BBC Radio One DJ Zane Lowe has spoken out in defence in Muse - after the band split opinion when they were announced as headliners of Download festival 2015.
The supermassive West Country stars have headlined Glastonbury, Reading and V Festival twice a-piece - not to mention topping the bill at the likes of Coachella, Lollapalooza and countless more the world over. They've also sold out Wembley Stadium on a number of occasions.
However, speaking to Gigwise backstage at this weekend's Relentless Live event with Biffy Clyro at The Troxy, Lowe shrugged off the criticism.
"That's ridiculous," he told Gigwise. "I understatement that people have their tribes, their t-shirts, their groups of friends. We've been through this so many times before. We've been through this with Jay Z at Glastonbury, and it was the same with Chase & Status at Download. There was this backlash of 'Oh, you can't have electronic music'. Safe to say, they were one of the absolute highlights of the weekend. It was just chaos.
"It's good, it kicks it up - it's easy to get frustrated when people are like 'Stay in your lane', but never before have we existed in an era where there's such a broad freeway, so why can't we change lanes? Why can't Muse play Download? It's about the only festival they've never headlined, get it done."
He continued: "I've seen that band come on and do a riff masterclass. I've seen Matt Bellamy come on and say 'It's the end of 'Plug In Baby', I'm just gonna' play riffs for two minutes - you two cool with that?' He's just riffed, they follow up and it's like they're in a rehearsal room in front of 40,000 people. Those guys have got the onions and they will deliver, no question - they are a powerful live outfit. Anyone who's doubting that in that crowd will walk away at the end of it and deep own there will be element of respect."
Check back soon for more of our interview with Zane Lowe.
Watch Muse's video for 'Hyper Music' below
Muse have been in the studio recording their seventh album with legendary AC/DC producer Matt Lange - which is said to be 'heavier' and 'more raw' than their last couple of records.
Download Festival takes place at Donington Park from Friday 12 - Sunday 14 June. For tickets and more information visit Gigwise Tickets.