06. Whitesnake, Main Stage on Friday, 17:20 - 18:30

When I submitted my list of the 30 must see acts at Download 2019 to his satanic majesty who sits atop of ROCKFLESH towers, he raised a fiery eyebrow and bellowed "Whitesnake? Whitesnake? Whitesnake? Really???" And the answer is yes, for one reason and one reason only, this will be the mass outdoor karaoke moment of the entire festival. Just look at what they have in their arsenal: ‘Still Of The Night’, ‘Fool For Your Lovin’, ‘Crying In The Rain’, ‘Bad Boys’, ‘Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City’, ‘Is This Love’ and ‘Here I go Again’ and we will get each and everyone of them. This will be one mass sing along from start to finish (apart from when they roll out a track from the frankly dreadful new record and we will all on mass go for a piss) as we all realise as one that we all know each and every word to every track. Just imagine it, a communal choir of one hundred thousand voices all in unison bellowing "No, I don't know where I'm goin', But I sure know where I've been, Hanging on the promises in songs of yesterday, And I've made up my mind I ain't wasting no more time". That, my demonic overlord, is why Whitesnake!

By Stewart Lucas