Download 2017: No.17 - Hacktivist - 50 bands in 50 days

By Eric Mackinnon



Download Festival

Main Stage

Saturday, June 10, 2017


Josh Gurner says festivals like Download are the only places he feels at home these days as he is eagerly counting down the days until they open the main stage on Saturday, June 10.

The Hacktivist bassist took time out from the band's busy schedule to sit down with The New Rock Times and look ahead to their favourite time of the year and in particular – The Download Festival – the foundation stone of all things live rock and metal here in the UK.

“Festivals seem to be the one place where I truly feel at home these days,” grins Josh.

“I love everything about them, in fact getting to visit so many is one of the best things about being in a band! If you're at a festival that we're playing, there's a very good chance you'll find me either in the pit or at the bar!”

He continued: “Download is an essential weekend in any heavy music fans calendar, regardless of who's playing! Although, this year I'm particularly looking forward to catching The Contortionist, Northlane, MGK and Prophets of Rage.

“There is an undeniable vibe that you can only get from festivals. We've played a wide range of festivals now from small tent appearances to massive stage appearances and they all have their appeal.”

Hacktivist released their debut studio album 'Outside The Box' last year, some four years after their début EP – but Josh says some things are worth waiting for.

“Forming the first album was a pretty big challenge for a band looking to create something unique,” he explained.

“There was no existing formula or obvious bands to reference. We wanted to create something that was different to what other bands were putting out, whilst still having a definitive 'Hacktivist' sound. It took a little while to get right, but we hope everyone feels it was worth it!”

He added: “I'd be pretty confident in saying most bands are just relieved to finally get their album out!! The usual practice is to have finished your record 6-9 months before the release, and that time seems to drag on forever when you're excited to share what you've been pouring your soul in to.”