Why did UK bands rule so hard at this year's Download Festival? Well, how long do you have?
For a start...
THEY HAVE BIG SONGS
When Neck Deep can bust out 'Can't Kick Up The Roots' and have a huge tent filled with half pop-punk fans AND half metal fans jumping around in the mud, that's when you know you're onto something.
Theirs was a big, polished set that that gave a glimpse of how far this band have come in the past three years (and how far they can go), and that given the right slot, pop-punk bands can thrive at Download.
It's raining hard when Twin Atlantic hit the second stage on Friday, and that plus a sparse crowd and a few early technical difficulties would have put off even the most hardy bands. But not Twin Atlantic.
"It's fucking raining anyway, you might as well go home with a story!" yells Sam McTrusty as he gets the crowd to crouch down in the mud, then jump up on a roaring 'I Am An Animal', and the band rattle through the likes of 'Make A Beast Of Myself' with some style.
...AND SO DO THEIR FANS
What the hell?
Scenes. pic.twitter.com/NgMjkZpGAS— Rock Sound (@rocksound) June 10, 2016
THEY SET RECORDS
"The last time Bury Tomorrow were at Download, they played the main stage and attempted to get as many people as they could to crowd surf. Today, frontman Dani Winter-Bates announces that they had over 1000 people take part and they wanted to top it today. It was impossible to keep count, but watching a non-stop flurry of bodies flying over the barrier during 'Man On Fire' suggests that today they did even better," said Gav Lloyd of their barnstorming second stage show.
THEY USE THEIR PLATFORM FOR SOMETHING POSITIVE
Yeah, that's Becky from Milk Teeth wearing a 'Gender Is Over' shirt in front of a packed tent for her band's spectacular set. Talk about using your big moment to actually say something.
...maybe. Fair play, Don Broco.
And now Disturbed are doing it as well ¯\_(ツ)_/¯— Rock Sound (@rocksound) June 12, 2016
THEY PROVED THEY'RE HEADLINER MATERIAL
Twin Atlantic may have been greeted by a fairly thin crowd, but their performance would struggle to be contained by even the biggest stages, and there was a definite feeling that they were the right band here at the right time, but the wrong place as they romped through 'Heart And Soul'.
Don't be surprised to see them lead a clutch of UK bands to the top of festival bills sooner rather than later.