Fightstar finally welcomed by rock world at Download

Ex Busted man Charlie Simpson gets proper Donington moshpit

Fightstar kicked off the final day on Download‘s Main Stage today (June 15).

Graduating to the festival’s top table, the Britrockers were the first major act to play what is being referred to by some of the crowd as “emo day” – with sets to come from Jimmy Eat World and Lostprophets.

Now firmly embedded in the rock fraternity, the show was a far cry from the band’s early days, when former boyband star Charlie Simpson was regularly pelted with bottles when appearing at festivals.


Moreover, before the final track, ‘Deathcar’, Simpson implored the crowd to form the festival’s traditional ‘circle-pit’, and they enthusiastically responded.

Download has been a family affair for Simpson with his brother Will‘s band Brigade playing yesterday on the Gibson Stage.

Fightstar played:

‘Palaniuk’s Laughter’

‘Grand Unification’



‘I Am The Message’

‘Paint Your Target’

‘Build An Army’


Keep up with this weekend’s (June 13-15) festival action as it happens on NME.COM. For news, pictures and blogs keep checking the NME.COM’s Isle Of Wight Festival page and NME.COM’s Download Festival page for live coverage from both sites.

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