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Rockers all set to share the stage with metal royalty at top festival

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 23, 2014

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‘I have always said that playing Download was one of greatest days of my life and I have been working hard to get back their ever since’.

These were the words of Craig Hartwell, frontman of Burton metal band Enemo J, as he and his bandmates get ready to take to the stage for the second time at the UK’s number one rock music festival Download, which is held at Donington Park.

The band, which formed at the dawn of the new millennium, said being asked to be the first Burton band to appear at the festival more than once was a ‘dream come true’.

Craig said: “Every member of the band is excited to be getting ready to head on stage at Download again.

“For sometime we were the only Burton band to have appeared at the event, but recently another band made the card.

“However, this second appearance means that we are now the only band from the town to play it more than once.”

Enemo J will be performing on the Jagermesiter Acoustic Stage on Saturday, June 14 and will be rubbing shoulders with the likes of Bowling For Soup and Anathema.

The dreadlocked singer added: “We are now trying to do as much rehearsing as we can do.

“We are doing this every other day and all members are also doing plenty of hours on their own.

“I know that I have done more than 200 plays of some songs now, just so that I am ready for Download.”

Craig talked to the Mail about the time the band last played at Download in 2010.

He said: “The first time that we did it, it was just breathtaking.

“Apart from the time we spent on stage, just being at the event was a massive experience.

“We would be sitting in the back and Slash would be tucking into fish and chips and then behind us Slipknot would be conducting an interview - it was amazing.

“I also remember 30 Seconds to Mars singer Jared Leto (who is now also an Oscar winning actor) coming in surrounded by his massive entourage.

“I went up to him to get an autograph for a friend and he was great and it was not too much trouble.

“There are no rockstar egos - everyone gets along and there is a really great atmosphere backstage.”

For some people reading this, the aura surrounding the event might be quite hard to fathom, but for Craig and the rest of Enemo J it was the culmination of years of hard work.

“Download was the thing that I had dreamed of all my life,” he added.

“I remember when we played it, it was the greatest day of my life.

“Anyone who is coming along to see us will get a great show and we aim to be the best band on the stage that day.”

For many bands, making an appearance at Download would be the pinnacle of, not only their year, but their careers but, for Enemo J, it means they are just getting started in 2014.

He said: “We will be headlining a gig this Saturday at the O2 Academy and then supporting Marilyn Manson later this year - I think this has to be our best year yet.

“However, we aim to continue to try and get bigger and better and hopefully have an even better 2015.”

More details on the Birmingham show is available by visiting http://www.o2academybirmingham.co.uk/event/65305/enemo-j-tickets

The band will also be looking to top off ‘their best year yet’ by supporting Marilyn Manson at Alt Fest in August in Kettering.

Visit www.alt-fest.com/2014 for more information about the band’s performance date and tickets.

Information on download can be found at http://www.downloadfestival.co.uk/

Learn more about Enemo J by logging on to Facebook and visiting www.facebook.com/enemoj

The band has several music videos available on YouTube.-

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