Muse confirm they’ll play ‘heavier stuff’ during Download Festival headline set

Bassist Chris Wolstenholme discusses their upcoming headline slot at Donington Park

Muse have discussed their upcoming headline slot at Download Festival this summer, suggesting that they’ll play rare tracks and heavier material.

The band are confirmed to appear at Download in June alongside fellow headliners Slipknot and Kiss. Speaking to NME in this week’s issue, available digitally and on newsstands now, the band’s bassist Chris Wolstenholme talked about the forthcoming festival appearance.

Having recently played their track ‘Muscle Museum’ live for the first time in eight years, Wolstenholme said that the group will use the festival “as an opportunity to get away with playing some deeper cuts and heavier stuff”.

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Earlier this year frontman Matt Bellamy claimed that the band plan to fly drones over audiences at forthcoming live dates. However, Wolstenholme has revealed that their stage show will be “scaled back” for the festival. “No drones this time,” he said. “Obviously we’ll do what we can, but there’s gonna be a 20-minute changeover between bands, so the bigger things we’d do with our own shows may have to be scaled back”.

Wolstenholme also commented on fellow headliners Kiss, saying “They seem to be bigger in [the UK] now than they ever were at their peak. But I guess they’re so recognisable, people have caught on. They’re part of the canon now.”

Download festival takes place June 12-14 at Donington Park. Muse, Slipknot and Kiss will be joined by Faith No More, Judas Priest, Motley Crue, Slash, L7, Enter Shikari, Marilyn Manson, Andrew WK, A, Rise Against and more.

Muse’s seventh album – ‘Drones’ – is set for release on June 8.