Download: Metal Hammer staff highlights
Jamie Hibbard (editor): Machine Head were hands down the best band of the weekend – simple as. Shadows Fall were fun and Motley Crue proved to a UK crowd that they were still great after a less than brilliant Wembley Pavillion show two years ago. Linkin Park’s show was fantasic, not least with a view of the amazing light show from the sound stage.
Alex Milas (features editor): Turbonegro were the perfect way to kick off Friday. Suicidal Tendencies were the best possible way to finish it, complete with a stage invasion. My Chemical Who? Of course, Machine Head were absolutely fucking colossal in the mid-afternoon sun on Saturday, as were The Answer on a stage far too small for them. Hyde Park sounds about right. And Motley Crue did something to redeem themselves from their showing at Wembley a couple of years ago. Ace weekend. Roll on next year.
James Isaacs (Art Editor): Reluctantly, my highlight was Motley Crue. I hate Motley Crue: they’re over-rated and it’s really not my thing but seeing them was amazing! Live, it was just a waterfall of classics. Mick Mars was shredding like hell for a guy who is less than well. Slayer were a bit disappointing. Machine Head were the only band that owned the main stage, they made it their bitch.
Gill (Online/Incomings editor): Motley fucking Crue, awesome: we were all reminded why this band were one of the biggest in the world and how they still have what it takes to be not only relevant but deliver the goods with freshness, skill and gusto! Cancer Bats: worth running for one tune. Megadeth: great to see some angry classics. Orange Goblin were fun and rocking, and Lamb Of God were a truly awe-inspiring force.
Kim Tarry (designer): “My absolute highlight was Motley Crue: them playing ‘Kick Start My Heart’ was awesome. I’d never seen them before, and thought that maybe they might not be as good as they were in the 80s, but they far exceeded expectations. Sadly I missed Within Temptation, but seeing Iron Maiden – another first time for me – was amazing. ‘Number Of Tge Beast’ blew me away.”
Chris Ingham (Publisher): Dimmu Borgir were astonishing. Just amazing.