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      08.01.2003 00:16
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      Having never been to a concert at Donington, the so called "Home of Metal" before, I was expecting big things from the venue, I had also received free tickets from reading the Main Event Ticket Guide, and for the usually brilliant Ozzfest to be better than ever. But these optimistic expectations turned out to be far from accurate, at least the only fees was the coach ride (plus merchandise and food expensives). Things were looking good when we first arrived: A huge area for the fans to watch the main stage, a nice (well, as nice as a big metal shed can look) looking building for the Kerrang!/Radio 1 stage, and enough food and merchandise stalls for you to spend all day spending cash if you desired. And as it turns out it seems that's exactly what the entire event was organised to force people to do. As we approached the main stage to get a good position from which to review Antiproduct we were met with a huge horseshoe shaped barrier, extending about 50 metres back from the stage. A bit of looking around revealed that people had to enter this from near the sides of the stage. It seemed like a good idea - dividing the crowd in two so there wasn't too much of a crush at the front - but when we tried to get in the full ridiculousness of the situation was unveiled. "Where's ya wristband?" said the obligatory thick-sounding security guard. "If ya ain't got one ya ain't getting in." After much pressing he reluctantly revealed only the first 4,000 people to enter the festival got one, so if you didn't have one you had no chance of getting anywhere near the stage. As mentioned before, this barrier system may initially seem like a good idea, but with any thought at all it soon becomes apparent it is most definitely not. To begin with, as there was absolutely no mention of this system before the show, people had no way of knowing they had to get there early, and even if they did, the
      rather remote location of the festival meant many, like myself, had to rely on organised transport to get there, leaving them with little control over when they arrived. There are also multiple ways that the "wristband only area" could have been made fairer, for example, by making the wrist bands removable, so there could be a "one in, one out" system. Allowing only the same 4,000 people in and out all day meant less than 1000 people were in there for most of the day, as the others were off looking at stalls, watching the second stage and so on. The ratio of wristbands to the size of the area was also completely out of proportion. The sizeofthe area barricaded off could easily have held five times the amount of people allowed in - there was no need to have such a huge area empty. If they only wanted 4000 in the area should not have had a 20,000 person capacity. On top off all this, the PA system was absolutely terrible. I don't know what the sound was like in the "special area", but unless you were standing right near the sides of the stage (in which case you couldn't see it), the sound was badly distorted - like a low bitrate MP3 - and way too quiet. As a result, this review is written from the point of view of 95% of the people in attendance, and thus is probably harsher on the bands than it would have been if it had been possible to get near enough to the stage for them to be anything but faceless people far off in the distance, though in that case gives a more accurate report of the average festival-goer's experience of the day... Any Questions: evertonfc75@hotmail.com Thanks to rockreview and Johnny T!

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        After a hellish bus ride down from Glasgow, hungover, tired and feeling cramped, I wandered into the circus. I found out who was playing when before scouting about for Skindred. Anti Product came on the main stage. They were weak. I walked away. The blackboard on the Kerrang stage said that I had missed Skindred but I staggered in anyway (you never know...). Danko Jones was scheduled to play. As soon as I heard the air raid siren and the cheer that went up with it, I ran up to the front of the stage. I knew noone was going to cheer like that for Danko friggin Jones. Sure enough, BENJI was up there giving it laldy. Once I was up the front it was actually impossible to leave as people were packed in so tight but I didn't mind. Skindred kicked arse and sounded a lot heavier live than on record, forsaking a lot of thier mellower, reggae based stuff for moshpit riffage. 