Kane, who is a close friend of the band and made up half of The Last Shadow Puppets, joined the Sheffield rockers onstage for their set closer ‘505’. He was introduced to the crowd after singer Alex Turner said: “We’d like to bring a blue mod onstage to help us with this last one. Here he is, the Wirral riddler, Mr Miles Kane.”
The band, who told NME earlier in the day that they had opted to play V Festival for the first time this year in order “to do something different”, played a set which drew heavily from their new album ‘Suck It And See’.
After coming onstage to Hot Chocolate‘s disco classic ‘You Sexy Thing’, the band opened with new album track ‘Library Pictures’. Alex Turner then introduced the set by telling the large crowd: “We’re Arctic Monkeys and we’ve brought you some rock n’roll music”. He also asked the Chelmsford crowd “Are you in a party mood?”
Over the course of the 85-minute set, the band played five further songs from ‘Suck It And See’.
They also performed seven songs from their second LP ‘Favourite Worst Nightmare’, five from their debut ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’, which included a comparatively rare outing for fan favourite ‘Mardy Bum’, and two tracks from third album ‘Humbug’.
Crowd reaction towards the band’s set was very positive. Alice Wickham, who watched the set from near the front, said of the set: “It was amazing. They were so good. They got all my favourites in there and the new stuff sounded great too.” James Edgehill agreed, simply saying: “Blinding, they’re top boys, the Monkeys. I hope they play here every year.”
Arctic Monkeys played:
‘This House Is A Circus’
‘Still Take You Home’
‘Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair’
‘Brick By Brick’
‘The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala’
‘The View From The Afternoon’
‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’
‘Suck It And See’
‘If You Were There, Beware’
‘Do Me A Favour’
‘When The Sun Goes Down’