Peter Andre thanks fans for sticking by him at V Festival

Plus Diana Vickers and Chipmunk bring the pop to Chelmsford

Peter Andre thanked his fans for helping him through tough times during his set at V Festival in Chelmsford today (August 22).

The Australian pop star, joined by three female dancers, attracted a huge crowd to the Nissan Juke Arena.

Andre made reference to his ex, Katie Price, thanking fans for helping him through his problems before playing ‘Call The Doctor’, the lyrics of which document the end of their relationship.

“A year and a half ago I was in a bad place,” he said. “So thanks so much for helping me through.”

Later on he paid tribute to his favourite singer, Michael Jackson, singing a medley of his hits including ‘Man In The Mirror’ and ‘Bad’ while wearing a Jackson-style hat.

He ended the set with his own biggest hit, ‘Mysterious Girl’, revelling in a massive crowd singalong to the reggae-pop smash, singing a brief Bob Marley tribute medley in the middle of it.

Later on in the arena, Diana Vickers, backed by a four-piece band, brought more pop to the crowd.

Former X Factor hopeful Vickers played songs including single ‘The Boy Who Murdered Love’ and ‘Put It Back Together’.

She also played Snow Patrol‘s ‘Just Say Yes’, telling the crowd an anecdote about how the band’s frontman Gary Lightbody phoned her and offered the song to her before asking if he could have it back for his own group.

Vickers didn’t limit herself to vocals, though, playing a brief trumpet intro to ‘My Hip’ during the show.

Next up in the arena Chipmunk played an energetic set of rap-pop backed by a live guitarist and drummer. He attracted a huge crowd and his set included ‘Diamond Rings’, ‘Until You Were Gone’ and ‘Look For Me’.

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