Manic Street Preachers dedicate rare B-side to the weather at V

Band also keep quiet about Lily Allen spat

Manic Street Preachers played rare b-side ‘Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head’ for a rain swept set at the V Festival tonight (August 18).

The band performed the track, written by Burt Bacharach and most famously performed by Sacha Distel, during their 55-minute set on the Channel 4 Stage.

Singer James Dean Bradfield changed the words in the song to “Raindrops keep falling on my head at the V Festival”, before he said near the end of the track: “Raindrops will stop falling on your head”.”

Later a huge downpour fell on the crowd as the band launched into ‘La Tristesse Durera’.

As the band launched into ‘You Stole The Sun From My Heart’ Bradfield quipped: “Fuck me, we are the weathermen of rock. Every song we’re playing fits the weather.”

Despite taking the stage immediately after Lily Allen had slagged them off, the Welsh trio kept quiet about her tongue lashing during their performance.

Manic Street Preachers played:

‘Australia’

‘From Despair To Where’

‘You’re Love Alone Is Not Enough’

‘Motorcycle Emptiness’

‘Everything Must Go’

‘Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head’

‘Ocean Spray’

‘Autumnsong’

‘If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next’

‘Motown Junk’

‘La Tristesse Durera’

‘You Stole The Sun From Heart’

‘You Love Us’

‘A Design For Life’

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