Live Review: Aerodrome Festival, Prague, 30/06/18

HFTB ventured over to Prague last week and managed to check out the Aerodrome Festival on the final day of its three day event.  

After already hosting the likes of Stone Sour, Bullet for My Valentine and Parkway Drive amongst line-ups that also consisted of pop and hip-hop acts, Saturday saw a full on rock and metal list of bands that kicked off with German technocore outfit Eskimo Callboy, who went down a storm with catchy anthems such as  ‘MC Thunder’ and ‘Best Day’.

A Festival unlike any other, two stages took turns to host the acts, with the main stage taking on softer rock bands like Nothing But Thieves, Kodaline and The Kills, but it was the second stage where the real action took place, with Skindred coming next.  

Benji Webbe and co were the highlight of the day as they ripped through a setlist full of reggae metal stomps like ‘That’s My Jam’, ‘Warning’ and the closing ‘Nobody’. Webbe’s stage present and jokey charisma endeared the band furthermore to the crowd, and even though they only had a 45-minute set, Skindred made sure that every second counted as they produced one of the best festival performances of the summer.

 Skindred stealing the show. 

Skindred stealing the show. 

Next came Body Count who brought their thrash-tinged rap metal with gangster swagger. Ice-T demanded crowd participation, and the hefty audience responded with circle pits during a punishing set that included ‘Talk Shit, Get Shot’, ‘Manslaughter’, ‘No Lives Matter’ and the popular ‘Cop Killer’. 

 Enough said. 

Enough said. 

Seemingly very popular in these parts, Hollywood Undead came to the stage next for a heroic 75-minute set which had the huge crowd in raptures.

Tearing through a best-of setlist that included ‘Undead’, ‘Been to Hell’, ‘Day of the Dead’, ‘California Dreaming’ and ‘Hear Me Now’ , the band couldn’t do no wrong and there was a nice touch as Charlie Scene brought a little kid to the stage to have some fun with the band, even though he looked absolutely terrified being the centre of attention. 

 Bringing the fireworks. 

Bringing the fireworks. 

Scooting over to the main stage next and Nine Inch Nails dazzled with a set that was unsurprisinly visually spectacular. 

Trent Reznor and co played some of the new tracks from the EP trilogy released over the last year or so, as well as some of the NIN classics, but songs like ‘March of the Pigs’, ‘Less Than’ and ‘Head Like a Hole’ all sounded potent in the live setting.

 Smokin’   And finally we headed back to the second stage where nu metal kings  Limp Bizkit  came to take the festival up a notch.   In fairness, it was the band’s cover songs that sounded beat tonight, with ‘Killing in the Name’,  ‘Faith’ and ‘Heart-Shaped Box’ going down a treat. Fred Durst remains a captivating lead singer, but on many an occasion here, Wes Borland’s guitars drowned everyone else out, and although popular Bizkit cuts ‘My Generation’, ‘My Way’ and ‘Break Stuff’ got the crowd bouncing uncontrollably, Limp Bizkit’s performance was OK but not great- leaving Skindred as the resounding showstoppers at Aerodrome 2018 with Hollywood Undead not far behind.

Smokin’ 

And finally we headed back to the second stage where nu metal kings Limp Bizkit came to take the festival up a notch. 

In fairness, it was the band’s cover songs that sounded beat tonight, with ‘Killing in the Name’,  ‘Faith’ and ‘Heart-Shaped Box’ going down a treat. Fred Durst remains a captivating lead singer, but on many an occasion here, Wes Borland’s guitars drowned everyone else out, and although popular Bizkit cuts ‘My Generation’, ‘My Way’ and ‘Break Stuff’ got the crowd bouncing uncontrollably, Limp Bizkit’s performance was OK but not great- leaving Skindred as the resounding showstoppers at Aerodrome 2018 with Hollywood Undead not far behind.

 Fred leading by example.

Fred leading by example.