In the next installation of our arts and culture column, one metalhead explains what being in a band with his other half has meant to his life.
Sure, Guns N' Roses headlined but maybe comedy slogan tees were the *real* festival highlight.
Prophets of Rage might be winners, but Good Charlotte and Limp Bizkit need to cut the bullshit.
I embark on a pilgrimage in search of a people who are doing something not for a laugh, but because they enjoy it.
We asked a load of festivalgoers waking up to the confusing news on Friday what they made of it.
"Whilst we're saddened to say Motorhead will no longer be performing at this year's Download Festival, we will honour a true rock n roll icon who inspired so many others on the bill."
He didn't really mind all the surveillance, because he has no morals.
The festival will be the first in the UK to allow the police to use facial recognition software.