Lightning Seeds play Britpop-heavy set at V Festival Stafford

Ian Brodie hails 'fab' festival

The Lightning Seeds played a best-of set at V Festival Stafford today (August 22), treating the crowd at the 4Music stage to favourites including ‘Pure’ and ‘Lucky You’.

Frontman Ian Brodie, who was wearing a ‘Bed Peace’ t-shirt, bounded onstage to mass applause from the audience, many of who got to their feet as the Liverpool fourpiece started their set.

“Alright everyone? We’re The Lightning Seeds. It’s a lovely day, it’s gonna be a fab weekend!” Brodie said to the crowd, before playing opening song ‘Marvellous’.


The song – originally released on their 1994 album ‘Jollification’ – saw much of the crowd singing along to the chorus.

Brodie followed the track with an anthemic version of another old favourite, ‘Lucky You’, which cemented the celebratory atmosphere in the crowd.

“This is about Liverpool, a long time ago,” he quipped as he strummed the intro riff to ‘I Still Feel The Same’. The band followed the track by playing a new song, ‘All I Do’, which was also received well by the audience.

Brodie ended The Lightning Seeds‘ set by playing a trio of the band’s best-loved songs, taken from their Britpop heyday – ‘The Life Of Riley’, ‘Pure’ and ‘Sugar Coated Iceburg’.

All three tracks had the crowd on their feet, with many fans at the front of the stage holding their mobiles in the air during ‘The Life Of Riley’, which garnered the biggest singalong of the set.

The Lightning Seeds played:

‘Lucky You’
‘You Showed Me’
‘I Still Feel The Same’
‘All I Do’
‘The Life Of Riley’
‘Sugar Coated Iceberg’

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