Drones Festivals Tour 2015

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Stage setup
Drum riser design with cut out drone-men shapes
Dom's jumpsuit replacement outfit

The Drones Festivals Tour 2015 (also reffered to as the Drones Tour 2015) began on May 23rd, 2015, with the performance at Norwich's Earlham Park in the UK, at Radio 1's Big Weekend festival. The entirety of the tour was set in Europe, with one exception being the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan. The tour ended with the show at the first installment of Lollapalooza Berlin.


As mentioned above, the tour began with the BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend gig in the UK, and ended with the gig on the first installment of Lollapalooza Festival Berlin. The tour also included Muse's first performance and headlining of Download Festival in the UK.

The first shows of the tour were announced and confirmed on November 5th, 2014, via Muse's Facebook. The first announced gigs were the ones at Rockavaria, Der Ring - Grüne Hölle Rock (the festival was relocated and renamed after the announcement) and Rock in Vienna.

First rehearsals for the tour took part in late April of 2015, and were held in Air Studios, where Muse previously rehearsed for the Origin of Symmetry anniversary concerts at Reading and Leeds festivals, and where Muse also recorded Absolution, parts of The 2nd Law, Drones and Simulation Theory. Main production rehearsals, including lighting and stage design, took part in late May of 2015, at an unknown rehearsal space in the UK, as shown on Tom's Twitter post.

Dominic Howard on the tour shows: "The summer shows are pretty kind of raw and have dynamic lighting. It is not overblown. It is really kind of mean looking, I think."

Stage Setup and Production

The stage design kept the minimal basis of the Psycho Tours, while bringing the gigs up a level, in terms of lighting and show.

The stage had the same set up as on the Psycho Tours with a Marshall stack and a drum riser. Instead of Morgan's keyboard ona regular stand, the light-show synth station, used during The 2nd Law tours, was brought back. The sides of the drum riser were made out of aluminium, with the front having the drones-men shapes cut out.

Behind the band was a big LED screen displaying visuals and camera feed, covering up the entire back scene. Five black lighting trusses with moving fixtures and LED strips were sat before the LED screen, providing light shows when the screen didn't display any visuals, or adding an additional elements to the existing visuals displayed on the screen.

Red confetti and red/white streamers were used for Mercy. For the Download Festival gig, flame machines were also used during certain songs.

In terms of costumes, the band wore the same all-black jumpsuits used during the Psycho US Tour, exception being Howard, who ditched the jumpsuit but wore a satin black sleeveless shirt (the design of which was based around the jupmsuits), and black pants, for easier mobility when drumming.

Average setlist

On the tour setlists, Muse combined older, heavier, less known songs with more known songs. Off of Drones, Mercy and The Handler made their debut appearances. Munich Jam made it's debut also, as did JFK. Apocalypse Please was played on the tour for the first time since 2008. Micro Cuts and Citizen Erased were played for the first time since 2013. All tour sets had 16-17 songs.

All tour setlists had 16-17 songs with many modifications, replacements and rotations happening as the tour went on, allthough the basis of the set remained the same. The only shorter set with 12 songs was played at BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend.

Regular setlist



  • New Born was played in the second and third slots during the first 7 gigs, exception being Rockavaria, where it was replaced with Stockholm Syndrome. New Born was also played in the second slot at Download Festival where Stockholm Syndrome was also played.
  • Supermassive Black Hole and Dead Inside were played before Mercy at Download Festival. Micro Cuts and Dead Star, a Download Festival one-off, replaced them in their usual earlier slots. Micro Cuts also made three other festival appearances.
  • Agitated was played after Dead Star at Download Festival.
  • Animals was sometimes played before or after Munich Jam.
  • Citizen Erased was sometimes played after Munich Jam and once after Hysteria.
  • At Vieilles Charrues Festival, Rock in Roma and Fuji Rock Festival, Uprising was played before Hysteria. Madness or Mercy were played in the Uprising slot. JFK was dropped from the setlists.
  • Supremacy was sometimes played after Apocalypse Please and once before it.
  • Bliss was played before Mercy at Rockavaria and Sonisphere and in slot four at Tuborg GreenFest.
  • The Groove was played after Plug in Baby at Vieilles Charrues Festival.

Shorter setlist (BBCR1's Big Weekend only)


Date Venue Location
2015-09-13 Flughafen Tempelhof (Lollapalooza Berlin) Berlin, Germany
2015-07-25 Naeba Ski Resort (Fuji Rock Festival) Yuzawa-machi, Japan
2015-07-18 Ippodromo delle Capannelle (Rock in Roma) Rome, Italy
2015-07-16 Site de Kerampuilh (Vieilles Charrues Festival) Carhaix, France
2015-07-13 Esplanade du Lac (Musilac) Aix-les-Bains, France
2015-07-11 Kobetamendi (Bilbao BBK Live) Bilbao, Spain
2015-07-09 Passeio Marítimo de Alges (NOS Alive) Lisbon, Portugal
2015-07-05 Herchesfield (Rock-A-Field) Roeser, Luxembourg
2015-07-04 La Citadelle Vauban d'Arras (Main Square Festival) Arras, France
2015-07-02 Roskilde Fairgrounds (Roskilde Festival) Roskilde, Denmark
2015-06-28 Festivalpark Werchter (Rock Werchter) Werchter, Belgium
2015-06-26 Bråvalla Air Field (Bråvalla Festival) Norrköping, Sweden
2015-06-24 Törnävänsaari Park (Provinssirock) Seinäjoki, Finland
2015-06-21 Petrovsky Stadium (Tuborg GreenFest Russia) St. Petersburg, Russia
2015-06-19 Otkrytie Arena (Park Live) Moscow, Russia
2015-06-14 Sluzewiec Racetrack (Orange Warsaw Festival) Warsaw, Poland
2015-06-13 Donington Park (Download Festival) Derby, England
2015-06-12 Megaland (Pinkpop Festival) Landgraaf, Netherlands
2015-06-06 ExpoPark Nidau-Biel (Sonisphere Switzerland) Biel, Switzerland
2015-06-05 Donauinsel (Rock in Vienna) Vienna, Austria
2015-05-30 Veltins Arena (Rock im Revier) Gelsenkirchen, Germany
2015-05-30 Nürburgring (Der Ring - Grüne Hölle Rock) Nürburg, Germany
2015-05-29 Olympiapark (Rockavaria) Munich, Germany
2015-05-23 Earlham Park (BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend) Norwich, England

Special concerts

Small gigs and TV show performances that took place outside of the main tour.

Date Venue Location
2015-09-16 Ancienne Belgique (Music For Life 2015) Brussels, Belgium
2015-09-15 Studios Rive Gauche (Le Grand Journal) Paris, France
2015-09-11 Electric Ballroom London, UK
2015-09-11 Maida Vale Studios (BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge) London, UK
2015-07-24 Makuhari Messe Event Hall (Music Station) Chiba , Japan
2015-06-30 Gloria Theater Cologne, Germany
2015-06-08 Studios Rive Gauche (Le Grand Journal) Paris, France
2015-06-04 The London Studios (The Graham Norton Show) London, UK
2015-05-26 The Maidstone Studios (Later... with Jools Holland) Maidstone, UK

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