'Nobody' and 'Pressure' were the highlights as Benji screamed 'NOBODY - NOBODY GETS OUT ALIVE!' and urged us to shout 'PRESSURE!' at him at all the right times. God, Skindred rule. Benji is god. Knackered after that, I milled about to see Otep (a friend had recommended them). Getting close to the stage I realised that the amazing Napalm Death style screaming was coming from a very nice looking lady! Man, that bitch can scream! And their fat, bald, bassist was also entertaining. Otep were great, brutal, just what a metal festival needs! Making sure I was at the main stage in time to see Slayer, I caught a bit of Cradle Of Filth. After 5 minutes, the hilarity became too much so I headed back to the Kerrang stage and caught Mushroomhead whose sound quality was shit (a problem with the PA, one of the mic's wasn't working right either) but they put on a good show anyway and tried to kick arse despite the crappy sound. Nice try. Getting back to the main stage in a big crush, I waited about staring at the stage whi
        le people chanted SLAYER! I was kind of expecting a duff set from Slayer, but then again, I had never seen them before. Slayer kicked arse! As soon as they came on to the strains of 'Darkness Of Christ' screaming 'GOD HATES US ALL' they had the crowd headbanging, moshing and nodding in appreciation with big cheesy grins on their faces. In between songs, the crowd chanted for 'Reign in Blood'. Tom Araya responded with 'Whats that? you want to hear... Stain of Mind?.... OK, heres Stain of Mind' before launching into Stain of Mind. Cheeky sod! Eventually they obliged the crowd, after kicking arse with a super tight, super heavy show. Slayer are the shit and undisputedly put on the best show all day. Next was System Of A Down which I managed to get to the front for (probably because of all the little teeny boppers and mini moshers up there). As soon as the gig started, the rush to the front was unbearable. I wouldn't have minded but crushing little 12 year old girls isn't something I particularly enjoy so I moved back next to some bigger, sturdier looking people. Nevertheless, the little mini moshers were everywhere (bless 'em) but they kind of ruined my enjoyment of this gig. But System were shit hot! They played a great set (but unfortunately opened with the more downbeat Aerials rather than the usual Prison Song) and even had the weather on cue! It started raining slightly during Spiders then started pissing down just on cue for the start of Bounce. They had to cut the set a bit short because as Daron pointed out 'were going to get fucking electrocuted here!' but finished with a mix of Sugar and War (I think, I can't remember too well) and didn't let anybody down. Great stuff. Tool played an note perfect but boring set with their music videos on the big screen (as opposed to everyone else who used live stage footage). They didn't seem to move about a hell of a lot or
        get the crowd moving much. They were technically great but a bit of an anticlimax after Slayer and System. Finally, I stuck about for Ozzy. Now, I love Black Sabbaths early stuff and Ozzy must be respected but, god, is his solo stuff crap. Zakk Wylde bored us to death with a cheesy ten minute solo noodle (please god, make it stop). The only good bits about this were the Sabbath covers, 'War Pigs', 'Iron Man' and 'Paranoid'. It was far too cold and, nice as it was to see Ozzy (he even showed us his arse), i wasn't for hanging around to watch him embarass himself with ballads like 'dreamer'. No thanks. I seen the grand finale from the coach, with what seemed like a million big fireworks going off (which was nice), thankfully without the backdrop of Ozzys terrible ballad, the old deluded fool. But we still love you, Ozzy. Overall my Ozzfest was made by Skindred, Slayer, System Of A Down and Otep who were all shit hot. It was easily worth the hellish trip to see them. I was even knackered enough to sleep on the coach back.

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          04.11.2002 22:58

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          Another great OZZFEST - Advantages: 2 stages, GREAT bands compliment ozzy - Disadvantages: SO EXPENSIVE, HIGH PRICE

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          03.08.2002 09:40
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          I wish that the concert would come to tennesee. I work my ass of to have money so I can go to concerts. But they don't come anywhere near me. The closest place this year is a six hour drive away. I've got house, car and utilities to pay. I can't afford to take 3 days off to see a concert on a Monday night. Hell the cost of the whole road trip would break me for weeks. Have mercy on me! I love music and I especially love live music, Bring it to Nashville and we will come. Trust me! Think about it for next year! I'll miss Hatebreed and Flaw and SOAD this year! Maybe they'll have their own tour or something! Thanks for listening!

