STROKES CLOSE V

The band charm Chelmsford with a greatest hits set...

THE STROKES have played their last scheduled UK show of 2004 at an amazing finale to the V FESTIVAL in CHELMSFORD.

The band, who performed at the Weston Park site last night (August 21), closed V for another year at Hylands Park on a Main Stage bill that also included The Pixies, N.E.R.D and Badly Drawn Boy.

The set was similar to last night’s Weston gig, but without their cover of Guided By Voices’ ‘A Salty Salute’.

Singer Julian Casablancas looked happy to be back in Britain, telling the crowd that “you guys fucking rock, all across the UK”.

Elsewhere in the set he joked that there was “way too much alcohol on stage”, before offering it to the fans.

The setlist ran: ’Reptilia’

’Someday’

’Automatic Stop’

’The Modern Age’

’What Ever Happened?’

’Trying Your Luck’

’New York City Cops’

’Is This It’

’Last Nite’

’Soma’

’I Can’t Win’

’Barely Legal’

’12:51’

’The End Has No End’

’Under Control’

’Alone, Together’

’Hard To Explain’

’Clampdown’

’Take It Or Leave It’

The band played no encore. Now, the plan is for The Strokes to return to the US to continue work on their third studio album, which is planned for release in the middle of next year.