Joe Lean And The Jing Jang Jong hit V Festival

Band announce comeback at event

Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong continued their comeback today (August 23) at V Festival in Chelmsford.

The band, who re-recorded their debut album this year after ditching their completed first attempt in July 2008, played new songs plus older efforts that made the cut for the re-recording – due next year.

“We went away and re-did our album – because we wanted to,” frontman Joe Lean, wearing red shoes and skintight jeans, told the Virgin Media Union tent crowd. “Since then we’ve recorded the album, played with Blur, played at Glastonbury, and got a new guitarist, Randy Michael from New York.”


Later in the set, which included newies ‘4 U To Say’ and ‘Kaleidoscope’, the singer challenged the audience to show up their Stafford counterparts, the band having played there yesterday (August 22).

“I always like this festival because we’ve got one up north, then we’ve got you lot,” he said. “So you’ve to show that they’re shit – and they were pretty good. So maybe show some tits.” A moment later he added, “I’m not a mysogynist.”

The band signed off with set-closer ‘Lonely Buoy’, Lean telling the crowd that, “We re-did (the album) because we wanted to give you a better record.”

Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong played:

‘One Woman
‘Where Do You Go’
‘4 U 2 Say’
‘In Competition’
‘Lucio Starts Fires’
‘Lonely Buoy’

NME.COM will be coming live from both the V Festival sites this weekend (August 22-23). Stay tuned to NME.COM/festivals/v-festival for news reports, blogs, video interviews and photos from the event. Plus get next Wednesday’s (August 26) issue of NME for the ultimate V Festival review.