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”.
Set highlights included the up-tempo trio of ‘Holy Roller Novocaine’, ‘Four Kicks’ and ‘Molly’s Chambers’, while hit singles ‘Use Somebody’ and ‘Sex On Fire’ predictably resulted in mass singalongs.
Kings Of Leon played:
‘Back Down South’
‘Holy Roller Novocaine’
‘Sex on Fire’
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 was lapped up by the crowd, with tracks from his 2012 record ‘Good Kid, MAAD City’ going down particularly well.
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.
Playing before Kings Of Leon, previous V Festival headliners Stereophonics brought pyrotechnics and fireworks to Weston Park, as they delivered a set that drew from across their eight studio albums.
As well as playing their regular hits, the Welsh veterans also offered up a selection of tracks from their eighth studio album ‘Graffiti On The Train’, including ‘Been Caught Cheating’ and the album’s title track.
Frontman Kelly Jones complimented some of the assembled crowd’s fancy dress choices and joked with a reveler who was carrying a large inflatable penis, telling the crowd “It’s always nice to see a hard on”.
During the set, the band played tracks from across their career, with the likes of ‘A Thousand Trees’, ‘Pick A Part That’s New’ and ‘Maybe Tomorrow’ all particularly well received by the crowd. The band closed with a double whammy of ‘The Bartender And The Thief’ and ‘Dakota’, with fireworks and pyrotechnics fired into the sky as the set came to a close.