Sulky Marilyn Manson provides a masterclass in apathy

Download 2009 review

published: Mon 22nd Jun 2009

Marilyn Manson

Friday 12th to Sunday 14th June 2009
Donington Park, Leics, England MAP
£135 weekend, £65 any day, camping is an extra £25
last updated: Thu 11th Jun 2009

It's not easy watching someone who really doesn't want to be there. Sure, there's a kind of morbid fascination attached to seeing a performer make a tit of themselves on stage. But, like staring at a particularly nasty car crash, there's an air of horror about the whole thing- which is perhaps appropriate for Marilyn Manson tonight, considering his long-held role as king ghoul.

Marilyn Manson
Like a cheeky school boy doing a half-arsed job of his class presentation, it's clear from the off that Manson is barely on autopilot, scraping through an increasingly depressing set with a minimum of conviction. Opening with new songs is usually an unwise choice, and 'Four Rusted Horses' and 'Pretty as a Swastika' from the latest album do little to redress this. Yet even when the big guns are pulled out with 'Disposable Teens', uber-cover 'Sweet Dreams' and encore 'The Beautiful People', Manson struggles to inject enough vitriol. Things never fully change gear as they should, and the performance flounders on.

While the music lacks bite, the atmosphere is even worse. Manson's whole time on stage tonight feels distant, even careless. In between practically every song he's attended to by a small army of stylists. It's a performance that's akin to watching a petulant, spoiled child dragging their feet, the worst of rock star pompousness with none of the energy or chutzpah to excuse it. Throughout, the gulf between Manson and the Download horde is gaping.

Marilyn Manson
With the return of Twiggy Ramirez, the set could have been as ferocious and thrilling as festival stints of old. But the God of Fuck and his demented disciples are nowhere to be seen on tonight's stage; instead we have just plain Brian and his mates trying on their sisters' make up. And feeling slightly embarrassed about the whole thing, OK??!

The nearest the crowd gets to banter is a predictable drugs reference and some nonsensical rambling about coats. Marilyn Manson has been a welcome staple at Download since it first kicked off, but, judging by tonight's effort, maybe that's the problem.
review by: Nick Hagan

photos by: Luke Seagrave

Friday 12th to Sunday 14th June 2009
Donington Park, Leics, England MAP
£135 weekend, £65 any day, camping is an extra £25
last updated: Thu 11th Jun 2009


latest on this festival


more on this festival



not logged in? Sign in here | not registered? Register here

search future festivals only   advanced search

 
most viewed pages in the last 24 hours
Glastonbury Festival 2015 line-up and rumours who's playing
last updated: Thu 21st Aug 2014
The Big Feastival 2014 festival listing
updated: Fri 22nd Aug 2014
Jersey Live 2014 line-up and rumours who's playing
last updated: Wed 20th Aug 2014
Radio 2 Live In Hyde Park 2014 festival listing
updated: Tue 12th Aug 2014
Glastonbury Festival 2015 festival listing
updated: Wed 2nd Jul 2014
Fusion Festival 2014 festival listing
updated: Tue 12th Aug 2014
Fusion Festival 2014 line-up and rumours who's playing
last updated: Tue 12th Aug 2014
Rewind North 2014 festival listing
updated: Tue 12th Aug 2014
Sundown Festival 2014 festival listing
updated: Tue 8th Jul 2014
most popular festivals (all pages) in the last week
Glastonbury Festival 2015 Wed 24th to Sun 28th Jun 2015
Worthy Farm, Shepton Mallet, Somerset
last updated: Wed 2nd Jul 2014
Glastonbury Festival 2014 Wed 25th to Sun 29th Jun 2014
Worthy Farm, Shepton Mallet, Somerset
last updated: Wed 11th Jun 2014
The Big Feastival 2014 Fri 29th to Sun 31st Aug 2014
Kingham, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire
last updated: Fri 22nd Aug 2014
Bestival 2014 Thu 4th to Sun 7th Sep 2014
Robin Hill Country Park, Downend, Isle of Wight
last updated: Tue 12th Aug 2014
Reading Festival 2014 Fri 22nd to Sun 24th Aug 2014
Little Johns Farm, Reading, Berkshire
last updated: Wed 20th Aug 2014
Reading Festival 2015 Thu 27th to Sun 30th Aug 2015
Little Johns Farm, Reading, Berkshire
last updated: Fri 22nd Aug 2014
Fusion Festival 2014 Sat 30th to Sun 31st Aug 2014
Cofton Park, Birmingham, West Midlands
last updated: Tue 12th Aug 2014
Jersey Live 2014 Sat 30th to Sun 31st Aug 2014
Royal Jersey Showgrounds, Trinity, The Channel Islands
last updated: Wed 20th Aug 2014
Creamfields 2014 Fri 22nd to Sun 24th Aug 2014
Daresbury Estate, Halton, Cheshire
last updated: Mon 4th Aug 2014
Creamfields 2015 Fri 28th to Sun 30th Aug 2015
Daresbury Estate, Halton, Cheshire
last updated: Thu 28th Aug 2014


Festivals
Shop
About