Avenged Sevenfold headlined Download Festival for the first time on June 13th, 2014 and M Shadows told the Daily Star that Avenged Sevenfold prepared by being “totally switched off in the dark to recharge” for two weeks. He also spoke about how important the festival was saying, “Download is one of those festivals that not only transcends generations but it transcends internationally as well. It’s one of those festivals that even in California, you get to know about when you’re growing up. It’s huge and to us it means more in terms of shows than almost anything.” Here‘s the photo round-up from the show and here’s what the media are saying about their set:
– Metal Hammer: Avenged came, saw and conquered Download Festival – 9/10.
– Virtual Festivals: It’s pretty standard fayre for headlining bands to step it up a notch theatrically at Donington, and Avenged Sevenfold are definitely living up to expectation with an extraordinary stage set of enormous cathederal-esque archways, and pyrotechnics galore – 8/10.
– NME: Avenged Sevenfold played a spectacular set as they brought the opening day of the 2014 Download Festival to a close. Making their debut as Download headliners, the band pulled out all the stops with a spectacular stage show…
– HMV: If there were doubts about their ability to headline a major festival before, there aren’t now.
– Leicester Mercury: Despite the original outcry against California rockers Avenged Sevenfold headling on Friday, this did not stop the band putting on a stellar show to close the festival, quashing any fear of their placement on the bill. ‘Hail to the King’ and ‘Burn it Down’ got festival-goers flocking to the main stage.
– Thrash Hits: So proud of our boys in Avenged Sevenfold for killing it at Download Festival tonight!
– Hit The Scene UK: Avenged Sevenfold just set fire to the sky at Download Festival! Amazing headliners!
– Impericon UK: Well Avenged Sevenfold certainly set Download Festival alight tonight
– Absolute Music Press: Avenged Sevenfold are on top form right now over at the main stage of Download Festival.
– Download Festival called Avenged Sevenfold ‘EPIC’ headliners.
– Download Festival booker Andy Copping had nothing but praise for the band.
– Rock Sound: [Avenged Sevenfold’s sold-out UK arena tour] was a test that they passed with flying colours, and so it should come as no surprise that tonight they reign supreme.In terms of career-defining moments it’s certainly up there, and by the time ‘Unholy Confessions’ sends its last notes lingering long into the night air, you get the distinct impression that this isn’t the last time Avenged Sevenfold will find themselves on top of the Download pile.
– Soundscape Magazine: A fantastic performance [from Avenged Sevenfold] and a fantastic end to the day, even if it did freakishly only rain during Nightmare, literally from beginning note to end and that was it. Either way they played a great mixed up set and engaged the whole crowd. A true headliners performance.
– Rush On Rock: Main stage headliners Avenged Sevenfold made the most of a stunning backdrop, meticulously orchestrated show and astute setlist – seizing the biggest opportunity of their career with glee – 8/10.
– Kerrang! Magazine: Five Ways Avenged Sevenfold Ruled Download Festival 2014.
– Hit The Floor UK: Avenged [Sevenfold] are the start of a whole new generation of headline worthy bands.
– Stereoboard: We’re always wondering who’s going to step up when Iron Maiden and Metallica are gone, and Avenged Sevenfold are the answer.
– Rock Sins: Avenged delighted the assembled masses with almost two hours of metal that went down a storm.
– Lough Borough Echo: With plenty of pyrotechnics and great vocals from lead singer M Shadows, [Avenged Sevenfold] were certainly worthy of headline status.
– Dead Press: [Avenged Sevenfold] have not only proved that they can headline, but also that they can do it better than most. [At Download], Avenged Sevenfold join Slipknot in becoming one of the headlining acts of our generation.
– The Huddfersfield Daily: Avenged Sevenfold blazed through an imperious debut as [Download] headliners, cementing their reputation among the most epic live musicians on the planet.