5.12pm: The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess arrives backstage at V Festival 2010. NME shadowed the band’s entire festival experience – view the backstage, onstage and crowd photos right here.
Guitarist Mark Collins tunes up backstage prior to the band’s set. Collins, originally in Manchester outfit The Waltones, joined the group in 1991 after Jon Baker’s departure.
The calm before the storm. After forming in the late 1980s, The Charlatans former band members include guitarist John Baker (1989–1991), vocalist Baz Ketley (1989) and keyboardist Rob Collins (1989–1996), who died in a car accident during the recording of their fifth album and also served time in prison in relation to an armed robbery.
Mark Collins enjoys a glass of red in The Charlatans portacabin. The guitarist is used to a life backstage at festivals, having also played live with Ronnie Wood and Starsailor.
5.36pm: The NME’s Mark Beaumont interviews the band for the magazine (on sale September 8).
Always outnumbered, never outgunned: NME journalist Mark Beaumont (in the far right corner) puts his questions to the band backstage.
6.22pm: Posing in Hylands Park for photos to appear in the next issue of NME magazine, taken by photographer Andy Willsher.
6.45pm: At the NME Signing Tent, where several hundred fans formed a queue to meet their indie heroes. Music fans can meet bands ranging from Klaxons and Foals to Marina and Paramore at the Reading/Leeds festival signing tent this coming weekend (August 28 – 29).
One of the band’s battered kit cases back stage. After playing V festival the ‘Some Friendly’ legends are off for a tour across the USA in September, before hitting UK venues once again in October.
9.51pm: Finally – the show kicks off. Up against Kings Of Leon, The Charlatans kicked off slightly later than the event’s other headliners and played a mixture of songs from their new album and older classics in the Virgin Media Union tent.
Tim Burgess provides the vocals on surefire highlights ‘One To Another’ and ‘The Only One I Know’ back-to-back.
10.38pm: A packed Union tent in Hylands Park.
A set list that most bands would kill for, including the seminal ‘Weirdo’, ‘One To Another’, ‘The Only One I Know’ and ‘Jesus Hairdo’.
Previewing songs from new album ‘Who We Touch’, out September 6, frontman Tim Burgess declared “I’m enjoying this!”
As the band play ‘How High’, fans enjoying the moment raise their hands in the air.
11pm: As the festival’s first day reached its climax, the band finish their triumphant set with the classic ‘Sproston Green’. Read Mark Beaumont’s full feature with the band in the next issue of NME magazine, on sale September 8.