The longest queue at Download 2022 saw 300 people wait for expert artist

What could 250 to 300 people possibly be queueing for at a festival? Food, phone charge or perhaps alcohol? Well, if you were at Download Festival over the past weekend, it would be none of those.

Gloucester resident Johnny Webb told Derbyshire Live that one of the biggest queues was for the tattoo tent. He had been queuing for about two hours to get into the tattoo tent and on arrival it looked like they would have at least another hour to wait.

It will be a fourth time getting a tattoo at the festival for Johnny, while his friend, Michael Kidd from Newcastle, was on his fifth. The process works by people selecting their design from dozens on display but all with a rock and music theme. They range in price from around £50 through to £300.

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Michael said: “I am having one that is linked to Kiss, who I am looking forward to seeing tonight as the headliner. Hopefully, we will be out the queue by then. It’s something we always aim to do on the first day and then we can relax the rest of the weekend.”



Johnny Webb, left, and Michael Kidd show=off previous tattoos as they patiently wait in line to be inked

Johnny had opted for a Biffy Clyro -linked design and they are headlining on Sunday night. He added: “Also looking forward to seeing Steel Panther but opted for the Scottish-influenced tattoo in honour of Biffy Clyro. Michael’s tattoo was £120, while Johnny was paying £140.

Anyone worried about how easy it is to look after a tattoo while out camping for the weekend, need not fear as the on-site tattooist Old Sarum Tattoo and Piercing have an after-care tent for anyone with any concerns over the weekend.

Katie Vyse and Kerry Johnson, both from Bournemouth, were getting Iron Maiden-style tattoos, costing £150 each. Katie said: “It’s the first tattoo I have ever had and I am quite nervous but obviously a lot of people are having it done so I am sure it will be ok. We have only just joined the queue so it could be a while yet – at least we can hear the main arena music from here.”

A tattooist spokesman confirmed that the wait for a tattoo was in the region of up to four hours and estimated they would be busy all day for the next three days.

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