King Parrot’s Download Festival Survival Guide: 10 Bits Of Wisdom

With Download Festival set to make its Australian debut in Melbourne this weekend, it’s time to hold onto your butts and brace yourselves for a whole lotta’ heavy.

Given there’s only a few days until the festival arrives down under, who better to give us a quick-fire rundown on how to be the best festival-ready versions of ourselves that Matt Young from Melbourne grindcore lads (and Download act) King Parrot?

So, without further ado, here’s how to get ready for your BIG Download weekend.

King Parrot’s Download Festival Survival Guide: 10 Bits Of Wisdom

1. Bring an umbrella, especially if watching King Parrot; you will get wet. If they have hoses, you better bring a poncho or waterproof jacket too.

2. Get there early and support all the Aussie bands. It’s awesome that Download has given Aussie bands a chance to play. Take the blinkers off and open your eyes to the plethora of great music out there.

3. Eat loads of food before you go. Take your first and only shit of the day at the toilets early, before they get messy and nasty.

4. Drink water and don’t get too wasted so you can remember the day and your favourite bands, and not be the annoying wasted idiot. (This coming from a sober guy who has been the annoying wasted idiot many times previously. It’s not good.)

5. Don’t stand there filming the bands on your phone all day. The videos are never that great and you’ll probably never watch them again. Enjoy the moment, take a few snaps or a short video and get back to rocking!

6. Make sure you get your cash out before you get there to avoid ATM fees, and buy lots of merch!

7. Watch a band you haven’t heard before. You never know, you might just find your new favourite band if you keep an open mind.

8. If you see our bass player Slatts, walk up and give him a sloppy kiss on the cheek and tell him it’s from me. Let’s see if we can get it up around the 100 mark.

9. Plan your day, consult the map and be sure you know your way around the festival so you can get to where you need to be and not miss of the action.

10. Have a great time and bring a great attitude. That way everyone can have a blast, laugh, have fun and watch great music. King Parrot will see you at 7:00pm-7:30pm on the Dog Tooth Stage!

Download Festival will take place at Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse this Saturday, 24th March. Peep the full lineup below, and the official set times and festival map right here.

Get To Know The 2018 Download Festival Australia Lineup

(In no particular order…)

Download Festival Australia 2018 Lineup

Cast Down


Make Them Suffer

High Tension


Korn (Only Australian Show)

Prophets Of Rage

Limp Bizkit


Good Charlotte


Suicidal Tendencies


Amon Amarth

Arch Enemy

Falling In Reverse

Neck Deep


Hot Water Music

Of Mice & Men

The Story So Far


Trophy Eyes



Bad Cop/Bad Cop

Ocean Grove


King Parrot


Chase Atlantic

Cursed Earth

Alpha Wolf

Download Festival Australia 2018

Saturday, 24th March

Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne (18+)

Tickets: Official Website

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