After two years of enduring postponed/cancelled gigs as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, it finally feels as though things have returned to normal. We’re ecstatic to see that the UK festival season is back in full swing — and let’s be honest, it’s never truly the Summer without these legendary music events taking place!
Musicians are curious folk. We’re always intrigued to discover what gear makes our favourite artists tick, especially when it comes to their live rigs. That’s why we’ve compiled a list featuring a bunch of UK festival headliners and the guitars that they’re using to achieve the unique sounds that make them, them!
Download Festival: June 10-12
Download is the UK’s biggest annual hard-rock/metal music festival. Regarded as the spiritual successor of ‘Monsters of Rock’, which took place yearly at Donington Castle/Park throughout much of the ’80s and ’90s, Download is soon to be celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2023. Time flies!
Heavy metal stalwarts Iron Maiden have played Download multiple times over the last 20 years, and they brought the festival back with a bang in 2022 alongside co-headliners Kiss and Biffy Clyro. Releasing their 17th studio album just last year (the critically-acclaimed Senjutsu), the boys squeezed a number of new songs into their setlist. But it’s always their biggest hits like “Number of the Beast”, “The Trooper” and “Aces High” which really get the crowd going!
Iron Maiden are unique for their triple guitar onslaught — comprising Dave Murray, Adrian Smith and Janick Gers. All three are synonymous with the Fender Stratocaster, but more specifically, they often use modded Floyd Rose-equipped “Super-Strats” that boast high-output DiMarzio/Seymour Duncan pickups in order to produce the tight distorted sounds that drive so many Iron Maiden riffs. Both Dave Murray and Adrian Smith currently have signature electric guitars with Fender and Jackson, which they use extensively on stage.