Music Blog: Download Festival Drinks Pairing

We all know that apart from the music at a festival, the other main attraction is the drinking. As much as I’d like to claim that every festival weekend is a civilised and sensible event, there’s just something about not worrying about work or driving, alongside being able to stumble back to a tent close by, that makes alcohol particularly prevalent throughout the weekend.

With this in mind, you’re probably not going to want to just drink beer all weekend, right? I mean, think of that bloated belly. With that in mind, let’s look at the alternative drinks to pair with your favourite bands.

Starting with Download Festival.

Biffy Clyro // Gin with Irn Bru

As an ode to Biffy Clyro’s Scottish roots, mix up a classic Gin and Lemonade, by using Irn Bru instead. If you remember the Irn Bru adverts of the 90’s as well, you’ll be familiar with the term ‘cheer up Goth, have an Irn Bru’ – which you could quote hilariously when drinking it. Irn Bru is also a pretty good hangover drink, so who knows, this might even help you to wake up feeling fresh the morning after?

System of a Down // Shot of Fireball

To go with the most mental band playing the weekend, you need a shot of something to really get the party started. Fireball will literally give you the fire in your belly to BOUNCE POGO POGO POGO POGO JUMP POGO POGO POGO, throughout the whole set. And because you’re having shots you won’t feel as nauseously sick by the end of it either… Or so I hope.

Rob Zombie // Shot of Jagermeister

If you’ve ever woken up the morning after a night of drinking Jager and not felt like a Zombie, then you’re a stronger woman than me. In ode to the after effects of this traditional German beverage, I think it would only be polite to drink it whilst Rob Zombie himself cracks out his set.

Dillinger Escape Plan // Bourbon and Coke

Dillinger Escape Plan are from New Jersey, and according to Google you should never drink at a bar in New Jersey. Apparently the hygiene ratings and alcohol control are some of the worst in the US. With this in mind, it’s probably best to stick to a drink that tastes horrible anyway – and for me this is Bourbon and Coke.

Good Charlotte //  An Alcopop of your choice

Re-live your youth with this one. The E numbers are at your discretion with the alcopop you choose.

The Lounge Kittens // Gin and Tonic Water

And finally, keep it classy with The Lounge Kittens and their soothing lounge vocals with a delicious Gin and Tonic Water. Okay, it might not look as classy in a plastic cup in the middle of a muddle field, but you’ll feel classy as fuck on the inside when you hear them kick in with their cover of Limp Bizkit Rollin’….
Don’t forget though – most festivals do not permit glass bottles, so be sure to decant your drinking menu in to suitable bottles before you set off!

Coming soon Leeds Festival Drinks Pairing…