I was fifteen years old when I first visited Donington Park for Monsters of Rock in 1987 and have returned to the site many times since. Things, including the name of the event, have changed over the years but it’s the setting for some of my fondest memories shared with friends and family, including the immense pleasure of seeing both my kids enjoying the music. It’s a special place.
Amongst the new memories I added at Download festival yesterday was this one: A piece of my artwork on the main stage video screens. On that first visit 32 years ago, my artistic output was mostly confined to the back of leather jackets and my dreams were about performing on that stage but if fifteen-year-old me could have known that, decades into the future, one of his doodles would be 30 feet high next to that hallowed stage, and that he could share the surprise of seeing it there with his own daughter on her first visit to that special place, his mind would have been well and truly blown.
It’s particularly satisfying as the artwork is in support of the Heavy Metal Truants. A group of heroic cyclists who, for the last seven years, have cycled from London to the Download festival site to raise money for some amazing children’s charities; Teenage Cancer Trust, Childline and Nordoff Robbins.. The route is over 150 miles. No mean feat, especially in the dreadful weather they experienced this year.
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