Earlier this summer, Download 2016 was a huge success – as it always is every year, despite the weather being less than favourable. It threw it down with rain for much of the weekend, but that didn’t stop metal and rock fans having a great time throughout the festival at Donnington Park. It may seem a world away from Jersey, but we know many fans are regular visitors to both!
Starting on Friday June 10th, one of the main performers originally slated to appear on the main stage was Motörhead. Sadly, frontman Ian “Lemmy” Kilminster passed away at the end of last year, prompting the festival’s organisers to christen the main stage “The Lemmy Stage” and a moving tribute film to be premiered during Motörhead’s original slot.
The band’s iconic legacy was brought to the Lemmy Stage by the rest of the Friday’s performers, though, particularly by bands like Killswitch Engage who paid tribute to Lemmy during their electrifying set. Later, Rammstein headlined the first night on the Lemmy stage and put on a spectacular show for the crowd including flamethrowers, pirates and, of course, a relentless heavy metal soundtrack (except for an impressive acoustic moment in the encore). At the same time, All Time Low headlined the Encore Stage with a slightly more radio-friendly but equally entertaining set.
Highlights from Saturday at Download included NOFX, who headlined the Encore Stage on the second night of the festival. Celebrating over thirty years as a band, they delivered an entertaining and authentically punk rock set, even if it wasn’t really meant to be taken seriously. Simultaneously back on the main stage, Ozzy Osbourne led Black Sabbath in one of the final concerts of their 2016 tour, which they have said will be their last. Although the ageing pioneers of hard rock didn’t deliver their most energetic set to date, this was a farewell to fans that felt very much like classic Download.
On the last day of the festival, Nightwish played in the penultimate slot on the Lemmy Stage and entertained the weary crowd with 11 haunting numbers. They left the stage before the final headliners, Iron Maiden, came out (after some delay) to deliver an amazing performance complete with ruined Mayan temple staging. Overall it did feel like many of the headliners this year were there to pull in the biggest crowds, but the real fresh talent stole the show further down the bill. Perhaps next year we’ll see some of the younger metal rockers taking more of the top slots?
How do you strike a balance between practical and fashionable? This question is always tricky to answer, and when it comes to music festival fashion, it’s almost impossible. You never really know what weather or conditions you’re going to have to endure for hours on end, but you need to try and make yourself as comfortable as possible for the duration while still looking stylish – after all, you’re likely to be seen by thousands of people. Luckily we have a few suggestions for getting that balance right.
Lightweight layers are a great solution for unpredictable weather, especially for festivals like Jersey Live which is a little after the peak of summer – you never know when it might turn colder. The beauty of having a few thin layers is you can adapt your outfit easily to control your temperature – if you’re lucky enough for the sun to come out, just tie one round your waist. A scarf can keep your warm or be used to wrap your hair up safely if it doesn’t stand up to the weather (or lack of showering).
Never rely on sunny weather at a festival. If you don’t take a jacket of any kind in fear of the heat in the crowds, you’re pretty much guaranteed to suffer through a cold, wet weekend. Invest in a practical mac that can fold up to fit in your bag when you don’t need it. This minimises the hassle of carrying round an extra layer, and maximises your defences against the British weather.Continue Reading
Looking to travel to the Jersey Live festival and see as much as you can of the island while you’re here? Camping is a fantastic option, but for many people an even better idea is to bring your own camper van with you. They’re a little retro, but well worth it for trips like this, packing all the practical essentials into one cool package. If you opt for a camper van conversion to personalise your motorhome or build it from scratch, you can pack even more awesome features in and squeeze even more value out of your trip. But what are our top tips for planning your camper van holiday to Jersey?
Consider the cost –
In many cases, a camper van will work out really cheap, especially for a group of people travelling and camping together. With travel and accommodation all rolled into one for the entire duration, you can forget paying for buses, camp sites and other costs. Just make sure you work everything out roughly in advance, so there are no surprise expenses.
Invest in the essentials –
Your camper, motorhome or converted van may be a little rough around the edges, which is fine, but some important features can save a lot of hassle and money. A fitted gas hob (not just a basic camping stove) and a fridge will make it so much easier to store food that you should be able to cater for yourself much better. A shower and toilet might be an option, too, but consider the potential consequences of not looking after it properly!Continue Reading