Five Things We Learned At V Festival

After playing host to sets from Two Door Cinema Club, The Vaccines, Stereophonics, Calvin Harris and huge headline sets from Beyonce and Kings Of Leon, V Festival is over for another year. NME was there to catch all the action and here are five things we learnt over the weekend.

Kings Of Leon are back on form

At the end of their last world tour in 2011, Kings Of Leon looked on the verge with being over and done. But now pigeonshit-gate, storming off stages and lacklustre shows look to be firmly in the rear-view mirror as they headlined this weekend’s V Festival. Only dropping one new song during the set, the Followills were business-like during their 90-minute slot, with almost no talking between songs, but reminded everyone just how many big tunes they have.

Kelly Jones loves inflatable penises

Stereophonics (who were still second from the top after all these years) played a pretty pedestrian set, which only really got exciting when they rattled through ‘The Bartender And The Thief’ and ‘Dakota’ at the end. However, the highlight was singer Kelly Jones, who singled out some fans in fancy dress. Pointing a guy in the crowd clutching a large inflatable penis, Jones told the crowd “That’s great. It’s always nice to see a hard-on at a festival”. If you say so, sir…

Calvin Harris will be headlining major festivals next year

At last year’s V, while the Stone Roses were headlining the main stage to a modest crowd, EDM’s embarrassing uncle David Guetta was playing to a full field. Well, this year, Calvin Harris kicked it up a notch, with his crowd on the Saturday night proving to be even bigger than headliners Kings Of Leon. The last time a dance act headlined the festival was the Chemical Brothers back in 2002, but if he keeps churning out the hits, then Harris will be topping the bill soon enough.

Katy B has outgrown mid-afternoon slots

It might have been the sun’s belated appearance driving punters in search of shade, but Katy B’s 3pm slot in The Arena tent was oversubscribed something stupid. ‘What Love Is Made Of’, ‘Perfect Stranger’ and ‘Lights On’ all had the crowd going batshit and raving away like it was 3am. With a second album under her belt next year, she’s ready for the high end of the big stages.

Even split up, Swedish House Mafia are still massive

You’d have thought that curiosity alone would have seen just about everyone watching Beyonce as she closed the festival on Sunday night, but Steve Angello (who was drafted in as a last-minute replacement for Beady Eye after Gem Archer’s injury), drew a more than respectable crowd for his bells and whistles filled DJ set. Of course, now they’ve parted ways and tripled the number of shows they can do, there need never be another festival without a Swedish House Mafia member on the bill ever again. It’s a scary thought…

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