Download 2012 Review: Chase & Status, Slash, The Prodigy
Arguably the most controversial booking in Download’s 10-year history, it’d still be foolish to assume that, with the history of bands like Pendulum and tonight’s headliners going down a storm, Chase N Status would be a complete catastrophe. What wasn’t excepted is just how good they are tonight; so bass-heavy they threaten to split Donington in half and drawing in a big enough crowd to set up the perfect party for tonight’s headliners, with tunes like No Problem and Blind Faith creating a rave worthy of Creamfields (just without the wallies).
Headlining the second stage, Guns N’ Roses legend Slash – with Myles Kennedy in tow, of course – puts on a blinder of a set, treating those wo have battled through the filth to some ace new numbers, plus five Guns N’ Roses cuts and an ace version of Velvet Revolver’s Slither. Nicely done, dude. But we didn’t expect anything less, of course.
Meanwhile, on the main stage, it won’t surprise anyone with a brain cell to know that The Prodigy are fucking smashing it. Simply the finest non-rock act to ever grace Donington’s hallowed turf (and if you still think they don’t belong here, with all due respect, you’re a bell end), this Invaders Must Die-heavy set complete with a stunning light show and even a cheeky bit of pyro proves that there is no better way to shake off those muddy blues than a bit of Firestarter and Omen. Fucking incredible.