Faith No More return to their spiritual home at Download Festival

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In stark contrast to the standard set at Download, Faith No More dressed all in white and covered The Commodores during an outstanding performance.

Having last headlined the festival in 2009 (following an 11-year hiatus) alt-metal icons Faith No More returned to Donington with their new album ‘Sol Invictus’.
As the mud-caked crowd congregated, the angelic band arrived on stage dressed in virginal white, to an orchestral symphony while brightly coloured flowers decorated the stage.
The stage set up was in stark contrast to the band they had followed; A Day To Remember.
Faith No More opened with ‘Motherf*****’ from their first album in 18 years and followed it with the self-explanatory ‘Be Aggressive’.
Magnetic frontman Mike Patton made his calming introductions by saying; “Download, hi. We are Faith No More. We are your yoga instructor for today. So…relax.”
The band then slipped into the atmospheric and funky slow burner ‘Evidence’ before slamming into the anthem ‘Epic’.
Keeping Download rocking, the back-to-back of ‘The Gentle Art Of Making Enemies’ and ‘Angel Dust’ proved to be fan favourites.

A perfect rendition of The Commodores’ ‘Easy’ showcased Faith No More’s heralded versatility before ‘Ashes To Ashes’ kicked things back up a notch.

A double finale of new classic ‘Superhero’ and old favourite ‘We Care Alot’ marked the end of Faith No More’s inspiring and creative set.
Next up on the Main Stage at Download is headliners, Muse, while Marilyn Manson tops the bill on the Zippo Encore Stage.
Last night Download stalwarts, Slipknot headed up a soggy day at Donington. While glam rockers KISS with provide the festival finale on Sunday.

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