Download Festival is my photo happy place and I miss it terribly! I love the wall of noise, the constant busyness running for the backstage bus between shows, the heart bouncing rumble of the bass in the photo pit, the atmosphere (metal crowds are always the friendliest), the buzz of activity in the press room and of course, the privilege of catching at least three songs up close from some truly awesome bands. As someone who could almost never see the stage at concerts, photography was the perfect career choice! Once again I was shooting for a guitar magazine (Guitar & Bass) so the emphasis was very much on the guitarists but even if you’re not gear obsessed, I hope you enjoy my highlights from Friday’s bands. I shot Blues Pills, The Cadillac Three, Thunder, Judas Priest, Black Stone Cherry and Slipknot. More photos coming tomorrow!