The bar in a trendy West London hotel where I've stayed many times before in the past was packed out on Wednesday August 20th, as almost every band attending the annual Kerrang! Awards and Reading and Leeds festivals arrived in town and made the most of seeing old and new acquaintances and friends from other bands.
On the night before the Kerrang! Awards, Avenged Sevenfold did a headline show at the University of London Union venue and Alkaline Trio played a show at Camden Koko, but all the bands happened to be staying in the same hotel as us and joined in the usual late night bar frolics. Also in attendance were Taking Back Sunday, Bullet For My Valentine and various other known faces.