The Charlatans, David Guetta, Groove Armada bring 2010 V Festival’s first day to a close

Acts headline away from the Chelmsford event's Main Stage

The Charlatans, Groove Armada and David Guetta all headlined stages across V Festival in Chelmsford tonight (August 21).

Though competing with Kings Of Leon on the V Stage, all managed to attract healthy crowds.

On the 4Music Stage Guetta took control of proceedings on top of a giant, illuminated tower. Steering the night towards a giant rave, Guetta asked the crowd if they were “ready to party” before powering up his decks to belt out the likes of ‘Gettin Over You’ and ‘The World Is Mine’.

“UK, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and making this record a Number One record,” he told the crowd during his set, curiously resembling a lone air traffic controller from the top of his tower. “Thank you, I love you all!”

Over at the Nissan Juke Arena, Groove Armada boasted several guest vocalists for their set, that included ‘I Won’t Kneel’, ‘My Friend’ and ‘Song 4 Mutya’.

Performing with a full live band, the duo blitzed the tent with a series of lasers.

Finally, at the Virgin Media Union Stage, The Charlatans kicked off slightly later than the event’s other headliners.

Previewing songs from album ‘Who We Touch’, released on September 6, they also performed ‘One To Another’ and ‘The Only One I Know’ back-to-back.

Later they had time to fit ‘North Country Boy’, ‘How High’ and ‘This Is The End’ in before the curfew.

“I’m enjoying this!” frontman Tim Burgess declared, as the festival’s first day reached its climax, leaving the band to finish their set with the classic ‘Sproston Green’.

Follow the whole of The Charlatans’ set with our access all areas photo gallery.

NME is coming live from both V Festival sites this weekend. Head to NME.COM/festivals for full coverage. Plus make sure you buy next week’s issue of NME to get the definitive review of V Festival, either on UK newstands from August 25 or available digitally worldwide.

V Festival 2010 – Photo Gallery