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            09.07.2002 17:26
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            Lots and lots of complaints anbout this Ozzfest mainly due to the fact that there were only 4000 people allowed in the main front area of the min stage. Luckily, I arrived early and wandered into that area not knowing what was happening. Unluckily, I missed all the Kerrang! stage bands whom I wanted to see (esp. 100 Reasons and Ill Nino). So, this is really a review of the main stage. First up were Antiproduct: The jury's still out on that one. Zakk Wild's Black Label Society: Entertaining! Really good. They played last year on the Kerrang satge but were promoted to main stage, playing good old fashioned beer swiging, foot on speaker, blonde hair flialing rock and roll. Mad Capsule Markets: There was this one annoying bloke who kept on shouting for Slayer throughout their set. The crowd weren't pleased with MCM's mix of technno and punk. Probably better in a smaller venue. Drowning Pool: A surge to the front by little kids means it's WWF favourites DP take the stage. Pretty good if incomprehensible. One tip, don't get stick in the pit when they play 'Bodies'. I did... Millencollin: No equipement, borrowed instruments, not for Ozzfest. Cradle Of Filth: Up to now, the weather was quite pleasant, maybe a bit of drizzle. But as soon as COF took to the stage the heavens opened! A full-blown hail storm! I must admit that I'm not the biggest Cradle of Filth fan, but I decided to listen with an open mind. It was highly entertaining with stilt walkers and fire breathers. "We hate you and you hate us" That's Dani Filth after another barrage of water bottles. LostProphets: Lots of hype and lots of anticipation for LP. They took to the stage with a chorus of "Ian!" from all the little girls in the front. In fact Ian Watkins is becoming the new Brandon Boyd. They played a lacklustre set the only good bit being when the band bought on Karl Middleton from Earthtone 9 (RIP) to sing 'T
            he Handsome Life Of Swing'. Don't get me wrong, I love LP on tape, but live, they just don't seem to cut the mustard. Slayer: Really good, they put everything into it and they played 'Stain of Mind' which is the only Slayer song I know. System Of A Down: Just like LostProphets, SOAD was highly aticipated by the crowd. Unlike LostProphets, System played a blinding set. Unfortunately, the band had to abandon their set ten mins before the end due to the wet stage from the rain and some of the rigging narrowly missing drummer John Dolmayan. To compensate, the band played an ultra quick version of Sugar and Suite-Pee cleverly entitled 'Suite-Pee Sugar'. SOAD would have been kings of the day had it not been for... Tool: For me, the band could have come on and farted and I wouldn't have cared. Yes, this is a biased review because I absolutely love Tool! Maynard being a clever kind of fellow opted for a long leather coat and clothes, rather than tiny shorts like last year. No major changes to the set: 'The Grudge' 'Stinkfist' 'Schism' 'Parabola' 'Sober'. But they did play 'Tick And Leeches' and 'Traid' with guest drummer Mike Bordin from Faith No More (RIP). Maynard even had a slight rapport with the crowd: "Are you cold? Then put your hands into each others pockets" A total genius and a death to the first borns of all those who booed them. Funnliy, I was involved in a big ruck over one of the drumsticks...sad to say I didn't get it. We decided to give it to an American gentleman who had travelled all the way from the States to see them. Unfortuately, we left before Ozzy's set. Despite the weather and stupid regulations, Ozzfest 2002 was not the total washout people say it was.

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              On The 25th May after what seemed like an eternity of waiting the ozzfest finally came round(For all those who do not know the ozfest is a heavy metal music festival hosted by ozzy Osborne!) So I got up bright and early and off to Donington park I went. The ques to get into the ozzfest were horrendous but(luckily) I was at the front of the que. The arena was between the massive race course. It was all on the grass and due to this half way through the day when it started to rain everywhere was a mud bath and everyone was sliding and slipping around everywhere, however (suprsingly) everyone was very friendly and if someone fell over you picked them up it was a brilliant system! All of the stools around the ozfest were ridiculsy expensive and it was best to avoid them. All the usual type stores were there such as food, body piercing and tattooing. But this year there was one stool that was attracting a lot of interest from the younger generation and this stool was called ?Herbal Highs? it sold the legal (and herbal) version of many drugs, such as Poppers and Cannabis. So due to this stool throughout the day you could smell pot and chlorine! The main stage outside was massive!The each amp was about 6 foot high and they were stacked 9 by 7, this made the music earbleedingly loud! This year to get into the mosh pit you had to have a wrist band. The way it worked was that at the beginning of the day they let so many people into the moshpit, when in the moshpit you got a wristband so you could freely walk in and out of it. This upset a lot of people who were not there early enough as once the certain amount of people were in the moshpit no one else could go in!The moshpit in general was great fun with nothing to violent happing it was very friendly and everyone was looking out for each other if someone fell down you picked them up!There was a brilliant spirit. Also around the arena there were the usual funfair ride
