Festival Feature: Download Festival – Five UK bands to check out.

With any festival you always see the big names getting most of the attention. Further down the undercard are always some hidden gems though. It’s from these acts that we get the headliners of the future and we have some wonderful home grown talent. So here are five if the best acts from the UK we feel are well worth checking out at Download Festival 2022. 

As Everything Unfolds

This six piece offer a blend of rock, punk and metal big on melody. They’re fast risers having put out their debut album ‘Within Each Lies The Other’ in March 2021. Singer Charlie Rolfe has a clean singing style that reminds you of Hayley Williams but can switch things up for heavier segments. Synth and samples give the music a full street smart sound. As Everything Unfolds play the Avalanche Stage on Friday June 10th.

As Everything Unfolds – Facebook


One of a number of acts that blew many people away at last year’s Pilot event Cassyette delivers rock fuelled electro pop with almost insane levels of enthusiasm. She released her debut single ‘Jean’ in 2019 and hasn’t looked back since. A stellar appearance on stage with Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes at the Pilot won her many fans. Cassyette plays the soon to be renamed Zippo Encore Stage on Saturday June 11th.

Cassyette – Facebook

Venom Prison

Like your music hard hitting and brutal? Then go and check out Welsh deathsters Venom Prison. They’ve been making ears bleed since 2015 with four albums under their belt to date. Misogyny, rape culture, fascism, mental health and organised religion are all topics found in their lyrics. Frontwoman Larissa Stupar has a background in anti-fascist and animal rights activism which inspires much of the content. Venom Prison play the Dogtooth Stage on Saturday June 11th.

Venom Prison – Facebook

The Hara

If ever a band look and sound like they belong on the biggest of stages then it’s The Hara. They’re another act that wowed all before them at the Pilot. In Josh Taylor they have a frontman that just screams superstar in the making. His voice can melt hearts at a hundred paces. The ‘genre fluid’ music is a reminder that we are in a golden age of creativity. The Hara play the Avalanche Stage on Sunday June 12th.

The Hara – Facebook

Static Dress

Making a scene on the scene are metalcore revivalists Static Dress. Again another act that took the Pilot by storm this four piece play at a frantic pace but keep everything in check with a tight delivery. If you’re a fan of Underoath or Loathe then you’d be well advised to give these guys some of your time. Static Dress play the Avalanche Stage on Sunday June 12th.

Static Dress – Facebook

Devolution Magazine will be at Download 2022 catching all the action. Look out for a full review on our website and in issue 51.

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Feature by Gary Trueman