August 21, 2011 2:42

Fans give mixed reactions to Rihanna's V Festival performance

Star's Weston Park headline performance draws muted response

Fans give mixed reactions to Rihanna's V Festival performance

Photo: Andy Whitton/NME

Rihanna played an action-packed set on the first night of V Festival at Weston Park on Saturday (Aug 20).

The pop star, wearing a midriff-baring Union Jack shirt, fishnet leggings, short jean shorts and a leather jacket, arrived on stage while dancing against a pole as she began singing 'Only Girl (In The World)'. Later on in her set, she sat straddled on top of a pink smoke-blowing cannon while her backup dancers carried pink rifle guns.

Rihanna also showed off her instrumental skills, playing drums at the end of 'Breakin' Dishes'.

Many fans, like Sam Bathgate, 17, thought the performance was "amazing. Everything she did was dead good. The way she was dressed looked gorgeous - it was absolutely fab. She pulled it all off really well, and she had me singing along to every single song she did."

However, for some festival-goers, the show lacked audience interaction. "It was a really good performance, performance-wise," Frances Clark, 23 told NME. "But she didn't speak to the audience very much, which I think is important to make you feel part of it. I just wanted a bit more of that, really."

Rihanna later joined Eminem onstage during his headline slot to perform 'Love The Way You Lie'.

You can watch rough and ready fan footage of Rihanna's V Festival set, courtesy of TomHarrison100, by scrolling down to the video below.

V Festival 2011 in photos

Rihanna played:
'Only Girl (In The World)'
'Disturbia '
'Shut Up And Drive'
'Man Down'
'S&M'
'Let Me'
'Hard'
'Breakin' Dishes'
'Unfaithful'
'Pon De Replay' (interlude)
'What's My Name'
'Rude Boy'
'Don't Stop The Music'
'Umbrella'


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