Iggy And The Stooges bring the rock ‘n’ roll spirit to V Festival

'Fuck polite festivals' declares Pop at Weston Park

Iggy Pop and his band The Stooges gave the Stafford leg of V Festival a throbbing rock ‘n’ roll heart with their set this evening (August 18).

Playing the JJB Arena, the veterans created a tense, sweaty atmosphere in the tent, as their frontman tried to make Weston Park feel like a pumping club gig.

Praising the audience’s choice, Iggy Pop told them, “Ladies and gentleman, thank you for fucking coming somewhere real”, before spending most of the set hanging from the speakers and diving into the crowd.

Taking on V Festival‘s reputation for being one of the most sanitised festivals in the calendar, Pop encouraged the crowd to “Fuck fucking the polite festival show, fuck everybody, this is for the music.”

With a set including ‘1969’, ‘TV Eye’ and ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’, Pop also paid tribute to The Doors, a band he reportedly almost joined after singer Jim Morrison‘s death in 1971, by blending in lines from the Los Angeles band’s song ‘The End’.

Pop then concluded the show in typically raucous fashion, although a wall of bouncers meant that there were no repeat of the chaotic stage invasions that have figured in the band’s recent shows.

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