Download Festival 2023 – Saturday. Rescheduled from yesterday due to technical issues, the mighty galactic warriors GWAR landed at Download to bring their own brand of Heavenly Metal. Introduced by King Charles, the alien troupe came swinging into battle with the mighty wave of Genocide, and it was gloves off from that moment on.
Blood gushed, enemies, slain, and worlds conquered in a welter of body fluids and loud guitars. Quite how GWAR managed to keep cool in their battle dress is probably the biggest mystery of all.
Placebo, on the other hand, looked cool in white, the achingly cool Brian Molko with not a hair out of place. With their soaring electro-art rock, the band showed their uniquely jagged take is still the sound of the present and future.
Filling the same space as Muse but without some of the bombast, Placebo knows how to fill an enormous space. Forever Chemicals positively soared, Hugz, with its refrain of “a hug is another way of hiding your face”, was devastating and the Gary Numan industrial rock of Slave To The Wage pulsed with life.
With a triumphant Nancy Boy stripping back the years (first time live since 2017) but still sounding fresh, you would have thought that Molko and bass player Stefan Olsdal had a DeLorean tucked away somewhere.
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Download Festival 2023
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Download 2023 will see the festival celebrate its 20th anniversary with an additional day, meaning four days of live music in total.
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