QOTSA and Modest Mouse shine at V Festival Australia

Josh Homme triumphs despite timetabling problems

Queens Of The Stone Age stole the show at the second leg of the Australian V Festival on Sunday (March 30).

In front of the biggest crowd of the day, the band ripped through an epic set drawn largely from 2007 album ‘Era Vulgaris’.

Josh Homme worked parts of ‘Rehab’ by Amy Winehouse and Duran Duran‘s ‘Girls On Film’ into a stunning version of ‘Feel Good Hit Of The Summer’, which provoked a frenzy of crowd surfers and mosh pits.

He also found time to publicly chastise a fan who had thrown a beer bottle, which earned the frontman huge cheers.

Homme was clearly in a fighting mood as he launched himself into his band’s equipment, knocking over microphone stands and keyboards during ‘Sick, Sick, Sick’.

However, by the end of regular set closer ‘No One Knows’, the frontman had relaxed a little and ended the night by inviting everyone in the audience to a party.

Despite the hot weather on the day, a last-minute decision saw the gates to the festival open two hours later than advertised, as organisers tried to combat the extreme wet weather experienced on Australia‘s Gold Coast in the past week.

The delay caused timetable chaos for fans as bands played shorter sets than scheduled, with several acts being cut altogether.

The organisers’ efforts were in vain as the swampy venue quickly resembled a mudbath similar to last summer’s Glastonbury Festival as soon as the 30,000 festival-goers were finally allowed in.

Technical difficulties hindered sets by Hot Hot Heat and Robyn in the early afternoon, until a powerful set from Modest Mouse.

The band played the majority of their latest album ‘We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank’, as well as crowd favourites including ‘Float On’ and ‘Bukowski’.

Modest Mouse‘s Johnny Marr, fresh from his stint with The Cribs on the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour, then watched The Jesus And Mary Chain‘s career-spanning set from the side of the stage.

The ex-Smiths guitarist was joined by Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins, who proceeded to take pictures on his camera phone throughout.

The Scottish outfit played a number of untitled new songs as well as some of their biggest hits including ‘Some Candy Talking’, ‘Sidewalking’, ‘Taste Of Cindy’and ‘Just Like Honey’.

Earlier in the day, The Rakes and CSS both played energetic sets before joint headliners Duran Duran and Smashing Pumpkins rounded the day off.

The remaining V Festival dates are as follows:

Melbourne Showgrounds (April 5)

Perth Esplanade (April 6)