Here at Music Angel, we harness the energy of festivals to power brighter futures for communities across the globe. Sometimes we’re asked ‘But why festivals?’… Well, our team not only have strong event and production experience, but they also have a love for music. It’s in the name. So with that said, here’s 5 bands that our team think you should keep an eye out for at this years Download Festival.
Hailing from Southampton, Creeper have been taking leaps and strides since their inception in 2014. Fusing goth punk with tones of glam rock, Creeper can be described as the lovechild of AFI and David Bowie, with My Chemical Romance as the surrogate mother – and yet they keep their music sounding fresh and exciting. Over the course of their 3 EP’s and upcoming debut album, they have forged a narrative about a supernatural teenage gang who roam the streets of the band’s home city. Creeper are working hard to bring myth and magic back to music, and to summon the ghost of rock’n’roll past.
Check out Black Rain, a single from their debut album dropping soon:
Astroid Boys are the result of two musical worlds colliding – the hard energy of punk and the grime and rave culture, both scenes known for their tight communities. With the help of Grassroots, a Cardiff youth project, and backing from big names such as NME and Kerrang, Astroid Boys quickly got their name, and unique sound, out on the music circuit – and that was all that was needed. With the release of their 2015 EP ‘Bacon Dream’, their music was out in the world, and it spoke for itself. Fusing grime inspired beats and synths with live drums and heavy guitars, they quickly developed an insane live show. The energy found at an Astroid Boys gig is hard to beat.
Check out ‘Dusted’, a track from ‘Bacon Dream’, for a little taste of what you can expect in the pit:
Wallflower are a 5-piece alternative rock band from London. They entered the scene in 2014 with their debut EP ‘Summer Daze’, produced by Lewis Johns (Funeral For A Friend, Gnarwolves). This influence can be readily heard, as they blend silky guitar tones, catchy chorus’ and melancholy melodies to produce the feel of a much moodier and introspective Gnarwolves. Still under the radar, but sure to erupt soon, make sure you catch these guys so you can brag about it friends in the coming months!
Check out their 2016 release ‘Sleep Forever’:
Prophets of Rage
What do you get when you bring together three members of Rage Against The Machine, two members of Public Enemy and rapper B-Real of Cypress Hill. You get THE rap-rock supergroup. When questioned about Prophets of Rage during their conception in 2016, Tom Morello exclaimed “We’re an elite task force of revolutionary musicians determined to confront this mountain of election year bullshit, and confront it head-on with Marshall stacks blazing”.
After a string of shows lasting a few months, and confined to North America, POR are using 2017 to take on the world with the #MakeTheWorldRageAgain tour. Download will be the first time they bring their sonic firepower to the UK, and it’s their only show on this fair isle!
Check out their rendition of Killing In The Name at Hollywood Palladium:
Because who can resist when Fat Lip drops… STORMING THROUGH THE PARTY LIKE MY NAME IS EL NINO, WHEN I’M HANGIN’ OUT DRINKING IN THE BACK ON AN EL CAMINO. Classic.