The Vaccines delivered a stellar set to kick off V Festival on Saturday, 17 August at a soggy Weston Park in Staffordshire. Appearing below big-selling Emeli Sande on the festival’s Main Stage in the late afternoon, Justin Young and co. played for 45 minutes in front of a huge crowd.
Despite several bouts of drizzle during the set, the London quartet scored a great reaction from the festival’s punters as they powered through 14 tunes.
Walking onstage to the thumping hip-hop of Kanye West’s ‘Mercy’, the band launched into crowd favourite ‘Blow It Up’ before heading straight into newer hits ‘Teenage Icon’ and ‘Ghost Town’.
The band were business-like throughout their set, with frontman Justin Young only really stopping to introduce the band and thank the crowd on a few occasions. He also invited revellers to “take it up a level” before the band powered into ‘If You Wanna’.
As well as tracks from their two studio albums, the band also dropped new single ‘Melody Calling’, which received a good reception from the crowd. The set drew to a conclusion with fan favourites ‘I Always Knew’ and the punky ‘Norgaard’.
Paul Smith of Maximo Park worked the crowd, and his own band, while playing V Festival’s 4Music Stage.
Smith pulls some shapes.
Laura Mvula drew a modest crowd to the festival’s Arena tent for her early afternoon set as she showcased songs from her debut album ‘Sing To The Moon’.
Mvula was one of the BBC’s ‘Sound of 2013’ nominations at the start of the year.
Kings Of Leon offered a glimpse of their forthcoming album ‘Mechanical Bull’ as they brought the opening day of V Festival in Weston Park to a close on Saturday. Taking to the festival’s Main Stage as headliners for the second time in their career, the Tennessee rockers debuted one new track from their sixth studio album, with single ‘Supersoaker’ aired early in the set.
The band played a 90-minute, career-spanning set, which included material from each of their six LPs. Opening with ‘The Bucket’, they then rattled through a 19-song set in front of a wall of video screens, rarely pausing between songs for longer than a few seconds.
Frontman Caleb Followill kept his between-song banter to a minimum, only asking the crowd once if they “wanted to have a good time” and thanking them on various occasions. At the end of the set, Followill told punters that the band would “see you soon”, but did not go any further than that.
Earlier in the evening, rising rapper Kendrick Lamar drew a huge crowd to the festival’s 4 Music Stage for his set. Despite repeated showers throughout his 40-minute appearance, the rapper’s set, which drew on 2012 record ‘Good Kid, M.A.A.D City’, was lapped up by the crowd.
The rain grew heavier as the set wore on, making the “Women, weed and weather” refrain from the rapper’s single ‘The Recipe’ seem especially out of place, but he gained a good reception nonetheless, with other cuts like ‘Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe’ also drawing huge cheers from the crowd.
Former The Coral man James Skelly played the Futures stage with his band The Intenders.
Skelly’s band was augmented by backing singers during the well-received set.
Eels donned matching Adidas tracksuits for their return to V Festival.
Everything Everything played the festival’s Arena stage.
Jonathan Higgs led the band through a set through drew heavily from most recent record ‘Arc’.
Beyonce brought the opening day of V Festival in Chelmsford, Essex to a close on Saturday. The singer shrugged off light rain to deliver a 90-minute set spanning her 10-year solo career to date, but sparked controversy by reportedly refusing to grant Channel 4 broadcast rights to her performance, leaving fans to voice their upset on Twitter.
Highlights of the set, which featured seven costume changes, arty video interludes and saw the singer debut a new blonde bob haircut, had been expected to be shown last night as part of the channel’s V Festival coverage. However, presenters Edith Bowman and Steve Jones indicated on air that Beyonce had declined them clearance to show her headline set.
Beyonce played a mash-up of 2009 single ‘Diva’ with Kanye West’s ‘Clique’ as well as a Great Gatsby-themed rendition of ‘Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)’ complete with 1920s-style brass and swing choreography. Encore ‘Halo’ was met with rapturous applause before the singer bid farewell, thanking fans for being “the most important part of the evening and a constant inspiration to me”.
Manchester’s The Courteeners played a powerful, singalong set on the festival’s 4Music Stage.
Liam Fray, who has recently announced a string of solo dates, looked at ease leading the band…
…and pulled some classic rock poses.
The Wire and Luther actor Idris Elba swapped the screen for the stage for an early set at the Arena.
Elba soon proved his chops behind the decks.
Katy B was one of the festival’s highlights with her fun, upbeat party set.
The singer, who was joined by dancers, recently said that her next album is more focussed on “real life” than her debut LP. The singer has recently been working on the follow-up to her debut ‘On A Mission’.
“My first album was my life from when I was 18 to 21, and I guess this is my life from 21 to 24,” she told the Metro. “It is obviously a lot different to what my life was like at university and I’ve tried to keep some of the things that make a Katy B song – I love writing about moments in my life. Even though they might seem quite small and non-important [they] are kind of special.”
Two Door Cinema Club played their new single ‘Changing Of The Seasons’ live for the very first time at V Festival in Chelmsford on Saturday.
Before the Bangor band launched into the song, frontman Alex Trimble told the crowd gathered at the Main Stage: “We’ve been practising it really hard and thought, ‘Where better to play it live for the first time?’.”
The single, produced by French nu-house specialist Madeon, is set to be released as a part of a three-track EP on September 30. Speaking to NME after the band’s set, Trimble admitted: “It was a really weird experience to play it at last, as we wrote it over a year ago.”
He also teased that the other two tracks on the forthcoming EP will “really surprise” people, saying: “They’re even more of a departure for us. One of the songs is called ‘Crystal’ and is vastly different: it has no drums, guitars or conventional instruments on it.”
Two Door Cinema Club opened their set with ‘Sleep Alone’ and ‘Undercover Martyn’, in an 11-song set that culminated with ‘What You Know’.