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Hard-Fi signed off their last UK show for some time at the V Festival today (August 20) with a closing set which included their cover of The White Stripes hit ‘Seven Nation Army’.

Despite yesterday’s damp conditions up in Staffordshire, the rain held off for Richard Archer‘s men at Chelmsford as they pulled in the biggest crowd of the day to the V Stage.

“We always give it something and today will be no different,” frontman Richard Archer told NME.COM before their 50-minute set. “Yesterday we gave everything even though it was raining. Fair play though, the crowd were well up for it.”

Drummer Stephen Michael Kemp added: “Because it was raining so much yesterday the crowd really wanted to have a good time. Even though it was raining we still gave it everything we’ve got.”

The Staines four-piece played crowd favourites ‘Hard To Beat’, ‘Living For The Weekend’, ‘Cash Machine’ and new track ‘Surburban Nights’.

The band will now head back into the studio to start recording their second album.

Other highlights included Lily Allen in the JJB Arena, a greatest hits set from Sugababes on the Main Stage, and scenes of hysteria when Razorlight paid a visit to the NME signing tent.

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