              s which were far to extreme for my liking. The Bands: Well there were some good bands and some bad bands lets have a look shall we? Antiproduct: The lead singer from this band came on dressed like the queen mother and after giving a little speech about being back from the dead he burst into song and dance. The music was rubbish. The drumming was good but that was it they but in so much effort but the mix of metal music and pop singing just does not work. However it was good to see a metal band with a equal amount of men and women as this is barely heard of!The moshpit whilst this band was on consisted of about 10 people prating around! Zack Wyldes Black Label Society: Zack Wlde is the guitarist form Ozzys band(NOT black Sabbath) and he is a dam good one aswell! Through his entire set everyone just stood there nodding there heads it didn?t get many people excitement but it was pretty dammed good. The Mad Capsule Market: All I knew about this band before the ozzfest Saturday was that they were Japanese,they have invented a new style now known as techno metal and it is brilliant! The band were very happy to be on stage and the crowd were very happy to see them! The lead singer can not speak English very well so he was reading off of a sheet, but a dam good band anyhow! Drowning Pool: Terrible absolutely terrible???I sat on the top of the hill watching this band and they were so boring! Millencollen: Millencollen are a punk rock group and generally they are a amazing band but they were so out of place at the ozfest everyone just stood there watching them and I swear to God that the lead singer was staring at me I told my friend and he just said that was paranoid, I say that I?m overly aware! Cradle Of Filth: When this band came on It started to rain very hard so I went to the back of the moshpit to try and get some shelter however I still got soaked. The band were ver
              y poor the lead singer screeched the backing singer yoodled and the guitaring could not be heard over the drum beat. It also all sounded the same, there music sounds much better off of their album. However the band were funny making comments such as ?if your gonna through coins, don?t through Euros we have no use for those? and ?The stupidest thing we have had on stage so far is someone?s glasses that was bloody clever wasn?t it?? But by far the best part of this bands set is when the lead singer said in a deep menacing voice ?This song is going out live to radio one so for that benefit it is called (a rather long string of swearwords followed). This band were pants however funny! The Lost Prophets: The moshpit when these guys were on was amazing. It is the kind of music that everyone sings along to in the choruses and then moshes to hard when it breaks. The lost prophets are a lot heavier live then they are on there album and if you like there album you should definetly go see them live. The way the band played was great as they were all so close to the crowd, it was really good how the DJ decks was right upfront facing the crowd! If you like this band you should definitely go see them live Slayer: Old style metal,great in albums but rubbish live. The mosh pit was extremely violent and the music was extremely poor??..I did not enjoy this set one bit(Probably due to the fact I was dodging punches) and I felt very relived when they finished. System Of A Down: This was the second time that I had seen system of a down live and as before they kicked arse. Their set was one hour and a half long so they played songs from both of the albums. The mosh pit was pretty violent although very enjoyable at the same time. However the ground was exceedingly muddy due to all of the moshing and rain! Tool: I do not know of a ozfest that tool have not been at, there music is great and relaxing and I find it amazing how people
              can go so mental at there music! They were the only band to use the video screens either side of the stage to show their music videos, the videos were really quite freaky but I enjoyed their set never the less. OZZY!!!!!!: The man we had all come to see, Ozzy Osborne. Before his set started he had about 15 minutes of videos on the screen of Ozzy doing silly thing such as being a tarot card reader and doing a allie G impression. Everyone loved ozzie and he played loads of his music. He was a great act and he proved that he was not passed his sell by date and if you ask me mr Osborne is going to be making a big come back sometime soon!He wrapped up the day in style! So what competition does the ozfest have? Well as far as I?m concerned none. It is the only travelling music festival which is dedicated to metal. Reading is its only competition as the have days full of metal bands, but still it is nothing in the league of the ozfest. I had a great day and I will definitely be going next year!

