By Andy Welch , July 5, 2014 8:47

The Prodigy close first night of Sonisphere 2014 festival

Limp Bizkit, Band Of Skulls, Gary Numan and Anthrax also perform at Knebworth festival

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The Prodigy closed the opening day of Sonisphere festival with a set of hits and a couple of unreleased songs.

Walking out on stage around 9.30pm to bright lights and sirens, Liam Howlett, Keith Flint and Maxim Reality, along with a number of background musicians, the band ripped straight into 'Breathe', a Number 1 single from 1996, taken from third album 'Fat Of The Land'.

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They then played 'Jetfighter', a so-far unreleased song from the band's forthcoming sixth album, expected later this year. Speaking to NME earlier this month, the band's founder Howlett stated the album had tentatively been called 'How To Steal A Jetfighter', but had changed his mind. Howlett has described the album as "violent-sounding" and the song lives up to that description with lyrics "Jetfighter, jail breaker, celebrate the noise" repeated throughout.

They also played 'Rock Weiler' later in the set, another new song they first performed live last summer at festivals in Europe. "Where's my people at?" asked Maxim, during the set. "Where are my warriors? Where are my Knebworth people?" dedicating different songs to different parts of the large crowd.

'Firestarter' unsurprisingly received the best reaction of the night, while the latter part of the set featured more songs from 2009's 'Invaders Must Die', before finishing the main part of the set with 'Smack My Bitch Up'. "Are you ready for the drop?" asked Maxim while the song built. "Because when it drops, it drops like a bomb."

The band returned to the stage for a three-song encore of 2009's 'Take Me To The Hospital', 'Hyperspeed (G-Force Part 2)' from their 1992 debut 'Experience' and finally 'Their Law' from second album 'Music For The Jilted Generation'.

Earlier in the day, Gary Numan and Southampton's Band Of Skulls played to a large crowds on the main stage, as did Limp Bizkit, who played their hits and a couple of covers during their set.

Frontman Fred Durst was in talkative mood throughout, expressing his love for English women and asking the crowd to calm down when the mosh pit got too rowdy. They performed 'Rollin'', 'My Generation', 'Take A Look Around' and 'My Way' and, as they have done for a couple of years at live shows, covered Rage Against The Machine's 'Killing In The Name', dedicating it to the "The godfathers of rap-metal".

The festival continues today (Saturday) with performances from Anthrax, who'll be playing their second set of the weekend, Deftones, Frank Turner, Chas And Dave and headliners Iron Maiden.

The Prodigy played
'Breathe'
'Jetfighter'
'Voodoo People'
'Omen'
'Poison'
'Rock Weiler'
'Thunder'
'Firestarter'
'Run With The Wolves'
'World's On Fire'
'Invaders Must Die'
'Smack My Bitch Up'
'Take Me To The Hospital'
'Hyperspeed (G-Force Part 2)'
'Their Law'

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