2012.06.08 – Download Festival, Castle Donington, England

Date: 8th June 2012
Event: Download Festival
Venue: Donington Park
City: Castle Donington
Country: England
Support: see timetable

1. World’s On Fire
2. Breathe
3. Jetfighter
4. Omen
5. Poison
6. Thunder (Dubstep)
7. Dogbite
8. Voodoo People
9. Firestarter
10. Run With The Wolves
11. Spitfire / Spitfast
12. Omen (Reprise)
13. Invaders Must Die
14. Diesel Power Beats
15. Smack My Bitch Up
16. Take Me To The Hospital
17. AWOL
18. Their Law

Extra info:
Premiere perfromance of Jetfighter.

Jim Marshall Main Stage timetable:
13:00 – 13:25 Rise To Remain
13:45 – 14:15 Cancer Bats
14:40 – 15:15 Fear Factory
15:40 – 16:25 NOFX
16:50 – 17:35 Billy Talent
18:00 – 18:55 Machine Head
19:20 – 20:20 Chase and Status
21:00 – 22:50 The Prodigy

Highlights by Renegedd:
Just got back from Download.
What a mess from massive delays getting in,thieves in the crowd and getting our vehicle towed away out the muddy car park.
– They were half an hour late on stage!
– The original AWOL version was played near the end.
– The NEW song they played 3rd track in was probably called ‘Jetfighter’ as the lyric was in the tune. Also was ‘Celebrate the Noise Maker’ which is a live lyric for Mescaline. This is a short stompy track which is mainly a Keef vocal track.
– I reckon the crowd reaction was a lot less intense than the 2009 DL set due to the sticky mud. imagine trying to find your footing in a crushed crowd frenzy but your feet also stick to the ground. Everyone seemed to calm down after 4 or 5 tracks.
– Frequencies knocked out of the system, u could chat away to your mate near the front with the gig in full swing, some songs sounded naff with the system. Almost felt too quiet at times.
– Turns out that setlist was fake. but Break and Enter woulda been nice and it still feels like the band are reluctant/struggling with the new tunes. a bit dissapointing with the ‘The showcasing new tunes to the UK’ thing we’ve been hearing all along.
Great Set tho!…

Review by Simon Crampton:
You can say whatever you want about The Prodigy, and most people have some opinion of them one way or the other, but to say that they don’t deserve to be headlining a major UK festival is fucking ridiculous.
For further evidence of how ridiculous that statement is, either go watch their brilliant “World’s On Fire” DVD where they not only headlined Milton Keynes Bowl they proceeded to completely smash it to bits or alternatively ask anyone that was at Download Festival who will tell you that they did more than enough to prove that their spot on this bill is not only well deserved but also totally justified.
Opening with a colossal sounding ‘World’s On Fire’, the band sets its stall out early, letting the audience know from the get go that things are about to go down, you’re either here to party or you need to get the fuck out of the way, because The Prodigy is here and they will mow you down.
They manage to keep the pace high throughout the hour and a half they have onstage melding the past, present and future of the band effortlessly meld together keeping everyone across the board. New songs ‘Awol’ and ‘Dogbite’ prove that the band has lost none of its venom over the years.
Keith Flint and Maxim Reality prove once again to be masters as they control the crowd with ease and make sure that everyone is moving and raving in unison. The common complaint with tonight’s is the set itself with many believing it to be too heavily reliant on newer material, but truth be told you can’t fuck with tunes like ‘Omen’ ‘Invaders Must Die’ and a massive sounding ‘Thunder’ and you do have the classics in the form of ‘Poison’ ‘Breathe’ ‘Firestarter’ and ‘Smack my Bitch up’
One look at tonight’s crowd proves the point that The Prodigy absolutely deserve to be here, seeing near on 80,000 people going batshit mental and just dancing the night away firmly lost in the moment was an instant Download moment, one that further cements The Prodigy and their place in history as well as proving once and for all that not only are they one of the most significant bands of any genre, but also what worthy and rightful headliners they are as well.


Photos from the show:

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