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                Lots and lots of complaints anbout this Ozzfest mainly due to the fact that there were only 4000 people allowed in the main front area of the min stage. Luckily, I arrived early and wandered into that area not knowing what was happening. Unluckily, I missed all the Kerrang! stage bands whom I wanted to see (esp. 100 Reasons and Ill Nino). So, this is really a review of the main stage. First up were Antiproduct: The jury's still out on that one. Zakk Wild's Black Label Society: Entertaining! Really good. They played last year on the Kerrang satge but were promoted to main stage, playing good old fashioned beer swiging, foot on speaker, blonde hair flialing rock and roll. Mad Capsule Markets: There was this one annoying bloke who kept on shouting for Slayer throughout their set. The crowd weren't pleased with MCM's mix of technno and punk. Probably better in a smaller venue. Drowning Pool: A surge to the front by little kids means it's WWF favourites DP take the stage. Pretty good if incomprehensible. One tip, don't get stick in the pit when they play 'Bodies'. I did... Millencollin: No equipement, borrowed instruments, not for Ozzfest. Cradle Of Filth: Up to now, the weather was quite pleasant, maybe a bit of drizzle. But as soon as COF took to the stage the heavens opened! A full-blown hail storm! I must admit that I'm not the biggest Cradle of Filth fan, but I decided to listen with an open mind. It was highly entertaining with stilt walkers and fire breathers. "We hate you and you hate us" That's Dani Filth after another barrage of water bottles. LostProphets: Lots of hype and lots of anticipation for LP. They took to the stage with a chorus of "Ian!" from all the little girls in the front. In fact Ian Watkins is becoming the new Brandon Boyd. They played a lacklustre set the only good bit being when the band bought on Karl Middleton from Earthtone 9 (RIP) to sing 'T
                he Handsome Life Of Swing'. Don't get me wrong, I love LP on tape, but live, they just don't seem to cut the mustard. Slayer: Really good, they put everything into it and they played 'Stain of Mind' which is the only Slayer song I know. System Of A Down: Just like LostProphets, SOAD was highly aticipated by the crowd. Unlike LostProphets, System played a blinding set. Unfortunately, the band had to abandon their set ten mins before the end due to the wet stage from the rain and some of the rigging narrowly missing drummer John Dolmayan. To compensate, the band played an ultra quick version of Sugar and Suite-Pee cleverly entitled 'Suite-Pee Sugar'. SOAD would have been kings of the day had it not been for... Tool: For me, the band could have come on and farted and I wouldn't have cared. Yes, this is a biased review because I absolutely love Tool! Maynard being a clever kind of fellow opted for a long leather coat and clothes, rather than tiny shorts like last year. No major changes to the set: 'The Grudge' 'Stinkfist' 'Schism' 'Parabola' 'Sober'. But they did play 'Tick And Leeches' and 'Traid' with guest drummer Mike Bordin from Faith No More (RIP). Maynard even had a slight rapport with the crowd: "Are you cold? Then put your hands into each others pockets" A total genius and a death to the first borns of all those who booed them. Funnliy, I was involved in a big ruck over one of the drumsticks...sad to say I didn't get it. We decided to give it to an American gentleman who had travelled all the way from the States to see them. Unfortuately, we left before Ozzy's set. Despite the weather and stupid regulations, Ozzfest 2002 was not the total washout people say it was

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                  What better thing to do after finishing your last exam of your degree ever (aarrgggh!) than going to see a few of your favourite bands?? I went to Ozzfest last year and thought it was wicked and Tool and System of a Down were playing so I thought I'd trek to Donington to see them. The weather was lovely.... everyone was sat down chilling then anti-product came on........ I can't say that I'm a huge fan of Antiproduct, in fact I'm not a fan at all so maybe I didn't appreciate them live as much as maybe I should but I just wasn't too impressed as I am not in to them at all. Next up was Zakk Wylde's Black Label society who got a huge response, but again its not my cup of tea, they're no Tool lets just put it like that. During this though I went round the shops so I can give you a review of them, there was a WICKED shop which did one pound bargain bags which were the best things in the WORLD. I bought 3. It was well worth it. Anyway sorry.... the music........ the next band that I really actually watched were Lostprophets. I wasn't totally impressed with these because where I was stood was pretty windy making the sound quality really bad, but they were wicked, I would have stood closer if it wasn't for the bloody stupid barrier at the front. Basically at the front there was a huge barrier erected which meant that only vips could get to the front meaning that all the plebs had to stand around there, meaning that people who paid £40 couldn't really get near to their favourite bands at all, which, OZZY, I do believe was ridiculous....... thats if he ever reads this....which he won't.... but still, it was really annoying.... but yeah the Lostprophets didi totally give a really good energetic show and got the crowd going in the horriblest weather EVER (including hail) Anywho as I said the only bands that I was there for really were Tool and SOAD. However I did watch Cradle of filth and was totally dig
