First up in an insanely energetic line up was New York hardcore band Madball. Opening with sound effects and purple lights to build the tension and immediately throwing themselves into Infiltrate The System, Madball had the same amazing energy all the way through their set. They were excited to be performing and they greeted the screaming crowd straight away with the vocalist went into the crowd during the first song. By the time Madball started Hardcore Lives, the second track, there was already a mosh pit going.
Madball had a great heavy sound, despite only having one guitarist. The lights and sounds were on point, considering they were the first support act, and they had great stage presence and managed to fill the huge stage, despite them only being a four piece. They repeatedly thanked the audience and the behind the scenes crew in between tracks, and their use of sound effects during instrument changes was second to none.
Next up were the legendary Limp Bizkit. Opening their set with Hot Dog, the crowd went insane and formed a mosh pit straight away. Lead singer Fred Durst wore a Madball shirt, and halfway through the set went out into the audience. The crowd went crazy for Rollin.
Limp Bizkit managed to find a number of crowd musicians to perform Take A Look Around, and called them Limp Dick. These guys were pretty good, and got a great response from the audience. Limp Bizkit were incredibly supportive of the other musicians that they were performing with, and it was great to see. They also performed a number of covers such as Mother by Danzig, and a Nirvana medley that was an amalgamation of Heart Shaped Box and Smells Like Teen Spirit.
However there were a couple of minor flaws with Limp Bizkit; the backing singers weren’t always in tune with Durst (although the crowd didn’t care, they were too busy having a great time) and on some of the tracks it was difficult to hear the bass. Although Limp Bizkit were the second support act, and a bit bigger than Madball, Madball‘s sound was better.
Finally, after a short interval and an epic introduction of sound effects and a lighting rig that would make any artist jealous, Korn came on to the sound of thunderous applause and cheers from the crowd. Starting with Right Now, around four different mosh pits were happening simultaneously in the crowd. At first the sound levels were a little off; the drums were drowning nearly everything else out, but by the time Korn started Here To Stay, which was second on their setlist, there was a decent balance between the instruments. It was here that the audience observed the smoke machines that were timed by the technicians perfectly. The crowd were wild by the time Korn started Word Up!
Korn, following in the likes of their support acts, interacted with the crowd a lot. They split the crowd into two and encouraged a massive mosh pit, which was a cross between a Wall of Death and a circle pit. Korn played a good balance of old and new records, and they announced that it was the 20 year celebration of Life Is Peachy, and performed Twist and Good God. For the encore, they played Falling Away From Me and Freak On A Leash. It would have been great to see Korn perform some more material, however this would have meant sacrificing some of the support acts, which were excellent in their own right.