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Download - Linkin Park's Chester Bennington gets his point across - credit David Dunn

Download - Linkin Park's Chester Bennington gets his point across - credit David Dunn

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IF only it took a brace of giant blow-up sheep and a sprinkling of college rock to brighten all the soggy corners of life.

IF only it took a brace of giant blow-up sheep and a sprinkling of college rock to brighten all the soggy corners of life.

Download - Oli Sykes of Sheffield band Bring Me The Horizon - credit David Dunn

Download - Oli Sykes of Sheffield band Bring Me The Horizon - credit David Dunn

While Sheffield’s Def Leppard had the damp and the doubters to contend with as they headlined Download for the second time in three years, schoolboy cheek from Bowling For Soup and said inflatables lifted the gloom that a hardcore drenching can bring.

Rain figured greatly in the ninth bout of Britain’s brashest rock gathering, then so did songs that mentioned the R word, among them vintage rockers The Cult who opened their set with... Rain.

Sheffield’s healthy rock stock was represented by the aforementioned Leppard, touting their double live album Mirrorball and a set that leapt from new tunes to their earliest years with 1979’s Wasted.

Earlier, lads half their age, Stocksbridge stage stalkers Bring Me The Horizon, showed the very inked side of the steel city.

Download - Skunk Anansie singer Skin lets rip - credit David Dunn

Download - Skunk Anansie singer Skin lets rip - credit David Dunn

With their third album having bagged a Kerrang! Award the night before, lead screamer Oli Sykes lapped up a massive reception on the second stage while a stall selling his Drop Dead clothing line did business as brisk as the Castle Donington air, made briefly warmer by Bullet For My Valentine’s hyperactive flame throwers.

While Download may have long replaced the old Monsters Of Rock the weekend wasn’t short of the latter with blood-spraying oddball outfit GWAR filling the remit for alien metal band.

Snapping at the heels of former Download legends KISS, heavily hyped Hollywood glam geezers The Black Veil Brides couldn’t disguise their average tunes with the fancy make-up. There was a decided swing towards the nuclear bass antics of Pendulum as Joe Elliott dealt with the Friday drizzle and just prior, former touring pals The Darkness made a stunning return, chirpy singer Justin Hawkins’ musketeers-style moustache surely winning the weekend facial hair prize.

Rain never stopped play, but it proved useful for pumping people into covered arenas, as Canadians My Darkest Days found in the Pepsi Max Stage, also home to the further rise of Frank Turner, the impressive Funeral For A Friend, a vibrant King Blues and the curious monk/priest-costumed Ghost.

Thin Lizzy can lay claim to, albeit unknowingly, sound-tracking a marriage proposal on the media viewing gantry while Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington could well have had a few during his extensive up close crowd-singing sessions as his band closed the weekend.

If blonde starlet Taylor Momsen had any proposals during her set with band The Pretty Reckless she might have missed them because of technical difficulties, although their set again confirmed the star of TV’s Gossip Girl is not just a pretty face.

Many of the 70,000 crowd witnessed the only UK return of System Of A Down as five stages belted out the new and the old, Skunk Anansie’s Skin vying with the vintage rocker Alice Cooper for scare factor, although the latter didn’t manage to ‘walk’ on the crowd.

Until we beat again... see more pictures at thestar.co.uk and highlights on Sky Arts1 HD on July 9/10, 10pm.

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