                  ging the stilt dancers, they were wicked, but I HATE COF but they were pretty funny, and i thought for their fans they put on a really good show. Not for me though. Slayer were WICKED live, i'm not into them but I was TOTALLY impressed with their live performance and also the amount of respect for them in the crowd, maybe it was because Slayer have been around a long time and there were a lot of older people there to see Ozzy anyway but these were definately the third most popular band there (under ozzy and SOAD) and rightly so according to their live performace, they were really good live and also the whole crowd was totally getting into it and loving it. Next were SOAD! YEAH!!! I was REALLY excited about this as I had never seen these live before and I LOVE them (and a ticket mix-up in manchester on their tour made sure I couldn't see them then either) so this was REALLY exciting for me and they came on and blew the crowd away, I am in love with serj now they were AMAZING and the WHOLE crowd was loving it (although i couldn't speak for the bourgeois barriered people being so below them I am just a mere proletariat pleb) but they were really tight live and serj was especially amazing to me, and they had totally wicked stage prescence and me and serj are getting married next week. (you heard it here first....so did he probably) next up were the big one....TOOL. I have seen them 3 times before this but I still feel sick before I see Tool as I get SO excited (this, sadly, is true) The crowd seemed to go to get beer/go to the toilet or basically get away fro the stage when Tool came on as it was much less packed than SOAD, but i didn't midn that as I could get closer. Tool were abolustely magnificent, I can't think of a better word to describe them, they were AMAZING and blew me away, like they always do. Maynard's voice is just fantastic and also his getting "suspicious minds" into tool's set was geniu
                  s too. The stage prescence of Tool has never been good, but they don't need to, they are SO amazing live that they surpass the need for it, and for the people who do believe that they need it they give little video clips (aww, aren't they nice?) but with Tool its all about the music, they don't need to bother with moving around the stage (and the weirdness of Maynard'd dances is entertainment in itself) and a Ozzfest they were amazing, as per usual. Next up was the man himself OZZY!! He started with some really funny clips of him as christina aguilera etc, which got a laugh and then EVERYONE wtched him as he ran out onstage. He was wicked live and everything but it was sort of same-y as last yuear, but without the goodness of Black Sabbath, it was REALLY wicked last year I was reallyl excited about seeing Black Sabath but without them this year I wasn't too excited about Ozzy. He was good and everything I just didn't think he was amazing. However what was amazing were the fireworks after his set! They were AMAZING!! I was loving them. I wasn't loving the queues out of the place which took us HOURS to get back to cheshire. I also wasn't loving the sunburn (?!) than I had when i got home, it had pissed it down all day and i was burnt to a crisp, which wasn't great. However it was TOTALLY worth it for the almost orgasmic experience of seeing Tool and SOAD and also I was loving Lostprophets and SLayer and it was wicked watching the other bands as the atmosphere was wicked and it was just a generally wicked day, one thing though I would have liked to have got closer to the front to see my favourite bands that I had paid £40 for, and the venue was better last year in Milton Keynes, Donington was a bit weird...but still good.

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                    Finally it was the day of Ozzfest 2002, the day I had been looking forward to for months on end, ever since it was first announced. After a sleepless night, me and my friends made our way to the coach park for the 5;40AM departure to Donington. We arrived at about 7AM, annoyingly two hours before the park was opened, and had to content ourselves with queuing an insane amount of time for hideously overpriced sandwiches. Then we were finally let in to be confronted with the worst festival set up I've seen in my short festival career - there was the main stage which had a metal fence all around it and you had to obtain a blue bracelet before you could go in there - I was lucky! But then, quite a walk away in a long thin building was the Radio1/Kerrang! stage, which made up our mind from the start that it wouldn't be worth going between the two. So we ran to the barrier and clung to it. For the next 13 hours we didn't move from our sacred spot - but even if we had wanted to wouldn't have been able to! Antiproduct The first band on were one that I actually wanted to see. On came Alex Kane dressed as the Queen Mother in a 'lovely' pale blue dress, feathered hat and white handbag, completed by his trademark face painted grin. Then he suddenly ripped it off, revealing an extremely tight sparkly cat suit, threw his handbag into the audience (now proudly owned by my brother) and the band launched into the only song I had heard before - 'Hey, let's get it on!' Antiproduct were a very entertaining first band, because they're all so mad - the rest of the band comprised of a drummer wearing nothing but Union Jack boxers and three female cyber Goths wearing very revealing clothes (popular with the blokes, me thinks). A highlight was when Alex launched himself into the audience and my brother and friend Andrea were hugging him, unfortunately I was not up at the barrier at that point. I wasn't hugely impressed by their music,
