In terms of trendy steel festivals, Obtain is the large daddy. Donington Park, as soon as the non secular house of the legendary Monsters of Rock competition, has been the positioning of an annual pilgrimage ever since Obtain launched in 2003. The record of bands who’ve performed reads like a Who’s Who of rock and steel, from Black Sabbath, Metallica and Weapons N’ Roses by way of to trendy heroes similar to Linkin Park, Instrument and Prodigy. And it has supplied a launching pad for numerous new bands – simply ask Trivium, who turned in a career-making look on the principle stage again in 2005.
The pandemic meant Obtain didn’t occur in 2020, although it returned in 2021 as the ten,000-capacity Obtain Pilot – a check occasion to see if it was attainable for dwell gigs to happen in such bizarre instances. It turned out it was – the Obtain Pilot was a triumph on each degree, not least emotionally.
Now Obtain is again in 20222 at full power. Headliners Iron Maiden, Kiss and Biffy Clyro will probably be convey the nice instances in entrance of tens of 1000’s of individuals. To rejoice, listed below are are 20 iconic Obtain units they’ve obtained to dwell as much as.
20. Black Sabbath – Important Stage, 2016
The final hurrah for the inventors of steel, not less than at Obtain. It appears apt that, on a weekend finest remembered for the appalling climate circumstances, Black Sabbath took their last bow in a discipline sodden by relentless rain and a sheet of gray sky. Though the encompassing have been grim, it completely suited Sabbath’s bleak, doomy classics and there was no approach somewhat drizzle was going to cease 80,000 steel followers paying their respects for the ultimate time to one of many world’s most iconic band.
19. Whereas She Sleeps – Important Stage, 2021
After over 12 months of utter silence, dwell music got here roaring again to Donington in June 2021 for the Obtain Pilot. Feelings ran excessive throughout a weekend stacked largely with homegrown expertise, but it surely was Sheffield’s Whereas She Sleeps who pulled one of many greatest – and most passionate – crowds of the weekend, placing their Sleeps Society to full use. Large sing-alongs like Suicide Silence and Brainwashed have been howled with a ardour that all-but erased the earlier 12 months’s doom and gloom, if just for a second, whereas vocalist Loz Taylor clambered up the rigging like a metalcore King Kong.
18. Metallica – Important Stage, 2004
The picture of a procession of nervous drummers ready patiently, sticks in hand, to have their shot at sitting in essentially the most prestigious drum stool in steel won’t ever be forgotten by those that noticed it. Metallica with out Lars Ulrich appears absurd an thought, however in 2004 – with Lars a no-show attributable to nervousness – the band roped in Slipknot’s Joey Jordison, Slayer’s Dave Lombardo and Lars’ drum tech Flemming Larsen to play a set that was even quicker and extra frantic than they’d sounded in years. For drama alone it was a landmark Metallica present, and definitely like no different present they’d ever performed.
17. Prodigy – Important Stage, 2012
Contemplating that 12 months’s different Important Stage headliners have been Metallica enjoying The Black Album in full and the return of Black Sabbath, you could possibly be forgiven for pondering that The Prodigy’s Friday night time invoice topping slot may need been forgotten. That may be to underestimate their dwell prowess as a dwell band, as the primary clear non-rock headliners, the Essex crossover crew, winding down the touring cycle for profession finest album Invaders Should Die, handled Obtain like they deal with another competition: by tearing it to the bottom.
16. Religion No Extra – Important Stage, 2009
It had been 12 lengthy years since Religion No Extra disbanded, though the legend and affect of their model of idiosyncratic funk rock had solely grown throughout that point. Nobody anticipated a reunion, so after they introduced they might be returning to headline Obtain it blindsided everybody. Their efficiency noticed frontman Mike Patton hobbling out on a cane, doing pushups onstage and slipping bits of Woman Gaga’s Poker Face into the set, delighting longtime followers by being as distinctive and weird as they ever have been.
15. Rage Towards The Machine – Important Stage, 2010
On the finish of 2009 a marketing campaign from UK rock followers, sick of Simon Cowell’s X-factor guff monopolising the Christmas No.1 for thus lengthy, took Rage Towards The Machine’s Killing In The Identify to the highest of the British charts. The band agreed to thank Britain with a free present at Finsbury Park, however their best second on this interval was every week later after they headlined Obtain’s Important Stage. With no pyro or gentle present and a crowd twice the scale of Finsbury Park RATM placed on an ferociously intense and electrifying spectacle.
On the first ever Obtain, rumours began to flow into that the unoccupied slot in the midst of the day on the second stage was going to be crammed by steel’s greatest band. For as soon as the hearsay proved to be true. Metallica stepped out and decimated a packed tent, earlier than heading off into the gap. It was an excessive amount of to imagine for some. A shell-shocked Nathan Grey of Boysetsfire, the band immediately on afterwards, requested: “Did Metallica simply help us?” Yeah mate, they really did.
13. Iron Maiden – Important Stage, 2016
Obtain 2016 felt like the top of days – virtually definitely the worst climate that the competition has ever needed to endure. By the top of the Sunday the positioning was a quagmire, all rivers of thick mud and countless damp patches so far as the attention may see. For the hardy souls that caught it out although, the payoff was a set from Iron Maiden, selling their newest album The E-book Of Souls, that caught two fingers as much as the circumstances and rewarded these dedicated sufficient with a set of uncompromising heavy steel brilliance.
12. Slayer – Zippo Stage, 2019
The ultimate UK present from one of many best steel bands the world has ever seen. After over 35 years of destroying steel followers’ vertebrae, we lastly stated goodbye to Slayer with their headlining slot on the second stage in 2019. Removed from getting sentimental, Kerry King and co did what they’d spent their profession doing, specifically powering by way of a set of warped pace thrash with not a pause for breath. We’ll by no means see the like once more.
11. Trivium – Important Stage, 2005
Trivium have been principally children after they have been added because the opening act of Obtain 2005’s Important Stage. Once they seemed out on the empty discipline at 10.58, two minutes earlier than their set was attributable to begin, they will need to have felt a felt tinge of disappointment. It was a special story as they stepped out to begin enjoying and have been greeted by the sight of 1000’s of steel followers careering down the hill towards them. Matt Heafy and co then performed the set of their profession, immediately establishing themselves as steel’s most enjoyable new band.