Watch Tom Morello and Nandi Bushell Perform John Lennon’s “Power To The People” at Download Festival

Tom Morello and Nandi Bushell delivered an electrifying performance at Download Festival 2024, covering John Lennon’s iconic anthem “Power to the People.” During Morello’s set, the legendary guitarist, known for his work with Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, and Prophets of Rage, welcomed the teenage drum prodigy Bushell as a special guest.

Bushell’s appearance came towards the end of Morello’s set, which had already featured the hit
“Like A Stone,” a Rage Against the Machine medley, and the iconic “Killing In The Name.” As the band launched into their rendition of “Power to the People,” they stepped aside to allow Bushell to take centre stage, showcasing her remarkable drumming skills with an awe-inspiring solo.

Watch the performance below:

The choice to cover “Power to the People” held particular significance in light of Barclays Bank’s recent withdrawal as a sponsor from Download Festival, as well as Latitude and Isle Of Wight festivals. This decision came after several artists had boycotted the events in protest.

After the news of Barclays’ withdrawal, Morello took to X (formerly Twitter) to reveal his behind-
the-scenes efforts in forcing the bank’s withdrawal. “A bank funding war crimes has no place at music festivals. The fact that Download has listened to its musicians and cut ties with Barclays Bank is a testament to the power of artists taking collective action for human rights. I’ve been pushing hard for this behind the scenes for some time, and I salute all the artists who have taken a stand to help make this historic withdrawal happen,” he stated.

The Download boycott followed a similar trend earlier this year at SXSW, where numerous acts, including Gruff Rhys, Kneecap, Sprints, Lambrini Girls, Gel, Rachel Chinouriri, Cardinals, and NewDad withdrew from performing due to the festival’s ties with the US Army and weapons companies amid the Israel Gaza conflict.