                    it's alright, but they were amazing live because they're so theatrical. Black Label Society Despite their early showing, a lot of people had come to see BLS, as could be seen by the huge number of people wearing the merchandise. On came Zakk Wylde to the hugest cheer, he is a hugely respected musician. The stage was adorned with his skulls - attached to poles and to the mike stand. Again, I'd only heard one song by Black Label Society 'Demise of sanity', which was good, but I hadn't bothered to download any more. They went down really well with the majority of the audience, especially those of the over 30, longhaired and bearded variety! Mad Capsule Markets Now, all that I knew about Mad Capsule Markets was that they are Japanese and obviously mad! I think I'd heard one song before, and although I knew that they were techno metal I wasn't quite sure. The singer came onstage, and with his hat and puffa jacket could almost have been a raver. He was also doing strange signs with his hands like a raver. One of the guitarists really scared me, the was he was acting and his teeth - they were pointed - he was so scary! I thought that the sweetest point was when the singer got out his piece of paper and made a speech - obviously he can't speak English well enough to be spontaneous - I thought it was so sweet, and as my brother said, they're my new favourite band because they made an effort, awww. Drowning Pool Now apart from hearing 'Bodies' in the coach down, I have been deprived of Drowning Pool. Everyone else seems to know who they are, but I don't have MTV or Kerrang! channel so I haven't heard any of their stuff. I had however read an article in Kerrang the other day, and let's just say I didn't like the sound of them at all, well them as people at least. And from when the singer came on, I took an instant dislike to him! He just seems like such a horrible person, fro
                    m his aggressive appearance to his hostility. However, they did do a very good set, sparking up another mosh pit, they highlight being when the singer shouted; 'Let's see how well you know your 80s metal!' and he sang the start of some riffs and the crowd had to finish them off. Also another highlight was when the bassist, CJ just grinned at me! Millencolin I like Millencolin, I have their latest album, 'Home from home', which, although isn't a classic is still good. However, I was probably the only person in the crowd who knew who they were, let alone cared! What Millencolin were doing at the Ozzfest, I have no idea, Ozzfest is a metal festival, and Millencolin are very pop punk. They also had a really boring image, and despite liking them, I didn't particularly want to see them, and they got a lot of abuse and middle fingers, not to mention hardly any cheering at all! They did do a good set, probably because they wanted to win people over, I don?t know, and they greeted the abuse with smiles and waves. I think that my solo enthusiasm was what earned me a grin from the Millencolin singer! Cradle of Filth I had been looking forward to Cradle for quite a long time, I only have a copy of 'Midian', so I didn't know all that many songs, but I like what I've heard and I knew that they would be interesting visually. On came the band members to chants of 'Cradle! Cradle!' and 'Dani! Dani!' - all of them dressed and made up in an intimidating way, including a hippogoth, who given her size looked disgusting - she was just wearing a corset, underwear and suspenders, yuk! Then on came Dani! He's much smaller than I imagined, probably no bigger than me, and so sweet! He had a way of looking at the crowd as though he?s looking at you, but no one at the same time. They ran through both old songs and stuff from Midian, including the single 'Her Ghost in the Fog' right at the end. At t
                    his point people were throwing mud at the band from the back of the crowd, 'If you're gonna throw mud then throw it at our keyboardist, he's from Yorkshire!' growled Dani. The highlight was defiantly the 'dancers' who came on dressed as strange stilted theatrical monsters, one of them was a fire breather! It was an amazing show. Lostprophets Another band that I really wanted to see. I have 'Thefakesoundofprogress' and last September I managed to see them play, just before they got really famous. I think a lot of people are turning them into a Linkin Park now though, because they've got quite famous and now their old fans disown them, also they're pretty boys so the blokes call them a boy band. However, they did a good set, coming on to 'Thefakesoundofprogress'. However, during this first song we could hardly hear Ian's singing, even from the front, so my brother shouted 'We can't hear you, turn your microphone up!' which was funny because Ian Watkins looked at him in a really nasty way! The thing about Lostprophets is that they do seem quite up themselves, and even though the rest of the band was grinning at the audience, Ian wouldn?t make any contact at all. During one of the songs, Lee Gaze broke all the strings on two guitars, and right at the end he had a go at someone in the crowd, I don't know why, he also has a really squeaky voice! A highlight was when Karl Middleton, formerly of Earthtone9 came to do the shouting on one of the songs (Can't remember what!) I didn't think that the set they did was as good as when I saw them before, but they were still good! Slayer I hadn't been too bothered about seeing Slayer, as I'd never heard anything of them before, I just knew that they were fairly old-fashioned metal fronted by Tom Araya. There were loads of people who wanted to see them though, all shouting 'Slayer! Slayer!' I actually really liked the
