The Offspring ? Download Festival ? Saturday 15.06.24

Who doesn't remember Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)? This iconic punk rock anthem and more was performed in a nostalgic, but happy gig by The Offspring on Saturday evening at Download Festival XXI.

Dexter Holland and Noodles are still masters at performing despite starting the band whopping 40 years ago. Funny jokes, gimmicky additions like a gorilla holding a poster in their hands or literal "white guy" inflatable air dancers just made their show incredibly entertaining and funny. I would emphasize a spotlight on new members of the band - Jonah Nimoy and Brandon Pertzborn who joined last year as well as Todd Morse who became a full-time member in 2019. Their youthful and lively take on such iconic music further amplified the good feels rock mood.

While I was enjoying the show I noticed how everyone had fun and sung along to The Offspring songs - from the young boys holding banners to older audiences standing or sitting on their camping chairs - there was no one who wouldn't have fun. Despite a few cuss words here and there - I think their performance so easily had a family-friendly atmosphere.

Even though I originally did not plan to see The Offspring live - I do not regret staying in the first rows before Fall Out Boy took the stage. The inner child who fell in love with their music in the late 90's was awoken and it was awesome to relive those times once again.

The Offspring Setlist

Venue: Donington Park, Castle Donington

  • Come Out and Play
  • All I Want
  • Want You Bad
  • Staring at the Sun
  • Make It All Right
  • In the Hall of the Mountain King
  • Blitzkrieg Bop
  • Hit That
  • Million Miles Away
  • Bad Habit
  • Gotta Get Away
  • Why Don't You Get a Job?
  • (Can't Get My) Head Around You
  • Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)
  • The Kids Aren't Alright
  • Encore:
  • You're Gonna Go Far, Kid
  • Self Esteem

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Artists: The Offspring