold of the festival.

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Must see them again and soon. 

Machine Head - Download Festival 2024. Photo: Ryan Hildrew/MetalTalk
Machine Head – 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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