The Prodigy and Faithless bring ‘the rave’ to V Festival

Veteran dance acts draw huge crowds at Stafford site

The Prodigy and Faithless both played to mammoth crowds at V Festival in Stafford tonight (August 21).

The Prodigy headlined Weston Park‘s 4Music, with singer Maxim urging the crowd to go “fucking mental” as they started their set.

During 1996 UK Number One single ‘Breathe’ Maxim jumped into the photo pit to meet fans, while before playing ‘Omen’ he referenced the rain which had hit the site throughout the day.

“No rain is gonna hold us down,” he told fans, adding: “All the people here, bring the fucking ruckus!”

Old favourites including ‘Firestarter’, ‘Smack My Bitch Up’, ‘Their Law’ and ‘Voodoo People’ were played alongside newer tracks like ‘Invaders Must Die’ and ‘Take Me To The Hospital’.

Meanwhile, Faithless performed on the V Stage earlier in the evening, playing an hour-long set that spanned tracks from across their career.

Opening with ‘Happy’, the band were joined by a plethora of guest singers throughout their set, including Harry Collier who sang on ‘Feel Me’.

During ‘Insomnia’, singer Maxi Jazz urged the crowd to be as loud as possible, declaring: “I wanna make some noise now”, while he also paid tribute to tonight’s headline act Kasabian before playing final track ‘We Come 1’.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you. We’ve got one more before we have to leave and make way for the mighty Kasabian,” he said.

After the song had finished, he stayed onstage to salute the Stafford crowd.

“Look after each other yeah? You hear?” the singer then added. “Good. Because you’re all we got.”

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