But it was well worth it.
Babymetal haven't just shaken off their tag of gimmick band – they have doused it in flames, chucked a match on it and burned it to ashes to honour the Fox God.
Babymetal are what happens when two musical worlds collide ... near global domination.
The J-Pop and thrash metal hybrid beast which has spawned Babymetal have spent the past 24-months setting new records as quickly as copies of their second album ‘Metal Resistance’ flew off the shelves.
Foot-stomping, hair swinging, fist punching metal riffs were never as catchy as when building towards choruses dripping in sugary sweet pop melodies and more catchy than a cold in a crowded office.
Babymetal are no longer a novelty act. They are a bonafide metal force to be reckoned with. Nobody can now claim otherwise. Metal snobbery aside.
Babymetal's fast and furious shredding continues throughout their biggest tracks which are peppered with J-Pop inspired vocals and the occasional synth.
There are nods to prog rock, ska punk and even black metal as the band dip a toe into a variety of metal sub genres ensuring there is something for people from all corners and crevices of the rock and metal family.
But it’s all good and I defy even the most stubborn of musical hearts not to burst with glee and delight at the brilliantly bonkers concept.
What's not to love about super heavy, soaring guitar solos, ear thundering dual-pedal kickdrums, and the Fox God? And the girls have pipes which belie their pint sized frame as they makes the metal melodies their own.
Next stop were Black Stone Cherry who continue their steady ascent towards the top of the bill where this time around they were second from the top.
And with Guns set to follow the Kentucky boys, there were more than 100,000 filling Lady Donington's lawn.
With the sun scorching down, best friends by my side, a cold drink in my paw and spirit lifting songs like 'In My Blood' and 'Blame It On The Boom Boom' being sent across the sea of like minded Download Festival family members – there was literally nowhere else I would rather have been.
Following BSC was the main event. Guns N' Roses – the most dangerous band in the world – for a three-hour set laden with some of the greatest rock songs ever penned.
Long gone are the days of waiting two-hours beyond their scheduled start time for Guns – the newly polished, refined and fucking outstanding band punched in and were hard at work a minute earlier than planned.
'It's So Easy' sets the tones with Axl on top form snarling his way through while Slash cranks out his unmistakanle bluesy solos throughout.