Bury Tomorrow have a convincing claim to being one of Download’s true success stories. Ploughing the metalcore furrow for a decade now, the Southampton mob have slowly but surely worked their way up the festival’s pecking order – paying their dues, making a name the old-fashioned way. All of which has led to this – a prominent slot on the Encore stage, playing to a field full of people hungry to see them excel.
From the second they take the stage, Bury Tomorrow make it their own – where lesser bands might struggle to make an impact in such expansive surrounds, this giant outdoor stage is barely enough to contain them as frontman Dani Winters -Bates and his brother, bassist Davyd, ricochet across it with boundless confidence and energy.
The onslaught of riffs and blastbeats only relents to allow Dani to deliver heartfelt addresses to their crowd – thanking them for getting their album into the Top 40, and for supporting metal as a whole.
“Keep supporting metal and it will never die”. Words which could be a slogan for Download itself. But perhaps the biggest cheer of their set is reserved for Winter-Bates’ rant about bands charging for meet and greets.
“THEY should be queueing up,” he passionately intones, “to meet YOU”. Truly a band who haven’t forgotten what it means to be in their position, on the strength of today’s performance this is a band who’ll continue to go from strength to strength. Those headline slots are calling, and Bury Tomorrow are almost ready.