                    m, they were a lot better than I'd expected, and the mosh wasn't as bad as I'd thought. I was lucky though to be right by the barrier, so I didn't get too badly battered. I also saw Casey Chaos right by the side of the stage, after trying to work out exactly who it was for ages! System of a Down I was very excited about seeing System; I had hardly believed it when I heard that they were doing Ozzfest, and now to find myself less than 5 meters away was the best! Unfortunately they has these really annoying big amps which did limit the view a bit. But when they came on it was brilliant, Serj Tankian is really as mad as he looks, and so, surprisingly is Daron, I thought he'd be quite sensible. Shavo wasn't that mad - you'd think he would be with that beard! They ran through songs from both Toxicity and System of a Down, and even improvised with the both strange singing and guitaring, it was really really good! I was really annoyed though that they missed out the last five songs because of the rain. We had all got rid of the rain before by sticking our middle fingers in the air and shouting 'Oi God, f**k off with the wet stuff!', but now it had come back, and apparently if they had carried on they could've blown us up! My favourite part of the set was when they played 'Bounce' one of my favourites, and the whole crowd erupted! Tool Yet another band I had really been looking forward to seeing, after buying the amazing 'Lateralus' last year. I also saw them at Ozzfest last year, and despite barely knowing anything about them, I really liked them and have been a fan ever since! Like last year they had the same mesmerising videos which seem to correspond exactly to the music - repetitive sounds mean repetitive movements, and so on, one of my friends was really annoyed by the video though, but I really like it. The stack amps were even more annoying than during System of a Down - especially a
                    s Maynard James Keenan stands to the back of the stage so it's really hard to see him, and I only saw the head of another of the band, I think it's Justin the bassist, who has really curly hair, and he grinned while I took a photo of him! Maynard James wasn't stripped down to his boxers last year, I think it was too cold, but he was dressed all in black with a black stripe down the center of his face, and I don't think he smiled once! The mosh also eased off at this point, and for the first time since Cradle I was able to breathe properly. They ran through their most famous songs, plus about half the songs were from Lateralus, which I really liked, and then there was one of the songs (I don't know the names by heart) for which they brought out another drum kit for, which had lots of toms, and it was really really good, it's really hard to describe Tool to anyone who doesn't know them, or can't get into them, they're really intense. Ozzy Osbourne Even though I was severely crushed and could barely breathe at this point, there was no way that I was going to leave, not since I had been there all day! I'm not the hugest even fan of Ozzy, I love Black Sabbath, and I have a copy of the latest album which is equal in the proportion of cheese to the proportion of actual good songs. I don't like the new single, 'Dreamer' I think it's one of the cheesiest things I've ever heard! I would've preferred to see Black Sabbath again, but nevertheless I was content to just see Ozzy! Before he came on he played the funniest video clips of him parodying music videos - the Moulin Rouge, Ali G and a fortune teller, and I thought that this was when they were going to tell us that he hadn't turned up! But no, in answer to our chorus of 'Ozzy! Ozzy! Ozzy!'s, we finally heard his sing song voice; 'I can't f**king hear ya!', so we shouted louder, and he sang again; 'I can't f**king hea
                    r ya!', then we shouted loud as possible and he ran on - in his pyjamas! Ok, so they weren't quite pyjamas, but surely everyone has noticed, he wears the most unshapely set of top and jumper and trousers possible, adored with red sparkly crosses! He played a good mixture of old Sabbath stuff, which I loved, including 'War Pigs' and 'Paranoid' right at the end, he also played older stuff like -Mister Crowley' and stuff form his new album. I have to admit that I'd had enough of it after about half an hour, mainly because of all the crushing, which was only alleviated when my attention was put onto the songs I knew. His guitarist was Zakk Wylde, who added his own style to the Sabbath songs instead of just copying them, which I liked, and the drummer was the one from Tool, there were also people from other bands but I don't know who. It was a good set, but I was glad when it ended! I was disappointed that I didn't get to see Ill Nino, but I think my all day position made up for it. Apparently one of my other friends tried to go in to see them, but couldn?t get in because it was raining and everyone had rushed to get in. A lot of people really didn't enjoy it, mainly because of the really bad sound quality, the exclusive arena, the really small screens that weren't always used, and the really bad lay out. Also, it was a really bad idea putting the stages on at the same time, it was good that there were more bands, but there was no time or space if you wanted to see bands on both stages. We were lucky in that most of the bands we wanted to see were on the main stage, and after getting such a brilliant position, there was no way we were going to leave it! I did though have a really good time, and the discomfort and lack of breathing was all made worthwhile. Plus I have brilliant photos!

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