It’s Aerosmith’s swansong. There are men in Lycra. And it might even be dry. No wonder HRH Mag simply couldn’t miss the final day of Download 2017. Chief Reporter Andy Spoors delivers his five-step plan to Castle Donington fufilment:

 

Track The Panther

They may travel the world, have a residency in Las Vegas and bring a new meaning to hair metal but Steel Panther are arguably never more on form than in the grounds of Donington Park.

The 80s pastiche rockers have long been fan favourites in the UK – starting out with a whisper in Download’s tents before making a massive noise on the main stage.

This year the Panther have something for everyone. Tracks from latest album Lower The Bar are sure to get an outing for those long term fans looking for something different. But for anyone who hasn’t been lucky enough to feel the steel, you’re in for a shock(er).

The band will prompt the exposure of more boobs than a Playboy annual – making you laugh while ripping on your favourite decade of rock.

 

Dillinger Is the Plan

In what feels like a running theme on Sunday, DEP play the Avalanche Stage as part of their farewell tour.

The band announced last year that following the tour to support their last album, Dissociation, they will go their separate ways.

Determined to go out on their own terms and finish on a high, Dillinger could well provide the set of the weekend – let alone Sunday. If this is to be their Download swansong, it’s a fair bet that the New Jersey rockers will do everything in their considerable power to celebrate a 20-year journey in style.

 

The NXT Big Thing

We’ve previously reported on the blossoming relationship between WWE and the rock community and nowhere is this more evident than at Download.

NXT superstars drew huge crowds last year and this year looks no different with champion Bobby Roode, women’s champ Asuka and many more due to put on two shows a day in their own tent.

During the last couple of years, WWE’s developmental brand has used some of the best names in rock on their soundtracks with many of those artists playing over the weekend. Motionless in White, Crown The Empire and Sleeping With Sirens will all grace the stages of Download – sure to attract a following from both sets of fans.

And this will be most evident when WWE stalwart Chris Jericho and his band Fozzy take to the main stage on Sunday.

Many of the superstars are fully fledged metal fans so don’t be surprised to see a few muscle bound blokes taking in their favourite bands over the weekend. Just be careful who you mess with in the mosh pits…

 

Experience Sweet Emotion…One Last Time

Running with the farewell theme, rock royalty and legends Aerosmith supposedly bid our shores farewell with their last ever gig in the UK.

This was the word in 2016 when lead singer Steven Tyler was interviewed, but a string of confusing interviews since have cast doubt on whether we will, in fact, see the last of the band’s blues infused rock.

But if this is the end than you have to be there.

Dubbed the ‘Aero-vederci Baby!’ Tour, fans won’t want to miss a thing as the curtain drops on one of rock’s biggest weekends of the year.

Having headlined a couple of times before, fans will know what to expect and it’s great to see organisers continue to honour the spirit of the Monsters Of Rock with a heritage act so beloved of the Donington masses.

With one of the defining voices in the industry on show, combined with the unbelievable skill of Joe Perry on the six string, Aerosmith are sure to leave Download fans Cryin out for more….

 

Celebrate Music, Freedom…And Fizzy Blood

Any festival that celebrates the best genre of music is cause for celebration and the grounds of Donington Park have seen some of the most iconic names attend over the years.

This Sunday sees a raft of bands join that steeped history – many already established while others look to use their appearance as an opportunity to recruit new fans. The sheer spread of music on offer is, as always, fantastic.

From the thrash metal of festival stalwarts Slayer, to fast-rising country rockers The Cadillac Three and relative newcomers Fizzy Blood to old hands Alter Bridge, there really is something for everyone.

Away from politics and the horrors of the world, what better way to escape than in a muddy field surrounded by the sound of wailing guitars?