Tony Christie triumphs at V

And guess what he finishes his set with?...

Veteran singer TONY CHRISTIE triumphed at the V FESTIVAL in STAFFORDSHIRE today (August 20) – although there was no sign of his pal PETER KAY.

The crooner, sandwiched on the bill between Idlewild and Joss Stone, has enjoyed a new lease of life after his early Seventies tune (Is This The Way To) Amarillo’ enjoyed a lengthy spell at the top of the UK singles chart after being re-released for Comic Relief earlier this year. But Kay, who starred in the video, was not around for the rapturously-received rendition which closed Christie’s set on the V Stage.

Other highlights included set opener ’Avenues And Alleyways’, ’Walk Like A Panther’ and a lengthy Beatles medley which included ’Hey Jude’, ’Lady Madonna’ and ’Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’.

Keep clicking back to NME.COM all weekend for the most comprehensive coverage of the 2005 V Festival from both Chelmsford and Stafford.