But the singer recovers to win the crowd over with a spectacular, career-spanning set
The former Destiny’s Child singer arrived onstage over half an hour late, with audible boos coming from the festival’s crowd before the set finally got underway.
As a result of the delay, the singer was forced to rejig her set and played a markedly different set of tracks from her show at Hylands Park last night (August 17), delivering a performance that lasted for just over 70 minutes.
Playing the second of her only two European festival dates this year, the singer kicked off with ‘Run The World (Girls)’ before running through a set that included tracks from across her career.
The show included five costume changes, with a spangly bodysuit, a green flapper dress and a black sequined combo among her outfits. The set also featured a series of extravagant video interludes, one of which featured Beyonce made up as a monarch and another of her as a World War II fighter pilot.
As well as classics like ‘Crazy In Love’, ‘Why Don’t You Love Me?’ and ‘Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It), the show also featured a cover of Dolly Parton‘s ‘I Will Always Love You’, made famous by Whitney Houston.
Speaking to the crowd during the show, the singer said that she hoped punters would be talking about this in 20 years time, saying “When people ask you in 20 years, you’ll be able to say ‘I was at V Festival and I saw that Bee-Yon-Cee”’.
She closed her set with an version of 2009 single ‘Halo’.
‘Run The World (Girls)’
‘End Of Time’
‘If I Were A Boy’
‘Get Me Bodied’
‘Why Don’t You Love Me?’
‘Love On Top’
‘Crazy In Love’
‘Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)’
‘I Will Always Love You’
Earlier in the day, Katy B drew a huge crowd to the festival’s Arena tent for her mid-afternoon slot. The London singer played a well-received half hour set, which saw her joined by Jessie Ware to perform ‘Aaliyah’.
Splitting her set exactly down the middle between new material and tracks from her debut record ‘On A Mission’, the singer, who was dressed in a colourful pantsuit, was backed by a full band and four dancers.
Over on the Main Stage, Two Door Cinema Club played a sun-kissed late afternoon set, which included an airing of new track ‘Changing Of The Seasons’.
Filling the stage with dry ice throughout their set, the Northern Irish trio scored mass sing-alongs with early single ‘I Can Talk’, recent hit ‘Sun’ and the closing ‘What You Know’.
Following Two Door on the Main Stage was Jessie J, who debuted a number of tracks from her forthcoming second album ‘Alive’, including new single ‘It’s My Party’, ‘Excuse My Rude’ and previous single ‘Wild’, which featured both Big Sean and Dizzee Rascal‘s guest raps beamed onto the festival’s big screens.
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Over on the 4Music Stage, pop trio Fun drew a modest crowd as they played an early evening set, which featured a selection of tracks from their 2012 record ‘Some Nights’, including former Number One single ‘We Are Young’.
Playing right before Beyonce on the Main Stage, Irish pop rockers The Script brought out the fireworks as they played a selection from across their three studio albums, including ‘Hall Of Fame’ and ‘Six Degrees Of Separation’.