Kings Of Leon make triumphant return to V Festival in Essex

The Vaccines impress and arrests soar as Chelmsford event draws to a close for another year

Kings Of Leon brought this year’s V Festival in Hylands Park, Essex to a close last night (August 18) on the final leg of a UK tour previewing material from upcoming album ‘Mechanical Bull’.

The Tennessee band, returning to the Chelmsford site after a previous headline appearance in 2010, rattled through a set that included new single ‘Supersoaker’ alongside tracks dating back to their debut LP ‘Youth And Young Manhood’, released 10 years ago this summer.

“We’ll be back soon,” teased a denim-clad Caleb Followill as the band concluded their set with 2008 hit ‘Black Thumbnail’, though it was inevitably 2008 smash singles ‘Sex On Fire’ and ‘Use Somebody’ that drew the most rapturous applause, winning spirited sing-alongs from the Essex crowd.


The band return to Britain to play the Camden Roundhouse on Wednesday September 11, with further tour dates expected to be announced soon.

Kings Of Leon played:

‘The Bucket’
‘Back Down South’
‘Holy Roller Novocaine’
‘Four Kicks’
‘Molly’s Chambers’
‘Be Somebody’
‘On Call’
‘Cold Desert’
‘Knocked Up’
‘Use Somebody’
‘Sex on Fire’
‘Black Thumbnail’

Meanwhile, Calvin Harris celebrated receiving a Guinness World Record award backstage for most Top Ten singles from one album (9) with an intense light show on the 4Music Stage. The producer, recently named the world’s highest paid DJ, dropped hits including ‘I Need Your Love’ and ‘Sweet Nothing’ during his headline set as Basement Jaxx entertained crowds packed into the nearby Arena Stage, livening up their greatest hits set with a giant animatronic dancing robot.

Earlier, The Vaccines drew one of the day’s biggest crowds with their set on the Main Stage, while Kendrick Lamar refused calls from his 4Music Stage audience to perform his acclaimed verse from Big Sean single ‘Control (HOF)’, concentrating instead on tracks from last year’s debut album ‘good kid mAAd city’.

Also on the 4Music Stage were Maximo Park, who told NME that their follow-up to fifth studio album ‘The National Health’ is now finished and slated for an early 2014 release. “It’s being mixed at the moment. We could have it out in time for Christmas but only music that sounds like fucking Phil Collins sells at Christmas so it’ll be next year,” singer Paul Smith explained, before entertaining the idea of an album of festive covers: “‘A Very Maximo Christmas’, I like the sound of that.”


Everything Everything also performed, taking to the Arena Stage for an afternoon set that featured ‘Kemosade’ and ‘Cough Cough’, but not before revealing to NME that their appearance at the Staffordshire leg of the festival was almost derailed by pop band 5ive. “We went to check them out and all of a sudden it was like everyone in Britain was in there,” bassist Jeremy Pritchard recalled. “We had to struggle for 30 minutes to make our way through the crowd to be ready in time for our set. It was touch and go.”

Essex Police, meanwhile, confirmed making 84 arrests on the Chelmsford site, mainly on drug offences, exceeding the 51 arrests at the festival a year ago. More than 800 people were treated for injuries across the two sites this weekend by St John’s Ambulance workers, including a woman who impaled her foot with a tent peg.


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