The Vaccines thrill as V Festival gets underway in Staffordshire

Everything Everything, Laura Mvula and Tom Odell also entertain a soggy Weston Park

The Vaccines delivered a stellar set as V Festival got underway today (August 17) at a soggy Weston Park in Staffordshire today.

Appearing below big-selling Emeli Sande on the festival’s Main Stage in the late afternoon, Justin Young and co. played for 45 minutes in front of a huge crowd. Despite several bouts of drizzle during the set, the London quartet scored a great reaction from the festival’s punters as they powered through 14 tunes.

Walking onstage to the thumping hip-hop of Kanye West‘s ‘Mercy’, the band launched into crowd favourite ‘Blow It Up’ before heading straight into newer hits ‘Teenage Icon’ and ‘Ghost Town’.

The band were business-like throughout their set, with frontman Justin Young only really stopping to introduce the band and thank the crowd on a few occasions. He also invited revellers to “take it up a level” before the band powered into ‘If You Wanna’.

As well as tracks from their two studio albums, the band also dropped new single ‘Melody Calling’, which received a good reception from the crowd. The set drew to a conclusion with fan favourites ‘I Always Knew’ and the punky ‘Nørgaard’.

The Vaccines played:

‘Blow It Up’
‘Teenage Icon’
‘Ghost Town’
‘Post Break-Up Sex’
‘All In White’
‘Wolf Pack’
‘Melody Calling’
‘No Hope’
‘Wreckin Bar (Ra Ra Ra)’
‘Bad Mood’
‘If You Wanna’
‘I Always Knew’

Earlier in the day, soul singer Laura Mvula drew a modest crowd to the festival’s Arena tent for her early afternoon set as she showcased songs from her debut album ‘Sing To The Moon’.

Following her over on the festival’s 4 Music Stage, singer-songwriter Tom Odell attracted a more sizeable crowd. The rain held off for the duration of his set, which Odell packed with tracks from his debut LP ‘Long Way Down’, which hit Number One earlier this year. Recent single ‘Another Love’ went down particularly well, resulting in a mass singalong.

Everything Everything then brought their electro-fuelled pop to the Arena Stage with a breezy half-hour set. Kicking off with recent single ‘Cough Cough’, the band entertained a mostly full tent with tracks from their debut LP and second effort ‘Arc’.

Among the set’s highlights were early single ‘My Kz, Ur BF’, ‘Kermosabe’ and ‘Schoolin”,.

V Festival continues tonight with performances from Stereophonics, Calvin Harris and a headline set from Kings Of Leon.