Gav Lloyd caught One OK Rock do their thing at Download Festival. Here's what he learned.
ONE OK ROCK BEAT THE ODDS In their native Japan, ONE OK ROCK are a huge deal. The sort of huge deal that fills out massive stadiums. The crowd that they are faced with today is considerably smaller than that, but they show no signs of it phasing them, with the kind of performance that only true rock stars would be capable of.
TAKA IS A SUPERSTAR Although all the members of ONE OK ROCK have plenty of star power, frontman Taka Moriuchi is undoubtedly the ace in their pack. Not only is he blessed with a stunning set of pipes but he oozes charisma from the stage, making him a truly captivating figure.
DON'T GET USED TO SEEING THIS BAND IN FRONT OF CROWDS THIS SIZE There may not be thousands of people here today, but it's easy to see why they normally play to much bigger numbers. It's a set full of massive, anthemic moments, especially set closer 'Mighty Long Fall'.